Oppo K10 Vitality Edition Key Specifications Tipped: All Details


Oppo K10 Vitality Edition key specifications have surfaced online. The purported handset from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is expected to target offline markets. It is said to be powered by Snapdragon 778G SoC, paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The handset could sport a 120Hz LCD display and a 64-megapixel primary camera. The tipster also hinted that the smartphone may pack a 5,000mAh battery. The company launched the Oppo K10 5G in India last month, powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G SoC along with a 6.56-inch display.

Tipster WHY LAB has hinted via Weibo that the Oppo K10 Vitality Edition is planning to target the offline market, while revealing key specifications of the handset. As mentioned earlier, the upcoming smartphone from Oppo is said to feature a Snapdragon 778G SoC, paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The handset is expected to sport a 120Hz LCD display, a 64-megapixel primary camera along with an X-axis linear motor.

The Oppo K10 Vitality Edition may also pack a 5,000mAh battery. Further details regarding the specifications and price of the handset are yet to be revealed by Oppo.

To recall, the Oppo K10 5G with MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G SoC and a 6.56-inch display was launched in India this June. At the back, the handset comes with a blended glossy and matte texture that makes the phone fingerprint and scratch resistant. The smartphone features 8GB RAM that can be expanded up to 5GB with virtual memory and is equipped with 128GB of inbuilt storage.

The Oppo K10 also sports a 6.56-inch HD+ resolution display with 90Hz refresh rate and 100 percent DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage. it packs a 5,000mAh battery. The handset runs on ColorOS 12.1 based on Android 12 and features a triple rear camera set up. The Oppo K10 5G smartphone is being sold in India at a price of Rs. 17,499.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5 Could Feature Next Generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC: Report


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, according to a report. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is said to feature a triple rear camera setup with Samsung Electronics’ ISOCELL GN3 50-megapixel sensor. It will reportedly sport a front facing 12-megapixel camera for selfies and video chats. Citing industry sources, the report also claims that Samsung has set a shipment target of 10 million units for both, Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5.

According to a report by TheElec, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5, which are expected to debut in 2023, could feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. The next generation chip has reportedly been codenamed SM8550, and Qualcomm is expected to unveil it at the end of 2022. The report also reveals camera specifications of the Galaxy Z Fold 5. The foldable smartphone is said to feature a triple rear camera setup with Samsung’s ISOCELL GN3 50-megapixel sensor. At the front, it is said to get a 12-megapixel selfie camera. The camera specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 were not revealed.

Additionally, the report has also revealed, citing industry sources, that Samsung has set a shipment target of 2 million units and 8 million units for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5, respectively. Meanwhile, the company is said to have recently set a combined shipment target of 15 million units for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4.

Samsung setting a lower target for shipment target for Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 has nothing to do with the recent global economic trend, as per the report. On the other hand, the ratio of the company’s targets for both the smartphones is said to have significantly improved as well. The report added that the mass production and specific development verification timeline is still being coordinated.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are reportedly going to launch in early-August this year. According to another report, both the foldable smartphones are expected to be powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. Samsung is yet to officially reveal plans to launch the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 handsets, or the purported next generation of its foldable phones.


Vivo Y02s Spotted on IMEI Database, Expected to Launch Soon: Report


Vivo is reportedly gearing up to launch Vivo Y02 series in the global as well as Indian markets soon. The first model from the Vivo Y02 series has been recently spotted on the IMEI database with model number Vivo V2203, according to the latest report. The spotted handset has been said to be the Vivo Y02s and could launch in various markets soon, including India. Furthermore, the report says that the Vivo V2203 has also been certified with TKDN certification suggesting its global availability.

According to a recent report by Mobilestalk, a smartphone belonging to Vivo Y02 series has been spotted on the IMEI database with model number Vivo V2203. The model number is said to belong to the Y02s smartphone, and is said to make its debut soon in the global markets, including India. The report also states that the handset also passed the TKDN certification, which confirms its global availability.

Unfortunately, any further information regarding specifications and detailed availability of the rumoured Vivo Y02s smartphone has not been revealed yet. The Vivo Y02s could debut in the markets as a successor to the Vivo Y01 smartphone.

To recall, the Y01 smartphone from Vivo was launched in India in May this year. Initially, the phone made its debut in some African markets in March.

The Vivo Y01 features a waterdrop-style display notch and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 SoC. It also comes with 1TB of expandable storage support through a dedicated microSD card. The smartphone’s price in India has been set at Rs. 8,999 for the sole 2GB RAM + 32GB storage variant.

Besides this, another recent report also suggests that Vivo Y01A has been spotted on the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification website.

Apart from the Vivo Y02s, the Vivo Y01A is also said to launch in India soon.

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Nothing Phone 1 Camera Specifications, Samples Officially Teased, New Renders Leaked


Nothing Phone 1 camera specifications and samples have been officially teased ahead of its launch on July 12. Meanwhile, new high-quality renders of the phone have also surfaced online. The Phone 1 will come with a dual camera setup with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor. The leaked renders show the colour variants and the design of the upcoming smartphone from Nothing. The phone is believed to be a mid-range offering that might cost somewhere between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000. The Phone 1 was recently reported to feature an under-display fingerprint sensor. The handset has also been confirmed to come without a charger.

The official specifications and samples of the Nothing Phone 1 camera setup was shared by the company via a blog post. As mentioned earlier, the Phone 1 will feature a dual camera setup. The handset will sport a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary camera with 1/1.56-inch sensor size and f/1.88 aperture along with an ultra wide angle camera with a 114° field of view. The phone also supports optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). Phone 1 will be capable of recording 10-bit colour videos and can ‘capture one billion colours’, according to the company.

Official looking renders of the Nothing Phone 1 were also leaked by reliable tipster Evan Blass on Twitter. The renders show the Black and White colour options for the smartphone. The renders also indicated that the handset from Nothing will sport a metal chassis. The power button of the Nothing Phone 1 is said to be located on the right edge while the left edge will house volume rockers.

To recall, Nothing Phone 1 is set for its global debut on July 12 and the handset might cost somewhere between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 in India. Earlier reports have also reported an under-display fingerprint sensor, which is now believed to be an ultrasonic one. The phone is also said to come without a charger.

Nothing Phone 1 price

The Nothing Phone 1 is expected to cost somewhere between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000. The base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is said to cost EUR 469.99 (roughly Rs. 38,000) and the top-end 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant could be priced at EUR 549.99 (roughly Rs. 44,000). Finally, the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage might cost EUR 499.99 (roughly Rs. 40,000).

Nothing Phone 1 specifications

Nothing founder Carl Pei confirmed that the Nothing Phone 1 will feature a Snapdragon 778G+ SoC. It will house a 50-megapixel dual rear camera setup. The smartphone is tipped to sport a 6.55-inch OLED display with support for up to a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. Furthermore, the display and the rear panel could be protected by Gorilla Glass. The handset is said to run on Android 12 and will have an LED notification system known as the Glyph interface.


iPhone 14 Pro Models May Get A16 Bionic Chip, Non-Pro Variants to Use Older A15 SoC: Report


iPhone 14 series is expected to include four smartphones —iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and iPhone 14 Pro Max—with notable differences between the ‘Pro’ and the regular models. As per a new report, the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models will be powered by the new A16 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will pack the A15 Bionic chip that is available on the current iPhone 13 devices. Previously Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also speculated that iPhone 14 Pro series would feature A16 Bionic SoC and the non-pro models would pack the A15 chip.

As per a report by TrendForce, Apple will introduce four new iPhone 14 models in the second half of this year. The report suggests that iPhone 14 Pro models will be equipped with the latest chip, presumably the A16 Bionic chip. The report corroborates past speculations made by known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo earlier indicated that while the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in the lineup would come with the A16 Bionic chip, the iPhone 14 models would use the same A15 SoC that power the iPhone 13 series.

Kuo recently suggested that the A16 Bionic chip will be based on the TSMC’s existing 5nm process technology. The fab process of the A16 Bionic chip is thought to be the same that is used for manufacturing the A15 Bionic chip. The latest chip could offer light improvements in performance and power-saving over the existing A15 Bonic.

Apple is rumoured to unveil iPhone 14 series at an upcoming Apple event in September. The vanilla iPhone 14 is said to ditch the notched display. Screen sizes of the upcoming phones are also expected to get a little bigger. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to feature 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screen sizes respectively. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are also said to get always-on display support through iOS 16.


Global Smartphone Shipments Expected to Decline 3.5 Percent in 2022 Due to Weak Demand: IDC


Global smartphone shipments are expected to take a hit and decline 3.5 percent to 1.31 billion units in 2022, as per a report. The decline has been attributed to “increasing challenges in both supply and demand.” As a result, original equipment manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, have cut back orders for this year. However, the market research firm claims that Apple seems to be the least impacted vendor. The 5G devices are also expected to grow 25.5 percent year-over-year (YoY) in 2022.

According to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the global smartphone shipments are expected to decline 3.5 percent this year. IDC says that it has significantly reduced its forecast for 2022 from the previous projection of 1.6 percent growth after the shipments declined in three consecutive quarters due to increase in challenges in both supply as well as demand. However, this is expected to be a short term setback because the market is forecast to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.9 percent through 2026.

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The 5G devices are also expected to grow 25.5 percent YoY in 2022
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Nabila Popal, research director with IDC’s Worldwide Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers, emphasised that the smartphone industry is hit by “weakening demand, inflation, continued geo-political tensions, and ongoing supply chain constraints.” This along with the China lockdowns has a great impact on smartphone shipments. “The lockdowns hit global demand and supply simultaneously by reducing demand in the largest market globally and tightening the bottleneck to an already challenged supply chain,” said Popal.

IDC says it expects these challenges to ease by the end of this year and the market to recover in 2023 with 5 percent growth.

When it comes to OEMs, the supply and demand challenges have forced many of them, including Apple and Samsung, to cut back orders for this year. The research director says that Apple appears to be the least impacted vendor. This is because Apple has greater control over its supply chain. Another reason noted for less impact on the Cupertino-based company is that a majority of its customers in the high-priced segment are less influenced by macroeconomic issues like inflation.

Another IDC research director says that while 4G SoC supply has been tight, the market continues to shift towards 5G SoCs. “The bigger problem has been the tight supply of components such as PMICs, display drivers, and discrete Wi-Fi chips. Capacity is being increased for these semiconductors that are made in higher process nodes and newer versions of Wi-Fi chips are being made with newer process nodes. At the same time, demand is dropping. Combined, these supply and demand changes will put the market more in equilibrium,” added Phil Solis, research director in IDC’s Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors team.

5G devices are tipped to grow 25.5 percent YoY in 2022 and account for 53 percent of new shipments with nearly 700 million devices and an average selling price (ASP) of $608 (roughly Rs. 47,150). 5G is expected to reach a volume share of 78 percent in 2026 with an ASP of $440 (roughly Rs. 34,100). The 4G phones ASP, on the other hand, is expected to be $170 (roughly Rs. 13,200) in 2022, dropping to $113 (roughly Rs. 8,760) by the end of the forecast period.

As far as region-wise segregation is concerned, the largest decline in 2022 is expected in Central and Eastern Europe with shipments down 22 percent. China is forecast to decline 11.5 percent, which is about 80 percent of the global reduction in shipment volume this year. The decline in the Western Europe is expected to be at 1 percent. On the contrary, other regions, including Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan and China) will see positive growth this year (about 3 percent).


Oukitel WP19 Rugged Phone With Massive 21,000mAh Battery Unveiled: Price, Specifications


Oukitel WP19, the latest rugged smartphone with military-grade (MIL-STD-810G) durability and a massive 21,000mAh has been unveiled. The battery of the new Oukitel phone is said to deliver up to 36 hours of video playback time and is claimed to last for up to one week on a single charge. The Oukitel WP19 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC and is certified to be sweat, dust and water-resistant with IP68 and IP69K ratings. The latest smartphone packs a 90Hz refresh rate display and 256GB of internal storage. It has triple rear cameras led by a 64-megapixel main sensor.

Oukitel WP19 price, availability

The new Oukitel WP19 is listed on the e-commerce website AliExpress with a price tag of Rs. 48,184 for the sole 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model. It comes in a single Black colour.

Oukitel WP19 specifications

The dual SIM (Nano) Oukitel WP19 runs on Android 12 and features 6.78-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixel) display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, paired with 8GB RAM.

As for optics, the new Oukitel WP19 has a triple rear camera setup led by a 64-megapixel main sensor by Samsung with an f/1.79 lens. The camera unit also comprises a 20-megapixel Sony night vision sensor with an f/2.0 lens and a 2-megapixel macro sensor with an f/2.4 lens. For selfies and video chats, the phone sports a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Further, it packs 256GB of onbaord storage.

Connectivity options on the Oukitel phone include 4G, Bluetooth v5, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS, OTG, NFC, BeiDou, GLONASS, GALILEO, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone features a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.

The smartphone comes with military-grade durability — MIL-STD-810G. The new Oukitel WP19 has IPX4 certification for sweat and splash resistance and it has IP69K certification to withstand high temperature and pressure.

The Oukitel WP19 packs a massive 21,000mAh battery that is said to deliver up to 2,252 hours of standby time. It is claimed to deliver up to 122 hours of talk time, up to 123 hours of music playback time, and 36 hours of video playback time. It comes with 27W fast charging support and takes four hours to fill the battery from 0 to 100 percent.

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Tecno Spark 9 Pro With MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, 32-Megapixel Selfie Camera Launched


Tecno Spark 9 Pro has been unveiled in Africa as the latest Spark series phone from the brand. The new device comes with a 32-megapixel selfie shooter and features a waterdrop-style notch display with 90Hz refresh rate. The new Tecno Spark 9 Pro is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. The handset is available in a single 4GB RAM variant with 128GB of onboard storage. Other highlights about the phone include a triple rear camera unit headlined by a 48-megapixel sensor and 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. The Tecno Spark 9 Pro is a successor of the Tecno Spark 8 Pro which was launched last year.

Tecno Spark 9 Pro price, availability

The company has not shared price details about the Tecno Spark 9 Pro yet. The handset will be initially available in Africa in Burano Blue, Holy White, Hacker Storm, and Quantum Black colour options. Tecno hasn’t provided any details as to when this phone might be launched in India or other regions.

To recall, the Tecno Spark 8 Pro arrived in India in December last year with a price tag of Rs. 10,599 for the 4GB + 64GB storage variant.

Tecno Spark 9 Pro specifications 

The new Tecno Spark 9 Pro runs on Android 12-based HiOS 8.6. It sports a 6.6-inch full-HD+(1,080×2,460 pixels) display with 90Hz refresh rate. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, coupled with Mali-G52 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM.

For optics, the Tecno Spark 9 Pro has a triple rear camera system headlined by a 50-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.6 lens. The camera unit also includes a 2-megapixel in-depth sensor and an AI lens. For selfies, the smartphone carries a 32-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera unit comes preloaded with a list of camera modes, including super night mode 3.0 and face beauty (5.0) mode among others. Further, it packs 128GB of onboard storage.

The Tecno Spark 9 Pro comes with a 5,000mAh battery and 18W fast charging support. The handset measures 8.42mm in thickness.

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EU, US, Australia Police Crack Down FluBot Mobile Scam Responsible for Hacking Several Android Phones


Police in 11 countries have taken down a mobile phone scam dubbed FluBot that spread around the world via fake text messages, Dutch and EU police said on Wednesday.

Dutch cybercops led an operation in May targeting the malware, which infects Android phones using texts which pretend to be from a parcel firm or which say a person has a voicemail waiting.

Hackers would then steal bank details from infected phones, which automatically sent messages to other mobiles in the user’s contact list, passing on the scam like a flu virus.

“To date, we have disconnected ten thousand victims from the FluBot network and prevented over 6.5 million spam text messages,” Dutch police said in a statement.

The EU’s police agency Europol said FluBot was among “the fastest-spreading mobile malware to date” and was “able to spread like wildfire due to its ability to access an infected smartphone’s contacts.”

Police had made the malware “inactive” but are still hunting the culprits, it said.

“This FluBot infrastructure is now under the control of law enforcement, putting a stop to the destructive spiral,” Europol said.

The countries involved in carrying out the investigation were Australia, the United States, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, coordinated by Europol’s cybercrime centre.

FluBot became one of the world’s most notorious cyberscams after it first emerged in December 2020, “wreaking havoc” around the world, Europol said.

The agency said the bug had compromised a “huge number of devices worldwide”, especially in Europe and the US, with “major incidents” in Spain and Finland.

Australian media said last year that FluBot was spreading “like a tsunami” with some users being bombarded by texts.

‘Very dangerous’

Details of how police took down the scam remain sketchy, with officials saying they do not want criminals to know how they busted it.

Dutch police said a cybercrime team in the eastern Netherlands had taken down FluBot by “intervening and disrupting the criminal process”, without giving more details.

Europol said the takedown did not involve removing any physical infrastructure such as servers but also refused to say more.

“The Dutch police found another way to disrupt the criminal activity,” a Europol spokeswoman told AFP.

But FluBot’s method was simple, according to Europol and the Dutch police.

It would arrive “mainly via a fake SMS on behalf of a well-known parcel delivery service” or saying the user had a voicemail to listen to.

They would then be asked to click on a link to download an app from the parcel service to track a package, or to listen to the voicemail.

But in fact FluBot would install the malware on their phones. The fake app would then ask permission to access various other applications.

Hackers could then see their victims entering passwords for banking, credit card or cryptocurrency apps and steal from them, Europol said.

What made it “very dangerous” was its ability to access a phone’s contact list and then send fake texts to other phones.

“Victims often do not know that they have installed the malware. The further spread of the malware also happens without the user of a mobile phone noticing,” Dutch police.

The scam only targeted phones with Google’s Android operating system. Apple’s iOS system was not affected.


Xiaomi 12S Pro Spotted on 3C Database With 67W Fast Charging Support: Report


Xiaomi 12S Pro with the MediaTek Dimemsity 9000 SoC may launch soon in China as the smartphone has reportedly been spotted on the 3C website. The smartphone was spotted with the model number 2207122MC on the database. As per the listing, it is expected to come with 67W fast charging support. The smartphone was earlier reportedly spotted on the IMEI database as well. The smartphone is also expected to come with a smaller screen size than its predecessors. It was tipped that the handset might feature a full-HD+ display.

According to a report by Gizmochina, a new smartphone from Xiaomi has been spotted on China’s 3C website with the model number 2207122MC. As spotted, the Xiaomi 12S Pro has received approval from the Chinese authority and is expected to get 67W fast charging support. Unfortunately, this was only piece of information that was available on the database.

Xiaomi 12S Pro specifications (expected)

In a recent report, a tipster shared key specifications of the smartphone. Xiaomi 12S Pro is expected to get a full-HD+ flexible curved touchscreen with 120Hz refresh rate and a centered single hole.

The rumoured smartphone from Xiaomi is expected to get a 50-megapixel primary camera with a new hardware-algorithm. It is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ SoC. The leak also signaled towards a 2K large screen version with image enhancements. Also, the tipster reportedly said that the Xiaomi 12S Pro will come with some design changes and new colours.

Another report had said that the Xiaomi 12S Pro was also spotted on IMEI database in April. The smartphone is expected to get slightly improved features than the Xiaomi 12 series.

Xiaomi 12S Pro was spotted on the IMEI database with a different model number, 2206122SC, than the one spotted on the China 3C website.