Top 10 smartphones launched or to be launched in 2016: iPhone7, Samsung Note 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and more

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    You bought iPhone 6s last month, but you just realised that iPhone7 is launching this year and you regret not waiting for it. We bring you list of top ten smartphone across all budget sizes, which are launched recently or are about to launch this year. Read more

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    Moto G4 Play Moto G4 Play could launch in India soon as data on Zauba (import and export tracking website) shows the phone being imported in the country. Moto G4 Play written as Moto XT 1607 was imported from the US with a per unit cost of Rs 6,804, according to data on the website. Import pricing is merely a reflection of what the phone will eventually retail at, so should not be taken as a final price. The phone is expected to launch in India soon. Moto G4 Play has a 5-inch full HD display, a smaller size compared to its siblings – the Moto G4 and G4 Plus with 5.5-inch screens. The phone is expected to be launched with only two colour options – White and Black. Play has a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD). It comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. The front camera supports Display Flash It runs the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS and has a 2800 mAh battery.This one has a water repellent nano-coating, supports 4G, Bluetooth version 4.1 LE and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz).

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    TCL 560 Chinese Multinational TCL Corporation has launched its first smartphone in India – TCL 560. The budget smartphone is priced at Rs 7,999. It is an Amazon exclusive device. TCL 560 features a 5.5-inch HD screen with a pixel resolution of 720x1280p. It packs an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera with flash.TCL 560 is powered by a 32-bit quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The battery is 2,500mAh. The 4G-enabled smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 and is available in dark grey and metallic gold colour variants. TCL 560 supports 4G VoLTE.TCL 560 weighs 156 grams. It comes with an iris scanner, which unlocks the smartphone using eyes.The most unique feature of this phone is the iris scanner, which TCL calls EyeVerify. It unlocks the phone by scanning your eyes, and works well when you are in a well-lit environment.

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    Asus Zenfone 3 Asus has announced a new variant of Zenfone 3 Deluxe smartphone powered by Snapdragon 821 processor. The new variant comes with 6GB RAM and 256GB ROM. Qualcomm unveiled Snapdragon 821 very recently and claimed that the chipset is 10 times more efficient than its predecessor Snapdragon 820. Zenfone 3 Deluxe is the first smartphone to be powered by the chipset. Asus launched its Zenfone 3 series with Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Deluxe (4GB and 6 GB variants) and Zenfone 3 Ultra smartphones. The devices are now available for pre-booking in Taiwan. The smartphones will start shipping after July 29. Asus has give its flagship Deluxe smartphone a full metal body design with invisible antenna bands. It has a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) Super AMOLED display and a 79 per cent screen-to-body ratio.It has a 23MP camera with the latest Sony IMX318 image sensor, f/2.0 aperture lens, and 4-axis optical image stabilization and 4K video recording.Deluxe has a Type-C USB charger with Quick Charge 3.0 support and 3000 mAh battery.

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    BlackBerry Mercury Three new BlackBerry devices will be manufactured by TCL’s recently acquired company, Alacatel, says a report on GSM Arena. The phones are codenamed Neon, Argon and Mercury. The general specs of these phones have also surfaced. BlackBerry Neon is set to be a low to mid-range device and will feature 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The phone will feature a 13MP rear and an 8MP front camera, and is set to go on sale in the next couple of months.Argon, will feature a 5.5-inch QHD screen, have 4GB RAM with 32GB storage and run on the Snapdragon 820 CPU. The battery in Argon will be 3,000 mAh. Other features include a USB Type-C charging port and finger print scanner. The phone will also sport a 21MP rear camera and an 8MP front one.Last in the line up, the Mercury will feature a physical keyboard. Unlike the Priv’s sliding out keyboard, BlackBerry will try and bring back the “always-out” keyboard back in fashion.

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    Xiaomi Mi 5s Xiaomi’s Mi 5s smartphone will sport a dual rear camera setup, reveals rendered image of the device. The render posted on GizmoChina site has dual camera lens and flash placed one besides the other. Xiaomi Mi 5s is a variant of company’s flagship Mi 5. The smartphone is expected to hit the markets later this year. A report on MyDrivers reveal Mi 5s could come with a pressure-sensitive display, similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. The high-end Mi 5s will come with 6GB RAM, claims the report. Mi 5s could be the first Xiaomi smartphone to feature dual camera setup. We have seen dual camera setup in smartphones like LG G5 and Qiku Q Terra in the past. Generally, one camera is used for clicking pictures and the other one gives images the required depth.The current Mi 5 version available in India has an 820 processor, 3GB RAM, 16 megapixel rear camera with 4-axis OIS and a five megapixel front camera. It features a 5.15-inch full HD display and a curved 3D glass back. (Image: GizmoChina)

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    Micromax Canvas Fire 5 Micromax has launched the Canvas Fire 5 smartphone in India. The budget smartphone belongs to Fire Music phone series. Micromax Canvas Fire 5 features a 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The smartphone comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. Micromax Canvas Fire 5 comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The device runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and features dual front audio speakers. Micromax Canvas Fire 5 is backed by a 2500mAh battery and supports WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Micromax Canvas Fire 5 is a dual-SIM smartphone and supports 3G networks.Micromax Canvas Fire 5 is priced at Rs 6,199 and will be available in gold, grey and silver colour variants.

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    Moto E3 Motorola has quietly launched the 2016 Moto E in United Kingdom. The smartphone like Moto G has been beefed up with better internals and larger screen.Lenovo is calling its latest ultra-affordable device as Moto E3 and is stepping up the 4.5-inch display on 2015 Moto E to a 5-inch display. The display is a 1280 x 720 pixel one.The Moto E3 is powered by a quad-core processor now and the main camera has been bumped up to 8 megapixels. Motorola Moto E3 is backed by a 2,800mAh battery and supports microSD card slot for extra storage. According to The Verge, Lenovo Moto E3 comes with a smudge-resistant display but its unclear whether it has Gorilla Glass protection. Moto E reportedly goes on sale in the UK from September at £99 (approximately Rs 8,812) and should debut in India soon. (Image: GSM Arena)

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be launched on August 2, confirmed the South-Korean company in a new blogpost announcing the big release. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be the new smartphone in the Note series, and the company is technically skipping a number in this generation. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 specifications were recently leaked on the AnTuTu app, which showcased a version with 4GB RAM, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display,12MP Dual Pixel rear camera plus and IP68 certification. It also reported that Samsung Note 7 will include a bigger 4000 mAh battery. One of the criticisms in the Note 5 was that Samsung reduced the battery from 3,600 mAh to 3000 mAh. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is also rumoured to feature an Iris scanner, and the dual-edge display technology seen on the Galaxy S7 edge.

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    iPhone 7 Apple is likely to launch the next iPhone (also known as iPhone 7) in the second week of September and as the launch nears, there are more leaks hinting at the upcoming devices. The leaked images reveals Apple iPhone 7 will be available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold colour options. Earlier rumours suggested that Apple will introduce a space black variant of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but that doesn’t seem to be happening this year.Apart from the colour variant, the latest leaked images also strongly complement the rumour of larger camera bump and smoother antenna design. While the antenna redesign looks fine, that camera bump might not go down well with iPhone users. (Representational image)

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    Xiaomi Mi 5s Xiaomi’s Mi 5s smartphone will sport a dual rear camera setup, reveals rendered image of the device. The render posted on GizmoChina site has dual camera lens and flash placed one besides the other. Xiaomi Mi 5s is a variant of company’s flagship Mi 5. The smartphone is expected to hit the markets later this year. A report on MyDrivers reveal Mi 5s could come with a pressure-sensitive display, similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. The high-end Mi 5s will come with 6GB RAM, claims the report. Mi 5s could be the first Xiaomi smartphone to feature dual camera setup. We have seen dual camera setup in smartphones like LG G5 and Qiku Q Terra in the past. Generally, one camera is used for clicking pictures and the other one gives images the required depth.The current Mi 5 version available in India has an 820 processor, 3GB RAM, 16 megapixel rear camera with 4-axis OIS and a five megapixel front camera. It features a 5.15-inch full HD display and a curved 3D glass back. (Image Source: Reuters)