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Android Oreo 8.1 brings AR Stickers to Pixel 2 and Pixel phones

Google’s is finally bringing its augmented reality (AR) stickers supported through its ARCore to Android and the Play Store, providing you have a Pixel phone.

Revealed at the same time as the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets, Google’s ARCore provides the framework for supporting AR images on Android devices without the need for dual camera arrays and depth sensors.

The framework supports AR Stickers, a feature and app that allows users to superimpose images of virtual animated objects and characters, including an anamorphic pizza and Google’s own Android robot, over whatever is being view by a phone’s camera.

Providing you have one of the Pixel 2 phones or an original Pixel handset, you can simply download the update to Android 8.1 being currently rolled out by Google, and the AR Stickers feature will appear in the settings on the Pixel phones’ camera app. From there its simply a case of selecting a character and placing them into whatever environment you’re viewing through you phone’s camera.

Android Oreo 8.1 has not rolled out to our Pixel 2 XL at the time of writing, so we couldn’t see the AR Stickers in action for ourselves, but various reports paint AR Stickers in a positive light, with the AR characters fitting nicely into scenes and matching the lighting of the environment.

However, the AR effects breakdown when someone walks in front of the camera causing a character to be superimposed onto them not the target object. This could be down to ARCore shunning the need for a depth sensor, or simply indicate that the underlying AR framework is in its early days.

Both the ARCore framework and the AR Stickers are available to download from the Play Store, which would suggest that other Android phones will soon get support for the Google AR features.

More handsets with access to an AR framework would certainly help the rather niche area of tech have more of an impact beyond the Pixel handsets and hit semi-AR game Pokemon Go.

Related: Best Android phones of 2017

Does AR appeal to you or is it too much of a gimmick? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook. 

Less than 1 percent of Android phones are running Oreo

Android 7.0 and 7.1 have a combined share of 23.3 percent. Respectable, but still behind 6.0 Marshmallow (29.7 percent) and Android Lollipop (26.3 percent). The figures are hardly surprising, though, given Android’s messy ecosystem of carriers, phone manufacturers and chipset providers. The sheer number of models, combined with their ageing hardware, makes it difficult for companies to keep everything up to date. Most flagships get an upgrade or two, but the bulk of mid range and low-end handsets are abandoned as soon as they leave the factory. It’s this lack of support that ultimately slows firmware adoption and increases fragmentation.

Which is a shame, because Android Oreo (now on 8.1) is a solid update. Notifications are much improved and the picture-in-picture mode is useful if your phone has a large screen. There’s also “Project Treble,” a behind the scenes push to accelerate Android updates. It’s not a huge leap over Android Nougat, but it’s one everyone deserves to have when they buy a new phone. Fingers crossed more devices start shipping with it soon.

New app actually lets you use iMessage on Android phones – BGR

Remember when I helped a friend switch to Android but he only lasted three days without his iPhone because he couldn’t bear to “live life as a green bubble“? He might’ve stuck with the Android phone I spent hours helping him choose if he had access to weMessage at the time. Well, he might’ve stuck with it for a few more days, at least.

The good news is that weMessage is a new app that brings Apple’s closed messaging system iMessage to Android, and it works surprisingly well. The bad news is that it might not work for very longer.

First, the fun part: weMessage is an app and server combo that was created by 16-year-old developer Roman Scott. He posted about the new messaging solution on Reddit over the weekend, and it obviously drew plenty of attention. Here’s an excerpt from his post:

My name is Roman, and I am a 16 year-old app developer. I have recently published my first app to the Play Store, called weMessage. weMessage is an app that allows you to use iMessage on your Android phones or tablets. I created weMessage due to the inability of people on Android to use iMessage’s ecosystem. Although it is allows you to use iMessage on your Android device, I cannot close the gap between Android and Apple completely because weMessage is reliant on an Apple computer, which I will explain below.

weMessage is composed of two pieces of software: the Android app itself and a messaging server that I called the weServer. In order to use weMessage, you need to install the weServer on a Mac computer. The weServer acts as a “bridge” between the Mac computer and your Android device. The weServer is a messaging server that processes and relays iMessages to and from the Android device. The reason why an Apple computer is needed is because the iMessages need to be sent through an Apple device in order to be delivered. The iMessages need to be sent through Apple’s servers, and the only way to do this legitimately is to use an Apple device. If the weServer supported Windows or Linux, I would not only be violating several EULAs but would be relying on an exploitation that would likely be fixed in the future.

Now, there are a few important things to note here, but the most important is as follows: this has been done before. Using an app running on a Mac computer as a server that relays messages to the Android device is a very smart way to make iMessage work on Android, where it is not technically supported. Of course, the problem is that developers who have done this in the past have seen their solutions blocked by software updates from Apple.

In the comments section of Scott’s Reddit post, he says that he will try to succeed where other developers have failed by continuing to support his app and updating it if Apple blocks it. It’s a nice notion, but if course there’s no way to tell if he’ll eventually hit a wall that cannot be circumvented. Until that happens, however, weMessage is a terrific way for Android users with Macs to avoid being a green bubble.

You can learn more in the Reddit post, and you can see how to download and install the solution on the weMessage website.

Twitter data shows Samsung users are happier with their phones than iPhone users

Are you loyal to your iPhone?  Ever thought about getting a different device but don’t know if you will be happy with it or not? According to LikeFolio analysis of consumer sentiment on Twitter, Samsung Galaxy phone owners are happier with their phones than Apple (AAPL) iPhone customers.   

LikeFolio uses social-data research to discover consumer trends on public companies, in this case measuring how positively consumers are reacting to the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones. The chart below shows that tweets about a Samsung Galaxy phone are significantly more positive than tweets about an Apple iPhone.

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iPhone vs Galaxy

That huge dip on the chart for Samsung in the fall of 2016 is from the S7 exploding battery recall. Although iPhone’s sentiment has been very consistent around 60%-70% positive, Samsung has recovered in the eyes of consumers and has had a higher percentage of positive sentiment throughout the last year.

Bottom line, Samsung is creating happy consumers with its Galaxy line of phones.

Lower sentiment for the iPhone X

While the new X has a beautiful display, outstanding camera capabilities and new facial recognition, Apple still might have some work to do. The lower sentiment for the iPhone is likely due in part to the X still having a lackluster battery life and it not being very durable, which can result in costly repairs or replacements. 

After all the hype around the release of the iPhone X, we are now finding out that,  according to Consumer Reports, the iPhone X ($999.99-$1,149) is not the best smartphone you can buy despite being Apple’s best iPhone yet.

Samsung still took the first three spots in the Consumer Reports ranking, with the Galaxy S8 ($724.99), S8 Plus ($849.99), and S7 ($594.99). These large price differences could be one reason that iPhone customers seem less thrilled with their device than Samsung Galaxy owners.

The good news for Apple is that the shortcomings of the iPhone X could actually benefit the company. Analysts encourage investors to buy Apple because the iPhone X will lead to a super long cycle for the company. 

Analyst Michael Olson, from Piper Jaffray, expects Apple will release three iPhones next year with the X’s better OLED displays. In addition, he notes 3D sensing component suppliers are being asked to increase their volume by three times next year, according to the firm’s checks.  “iPhone X ‘offspring’ can expand upgrade interest to a larger portion of iPhone Users in Fall-18,” he wrote. “As options for the ‘X’ generation iPhone expand, the ‘shots on goal’ for upgrading increases.”

We still think Apple will continue to dominate with their iPhone X but when it comes to creating happy smartphone users, Samsung seems to be doing things right.

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New app actually lets you use iMessage on Android phones

Remember when I helped a friend switch to Android but he only lasted three days without his iPhone because he couldn’t bear to “live life as a green bubble“? He might’ve stuck with the Android phone I spent hours helping him choose if he had access to weMessage at the time. Well, he might’ve stuck with it for a few more days, at least.

The good news is that weMessage is a new app that brings Apple’s closed messaging system iMessage to Android, and it works surprisingly well. The bad news is that it might not work for very longer.

First, the fun part: weMessage is an app and server combo that was created by 16-year-old developer Roman Scott. He posted about the new messaging solution on Reddit over the weekend, and it obviously drew plenty of attention. Here’s an excerpt from his post:

My name is Roman, and I am a 16 year-old app developer. I have recently published my first app to the Play Store, called weMessage. weMessage is an app that allows you to use iMessage on your Android phones or tablets. I created weMessage due to the inability of people on Android to use iMessage’s ecosystem. Although it is allows you to use iMessage on your Android device, I cannot close the gap between Android and Apple completely because weMessage is reliant on an Apple computer, which I will explain below.

weMessage is composed of two pieces of software: the Android app itself and a messaging server that I called the weServer. In order to use weMessage, you need to install the weServer on a Mac computer. The weServer acts as a “bridge” between the Mac computer and your Android device. The weServer is a messaging server that processes and relays iMessages to and from the Android device. The reason why an Apple computer is needed is because the iMessages need to be sent through an Apple device in order to be delivered. The iMessages need to be sent through Apple’s servers, and the only way to do this legitimately is to use an Apple device. If the weServer supported Windows or Linux, I would not only be violating several EULAs but would be relying on an exploitation that would likely be fixed in the future.

Now, there are a few important things to note here, but the most important is as follows: this has been done before. Using an app running on a Mac computer as a server that relays messages to the Android device is a very smart way to make iMessage work on Android, where it is not technically supported. Of course, the problem is that developers who have done this in the past have seen their solutions blocked by software updates from Apple.

In the comments section of Scott’s Reddit post, he says that he will try to succeed where other developers have failed by continuing to support his app and updating it if Apple blocks it. It’s a nice notion, but if course there’s no way to tell if he’ll eventually hit a wall that cannot be circumvented. Until that happens, however, weMessage is a terrific way for Android users with Macs to avoid being a green bubble.

You can learn more in the Reddit post, and you can see how to download and install the solution on the weMessage website.

Some Flagship Android Phones Don’t Support Netflix/Amazon Prime Video in HD

If you’ve ever attempted to watch Netflix or other paid video streaming services on certain devices, you may have noticed that even if your plan supports streaming videos in high definition, the video quality doesn’t go over 480p. This is not necessarily an issue with your Internet speed or a bug within the Netflix app. Instead, it could totally be the fault of your device itself.

This is because Netflix and other services such as Amazon Prime Video are protected by digital rights management, or DRM services, and on Android require the most secure level of Google’s Widevine DRM solution (Widevine Level 1) in order to deliver HD (720p+) video content to Android devices. Lack of support for Widevine L1 can, and will, result in HD video not being played properly on your Android device, regardless of how powerful your device is or what its screen resolution is.

Today, we’re going to take a look at what Widevine is and how can you check if your device lacks the Widevine L1 that is required for HD playback in Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.


An Introduction to Widevine

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Widevine Technologies logo.

Widevine is one of the oldest and most widely used DRM solutions available out there, and one of the most effective when it comes to protecting digital content. It is multiplatform and multiformat, and it’s available on nearly 4 billion devices around the globe, which include desktop PCs and devices, mobile devices running Android or iOS, televisions, Blu-Ray players, set-top boxes and gaming consoles. Widevine was developed by Widevine Technologies, a company which was founded all the way back in 1999, and acquired by Google for $160 million back in December 2010.

Netflix’s content, which spawns a plethora of TV series, movies, documentaries, and even original series like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Stranger Things, is protected with DRM and encryption measures in order to avoid piracy and recordings to be distributed freely by users. For this purpose, they use multiple DRM solutions, including Google’s Widevine DRM, since it’s the DRM measure of choice for a good part of their supported platforms. Widevine is also used by other paid streaming services, like Amazon Prime Video.

Different Levels, Different Security Tiers

While every Android device out there supports some form of Widevine, not every phone supports the same level. There are a few different levels: there’s Level 3, the rock bottom security tier used for protecting SD (480p and lower) video and standard quality media, and then we have Level 1, which is the one used for delivering high-quality media, like HD/FHD/QHD/4K video. Level 1 requires hardware-backed DRM measures to process protected content. In order for a device to display HD video from a Widevine-backed service, said device must support L1: L3 will only display SD video regardless of your subscription or device capabilities.

And this brings us to another point: not every flagship device out there supports L1, and are therefore not able to output HD video from Netflix. Some cases of flagship phones not supporting Widevine L1 despite having the hardware capability include any OnePlus phone and the ZTE Axon 7/M which are backed by Widevine L3 instead of L1. Other flagships like the Google Pixel 2 XL do feature full support for Widevine L1.

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ZTE Axon M (L3)

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Pixel 2 XL (L1)

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OnePlus 5T (L3)

It’s unclear why OnePlus and ZTE opted for skipping the certification process for Widevine L1, especially since Google does not require any licensing fees to be certified. With certification out of the way, it is a software issue which can be easily solved after all, however. A OnePlus spokesperson has told The Verge that an update was soon going to be rolled out with Widevine L1 (and thus Netflix HD) support.

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Getting HD Netflix to Work

You should be in the clear if you have a popular flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Galaxy Note8, the LG G6, the LG V30, and more. However, if your device, whatever the brand, is not outputting HD video on Netflix or other apps, you might as well go over to the Play Store and download DRM Info to check if Widevine is the culprit.

If DRM Info displays “L1” under the Security Level of Google Widevine DRM, then your device is capable of displaying HD video on Netflix and other apps. If it’s still not displaying HD video despite having full Widevine L1 support, then it could be a matter of Netflix having to whitelist your device on their end in order to enable full-resolution video playback.

Unfortunately that means manually patching the Netflix app to get it running. XDA Senior Member chenxiaolong has put together a guide to get HD Netflix working on these devices, and XDA Junior Member GuillaumeBarberousse made an Ubuntu script for automatically patching the Netflix APK.

If on the other hand, DRM Info displays “L3”, then you’re out of luck as your device does not currently support Widevine L1. The above tutorials won’t work for you either since they’re for devices which support Widevine L1 yet don’t have Netflix HD support for whatever reason. So, it’s a matter of reporting said issue to your OEM, who should see if something can be done about it. For OnePlus owners, a fix is on the way, at least sometime in the near future.

It’s not really clear why OEMs are not going through the certification process for Widevine L1 from the start. It could come down to them not having the time to certify their devices for Widevine L1, or simply not wanting to. Almost every 2017 flagship device is hardware-capable of supporting Widevine L1, and so we hope the adoption of it becomes increasingly more common with next year’s phones.

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A Small Change That Could Make Our Phones So Much Better

I’m sure that it’s easier for me to expound on than it would be to technically achieve. Our phones, primarily through apps or assistants like Google Assistant, are only just beginning to learn and customize themselves to our behaviors and preferences. And there’s a lot to consider: your location, your behavior, the weather, the typical brightness in your home and office, and what to do if you go somewhere atypical. To date, the A.I. and machine learning that’s built into our phones is only used for a handful of things. It helps organize and categorize the photos on our camera rolls and learns from our texting habits to fuel autosuggestions and autocorrect. As facial recognition and augmented reality gain popularity, A.I. will fuel those applications too. Phones like the iPhone X even include a “neural engine” specifically designed for accelerating A.I. software. Adding some learning algorithms to our phones’ auto-brightness shouldn’t be that big of a stretch. And perhaps, in learning your auto-brightness preferences based on time of day, location, and what applications you have open, your phone could also fix other issues too—whether your camera should default to the rear-facing or selfie camera, for example, or what volume notifications and sounds should play.

A Small Change That Could Make Our Phones So Much Better

I’m sure that it’s easier for me to expound on than it would be to technically achieve. Our phones, primarily through apps or assistants like Google Assistant, are only just beginning to learn and customize themselves to our behaviors and preferences. And there’s a lot to consider: your location, your behavior, the weather, the typical brightness in your home and office, and what to do if you go somewhere atypical. To date, the A.I. and machine learning that’s built into our phones is only used for a handful of things. It helps organize and categorize the photos on our camera rolls and learns from our texting habits to fuel autosuggestions and autocorrect. As facial recognition and augmented reality gain popularity, A.I. will fuel those applications too. Phones like the iPhone X even include a “neural engine” specifically designed for accelerating A.I. software. Adding some learning algorithms to our phones’ auto-brightness shouldn’t be that big of a stretch. And perhaps, in learning your auto-brightness preferences based on time of day, location, and what applications you have open, your phone could also fix other issues too—whether your camera should default to the rear-facing or selfie camera, for example, or what volume notifications and sounds should play.

2017 is the year that computers became phones

Until very recently, you could feel reasonably sure that a computer was, well, a computer. To use the word might conjure up an image of a digital device that processed information, but for most people, it would have simply been those familiar boxes with a keyboard, mouse, and screen.

The smartphone changed all that. While many people still insist on a distinction between a “proper computer” and a smartphone, so many of the things that people associated with computers — reading the news, sending emails, playing games, or doing work — were taken over first by phones, and then by tablets. Now, even Microsoft, whose mission it once was to get a PC on every desk, admits that its desktop Windows has a fraction of the market. Computing as a concept and a practice is dominated by the smartphone.

Yet if that shift has already happened, the actual, functional division between types of devices has mostly remained: We use smartphones like smartphones, and laptops and desktops like traditional computers. But this year, that finally started to change.

2017 was the year in which the traditional computer started to become a smartphone.

Perhaps the clearest sign occurred near the end of the year when Microsoft and Qualcomm finally announced the arrival of Windows computers that run on the latter company’s ARM chips. For decades, Windows computers have run mainly on Intel chips — those familiar Pentium and Core brands that anyone who’s shopped for a computer is no doubt familiar with. But ARM processors, which are more efficient and less power hungry, are the ubiquitous ones found in smartphones and tablets.

What the new Windows devices promise is a computer than functions like a smartphone. If Windows on ARM works as advertised, the touchscreen laptops will turn on nearly instantly, have the kind of battery life that lets you leave your charger at home, and also have a persistent LTE wireless connection. That means they can be used online anywhere, for a long time, and have the same “open it up and get to work” feel of a smartphone or a tablet.

The change it represents is, like many changes in tech, incremental yet significant. After all, some laptops with Intel chips, including those from Apple and Microsoft, already have all-day battery life, while some have cellular connections, while others turn on nearly instantly or have touchscreens. But in combining all of those aspects into a usable smartphone-like laptop, what you get are the benefits of the smartphone applied to the once-clunky, slow computer. It further redefines computing away from something you do in a specific place, attached to specific networks, or for only short periods of time.

But if those are the practical changes, it’s also a sign that the smartphone has come to be the dominant idea of computing. While once people may have wanted smartphones to be more like traditional computers — to have keyboards or to run desktop-style software or to be more open — the flow of influence is now clearly the other way round.

The change was, of course, preceded by baby steps toward mixing computers and touchscreen devices, mostly in the form of hybrid tablet-laptops like the Microsoft Surface and Apple’s iPad Pro. But this year, even those devices started to blur the lines and become more indefinable. In particular, the newest software update for iPads made them much more functional as primary work devices, adding things like an easy way to find and access files, and allowing users to multitask easily, in part by letting them simply use two or more applications side-by-side. Once again, the idea of what constitutes a “real computer” changed.

If, in one sense, the iPad Pro and Surface represent the tablet becoming more like a laptop, they also indicate that the logic of the smartphone is now dominant.

Technology is so often structured around a defining idea. Computers have “desktops” like the physical workspaces they’re reproducing; electric cars have accelerators and designs just like combustion-engine vehicles; even the smartphone was for years predominantly a phone before that function become secondary. It is only when the underlying ideas that shape how we think about tech change that the technology itself starts to change.

This year appears to mark when such a change finally took hold on the computer — and it’s arguably for the better. Whether it’s laptops turning into pick-up-and-play devices, or tablets becoming work devices, what unites all these changes is the smartphone way: that tech should be easy to use, last a long time, and keep you connected wherever you are.

And as time goes on, it’s likely we will see more and more conflating between types of computers. After all, this year was also the year Samsung launched its DEX idea, with which you can plug a smartphone into a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and have it work like a desktop.

It’s just one more sign that 2017 will go down as the year that all computers inched ever closer to becoming smartphones.

Anything iPhone X can do… Android phones will get ‘deep portrait …

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month, but there are already plans to replicate its headline features in 2018’s high-end Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography, and Face ID and Unlock, will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Androids next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is a much more compelling effect than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the system-on-a-chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face-mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth-sensing and supports IR sensors for face-mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face-mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

Anything iPhone X can do… Android phones will get ‘deep portrait …

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month, but there are already plans to replicate its headline features in 2018’s high-end Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography, and Face ID and Unlock, will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Androids next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is a much more compelling effect than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the system-on-a-chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face-mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth-sensing and supports IR sensors for face-mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face-mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

Anything iPhone X can do… Android phones will get ‘deep portrait …

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month, but there are already plans to replicate its headline features in 2018’s high-end Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography, and Face ID and Unlock, will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Androids next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is a much more compelling effect than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the system-on-a-chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face-mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth-sensing and supports IR sensors for face-mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face-mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

Anything iPhone X can do… Android phones will get ‘deep portrait …

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month, but there are already plans to replicate its headline features in 2018’s high-end Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography, and Face ID and Unlock, will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Androids next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is a much more compelling effect than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the system-on-a-chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face-mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth-sensing and supports IR sensors for face-mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face-mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

Anything iPhone X can do… Android phones will get ‘deep portrait …

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month, but there are already plans to replicate its headline features in 2018’s high-end Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography, and Face ID and Unlock, will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Androids next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is a much more compelling effect than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the system-on-a-chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face-mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth-sensing and supports IR sensors for face-mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face-mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)

Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)

Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)

Flipkart Sale Offers on Mobile Phones: Best Deals on iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and More

The ongoing Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale has brought new deals and discounts to a handful of flagship smartphone models. The Flipkart sale includes some eye-catching deals on Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1, Google Pixel 2, and others. Also, the online marketplace is giving away an additional 10 percent discount with SBI credit card (up to Rs. 1,600 on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999). The Flipkart sale is also offering exchange discounts, buyback guarantees, no-cost EMIs, among others to make the listing even attractive. We have this time chosen the best Flipkart sale offers on mobile devices that you can pick today. It is worth noting here that the sale will last till Saturday, December 9.

iPhone X 64GB

The iPhone X 64GB has a Rs. 5,000 discount for SBI credit card users, bringing its price down to Rs. 84,000 from Rs. 89,000. You can also get a discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on an exchange of your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. If you exchange the OnePlus 3T and use an SBI credit card, you can get the iPhone X for as low as Rs. 70,550. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display and is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. Further, there are two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the rear and features such as Face ID and wireless charging.

Price: Rs. 84,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000)

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is discounted at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. On exchange of your old handset, you can get a discount of up to Rs. 12,000. The Flipkart sale is also offering you a straight discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchasing the Mi A1 using an SBI credit card. Additionally, you can get buyback guarantee at Rs. 99. The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with an octa-core 2GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. The handset sports a dual camera setup and comes under Google’s Android One programme.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Google Pixel 2 has received one of the sweetest deals during the Flipkart sale and is available with a price tag of Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000). You can get an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 by making payment using any debit or credit card and another discount of up to Rs. 18,000 by giving your old smartphone. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, paired with 4GB of RAM. The handset has a 12.2-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 61,000)

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64GB is available for as low as Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000) on Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can receive a discount of Rs. 1,600 when purchased through an SBI credit card. Also, there is a buyback guarantee for an additional Rs. 99 that promises you to offer an exchange value of Rs. 35,000 on the online marketplace. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display and is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip. It has a dual camera setup with a pair of 12-megapixel image sensors and a 7-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 68,999 (MRP Rs. 73,000)

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 price is down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 if you pay through an SBI credit card. Also, the handset comes with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 18,000. OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T users will get an additional Rs. 3,000 off on the exchange value of their smartphones. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 37,999)

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000) during Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale. You can get a discount of up to Rs. 23,000 upon exchanging your smartphone. Making the payment through an SBI credit card offers you a Rs. 1,600 discount. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 chip, paired with a 2.3GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 29,990 (MRP Rs. 46,000)

Moto X4

During Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale, Moto X4 is priced at Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999). You can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 18,000 on the exchange of your old smartphone. Also, there is an instant discount of Rs. 1,600 on purchasing the smartphone using an SBI credit card. Airtel is additionally offering up to 340GB data. The Moto X4 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The smartphone has a dual camera setup with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 16-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 20,999 (MRP Rs. 22,999)

Moto C Plus

The Moto C Plus price is down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999) during the Flipkart sale. You can get up to Rs. 5,500 off on exchange and Rs. 1,600 off on purchasing through an SBI credit card. The Moto C Plus has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 6,999)




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