Reliance Industries will have its annual general meeting (AGM) on July 21, and all eyes will be on announcements regarding Reliance Jio, and whether there will be new products around the service. There’s a chance the Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone will be unveiled.
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani will address the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on July 21, and all eyes will be on announcements regarding Reliance Jio and whether there will be new products around the service. For sometime, we have seen leaks around the Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE enabled feature phone and it remains to be seen whether this will be finally unveiled. It is learnt that there will be at least one “consumer-centric” announcement by Ambani at the event.
According to reports in the Business Standard, Foxconn is manufacturing the Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone, though another report in the Economic Timesis claiming that Intex will be manufacturing most of these feature phones. Indianexpress.com has not been able to verify either of the claims. The Reliance Jio LYF branded feature phone could be priced under Rs 1500, though previously reports have pegged the price to be as low as Rs 500. However, the latter is unlikely given that this would mean Jio will need to heavily subsidise the phone.
But The Economic Times report says the Intex phone will be co-developed with Jio and sold via a “subsidy model”. So in all possibility, this phone will come pre-bundled with the Jio services, and is expected to hit the market in August of this month. Jio will need a phone like this to bring in more users to add to its consumer base, estimated to be above 120 million at the moment.
Another report in TechPP had given detailed images and specifications of the Reliance Jio 4G feature phone, and said this will have a 2.4-inch colour display, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory along with a dual-SIM. The phone could also have a microSD card support along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS, which would really make this feature phone stand out. There’s no clarity on the processor.
The phone will pretty much be custom-made to work on the Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE network and will be loaded with some Jio apps. The video watching experience might not be all that great on a 2.4-inch display, but Jio will most likely look at this as a tasting menu for these users to opt for larger phones and better data packages in the future.
For Reliance Jio, which has an entirely 4G VoLTE network, the need to pull in feature phone users is understandable. Most feature phones have 2G, 3G band support and don’t support 4G VoLTE, which means Jio is losing out on a chunk of users. Despite the rise of smartphones in India, feature phones still dominate the market. It is this number that Jio is chasing with the feature phone. Whether this phone is finally announced on July 21 is what remains to be seen.
Motorola has reportedly sent out press invites for a launch event in New York City on June 25. Lenovo, the company that owns Motorola Mobility is expected to launch either the long rumoured Moto X4 or the Moto Z2 on the stated date. Meanwhile, the company is gearing up to launch the Moto E4 Plus in India on July 12.
Both the Moto X4 and the Moto Z2 have been subjected to several leaks and rumours already. While the Moto X4 is expected to be a new mainstream phone that is most likely to sit between the Moto G and the Moto Z series, the Moto Z2 is will succeed last year’s Moto Z and may be a specced up version of the recently announced Moto Z2 Play.
Here’s all we know about the Moto X4 and Moto Z2:
–Moto X4 is expected to come with a 5.2-inch screen display, while the Moto Z2 may sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display.
–The Moto Z2 is expected to be powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, while the Moto X4 may come with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. That being said, Moto X4 may give a direct competition to most of the flagship phones of the year which include – OnePlus 5, HTC U11, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
–Both the upcoming Motorola phones are expected to run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system.
–On the camera front, the Moto X4 is likely to come with a dual camera setup at the rear, where one primary 12-megapixel sensor and a secondary 8-megapixel sensor. The smartphone is further said to include a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The Moto Z2 is expected to come with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with a 5-megapixel camera at the front.
–Storage wise, Moto X4 is tipped to come with 64GB, which can also be further expanded via a microSD card. While there are no details revealed about the storage on Moto Z2.
–Further, both the Moto X4 and Moto Z2 is rumoured to come with 4GB of RAM memory.
–Moto X4 is further tipped to come with a 3000mAh battery. We know nothing about the Moto Z2 battery, after from the fact that the device may come with a much bigger batter compared to its successor – Moto Z.
So, that’s all the rumours till date reveal about both the Moto X4 and Moto Z2 smartphones. No details about the pricing have been tipped about either of the smartphones. Now, about the India launch, there are no words as of now, however the company like it did for the Moto C, C Plus, Moto Z2 Plus may also bring these upcoming smartphones in the Indian market in the days to come.
Moto E4 Plus India launch details
Meanwhile, Motorola is gearing up to launch the Moto E4 Plus. Moto India a few days ago posted a teaser stating that the company will be launching the Moto E4 Plus in the country very soon, although didn’t mention the launch date. The video teaser states that the E4 Plus will succeed the Moto E3 Power and further adds that the smartphone will come with a massive 5000mAh battery. The Moto E4 Plus was recently launched (alongside the Moto E4) globally at a price of $179.99 (roughly Rs.11,600).
It comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and an almost stock version of it. On the optics front, the E4 Plus sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel front facing camera.
The Moto E4 Plus will be a Flipkart exclusive product, confirmed both the company and the online e-commerce retail store. The smartphone is expected to go on sale soon after the July 12 launch, which is going to happen at 12PM.
It seems like we might soon see some new Moto-branded devices as Lenovo has started sending out invites for a Moto launch event in New York City on July 25. The company has given no clues about the event and the smartphones that might be unveiled, but only mentioned that it will be a Moto event and will be organised later this month.
In its launch invite, shared by The Verge, the company has used the hashtag ‘#hellomotoworld’ and used the tagline “you won’t want to miss this.” The invite has the mention of ‘Motorola’ as well but as mentioned before, there is no specific indication about any smartphone unveiling.
However, recently Lenovo’s upcoming Moto X4 smartphone was comprehensively leaked and there is a slight chance that the company might unveil the handset at its NYC event. Other smartphones that can possibly be launched at the event could be the Moto Z2 and Moto Z2 Force. While both these smartphones are expected to pack a Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Moto Z2 Force is expected to feature a ShatterShield screen as well.
Moto X4 specifications
VentureBeat’s Evan Blass reported that the Moto X4 will be unveiled in fourth quarter this year, citing a person with knowledge of the company’s plans. In terms of specifications, the Moto X4 has been said to come with an aluminium body and pack a 5.2-inch full-HD display. The recently leaked render of the Moto X4 further suggests that the phone might come with a curved screen.
The highlight feature on the smartphone is its dual camera setup on the rear end with an 8-megapixel and another 12-megapixel sensor. The phone also features a 16-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies, as per the report. The Moto X4 has been tipped to come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating as well as a fingerprint scanner at the front that allows users to unlock the device as well as provides other navigation controls as well.
The upcoming Moto X4 is said to run Android 7.1 Nougat and powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone has been tipped to come with 32GB of built-in storage and house a 3000mAh battery. Notably, the Moto X4 is expected to be the first non-Google smartphone to support the search giant’s Project Fi MVNO service that allow users to switch seamlessly between the different carriers.
Reliance Jio is likely to launch its much awaited 4G feature phone priced as low as Rs 500, a media report said, which would further stiffen competition in the telecom sector which Mukesh Ambani’s venture has already disrupted.
The launch could be during RIL’s annual general meeting on July 21, The Economic Times reported on Wednesday.
Rumour are also rife that Reliance Jio may soon launch a new 4G-capable laptop with dedicated 4G SIM slot, besides more offers and deeper discounts.
As its Dhan Dhana Dhan offer comes to a close, telecom sector observers say that Jio will continue on its customer acquisition spree with aggressive tariffs plans. Jio already has 112.55 million subscribers as of April 2017.
Currently, Jio offers smartphones under its Lyf brand, starting as low as Rs 3,000, in the economy 4G phones segment of the likes of Micromax and Intex. But a 4G phone worth Rs 500 would disrupt the Indian telecom sector that has been seen huge competition since the launch of Jio in 2016.
Mukesh Ambani has been capitalising on India’s growing internet users with big investment plans into his venture Jio. According to a recent Internet Trends 2017 report by Mary Meeker, India’s access to internet has growing exponentially from mobile phones, with 355 million users on phones in June 2016 and 277 million broadband users, as of March 2017. Only China has larger internet-using population of around 700 million.
Interestingly, 72% of Internet users in India are less than 35 years of age.
Reliance derives the bulk of its revenue from its core refining and petrochemicals operations, but the group has bet big on Reliance Jio Infocomm. When launched in September 2016, Jio offered a flurry of cheap phones, free voice and data plans, forcing some rivals to crumble and others to unite.
Mukesh Ambani’s younger brother Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications merged with its smaller rival Aircel. In February, India’s biggest telco Bharti Airtel bought out the Indian operations of Norway’s Telenor. This was followed by Britain’s Vodafone announcing a merger with Aditya Birla Group’s Idea Cellular, to together become the biggest telecom company in India.
Reliance Jio, however, controls the highest chunk of 4G airwaves across India.
If you own a Moto G4 Play then there is some good news today. While Lenovo-owned Motorola had announced earlier to release Android Nougat update for the Moto G4 Play in June, the company has finally started pushing out the update for the smartphone.
And as per the reports, we are hearing that the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update has been rolled out in Brazil. However, as it is with any update the company will be rolling it out region wise. Thus Moto G4 Play owners in other countries should be receiving Nougat in the coming days.
Looking at the changelog, the update weighs in at around 640MB and the build number has now been moved to NPI26.48-8. Furthermore, the update brings the latest June 2017 Security Patch, New System icons, Duo Video calling application and other Android 7.1.1 features.
The update also brings the usual bug fixes and improvements in the smartphone.
Meanwhile, Motorola has instructed users to keep the battery at least 50 percent charged before updating to the new software. The company has also mentioned that device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE as data charges may be incurred while using mobile data.
Moto G4 Play users, who haven’t received the notification about the update then they can simply go to the phone’s Settings – About Phone – Software updates, and the phone will automatically download the update. The update should take around 10-15 minutes to get fully installed on the device.
If you own a Moto G4 Play and have got the update, do share with us about the new features and how is it different from the old one.
These are good times for Nokia fans and loyalists who have been waiting for years for their beloved company to rise from the ashes and become a dominant player in the smartphone world again. After years of decline which eventually led to a buyout by Microsoft and the collapse of the Lumia line of smartphones, Nokia is finally coming back courtesy of HMD Global, a Finnish company which was given the rights to design and make Nokia branded smartphones in 2016.
Just a few weeks after the launch of the Nokia 3310 in India for Rs 3310, HMD Global has launched the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 in the country. All three smartphones run a completely stock build of Android 7.0 Nougat and come with sleek and svelte designs. The smartphones also come with the promise of timely updates, with Android O already confirmed to arrive on all three smartphones as and when it is released.
The Nokia 6 is the top of the line smartphone in Nokia’s Android smartphone line-up and squares off directly against the Moto G5, which has gained appreciation from both critics and consumers alike. One year ago, the Nokia 6 would have trounced the Moto G4 Plus, which was quite underwhelming and received middling reviews.
The Moto G5 Plus however is a vastly improved device and features a premium metal design and much better cameras than its predecessor. The fact that both smartphones run stock versions of Android and are similarly priced makes a face-off between them all the more interesting.
Pure, untouched Android
Finesse, great design, a hassle-free user experience and good build quality – these are the traits with which HMD Global is aiming to distinguish the Nokia 6 from the rest of the crowd. The marketing for the Nokia 6 reads – “pure, secure, and up to date”, which gives us a clear indication about how much HMD Global is betting on stock Android and timely updates to give it an edge.
However, the Moto G5 Plus is also running stock Android, albeit with minimal modifications made by Motorola. These modifications like some first-party apps by Motorola and certain gestures like flicking your wrist to activate the camera are very light and minimal and don’t take away from the pure Android experience in any way. In fact, for some they might be useful additions that set the G5 Plus apart from the Nokia 6.
One area where Nokia has the potential to gain ground over Motorola is when it comes to updates. As mentioned above, HMD Global has time and time again re-iterated their commitment towards timely monthly security patches and new version updates.
Both smartphones run stock versions of Android and are very closely matched in terms of hardware, cameras and price
Historically, Motorola has been well known for timely Android updates, being second only to Google’s own Nexus line-up. However, since Lenovo’s takeover of Motorola, the company has started coming under criticism for failing to provide timely version updates and has been non-committal to monthly security updates. There have also been some rumours swirling around the Internet which point to Motorola eschewing stock Android in favour of ZUK UI in future Moto smartphones.
On the software front, both smartphones are a clear step ahead of the competition. Most phone out there running such a distorted version and heavily skinned version of Android that it fails to look like Android altogether. Such skins slow down the phone over time and add unneeded bloat and clutter. This is a win for both the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus. Whether HMD Global will actually fulfil their promise of timely updates is a question that can only be answered with time.
Battle of the specifications
In terms of hardware, the story is a bit more complicated. The Nokia 6 is available in only one trim with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging support, and the Adreno 505 GPU.
Additionally, the smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top, a fingerprint sensor up front and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 256GB). All this in a package that costs Rs 14,999.
The Moto G5 Plus on the other hand is available in two different configurations – a model with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for Rs 14,999 and one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for Rs 16,999. In both models, the storage can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 256GB).
The smartphone comes with the octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor paired, a 3,000mAh battery, the Adreno 506 GPU and a 5.2-inch fullHD display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. We will talk about the 3GB RAM variant in the coming paragraphs as the higher-end model falls out the purview of this article.
So on paper, both smartphones have their own sets of pros and cons. The Nokia 6 offers more internal storage for the price (32GB vs 16GB), while the Moto G5 Plus comes with a more powerful processor (Snapdragon 625 vs Snapdragon 430). Other specifications are extremely similar.
On paper, the Moto G5 wins the spec war. The Snapdragon 625 is more suited to intensive tasks and will appease power users more than the Snapdragon 430. The Nokia 6 is arguably a little underpowered for the price. However, HMD Global is stressing a lot on software optimisation and usability over raw specifications and judgement on the Nokia 6’s performance will have to be put on hold till we can get our hands on the device.
In terms of design, both smartphones feature sleek metal bodies. The Nokia 6 is crafted from a seamless precision-milled solid block of aluminium, a procedure which HMD Global claims takes 55 minutes to machine. The smartphone also receives two separate anodising processes, taking over ten hours to complete, with each phone being polished no less than five times.
The smartphone is also very durable. A scratch test and teardown by popular YouTuber JerryRig Everything revealed that the smartphone has a metal-midplate held down by a whopping 19 screws that is sandwiched between the metal back and the screen. This arrangement adds a lot of rigidity to the smartphone and makes it extremely durable. He actually labelled it as a contender for most durable smartphone of 2017.
The Moto G5 Plus is a huge step up for Motorola’s budget oriented G series in terms of design. While all previous incarnations have features bodies made of rubber or plastic, the G5 Plus has an aluminium body that looks sleek and quite premium. Ergonomics are also vastly improved with a smaller easier to handle screen size, rounded edges and a much better designed fingerprint sensor.
Both smartphones are made from premium materials and look sleek and sharp. They don’t make you feel like you’re using a budget device that has been made to strict price requirements. The Nokia 6 looks more industrial and squared off, the G5 Plus has a much curvier and rounded design.
While both look good and choosing between them is subjective, there is one area where the Nokia 6 pulls ahead. The Moto G5 Plus has small plastic inserts on the top and bottom of the rear panel while the Nokia 6 is all metal and glass.
In terms of cameras, specifications reveal little about actual performance but we will give it a go. The Nokia 6 comes with a 16MP camera on the back with an aperture of f/2.0, phase detection autofocus and a dual-LED flash. The rear camera can record videos 1080p videos. On the front, the device comes with an 8MP camera that can also record videos in 1080p.
We will have to wait till we can get our hands on the Nokia 6 before passing final judgement on its camera but initial impressions bode well.
The Moto G5 Plus features a 12MP camera at the rear with dual-pixel autofocus, an aperture of f/1.7 and a dual-LED flash. This is accompanied by a 5MP camera at the front which has an aperture of f/2.2. The rear camera is very similar to the sensor found inside the Samsung Galaxy S7. The sensor is made by Sony and there is some confusion as to whether it is the IMX260 or the IMX362, both of which are very similar.
The rear camera of the Moto G5 is very good for the price and only falters a little bit when taking images in low light. This is what we had to say in our review of the Moto G5 Plus:
” In some areas the Moto G5 Plus camera excels. It captures good amount of detail and great colours in good light. It is very good at handling dynamic light. But the low light photos shot with the Moto G5 Plus are grainy and have lot of noise.”
The two smartphones are very closely matched in terms of hardware, cameras and price and it choosing between them will largely be a personal choice. A final judgement between the two will have to be reserved until the Nokia 6 gets the full review treatment from our side. Until then, we are sure both will serve you well with their combination of good hardware and stock Android.
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