Chinese handset manufacturer Vivo has unveiled its second smartphone this year, the Y55s, priced at Rs. 12,490. The new Vivo Y55s will be available in Crown Gold and Space Grey colours across the country from Sunday. The company says that the new Vivo Y55s is an upgraded version of the Vivo Y55L launched last year. The new Y55s comes with a more RAM and a bigger battery.\
The Vivo Y55s features a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and comes with a 2.5D curved edge screen. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Vivo Y55L, on the other hand, was powered by Snapdragon 430 processor and came with 2GB of RAM. It runs the company’s Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The handset packs 16GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB). It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and also comes with a 5-megapixel front camera. The 4G-enabled Y55s is backed by a 2730mAh battery. The Vivo Y55L came with a smaller 2650mAh battery.
One of the highlight features of the Vivo Y55s is its Smart Screen-Split feature which will allow users to multi-task as well as use two apps simultaneously.
Commenting on the launch, Kent Cheng, CEO of Vivo India said, “After the success of Vivo V5 Plus, we hereby strengthen our Y series portfolio with the launch of this power packed device, the Y55s. We at Vivo are motivated by our endeavour to consistently set industry benchmarks by offering best in class features at affordable prices. Focused on our commitment in servicing customer satisfaction through quality products, we are hopeful that our latest innovation will be as successful as our previous offerings. We are confident that Vivo will have a great run in the year 2017.”
Apple’s decision to drop the 3.5mm headphone port from the iPhone 7 was one of its most controversial moves in years, but the Lightning port is a better option in many ways, and that’s never been clearer than with the new Rayz and Rayz Plus earphones from Pioneer.
These feature-packed ‘smart’ earphones would ordinarily require a battery of their own, but as they plug in via the Lightning port they can be charged by your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch instead.
But they won’t drain your battery more than necessary, as they’re based on Avnera’s LightX platform, which allows them to operate in modes with the lowest power use possible.
And in the case of the Rayz Plus model you can also charge your phone while they’re plugged in, by using the included in-line charging node, thereby solving one of the biggest problems of using the Lightning port to listen.
Six are better than one
Both the Rayz and Rayz Plus contain six microphones, which allow for ‘Smart Noise Cancellation’ – a feature which scans your ears to optimize the noise cancelling performance for your ears and environment, whether you’re commuting, at work, on a plane, at play or in school.
There’s also a ‘HearThru’ mode, which lets a little outside noise in, so you’re not completely cut off from the world.
The buds can detect whether or not you’re wearing them, automatically pausing your content when they’re removed and playing it when they’re put back on.
Both models have a smart button too, which can mute the mics during a call, and be programmed to open apps or control other Rayz features.
Programming the button is handled by a Rayz app, which also lets you personalize the settings of your earphones, and could get new features down the line via software updates.
Pioneer claims that many of these features would not only be impossible to include with conventional 3.5mm earphones, but are also firsts for Lightning ones.
If you like the sound of them they’re out now in the US, but being an early adopter isn’t overly cheap, with the basic Rayz costing $99.95 (around £80/AU$130) and the Rayz Plus retailing for $149.95 (roughly £120/AU$195).
O2 has been one of the best networks in the UK for some time, and it’s the only network that’s renowned for its extra giveaways. If you switch to O2 though, you obviously want to be sure you’re getting the best deals that O2 has to offer, and that’s where this page comes in!
We’ve rounded up all of the best O2 phone deals on the best handsets so that you can find the best prices and plans for your needs. If you’re after something a little more specific, take a look at our comparison chart below.
Want to browse the best phone deals at other networks too? Here you go: Vodafone deals | EE deals | Three deals
The best iPhone 7 deals on O2:
The new iPhone 7 is set to be another smash hit mobile phone thanks to further design enhancements. It’s now waterproof, has a better screen and stereo speakers. The long-rumoured dropping of the headphone jack has become a reality, but there’s an adapter in the box for your old cans, or there’s a pair of lightning cable-friendly headphones in the box too. Memory capacity has been given a boost now, with the smallest models now starting at a much more robust 32GB.
iPhone 7 32GB |£175£125upfront (use code 50OFFO2) | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £28.50 per month
This is the best iPhone 7 deal out there in the UK this month, courtesy of the voucher code 50OFFO2 which saves you £50 on the upfront cost. It reduces the upfront to £125 and then it’s only £28.50 monthly for 3GB data and unlimited everything else. It’s £6 more than the best EE deal over the two years and for that you get 3GB data instead of 1GB Total cost over 24 months is £809
iPhone 7 32GB |£125£75upfront (use code 50OFFO2) | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £31.50 per month
This deal is significantly cheaper than it was this time last month – plus it’s a 3GB deal that’s cheaper even than any 1GB iPhone 7 deal on O2. Save £50 with the voucher code 50OFFO2 and pay £75 upfront and then £31.50 per month for 3GB data and unlimited calls and texts. Definitely the best deal available on O2 this month but it’s not as strong as that 5GB EE deal above. Total cost over 24 months is £831
iPhone 7 32GB |£50£40 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £40 per month
If you want to be on O2 but you need a little more data, this is the next best deal. Again you can use the voucher code 10OFF to reduce the upfront cost of this deal to £40 and then pay £40 per month for 5GB data with unlimited calls and texts. This deal is £49.99 cheaper than it was last month! Total cost over 24 months is £1,000
iPhone 7 128GB |£175£125 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £34.50 per month
If you’re after more storage than 32GB then this 128GB iPhone 7 deal is just for you! Save £50 with code 50OFFO2 and then it’s £34.50 for 3GB data and unlimited everything else after the £125 upfront fee. It’s obviously not as cheap as the 32GB deals but the extra storage space is worth it for some people. Total cost over 24 months is £953
The best iPhone 7 Plus deals on O2:
Apple’s larger iPhone 7 Plus is a premium upgrade over the regular iPhone 7. In addition to being waterproof, rocking stereo speakers and having an improved screen this year, the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens camera with an incredibly clear zoom function for professional looking pictures.
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB | £114.99 upfront (with 10OFF code) | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £39.50 per month
O2’s only got an average amount of cheap deals for the iPhone 7 Plus, despite usually being pretty good for top phones. This time you’re only getting 1GB for a large-ish amount per month. The overall cost is one of the higher on offer, but it’s the cheapest on O2 right now. Total cost over 24 months is £1062.99
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB | £134.99 upfront (with voucher code 10OFF) | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £40 per month
This is definitely the better iPhone 7 Plus deals on O2 right now. You get 5GB data for the less than last month, although sadly the upfront cost has risen to again – and then it’s a flat £45 per month for 5GB data and unlimited everything else. Total cost over 24 months is £1094.99
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB | £54.99 upfront (with 10OFF code)| Unlimited calls and texts | 10GB data | £48 per month
If you’re thinking of going for few more bytes this iPhone 7 Plus deal will net you double the data – 10GB instead of 5GB. Obviously not one of the cheapest deals, but if you’re hell-bent on sticking with the bubbly network and want reams of data, this is the one. Total cost over 24 months is £1206.99.
The best iPhone SE deals on O2:
The iPhone SE looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 5S. But instead of sporting two-year-old hardware it’s fully up to date, with a super-fast CPU and graphics, and the 12MP iSight camera straight out of the iPhone 6S. It’s a modern iPhone in the shape of an old iPhone, for people who like the old iPhones but want more up-to-date hardware. O2 is now running contracts for under £32 per month.
Few phone tipsters are as prolific or as well-informed as Evan Blass ( @evleaks ) and the man has had another Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 shot to show off this weekend – one that sees the flagship phone wearing some kind of case.
We don’t know where the cases are from but the picture does give us a clear look at the front and back of the Galaxy S8 . The bezels at the side of the phone’s display have been reduced to just about nothing and the fingerprint scanner has been moved around to the rear of the device, next to the camera.
The LG G6 , meanwhile, is shown rocking its dual-lens camera with the fingerprint sensor also around the back, as it was on the LG G5. There’s also a look at the skin LG is planning to put on top of Android this time around. Click through on the image below to see the full view of both phones.
These images appear to be the real deal, considering the reputation of the source – and they match up with other leaks we’ve already seen for the Samsung Galaxy S8and LG G6 . We’re expecting LG’s flagship to be unveiled on February 26, with the Samsung phone probably showing up a month later.
One other rumor floating around the web this weekend about the Galaxy S8 concerns the phone’s battery: apparently Samsung is planning to fit some of the S8 phones with battery packs supplied by Sony, making it the third battery supplier alongside Murata Manufacturing and Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung itself.
People “familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal that the company wants to diversify its battery suppliers to avoid another repeat of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Let’s hope this time around there are no burning phones and no mass recalls
Xiaomi CEO and Founder Lei Jun has confirmed that the company is already working on the second-generation of the Mi MIX smartphone. Jun in his recent Weibo post revealed that the Chinese company is once again working in collaboration with French designer Philippe Stark to develop the Mi MIX successor. Further, Jun is his Weibo post (see below) said that Stark has come up with ideas for the Mi MIX successor and now, both the parties are now exploring ways to bring the idea into reality.
To recall, the key feature of the Xiaomi Mi MIX was its near bezel-less display with curved edges on top, and 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Unfortunately, Lei Jun hasn’t shared any timeline for the Xiaomi Mi MIX II launch this year, but we can expect it in the second half of the year. The Chinese company unveiled the Mi MIX in October last year, and introduced a White version of the smartphone at CES 2017 earlier this year.
We can expect Xiaomi to work on multiple prototypes of the Mi MIX successor before deciding on the final product. Based on preliminary leaks, the Xiaomi Mi MIX II could sport an even thinner bezel with a screen-to-body ratio of up to 93 percent.
Apart from bezel-less display, Mi MIX also featured a ceramic body, which was another highlight of the device. The smartphone also came with piezoelectric acoustic ceramic earpiece speaker, as well as the ultrasonic proximity sensor rather than the traditional front-facing infrared sensor.
Xiaomi Mi MIX was launched last year in China in two variants – 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage priced at CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 34,500), and 6GB RAM/ 256GB storage priced at CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 39,500).
To refresh on the specifications, the Mi MIX include a 6.4-inch display which bears a 9:17 aspect ratio, with a 1080×2040 pixels resolution, a pixel density of 362ppi, and a 94-percent NTSC colour gamut. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB or 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The Xiaomi Mi MIX smartphone sports 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. It bears a 5-megapixel front camera.
LG has redesigned its UltraFine 5K Display in order to fix the issue that was causing the display to flicker, black out, and even freeze the connected computer when a Wi-Fi router is kept too close to it. Even though the display worked fine with the router kept at a distance of 2 metres or more, it started causing the aforementioned issues when kept closer.
“LG apologises for this inconvenience and is committed to delivering the best quality products possible so all LG UltraFine 27-inch 5K displays manufactured after February 2017 will be fitted with enhanced shielding,” the company said in an email to Recode.
As for owners of the monitor, LG says existing UltraFine 5K Displays can be retrofit with the enhanced shielding.
Apple first showcased LG’s UltraFine 5K Display monitor when the company launched its new range of MacBooks last year in October and claimed that the display worked great in sync with its new laptop lineup. Even though the user manual for the monitor does warn the users that display should be installed “where no Electromagnetic Interference occurs,” it did not specify anything about routers.
A reviewer previously said that the amount of flickering on the monitor depends on the amount of Wi-Fi traffic going through the WAP. An LG customer care executive also confirmed that the issue was limited to the LG 5K monitors and does not show up on other displays in its portfolio.
The 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display, as the name suggests, comes with a screen resolution of 2880×5120 pixels, sports an IPS panel, and has been priced by the company at $1,300 (roughly Rs. 87,500).
Apart from the impressive screen resolution, the LG UltraFine 5K Display comes with one Thunderbolt 3 port and three regular USB Type-C ports. The Thunderbolt 3 cable, which comes with the display, is capable of not just displaying the content from MacBook Pro to the screen, but also charging the laptop simultaneously with 85W of charging power. The display comes with inbuilt stereo speakers, camera, and microphone to provide extra utility options to the user.
Samsung may have confirmed that it will be giving a miss to the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona next month, but that doesn’t mean that rumours around the handset would stop. A new leak claims that the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship will sport an unusual screen resolution.
According to a Chinese tipster, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will sport a resolution of 1440×2960 pixels screen resolution which turns out an unusual aspect ratio of 18.5:9 – something that was leaked earlier as well. We can expect the Galaxy S8 and the rumoured Galaxy S8 Plus to come in 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screen sizes. In comparison, LG’s upcoming G6 flagship is likely to sport a 5.7-inch display – which was shown off by LG Display earlier this month – and will boast of an unusual aspect ratio of 2:1. The leak was first picked up by The Android Soul.
Based on first leaked live image, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will seemingly give the signature Home Button at the front a miss. The recently leaked images have claimed that the fingerprint scanner will be present at the back adjacent to the camera. The Samsung logo is also likely to be present at the back, making the front sport a minimal ‘all-display’ design. The handset is said to sport a 12-megapixel rear while there will be an 8-megapixel front camera. As reported earlier, Samsung is said to have first dibs on the latest Snapdragon 835 processor and it will feature a 4GB of RAM alongside 64GB built-in storage.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, previous reports have suggested that the smartphone will launch on March 29 at an unpacked event in New York. Both models are expected to go on sale from April 21, and they will cost EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 7,300) more than their predecessors.
In a new development, Apple has shut down its iCloud Activation Lock status page on iCloud.com. This service was used by used iPhone buyers to check the authenticity of the seller, before making the purchase online. The URL iCloud.com/activationlock now shows a 404 error, and its references on the Apple support page have also been removed.
This link was very useful for those who bought used iPhone devices online. Since iOS 8, Apple has kept ‘Activation Lock’ turned on by default. This prevents anyone from activating a device without providing valid Apple ID credentials of the owner. When users sells their iPhone legitimately, they are asked to switch off Activation Lock for it to be transferred to its new owner. During refurbished sale online, this iCloud Activation Lock status page used to help buyers verify if the Activation Lock has been turned off or not. If not, then the online device could potentially be a stolen unit, warning the buyer to not purchase it.
A used iPhone, whose Activation Lock is not turned off, is practically useless for the new owner, as they won’t be able to enter in without the previous owner’s credentials. This feature was a much-needed security and preventive measure for the benefit of both the buyer and the original owner, and no alternative method has been listed as of yet.
9to5mac was the first to spot the shutting down of the Activation Lock status page, and it even mentioned that all references of it from Apple’s support documentation has been removed. As we mentioned, Apple’s Activation Lock is enabled by default on all new iPhone devices. We wonder what Apple has up its sleeve, and knowing the company, an alternative should be in the offing. If you wish, you can disable Activation Lock through the Find My iPhone app.
Honor, Huawei’s youth-focused online-only brand, has been picking up steam in India with a series of popular phones, has announced that it will be launching the Honor 6X globally. We first saw this phone when it launched in China in October, and now the company has announced at CES 2017 that it will be coming to more markets soon, India included.
There will be two versions of the Honor 6X: one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. We can expect the lower-rung model to be priced comfortably under Rs. 15,000 when it goes on sale in India. Both will be available in grey, silver and gold.
We had a chance to spend some time with the Chinese units under embargo in Mumbai prior to the announcement, and we can now tell you what we were able to learn about the device. It’s targeted at young go-getters, and its main selling point is the twin cameras on the rear.
The Honor 6X has a metal back which is curved just right for a palm, but picks up smudges very easily. The front is also nicely curved at the edges, giving the Honor 6X a look that’s cohesive overall. Despite its 5.5-inch screen, this phone is comfortable enough to use with one hand. It uses on-screen Android navigation buttons so there’s very little space around the screen. There’s no pathbreaking design, but it does look and feel quite satisfying.
The power and volume buttons are easy to reach on the right, and there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back, right below the vertically arranged camera lenses. There’s a hybrid SIM tray on the left, which means you have to choose between storage expansion and a second SIM. There’s a single speaker and a Micro-USB port on the bottom, and a standard 3.5mm audio socket on the top.
The Honor 6X runs EMUI 4.1, which is based on Android 6.0. It’s a single-layered skin with no app drawer, and the large number of preloaded apps spread out over four pages makes it look rather cluttered. That said, the custom icons and graphics are all simple and polished, making this a lot easier to live with. There’s a heavily customised notification drawer with a neat timeline design and a separate tab for quick settings.
Performance is snappy, but we’ll have to wait till we can run some actual benchmark tests before we compare Huawei’s in-house Kirin 655 SoC to the more common Qualcomm and MediaTek offerings at this price level. There’s also a rather generous 3340mAh battery.
The 5.5-inch full-HD screen is sharp and saturated, and we were quite satisfied in our brief experience with it. While the primary rear camera has a 12-megapixel sensor, the secondary one is just 2 megapixels, and is used for depth sensing rather than actually capturing image data. This allows the Honor 6X to artificially create blurred backgrounds for a depth-of-field effect. It works best on close-ups, and while we could definitely tell the difference between images taken with this mode on and off, actual image quality remains to be seen.
The Honor 6X will be going up against some excellent phones, but it looks like it could be quite popular. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our full review, and we’ll tell you whether or not to buy this phone when it goes on sale in India.
Huawei brand Honor has revealed it’s set to launch its Honor 6X smartphone in India in late-January. For now, the exact Honor 6X India price and availability details are not known. The Honor 6X smartphone was launched in three variants in China back in October.
To recall, the biggest highlight of the Honor 6X is its dual camera setup. The three Honor 6X variants launched in China were – 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, 4GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage, and 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage, priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,900), CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,900), and CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 15,800) correspondingly. It’s uncertain which Honor 6X variants will make their way to India.
The Honor 6X was launched in Gold, Silver, Grey, Blue, and Rose Gold colour variants – which of these will be made available in the country remains unknown. The new Honor 6X smartphone features several upgrades over the Honor 5X, sporting a 5.5-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass protection; a Kirin 655 octa-core (4 cores at 2.1GHz + 4 cores at 1.7GHz) SoC, and a hybrid dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) card slot, with support for microSD cards (up to 128GB) in the second SIM card slot.
Running EMUI 4.1 OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Honor 6X sports a dual rear camera setup with one 12-megapixel sensor that supports PDAF and an additional 2-megapixel sensor sits right below it. Honor 6X features a 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. It sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel that the company claims can unlock the smartphone in 0.3 seconds.
Connectivity options on the Honor 6X include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS/ A-GPS. Honor 6X is powered by a 3340mAh battery with fast charging support. The Honor 6X measures 150.9×72.6×8.2mm and weighs 162 grams.