Did Microsoft leak an image of the Surface Pro 5?

An image of what is claimed to be the Surface Pro 5 tablet has appeared on a French website allegedly belonging to Microsoft. We have no verification that the render titled “win10-feature-surface-pro-5-z” is actually that of the Surface Pro 5, and that the website it is embedded on is actually an official Microsoft press page for French speaking regions. The image shows the next-gen Surface Pro slate wearing a Type Cover with the Surface Pen lying in front of the tablet.

Besides the image of the tablet, the Surface Pro 5 name appears on a LinkedIn profile of a Microsoft employee.Also mentioned …


2017 Best Cell Phones Upcoming

2017 is upon us, bringing with it a flurry of new top-end smartphones to get excited about. The tenth anniversary of the original iPhone means Apple may have something special in store for us this year, while Samsung will probably come out all guns blazing in order to soundly recover from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. There’s a chance that Google will bring the second-generation of Pixel smartphones, while the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi will continue to introduce high-quality, affordable flagship smartphones.

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If you are on the lookout for a new smartphone, you might to hold on to your money a little while longer, as the market will soon be filled with a number of great models. Check out our pick of smartphones to look forward to in 2017 for more details.

1. Apple iPhone 8
2017 will be the year of the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone, the smartphone that upended and revolutionised the whole mobile phone industry. So it is no surprise that all eyes are on Apple and what it does to commemorate the occasion. And, of course, hopes are high that iPhone 8 will bring a number of changes to the table, enough to make up for the iterative updates we have had over the past two years.

Leaks point to three different versions of iPhone 8: one featuring all the new features, and the other two being the successors of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with only a few upgrades. Apple is reportedly developing more than 10 iPhone 8 prototypes, and working on a “radical redesign” of the smartphone. Rumour has it that at least the top-end version of the iPhone 8 will not have the Home button; instead, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front camera will be integrated into the touchscreen. Apple is also said to be testing flexible OLED panels for the iPhone 8.

Wireless charging is widely expected to be integrated in iPhone 8, along with iris or facial scanning. iPhone 8 is said to be powered by the A11 chip manufactured on the 10nm process, the glass body will reportedly make a comeback. The top-end iPhone 8 model will reportedly also have optical image stabilisation in both cameras on the back, which may be vertically aligned rather than horizontally.

The screen size of this new top-end smartphone is not yet known, though the tech grapevine pegs it anywhere between 4.7-inches and 5.8-inches. The wait for iPhone 8 will be long, of course, as the next Apple flagship smartphone is likely to be unveiled only in September next year.

2. Samsung Galaxy X
Galaxy X is said to be the foldable smartphone that Samsung is planning to launch in 2017. Not much is known about the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy X so far, except that it may have a 4K screen and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (likely to be Snapdragon 835). It is expected to feature a single flexible OLED display and a body that will fold at the middle. A patent filed by Samsung shows that users will be able to fold the smartphone at various angles and that it will feature physical buttons at the bottom.

A report back in June this year said that Samsung is likely to unveil the foldable Galaxy X smartphone at the Mobile World Congress, but the shift in focus to finding the cause of Galaxy Note 7 explosions may have put in spanner in that, likely delaying the launch by a few months.

3. Samsung Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8 will have the burden of expectations as it is Samsung’s first flagship smartphone to be launched after the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will have an Artificial Intelligence-powered virtual assistant, and a great camera. Rumours say Galaxy S8 will not have an earphone jack, or Home button – instead, it is said to come with wireless earphones, and feature optical fingerprint sensor that will be embedded in the touchscreen.

Reportedly, the Galaxy S8 smartphone will have a 4K display with ultra-thin bezels, dual 13-megapixel and 9-megapixel cameras on the back, fingerprint sensor on the back, USB Type-C port, selfie camera with autofocus and VR support. A recent report suggests that the smartphone may feature a massive 8GB of RAM, along with faster UFS 2.1 storage. Rumours also say that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may not feature any physical keys in the front, and pack two variants of the Exynos 8895 chipset.

Samsung was earlier rumoured to be planning to launch the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress in late February, but a new report says that the company has delayed the unveiling till April. Apparently, the South Korean titan will focus on regaining consumer confidence in the time till April. Samsung Galaxy S8 may cost 15-20 percent more than its predecessor. The AI-based virtual assistant will apparently be integrated with apps that come preloaded on the smartphone.

A ‘Plus’ variant of Samsung Galaxy S8 featuring a 6-inch display, and support for the S-Pen stylus may also be in the works.

4. Nokia’s Android Phones
Nokia is rumoured to launch as many as five Android smartphones in the first half of 2017, starting with Mobile World Congress in late February. One of the devices expected at the event is the Nokia D1C, a budget Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone that is said to sport the Snapdragon 430 processor, and come in 2GB and 3GB RAM variants priced at $150 and $200, respectively. The smartphone will also have two options in screen size – 5-inch and 5.5-inch – and come with 16GB internal storage, 13-megapixel or 16-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel front camera.

A high-end Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone by Nokia is also expected in early 2017, featuring a 5.2-inch or 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 23-megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, 6GB RAM, metal unibody design, and water-resistant body.

Along with these, an entry-level Nokia Android phone called Pixel may also be under development. This smartphone is said to run Android 7.0.1 Nougat operating system and may be powered by the 1.19GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB RAM. Nokia Pixel Android phone’s battery is said to support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging technology.

5. OnePlus 4
OnePlus 4 is another smartphone everyone will be excited about in 2017. The smartphone will reportedly have a ceramic body, come in 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants, sport the Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual-camera on the back, and may retain the 3.5mm earphone jack. However, OnePlus 4 may have a 5.3-inch display, smaller than that of the OnePlus One, 2, 3, and 3T, though resolution may increase to 4K.

6. Moto X 2017
Leaked photos of a smartphone expected to be the Moto X 2017 have sparked interest in the line, which did not make an appearance this year. The Moto X 2017 will have an all-metal body, images show, with the fingerprint sensor on the back. The smartphone in the leaked images does not have Moto Mod pins on the back, so Lenovo may add some other unique feature in Moto X 2017 to distinguish it from the competition.

7. Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2
Google Pixel is a flagship smartphone that boasts excellent software but is plagued by niggling hardware issues. We expect Google to iron out the kinks in the second-generation Pixel and Pixel XL models, and give us the smartphone everyone expects from a company of its size and reputation.

There are no leaks about Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 yet, but if these phones come out in 2017, then we expect big changes in the software department, bringing more features to the Google Assistant. On the hardware front, all the top features and specifications can be expected, such as 6GB RAM, big battery, and fast processor.

8. HTC 11/ Ocean
HTC 11, the flagship smartphone being developed under the codename Ocean, is said to have a metal body with chamfered edges. It will reportedly feature dual 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras on the back with LED flash, 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 3700mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

9. LG G6
LG will reportedly not use the modular design with the G6, though the company itself has said that it will not do away with the swappable accessories for now. The rumour mill suggests that the LG G6 will have an aluminium body with water-resistant coating, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type C port, wireless charging, and removable battery. LG was reportedly planning to use curved display on the G6, but that plan has been shelved because of supply-chain constraints.

10. Microsoft Surface Phone
Everyone is a little unsure about this one as we have been hearing of the Microsoft Surface Phone for a couple of years now, but Satya Nadella in an interview recently said that the company is working on the “ultimate mobile device,” so there is some hope. Microsoft also owns the surfacephone.com Web domain, suggesting that a smartphone may be on the way. We will have to wait for 2017 for the rest of the details.

That’s our round-up of the smartphones to look forward to in 2017.

Best Cell Phones Looking Forward to 2017

2017 is upon us, bringing with it a flurry of new top-end smartphones to get excited about. The tenth anniversary of the original iPhone means Apple may have something special in store for us this year, while Samsung will probably come out all guns blazing in order to soundly recover from the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. There’s a chance that Google will bring the second-generation of Pixel smartphones, while the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi will continue to introduce high-quality, affordable flagship smartphones.

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If you are on the lookout for a new smartphone, you might to hold on to your money a little while longer, as the market will soon be filled with a number of great models. Check out our pick of smartphones to look forward to in 2017 for more details.

1. Apple iPhone 8
2017 will be the year of the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone, the smartphone that upended and revolutionised the whole mobile phone industry. So it is no surprise that all eyes are on Apple and what it does to commemorate the occasion. And, of course, hopes are high that iPhone 8 will bring a number of changes to the table, enough to make up for the iterative updates we have had over the past two years.

Leaks point to three different versions of iPhone 8: one featuring all the new features, and the other two being the successors of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with only a few upgrades. Apple is reportedly developing more than 10 iPhone 8 prototypes, and working on a “radical redesign” of the smartphone. Rumour has it that at least the top-end version of the iPhone 8 will not have the Home button; instead, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front camera will be integrated into the touchscreen. Apple is also said to be testing flexible OLED panels for the iPhone 8.

Wireless charging is widely expected to be integrated in iPhone 8, along with iris or facial scanning. iPhone 8 is said to be powered by the A11 chip manufactured on the 10nm process, the glass body will reportedly make a comeback. The top-end iPhone 8 model will reportedly also have optical image stabilisation in both cameras on the back, which may be vertically aligned rather than horizontally.

The screen size of this new top-end smartphone is not yet known, though the tech grapevine pegs it anywhere between 4.7-inches and 5.8-inches. The wait for iPhone 8 will be long, of course, as the next Apple flagship smartphone is likely to be unveiled only in September next year.

2. Samsung Galaxy X
Galaxy X is said to be the foldable smartphone that Samsung is planning to launch in 2017. Not much is known about the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy X so far, except that it may have a 4K screen and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (likely to be Snapdragon 835). It is expected to feature a single flexible OLED display and a body that will fold at the middle. A patent filed by Samsung shows that users will be able to fold the smartphone at various angles and that it will feature physical buttons at the bottom.

A report back in June this year said that Samsung is likely to unveil the foldable Galaxy X smartphone at the Mobile World Congress, but the shift in focus to finding the cause of Galaxy Note 7 explosions may have put in spanner in that, likely delaying the launch by a few months.

3. Samsung Galaxy S8
Galaxy S8 will have the burden of expectations as it is Samsung’s first flagship smartphone to be launched after the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will have an Artificial Intelligence-powered virtual assistant, and a great camera. Rumours say Galaxy S8 will not have an earphone jack, or Home button – instead, it is said to come with wireless earphones, and feature optical fingerprint sensor that will be embedded in the touchscreen.

Reportedly, the Galaxy S8 smartphone will have a 4K display with ultra-thin bezels, dual 13-megapixel and 9-megapixel cameras on the back, fingerprint sensor on the back, USB Type-C port, selfie camera with autofocus and VR support. A recent report suggests that the smartphone may feature a massive 8GB of RAM, along with faster UFS 2.1 storage. Rumours also say that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may not feature any physical keys in the front, and pack two variants of the Exynos 8895 chipset.

Samsung was earlier rumoured to be planning to launch the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress in late February, but a new report says that the company has delayed the unveiling till April. Apparently, the South Korean titan will focus on regaining consumer confidence in the time till April. Samsung Galaxy S8 may cost 15-20 percent more than its predecessor. The AI-based virtual assistant will apparently be integrated with apps that come preloaded on the smartphone.

A ‘Plus’ variant of Samsung Galaxy S8 featuring a 6-inch display, and support for the S-Pen stylus may also be in the works.

4. Nokia’s Android Phones
Nokia is rumoured to launch as many as five Android smartphones in the first half of 2017, starting with Mobile World Congress in late February. One of the devices expected at the event is the Nokia D1C, a budget Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone that is said to sport the Snapdragon 430 processor, and come in 2GB and 3GB RAM variants priced at $150 and $200, respectively. The smartphone will also have two options in screen size – 5-inch and 5.5-inch – and come with 16GB internal storage, 13-megapixel or 16-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel front camera.

A high-end Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone by Nokia is also expected in early 2017, featuring a 5.2-inch or 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 23-megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, 6GB RAM, metal unibody design, and water-resistant body.

Along with these, an entry-level Nokia Android phone called Pixel may also be under development. This smartphone is said to run Android 7.0.1 Nougat operating system and may be powered by the 1.19GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB RAM. Nokia Pixel Android phone’s battery is said to support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast-charging technology.

5. OnePlus 4
OnePlus 4 is another smartphone everyone will be excited about in 2017. The smartphone will reportedly have a ceramic body, come in 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants, sport the Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual-camera on the back, and may retain the 3.5mm earphone jack. However, OnePlus 4 may have a 5.3-inch display, smaller than that of the OnePlus One, 2, 3, and 3T, though resolution may increase to 4K.

6. Moto X 2017
Leaked photos of a smartphone expected to be the Moto X 2017 have sparked interest in the line, which did not make an appearance this year. The Moto X 2017 will have an all-metal body, images show, with the fingerprint sensor on the back. The smartphone in the leaked images does not have Moto Mod pins on the back, so Lenovo may add some other unique feature in Moto X 2017 to distinguish it from the competition.

7. Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2
Google Pixel is a flagship smartphone that boasts excellent software but is plagued by niggling hardware issues. We expect Google to iron out the kinks in the second-generation Pixel and Pixel XL models, and give us the smartphone everyone expects from a company of its size and reputation.

There are no leaks about Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 yet, but if these phones come out in 2017, then we expect big changes in the software department, bringing more features to the Google Assistant. On the hardware front, all the top features and specifications can be expected, such as 6GB RAM, big battery, and fast processor.

8. HTC 11/ Ocean
HTC 11, the flagship smartphone being developed under the codename Ocean, is said to have a metal body with chamfered edges. It will reportedly feature dual 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras on the back with LED flash, 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 3700mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

9. LG G6
LG will reportedly not use the modular design with the G6, though the company itself has said that it will not do away with the swappable accessories for now. The rumour mill suggests that the LG G6 will have an aluminium body with water-resistant coating, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type C port, wireless charging, and removable battery. LG was reportedly planning to use curved display on the G6, but that plan has been shelved because of supply-chain constraints.

10. Microsoft Surface Phone
Everyone is a little unsure about this one as we have been hearing of the Microsoft Surface Phone for a couple of years now, but Satya Nadella in an interview recently said that the company is working on the “ultimate mobile device,” so there is some hope. Microsoft also owns the surfacephone.com Web domain, suggesting that a smartphone may be on the way. We will have to wait for 2017 for the rest of the details.

That’s our round-up of the smartphones to look forward to in 2017.

The new Microsoft under Satya Nadella is still looking good on Wall Street


Satya Nadella Almost three years ago, Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its CEO. Since then, Microsoft has reversed its fortunes and returned to being a growth stock after stagnating for nearly a decade — and 2016 was not an exception to that. Indeed, as Microsoft continued its transition to cloud-based services and adopting multiple platforms, as well as taking big bets like buying LinkedIn for… Read More

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Why Choose Microsoft Office 365?

Cloud-based Microsoft Office adoption rate, though it’s slow in the presence scenario, is likely to pick up momentum in the years to come. As per Gartner, number of Microsoft Office 365 subscribers would increase from 50 million to 695 million from 2013 to 2017 covering almost 60 percent of the Microsoft Office market, which at present just holds 8 percent of the pie. Thus the roadmap ahead is quite smooth and promising for Microsoft. Needless to say, that differences in terms of migration will vary depending on organizations’ size, industry, geography and specific requirements.

Why should enterprises consider Microsoft Office 365? Or in what way does it add values to a business? These are important factors to ponder upon before taking a forward step. Well, many of the reasons overlap with the advantages that we withdraw from other cloud offerings. Like, it makes redundant many of the IT helpdesk tasks – installation, activation, update, upgrade and maintenance of software. Being a service, the entire technical aspect is managed on the background by the service provider, i.e. Microsoft here. Next, being user-based subscription, Microsoft Office applications can be accessed across multiple devices – enterprise PCs, personal PCs, media tablets and smartphones. Thus it helps enterprises to cut their expenses on individual Office or application licenses. Next, it’s scalable and flexible as per changing businesses’ demands. Users can go for monthly or annual subscriptions. They can decide what they want to avail and what not to. They can go for standalone application, and can further narrow down to go with selected features. Thus, enterprises are in no obligation to buy a full-fledged app and pay what they don’ need or use.

Equipped with Exchange, SharePoint and Lync, Microsoft Office 365 also brings reliable solution for business communication and collaboration. Exchange assigns 50 GB of mailbox storage to each user, and gives them flexibility to send attachment as large as 25 MB. Online Exchange syncs well with the support copies of Outlook with which they are well familiar as they have been using them for years. Outlook Web App helps mobile professionals to stay connected from anywhere with their corporate or branch offices using mobile smartphones and tablets running on Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, iOS, etc. SharePoint which is used by over 78 percent of the Fortune listed companies has been empowered with a power admin console to help entrepreneurs easily manage capabilities, policies and security. Cross device availability feature allows them to easily access and interact with their SharePoint newsfeed, wherever they go. Whether its creation of new team sites, accessibility or management of existing sites, just a click makes it happen.

Automated maintenance of the servers ensure that you are always up to date with the latest features with minimal downtime. Instant messaging gets more intuitive with Lync. One can see when people are available, away from their desk, or in a meeting. It also helps in having group meeting. Participants can share their desktops with one another. Office allows businesses to reduce their calling costs as people can make and receive audio and video calls at the cost of Internet plan for what they already have to pay.

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Acer Liquid M330 With 4.5-Inch Display, Windows 10 Mobile Launched

Acer introduced its Liquid M330 smartphone back in September last year during the IFA 2015 conference. The Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphone was launched with seven different handsets at the conference. The company after almost half a year has finally launched the Liquid M330 at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,650). It will be available from Microsoft store in the US this month.

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The Acer Liquid M330 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor.

Measuring 136×66.5×9.6mm, the smartphone comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage. The handset sports 5-megapixel front and rear cameras. For camera enthusiasts, Acer’s Liquid M330 features Gourmet, Favourite Shot, and Bright Magic Selfie camera modes.

Connectivity options on the Liquid M330 include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. It is powered by a 2000mAh battery that as per Microsoft is rated to deliver up to 15 hours of talk time and up to 230 hours of standby time.

Since the Liquid M330 is a Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphone, it also sports all the features that come with the OS such as Microsoft Edge, Outlook, OneDrive, Microsoft Office, Cortana, and Glance Screen, which lets users see notifications without fully unlocking the smartphone.

Microsoft is not only focusing on bringing Windows 10 Mobile to a wider number of handsets, but is also working hard to bring its apps on Android-based smartphones as well. The company in February said that it has 74 Android hardware partners in 25 countries, with Acer now joining that list. These OEMs either pre-install or will pre-install Microsoft apps on their Android smartphones and tablets. Acer intends to do so from the second half of 2016.

Nokia C1 Release date, Review, Price, Specification, Features of Android

Nokia C1 is an Upcoming Smartphone. Are you looking for the Nokia C1 Release date, Price, Specification, Features or Anything more! No tension! Here we are to inform you details about all of you require information according to Nokia C1 Smartphone 2016. Nokia already Announced about this New Upcoming Smartphone 2016.

To check the Complete Specification and features about the Nokia C1 Smartphone with its Price in India, US, UK, Canada and Bangladesh. Just take the time and Read about the Nokia C1 Release Date.

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Nokia C1 Release Date and Price Short description about:

Thinking about Nokia C1 Release Date! Research shows the rumored Nokia C1 Smartphone running its Z Launcher on the Android Operating System. The Smartphone is seen in White, Gray and Peach color versions. The Background design of Nokia C1 leak as well. The Smartphone will arrive soon with a different Camera Setup.

The Nokia C1 Upcoming Smartphone 2016 will provide 5 inches full HD Display. The Display Resolution is 1080 X 1920 Pixels. Anymore the Smartphone affords 5.5 Inches Display. The Nokia C1 Smaller Version will carry 2 GB RAM and 32 GB Internal Memory that means ROM. It will also carry the 8 Mega Pixel camera Primary camera and 5 Mega Pixels Secondary camera.

The Larger Version of Nokia C1 Smartphone 2016 will carry 3GB RAM and 64GB Internal Memory (ROM). The Nokia C1 Larger Version also available 13 Mega Pixels Primary Camera and 5 Mega Pixels Secondary Camera.

The Nokia C1 Smartphone 2016 will Release on 07th September 2016 all over the World. The Smartphone Price Fixed as 12,999 Rs. It may change during the Release Period.

Nokia C1 Release Date, Price and Full Features:

– 5” (inch) Full HD (High Defination) Display withGorilla Glass 3.
– Fully laminated zero Air Gap display.
– Operating System Software: Most Advance Android 6.0 Marshmallow
– Attraction: Nokia Z Launcher.
– Faster64 Bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
– Camera: 8 Megapixel Primary + 5 Megapixel Secondary.
– 3100mAh Powerful battery.

Nokia C1 Release Date, Price and Specification:

– Network 4G LTE, GS, HSPA, HSUPA and HSDPA.
– Dual SIM Support (GSM and GSM).
– Display 5”(inch) Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3. With also Fully laminated zero Air Gap display.
– Design One piece design, Aluminum and surface anodization.
– Processor64 Bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 2.5GHz Quad-core CPU.
– Operating System Software: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Nokia Z Launcher.
– RAM LPDDR3 (800 MHz).
– Memory eMMC 5.0, 32GB expandable memory and 32 GB.
– Primary Camera 8 MP rear facing camera with autofocus. (1080p video recording).
– Secondary Camera 5 MP front facing camera with fixed focus.
– Sensor 6 axis Gyro and Accelerometer.
– Wireless Wi-Fi, Dual channel (2.4GHz & 5GHz) with Bluetooth, BT 4.0, MIMO.
– Powerful Battery 3100mAh.
– Dimension: N/A.
– Weight: N/A.
– Colors: White, Gray and Peach.
– Similar withXiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Micromax Yu Yureka.

Finally, No more Words require about the Nokia C1 release Date, Specification, Price and Features 2016. If you have something about this Smartphone to Know, Just Ask in here with the Comment box. Personal Message can send with the Contact us Form. So, Wait for the Nokia C1 Release Date.

The cheap Lumia 650 has more metal than the pricier Lumia 950

The 5-inch Windows 10 phone has an aluminium frame, while the Lumia 950 and 950 XL have a plastic casing, despite being seriously high-end under the hood. We got our hands on with the new phone at Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.

The materials swapperoo seems counter-intuitive to us — why give a device that costs just $200/£160 the metal frame while the significantly costlier flagship phones bear the budget feel? (The Lumia 650 converts to around AU$280, but no official word on Australian pricing yet.)

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To be clear, it’s just the frame that’s metal here on the Lumia 650. The backing is still plastic, so you can remove it to get to the Micro SD slot and removable battery, which are both nice things to have in a phone these days.

The phone felt incredibly light in the hand and was easy to pocket. Its AMOLED display is a nice touch, making colors appear rich and contrast high. When you look closely at its rims, you can see the chamfering on the phone’s metal edges.

Still, at this price, you’re not packing in top-of-the-line components.

5-inch OLED display at 1,280×720 resolution
142 mm by 70.9 mm by 6.9 mm and 122 g (5.5 by 2.8 by 0.27 inches and 4.3oz)
1GB RAM
16 GB storage with Micro SD Card up to 200GB Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz
2,000 mAh
Category 4 LTE
8-megapixel rear camera and 5MP front facing
Black and white colors

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Continuum is arguably the killer feature of Windows 10 phones, letting you get a PC-like experience when you connect your device to a big screen. The 650 doesn’t support Continuum. It doesn’t even have the USB-C port you’d need if you wanted to use the Microsoft Display Dock accessory, instead having Micro USB for charging and connectivity.

Also absent is Window Hello, which uses the front-facing camera module to unlock the phone by scanning your eyes. The technology propping up both these signature features adds to a handset’s cost. Leaving them out helps keep the 650’s price down.

That Snapdragon 212 CPU won’t be setting any speed records and 2,000mAh is not the largest battery either, although the low-resolution screen and aforementioned chipset aren’t exactly power hungry.

In launching the phone, Microsoft hyped up its enterprise and business capabilities, but support for Continuum would have added a bigger benefit for business users. Instead the phone seems firmly aimed at the budget conscious looking for a ‘my first Windows Phone’ experience.

Personally we’d like to see Microsoft get a solid Windows flagship to wow the crowds before popping out $200 phones, but that means that as reviewers who love seeing the latest and greatest, we’re clearly not the core audience here — Microsoft has long had an interest in growing its base among buyers of affordable phones.

LG G5 Beats Samsung Galaxy S7, Xiaomi Mi 5 at MWC 2016

A number of smartphone manufacturers, much like every year, took to the stage at Mobile World Congress to unveil their latest and greatest smartphones. But it is LG that has attracted most of the appreciation, it appears. The GSMA organisation, which hosts the event, has announced the winners of its annual Global Mobile Awards (2016 Glomo Awards).

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The LG G5 was crowned the Best New Mobile Device at this year’s event. The G5 was competing against with Samsung’s newly launched Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi’s Mi 5, Sony’s Xperia X Performance, and HP’s Elite x3.

LG G5 First Look Video Here

The LG G5 not only packs in top-of-the-line hardware specifications, it also offers some innovative features such as dual-camera setup and modular design. A user can enhance the camera or battery capabilities by swapping in a module LG provides.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge First Look Video Here

Xiaomi’s Redmi 2, which was launched last year, earned the crown for the Best Low Cost Smartphone (Sub-$100). Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bagged the title for the Best Smartphone of 2015. For tablets, it was Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 which got the top spot, whereas ActivHearts got the first rank in wearable technology category for the year.

Samsung won’t be too disappointed, as its Gear S2 smartwatch was found to be the best-connected consumer electronic device. Besides, the display panel on its new smartphones is receiving many praises. The victory montage also saw Google Cardboard as the Best Overall App (Judge’s Choice), Quickplay for HOOQ app as the best mobile app for media, film, TV, or video, and Soundcloud as the Best Mobile Music App.

Xiaomi Mi 5 First Look Video Here