OnePlus 5 to come in Mint Gold color as well

OnePlus 5 to come in Mint Gold color as well

However, if reports are true then the Chinese company could also launch a third color variant of its new smartphone soon. OnePlus 5 has been spotted on TENAA and the interesting part about this is that the listing mentions that the device is a Mint Gold color variant. And an appearance on TENNA means only one thing, it is coming soon. Having said that, going by the company’s history OnePlus 3T was also launched in Gold color.

So we are kind of expecting the brand to do the same with the OnePlus 5. If the new color is launched, it is possible that it could be a limited edition smartphone. In any case, the addition of new color will give fans and consumers an extra option other than the dark colors.

OnePlus 5 to come in Mint Gold color as well

Besides, let’s just also look at some of the key features and specs of the device. OnePlus 5 comes with a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1080p resolution. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. OnePlus 5 comes in two variants, one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage and the other one with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Both of these phones run OxygenOS based on Android 7.1 Nougat. They phones are backed by a 3300mAh battery with support for Dash Charge technology.

As for the optics, the handset features a dual camera setup at the rear. The cameras include a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.6 aperture. The rear-facing camera has dual-pixel PDAF and can record 4K videos. The smartphone has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with a fixed-focus lens and 1080p video recording. The OnePlus 5 which was launched in India on June 22 is priced at Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM variant, while the 8GB RAM variant will cost Rs. 34,999. Both variants are exclusive to




Android 7.1.1 released for Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact smartphones

Android 7.1.1 released for Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact phones

Besides, the firmware update comes with package version 34.3.A.0.194. Further, Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact smartphones will receive Android Nougat 7.1.1 as an over-the-air (OTA) update, therefore, users might have to wait for it until it is available on their smartphone.

As for the update, the new Nougat 7.1.1 firmware will bring additional emojis, app shortcuts, support for circular app icons, keyboard image insertion, unlisted bug fixes and performance improvements along with few new features. The update will also include Android security patches for the month of June.

In any case, Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact users should receive a notification regarding the update. If not then they can also manually check for the update by diving into the system settings and looking for software updates. So users can go to Settings>About Phone>Software Update.

While a firmware update generally comes at a size of about 1 GB users should connect their devices to a Wi-Fi network instead of using their cellular network to download the update. Sony also suggests that users should have at least 50percent of battery life for the update to finish successfully.



Xiaomi Mi Max is now being updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

Xiaomi Mi Max is now being updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

The update will come with build version MIUI And it seems that the update will bring in a lot of new changes as well features and will include better and more efficient CPU resource allocation, new toggles for common settings in search results, and also a new option which can hide the content of notifications on the lock screen. While some may be the default feature in stock Android, but Xiaomi does customize its OS and adds a different flavor.

Apart from the above-mentioned changes, the update will also bring the May security patch along with optimizations in performance. Currently, the update is only available for the 3GB RAM version Mi Max. Besides MI Max Prime owners will have to wait for the update.

And again as it is with any OTA update the software update will take some time to reach all the Mi Max devices. Usually, Mi Max owners should receive a notification about the update but they can also check for the update manually by diving into the phone’s settings page and click on the “System Updates” tab at the bottom.

In any case, the update seems to be rolled out in Germany right now. Other regions should also receive the update in the coming days. But the interesting part is that Mi Max owners will now be able to experience and use Android Nougat features hands-on.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 450: a 14nm process makes it faster and more efficient

Entry-level phones are about to get 25% better with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 450 chipset, give or take. Despite its 4-series branding, this one is more of a reworked Snapdragon 625 and comes to replace the Snapdragon 435.

The new chipset features eight Cortex-A53 cores and promises a 25% boost in processing speed over the incumbent S435 chip. It also moves to the Adreno 506 GPU, which will offer a 25% boost in gaming performance.

Of course, the highlight of this new chip is that it’s built on a 14nm process – the first among the 4-series (as expected). Power draw when gaming will be reduced by up to 30% and Qualcomm expects batteries will offer up to 4 hours more of active use compared to the old chip.

The Snapdragon 450 also brings support for new camera features. For one, it can record 1080p @ 60fps video and it supports dual cameras natively (up to 13MP+13MP). It can do real-time bokeh effects too! One thing is lacking compared to the S625 chip, however, and that’s 4K video capture (it is an entry-level chip, after all).

There are a few other improvements, see the table below for a more direct comparison. Just to rattle off a few more specs – USB 3.0 is now supported, QuickCharge 3.0 (80% charge in 35 minutes) and Wi-Fi ac also come included.

Snapdragon 435 Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 625
Process 28nm (LP) 14 nm (?) 14 nm (LPP)
CPU 8x Cortex-A53 (1.4GHz) 8x Cortex-A53 (?) 8x Cortex-A53 (1.4GHz)
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506 Adreno 506
Camera Up to 21MP Up to 21MP / 13MP + 13MP Up to 24MP
Video 1080p @ 30fps 1080p @ 60fps 4K @ 30fps
Max screen res 1080p 1080p 1080p
LTE 300Mbps / 100Mbps 300Mbps / 150Mbps 300Mbps / 150Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11ac (433Mbps) 802.11ac (433Mhz) 802.11ac (433Mhz)
USB USB 2.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
QuickCharge 3.0 3.0 3.0



This chart shows the stock market is about to enter a dead zone

Wall Street may be primed for a pullback as the official start of summer gets under way, if history is any guide.

Chris Verrone, a technical analyst at Strategas Research Partners, said in a note Tuesday that stocks are “approaching the more difficult stretch of the calendar.”

Verrone included in his report a chart (which we’ve reprinted with his permission) showing the average performance of the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq-100 index from July to October the last 30 years. A composite shows both typically trade lower during this upcoming period.

Source: Strategas

Equities have been on fire in the first half of the year, with the S&P rising about 9 percent in the period. Stocks have also benefited from an environment where volatility has been unusually low.

But gold and bond prices have also climbed roughly the same amount in the first half, showing investors are still not quite sure about this stock market rally, the analyst said.

“Flows and positioning suggest skepticism remains an operative word in this climate,” Verrone said.

Other technical analysts share Verrone’s concerns.

“Our monthly cycle data continues to support a more cautious technical outlook heading through the Summer into the Fall,” wrote Robert Sluymer, technical analyst with Fundstrat Global Advisors, in a note Tuesday. Sluymer cited peaking global economic data which usually correlates with a pullback in stocks.

He also noted that key technology stocks may have rallied too far, too fast and are due for pullback that could drag down the broader market.

To be sure, Verrone and most of the analysts believes this weak upcoming period won’t be the end of the bull market.

“We can’t rule out a summer pullback / consolidation (the biggest S&P drawdown this year has only been 3.3%), but we’re still more inclined to view weakness opportunistically,” said Verrone. “The calendar is a headwind over the next few months but historically a strong 1H often bodes well for an above average 2H.”


Amazon Fire HD 8 review: easily the best tablet you can buy for £80

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Amazon’s bigger, 8in HD version of its rock-bottom tablet, the Fire HD 8, has always played second fiddle to the £50 Fire 7, but not any more.

Fatter, heavier but cheaper

Unlike the new Fire 7 tablet, the 2017 Fire HD 8 is actually thicker and heavier than the previous version, weighing 28g more and being 0.5mm thicker at just under 1cm deep.

Side-by-side with 2015’s Fire HD 8 it’s hard to see any difference. The outside is still hardwearing plastic, the sides and corners still rounded, but now it comes in a collection of bright colours.

The back is one solid-feeling piece of textured plastic.
The back is one solid-feeling piece of textured plastic. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Amazon claims it’s twice as durable as Apple’s iPad mini 4 and it certainly feels like it could take a knock or two without much issue. At 369g, it weighs as much as a large paperback.


One of the best bits about the Fire HD 8 is its speakers, which are mounted in the side (or top if held in landscape orientation) and produce fairly good, clear and loud audio, for a tablet. They were pretty good for watching a TV show while cooking, and make using Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa – which is now built into the tablet – much more like the experience you might get from an Echo Dot than the tinny speaker of the Fire 7.

The 8in, 720p screen is good but not great. Text is crisper than on the Fire 7, but still not up to the standards you might expect of a modern smartphone or premium tablet. It has good viewing angles, solid colours and is bright enough to be watched indoors, but struggles a bit outdoors.

I found reading on it surprisingly good though it’s nowhere near as clear and sharp as an e-reader. The integrated Blue Shade feature helps keep reading at night comfortable by reducing brightness and the amount of blue light emitted by the screen.


  • Screen: 8in (1280 x 800) LCD (189ppi)
  • Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 1.5GB of RAM
  • Storage: 16GB; microSD slot also available
  • Operating system: Fire OS 5 based on Android 5 Lollipop
  • Camera: 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 214 x 128 x 9.7 mm
  • Weight: 369g

A day’s battery

The microSD card slot is in the side of the tablet for if you need more storage than 16 or 32GB.
The microSD card slot is in the side of the tablet for if you need more storage than 16 or 32GB. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The new Fire HD 8 has the same 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM as the last one, and performs similarly. It will handle most apps and games perfectly fine, if with slightly longer load times and slower frame rates than you might be used to on a top-end smartphone.

It is not what I would call snappy, but the Fire HD 8 scrolled, launched apps and switched between apps without any moments of lag that made me question whether I actually tapped a button or not.

With the brightness set at around 70%, the Fire HD 8 easily lasted long enough between charges to view three movies with a bit of light internet use in between and battery to spare. Playing games hurt the battery life a bit more, as did setting the brightness to max, but all in you’ll get around a day’s usage out of the HD 8. Charging it took forever, though, at around six hours, so best done overnight.

Fire OS 5.4

Alexa integration is the highlight of Amazon’s new version of Fire OS.

Meizu Pro 7 with secondary E-Ink display tipped to launch on July 26

Meizu Pro 7 with secondary E-Ink display tipped to launch on July 26

Well, from various benchmark sites to leaked images, the Meizu Pro 7 has been surfacing online for quite some time now. Recently, we also saw live images of the alleged device. One of most the highlighted features of this smartphone is the secondary display on its back. As we have seen in most of the leaks, it will come with a secondary ink display at the rear panel.

As for functionality, it is likely to show notifications for missed calls, SMS, chat messages along with date and time. Apart from the specs, we also knew the probable launch timeline of the Meizu phone. Now, a new leak has revealed the exact date when the Meizu Pro 7 will launch.

According to a website called, Meizu will take the wraps off its flagship phone on July 26. While it doesn’t come from an official source, we have previously seen rumors and leaks coming true.

So there is a possibility that we will get to see the Pro 7 in a month. Talking about the features, the Meizu Pro 7 is likely to sport a not-so-large 5.2-inch AMOLED display with the resolution of 1080p.

Under the hood, it is said to employ a Deca-core MediaTek Helio X30 processor along with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. There will also be a large 3000mAh battery to keep the lights on. In addition to this, the phone is expected to run on Meizu’s own Flyme OS that is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. On the optics front, it is being assumed that the device will come with a rear dual camera setup. If you wondering about the Plus variant of the Meizu Pro 7, presumably it will get unveiled at the same time.



PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC review: A gorgeous graphics card with great value

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Let’s be frank: Most of the customized versions of Nvidia’s beastly GeForce GTX 1080 Ti that you can buy offer largely similar levels of gaming performance. This monstrous GPU pushes Nvidia’s Pascal architecture as far and fast as it’ll go.

That’s good in some ways. Aside from Founders Edition models, you know you aren’t leaving performance on the table by opting for one custom GTX 1080 Ti over another, and you shouldn’t have any problem pushing clock speeds up around the 2GHz range if you want to try your hand at manual overclocking. But it also means that custom cards need to bring a little something extra to the table if they want to stand out from the crowd.

The PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC ($720 on Newegg) does just that with a strong focus on the basics and some design decisions that make it refreshingly unique compared to many of today’s high-end graphics cards.


  • Meet the PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8
  • Our test system
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Meet the PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8

Before we dive into the customizations found in the PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC (“accelerate,” get it?) let’s quickly look at the reference specifications from the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition.

gtx 1080 ti tech specs


Stock GTX 1080 Ti reference specs

The biggest under-the-hood change lies in the GTX 1080 TI XLR8 OC’s core clock speeds, which have been bumped up to a 1,531MHz base clock and 1,645MHz boost clock. Again, that brings it in line with other custom GTX 1080 Ti cards, ready to chew through 4K games even when all the bells and whistles are cranked. Despite the boost, the PNY card still packs the same 250W TDP as the Founders Edition, along with the same 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors.

The card’s physical design is more interesting, for a couple of different reasons.

First: its thickness. While most custom GTX 1080 Ti cards expanded to beefy three-slot thicknesses to tame the ferocious GPU’s temperatures, PNY’s card joins EVGA’s GTX 1080 Ti SC2 and Nvidia’s Founder Edition model in being a standard two-slot size. Bad news for small systems, though: The XLR8 compensates by stretching out to a looooong 12.36 inches to house its triple-fan cooling solution and massive heatsink.

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The PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC.

PNY’s XLR8 OC also ditches the gaudy RGB LED-laden aesthetics that most recent high-end graphics cards have embraced. Instead, it opts for a graceful metal shroud, with angular accents somewhat reminiscent of Nvidia’s Founders Edition cards, broken up by the translucent-black plastic fans.

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The top of the card sports a black aluminum backplate with “GeForce GTX 1080 Ti” emblazoned in discreet gray letters. It’s an understated, yet attractive look overall—one likely to appeal to folks who loathe PC innards lit up like the Fourth of July.

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In pursuit of a true virtual assistant: How far are we?

In pursuit of a true virtual assistant: How far are we?

Siri, Cortana, Google Now and now Bixby, all lined up to provide the best use of voice commands to users with a common aim, to mitigate grabbing smartphones for every small impetus. True virtual assistance has yet to see its better days but it feels good to talk to one’s smartphone from time to time. However, the evolution of virtual assistants is a crucial factor in developing an intelligent device that needs not rest in palms. So let’s address the elephant in the room ask it out loud; how far are we from the time-line of developing a truly intuitive virtual assistant?

The question has always been on our minds. And by “our” I refer to us enthusiasts who look at the face of every new technology and wonder what the future holds for us. Millennial have grown up with ideas of future tech and gadgets being fed to them through cinematic experiences. The generation is also the one that welcomes advanced automation with open hearts and an awe free expression, demanding and expecting more.

This expectation and demand has led us to tech that we use most of the hours of the day waking or sleeping. Virtual assistants are a sneak peak into the future. Apple was the first among rivals to come up with Siri in 2011, a promising and intelligent assistant for smartphone that could setup reminders, set alarms, search the internet, text hands free, play music, navigate and place a call without touching the phone. However advanced it may sound, Siri found slim application in day to day life. Mostly because of limited functions and for reasons such as problems in operations and recognizing voices and words. Apple has improved upon it considerably and Siri can now also perform in app tasks such booking a cab or texting using instant message application such as Whatsapp. It also opens apps and you need not search them among countless icons.

It took Microsoft three long years to actually come up with an actual competition for Siri. Cortana had generated a lot of hype and soon after its release we knew it was nothing new or revolutionary. It did have a better voice that sounds less mechanical but it too was limited in application due to voice recognition. We all remember the embarrassment Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella faced in a live keynote while trying to use Cortana.

Google Now on the other hand came with much promise and is fulfilling it well. Launched in 2012 this assistant backed by Google has much more personal information about user at hand and hence serves better. It also has better voice recognition and understands words quite well. It has been used widely and Siri is falling behind in recognizing voices. Although, Google Now isn’t your perfect personal assistant. Throw a few confusing phrases at it and it directs you to Google search pages. It also lacks complete control of apps on the device.

Bixby is the latest player in the market from Samsung which has now made a debut on Galaxy S8 and S8+. The verge performed a run through of Bixby right on the day of its release and the results were disappointing. Performing easy tasks such as sending text messages and making a call were tedious errands to go through. Bixby is still in the Beta phase and it will subsequently improve but it is nothing like what Samsung had promised. You need to hard press on the side button or simply say “Hi Bixby”. Its voice recognition according to the video presented by Verge was unsatisfactory.

As it turns out almost every smartphone assistant is still learning to recognize voices and words. The fact throws back our expectations way back than we expect it to. Given that how brands promote their products and features highlighting what a smartphone can do it is up to us to talk about what it cannot. Talking about personal assistants they lack the ability to perform majority of tasks. For example you cannot turn down music volume by simply asking your assistant to do it for you.

So if you ask how far we actually are from a true virtual assistant, given the slow rate of advancement in the field it will take us at least a decade to reach to an initial stage of such application and without doubt it would require exaggerated use of artificial intelligence. So there is still time before your smartphone turns into Jarvis.


Tejas Networks shares close 2% higher on stock market debut

The Tejas Networks shares traded between the peak of Rs271 and the lowest of Rs257 on BSE. Photo: AFP

Mumbai: The shares of Tejas Networks Ltd opened marginally higher at Rs257 apiece, up 2.7% on the stock market debut on Tuesday. The Rs450 crore initial public offer (IPO) received a subscription of more than 1.88 times when it closed earlier this month.

The Tejas Networks shares closed at Rs263.30, 2.45% higher than its listing prices of Rs257.

Earlier in the day, the shares touched a high of Rs271 and a low of Rs257, respectively.

On 13 June, the telecom equipment maker said it raised Rs349.5 crore by selling shares to investors as part of the so-called anchor book allocation.

Bengaluru-based Tejas Networks plans to use the proceeds for raising working capital, capex and for general purposes.

With a market share of 15%, Tejas Networks is the second-largest optical networking products company in India. Its revenue grew to Rs878 crore in FY2016 from Rs369 crore in FY2013, clocking a four-year compounded annual growth rate of 24.2%.

In 2016-17, it reported a net profit of Rs63 crore, against a loss of Rs79 cr