A smartphone is a mobile phone (also known as cell phones or cell mobiles) with an advanced mobile operating system that combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. Smartphones, which are usually pocket-sized, typically combine the features of a mobile phone, such as the abilities to place and receive voice calls and create and receive text messages, with those of other popular digital mobile devices like personal digital assistants (PDAs), such as an event calendar, media player, video games, GPS navigation, digital camera and digital video camera. Smartphones can access the Internet and can run a variety of third-party software components (“apps”). They typically have a color display with a graphical user interface that covers more than 76% of the front surface. The display is almost always a touchscreen, which enables the user to use a virtual keyboard to type words and numbers and press onscreen icons to activate “app” features.
Just a day after the conducting its 12.12 sale, Paytm on Wednesday kicked off the 2017 Grand Final Sale on Paytm Mall, lasting till Friday, December 15. The new sale includes offers, cashbacks, and discounts on a range of smartphones and tablets, including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S7, Vivo V7+, apart from iPad models and Kindle ebook readers. Paytm Mall has listed offerings from all the major brands, including Apple, Lenovo, Motorola, Samsung, and Xiaomi among others.
Among the other mobile devices, Paytm Mall has listed the iPhone X 64GB with a cashback of Rs. 4,000. This gives the new iPhone model an effective price of Rs. 85,000 (MRP Rs. 89,000). If you don’t want to spend much of your funds on the premium iPhone, the Paytm Mall sale has listed the iPhone 8 64GB for Rs. 58,582 (MRP Rs. 64,000). You can also use the promo code “MOB7500” to get a cashback worth Rs. 7,500. The iPhone 7 32GB is available for Rs. 44,599 that can be further reduced to an effective price of Rs. 38,349 after receiving a cashback worth Rs. 6,250. You need to use “MOB6250” promo code to receive the cashback. Similarly, the iPhone SE 32GB is available at Rs. 19,999 (MRP Rs. 26,000). A cashback worth Rs. 3,000 can be opted in addition to the discounted price by using the promo code “A3K”.
Paytm Mall is also providing a discount on the Samsung Galaxy S7 under its 2017 Grand Finale Sale. The smartphone is available for Rs. 32,750 (MRP Rs. 48,900). If you’re picking the Vivo V7+, it comes with a discounted price tag of Rs. 21,990 (MRP Rs. 22,990). A cashback of Rs. 1,100 can be received by adding “SAVE5” promo code.
The Lenovo K8 32GB is available under the Paytm Mall sale for a price tag of Rs. 10,356. You can use the promo code “MOB12” to receive a cashback worth Rs. 1,243. Additionally, there is Oppo A71 16GB at a discounted price of Rs. 11,800 (MRP Rs. 13,490). Paytm Mall has also listed the LG Q6+ 64GB at Rs. 18,999 (MRP Rs. 19,990). You can purchase the Moto G5S 32GB for Rs. 13,430 (MRP Rs. 14,999). This can further be sweetened with a cashback of Rs. 1,612.
Various discounts and cashbacks are also applicable on budget smartphones, including the Swipe Konnect Power 4G, Swipe Elite Pro 32GB, Swipe Elite 2 Plus, Micromax Canvas 6, and Intex Aqua S3 4G.
If you’re looking for a tablet, the Paytm Mall sale has listed some popular tablets as well. The iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular 32GB is available with a discounted price of Rs. 48,304 (MRP 61,900), while the iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular 16GB comes at Rs. 35,588 (MRP 38,900). You can use the promo code “TAB11” to get an 11 percent cashback. There are also Kindle e-readers with cashbacks.
Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.
By AppleInsider Staff Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 07:55 pm PT (10:55 pm ET)
With Apple’s removal of the home button on iPhone X, the company had to translate a few user interface controls into onscreen gestures, including a new swipe and tap system for force closing troublesome apps.
With iPhone 8 and below, users are able to open iPhone’s multitasking interface with a quick double tap on the home button. From there, a simple swipe up on app panes force close those titles, whether they are actively running in the background or in stasis.
On iPhone X, the app switcher is invoked with a sightly less intuitive procedure. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: From the home screen or any app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause. This will invoke iOS multitasking, also known as the app switcher.
Step 2: Touch and hold on any app pane. A red icon with a minus symbol will appear at the top left of each app pane.
Step 3: Swipe left or right to a desired app.
Step 4: Tap on the red icon to close the app. Alternatively, apps can be closed by swiping up on an app pane while in this view.
It is well known that force closing apps on iOS is unnecessary under normal conditions. Shutting down apps in the app switcher does not save energy or CPU cycles as the apps themselves are not constantly running.
That said, there are certain scenarios in which an app might need to be force closed to improve performance or maintain system integrity. Examples include apps that have crashed, become unresponsive during use or are found to be conducting unwarranted background activity. The latter can be checked by navigating to battery usage statistics found in Settings > Battery. Forcing such apps to close using the method above then reopening them should solve most problems.
Apple bills the iPhone X as “the smartphone of the future.”
But we’re sitting here tinkering with the iPhone X now, and can’t help but to wonder what’s next.
Fortunately, the new features of the iPhone X — the TrueDepth camera, Face ID and even the new, bezel-less design — offer hints of where the iPhone may go next. This is what Apple does: introduce a series of features over several generations, like Apple Wallet and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, only to combine them into a new capability like Apple Pay years later.
“If the iPhone X is Apple’s foundation for the next 10 years, then what we see now will be the springboard for future iterations,” said Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC.
Thanks to the clues left in the last two generations of iPhones, we were prepared when Apple finally shed the physical home button on the iPhone X.
So what does the future of the iPhone have in store for us? We offer a few educated guesses — and our own personal hopes — for what we’ll see in the next generation of the iPhone.
Apple declined to comment.
Bringing back the home button (virtually)
Wait, so we spent the last few years talking about getting rid of the home button, and now we want it back already? Just hear us out.
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The iPhone X boldly replaced the home button with a series of swipes and an emphasis on the larger side button.
The transition didn’t need to be that extreme. In fact, the iPhone X’s longer display is perfectly suited for a virtual home button — one that can change depending on the app or situation. Apple has already done a good job creating the illusion of physical buttons with its haptic feedback — those virtual buttons for the flashlight and camera on the lock screen are good examples.
Bringing back a virtual home button may not seem to make sense when there’s already a totally new iPhone X interface, but mixed with pressure-sensitive and tactile feedback, it could be used to add ways to access things like folders, recently-used apps, or bring up a larger dock featured in the iPad Pro.
You can see Apple more aggressively use 3D Touch to create the illusion that you’re actually clicking down on a button, which, we have to admit, is more satisfying than a virtual tap. Why not have a multipurpose pressure zone that can be turned on to control more things at a tap?
Fingerprint reader returns?
OK, let’s chalk this one up as more of a wish-list item.
Face ID works fine, and Apple says it’s more secure than its fingerprint reader.
But there are times when that trusty Touch ID sensor works pretty well. The requirement to double tap the side button for Apple Pay makes for a process that’s a little clunkier than before. There’s also the limit of one face per iPhone X, which isn’t great if you have a spouse or kids constantly grabbing your device.
Bringing back Touch ID would address that issue. Prior to the release of the iPhone X, rumors cropped up over Apple working to embed a fingerprint sensor underneath the screen. That obviously didn’t pan out, but the technology is feasible. Chinese phone maker Vivo in June showed off a phone using Qualcomm technology that embedded the sensor underneath the display — with no need for a physical button. The phone is expected to come out next year.
Synaptics on Tuesday said it has begun the mass production of in-display fingerprint sensors for smartphones.
“With the fast trend toward edge-to-edge bezel-free infinity displays, and user preference for biometrics on the front of the phone, in-display fingerprint is the natural location,” said Godfrey Cheng, vice president of marketing for Synaptics. He added a top-five global phone maker would announce a phone with this feature soon.
Apple uses Authentec, a startup it acquired in 2012, for its fingerprint sensor technology. It’d be a waste if the company ditches the technology so quickly. Other companies have incorporated both facial recognition and fingerprint sensors, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5T, so there’s no reason the iPhone couldn’t either.
This may be a pipe dream, with many expecting Apple to move forward with facial recognition as its go-to security feature.
“Face ID in a very short period of time has become a very natural way to unlock the phone and one that is consistent,” said Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi.
Adding TrueDepth to the back
The marquee feature of the iPhone X was the addition of the TrueDepth camera and its ability to map your face for tricks like Portrait mode-selfies.
Next year’s iPhones could incorporate TrueDepth technology to rear cameras, further bolstering its augmented reality capabilities.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is extremely bullish on AR, and it’s likely he will want to quickly push forward with the tech. The addition of TrueDepth in the rear camera can open up different possibilities. Pairing a 3D room-scanning camera with Apple’s machine learning could create a capability akin to Google Lens.
An improved depth-sensing rear AR camera could also help future augmented reality apps interact more realistically with environments. ARKit’s current tricks are impressive, but have their limits.
Notch in vogue?
The early reaction to the iPhone X’s infamous “notch,” the bit at the top of the phone that houses the TrueDepth camera, was brutal. Apple fanboys weren’t sure what to make of the design choice, which broke from the traditionally clean lines found in the company’s products.
More than a month in, and nobody is complaining about the notch anymore. The early speculation is for Apple to bring the notch design to more of its iPhones next year. And while the Essential Phone came out with a notch on the phone first, the popularity of the iPhone X has made the look its new calling card.
“While the notch has been controversial in tech circles, it gives the iPhone X a distinctive look — so much so that Apple can use just the outline as a logo,” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data.
The industry has long copied iPhone features — rumored or real. Will this be the new norm for all smartphones?
Either way, we can’t wait to see what’s next.
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You probably aren’t familiar with Leagoo, a small Chinese smartphone company. But chances are you’re very familiar with its products, which appear to be heavily inspired by popular flagship phones from other companies.
Leagoo’s latest phone, the S9, is no exception, setting its sights on Apple’s flagship iPhone X, complete with reduced bezels and the infamous notch that has become the device’s hallmark design feature. (Leagoo is also beating Samsung to the “S9” name by a couple of months, because the company looks like an equal opportunist when it comes to borrowing ideas.)
According to Leagoo, the S9 will cost just a fraction of the iPhone X’s $999 price range, with the copycat set to run for “under $300.” That price isn’t getting you the greatest device, though: the S9 features a MediaTek P40 processor (a competitor for Qualcomm’s midrange Snapdragon 670 chip), 6GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. The display is a 5.85-inch AMOLED panel, and the cameras — housed in a vertically oriented iPhone X-style module, of course — are a pair of 16MP sensors.
There’s not a ton more information on the S9 out there beccause Leagoo hasn’t even officially announced it, despite sending over high-resolution pictures and a spec sheet to The Verge’s tip line. But it’s clearly an iPhone X clone, right down to the glass and aluminum design.
To slightly differentiate its device, Leagoo has opted for a fingerprint sensor on the back, the bottom bezel looks a little taller than Apple’s (similar more to the Essential Phone in that regard), and, of course, there’s a Leagoo logo on the back.
If Leagoo’s last phone — the S8, which cheekily copies Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship — is anything to go by, the S9 probably won’t be a “good” phone in the same way that the iPhone X is the best phone you can buy right now. But if you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and you really want to get in on that #notchlife without giving up the comforts of Android, then that is technically possible now (if not entirely recommended).
With the iPhone X launching more than a month after Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) typical new iPhone releases, there was good reason for investors to believe production of the device could fail to ramp up on time for sufficient availability before Christmas. But with Christmas now only two weeks away, it’s looking like it’s easy for customers get their hands on an iPhone before Dec. 25.
As ship times continue to improve for the iPhone X, this adds to a growing list of reasons to expect a huge holiday quarter from the tech giant. Here’s a look at iPhone X availability ahead of Christmas and what this means for Apple’s holiday quarter.
Since the iPhone X’s first deliveries on Nov. 3, production has improved rapidly. Going into December, estimated shipping times for new iPhone X orders on Apple’s website in the U.S. was about one week — dramatically better than estimated shipping times of three to four weeks when the iPhone X was first launched.
Now it has nearly caught up to demand in many markets. As of Monday, most versions of the device can be delivered within two to four days of an online order in the U.S. This impressive availability for the iPhone X remains the same in several other counties, according to MacRumors.
In-store availability of the iPhone X is even better, with many versions available to buy at Apple Stores immediately.
This obviously bodes well for Apple’s production ramp-up of the new iPhone X, suggesting initial concerns about production constraints proved to be more speculative than thought. CEO Tim Cook has previously warned investors about relying on speculative reports about the company’s iPhone supply chain, saying that given how far-reaching its production network has become, these reports are “not a great proxy for what’s going on.” But the later-than-usual launch for the iPhone X and an unusually large number of reports about production constraints made this warning difficult to adhere to this time around.
Could this be a demand problem?
There’s always a chance that demand, not production, could be the reason shipping times for the new phone are improving so rapidly. But the chances of this being the case are extremely low.
Image source: Apple.
Apple has commented bullishly on demand for its new iPhones on several occasions. For instance, Cook said he was “thrilled” with customer response to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus on the weekend the two devices started being delivered to customers. And in the Nov. 2 earnings call, Cook said iPhone X orders were “very strong for both direct customers and for our channel partners…” Knowing investors are dissecting his every word, comments about demand like this are not phrases a CEO of the world’s largest company is going to throw around lightly.
But the best reason of all to be bullish on the iPhone X, of course, is Apple’s guidance for record revenue during the holiday quarter (its first fiscal quarter of 2018). Management said it expected first-quarter revenue between $84 billion and $87 billion, up from record revenue of $78.4 billion in the first fiscal quarter of 2017.
As management said in its fourth-quarter conference call, its guidance is the best indicator of what to expect from the iPhone. “We’ve put our best estimate into the guidance. You can see from the guidance that we’re very bullish,” Cook said when pressed about the supply demand balance for the iPhone during the quarter.
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