MediaTek Helio G96, MediaTek Helio G88 4G SoCs Announced for Budget, Mid-Range Smartphones

MediaTek Helio G96 and MediaTek Helio G88 SoCs have been announced by the chipmaker for upcoming smartphones. The MediaTek Helio G96 can be paired with 120Hz full-HD+ displays, can integrate a 108-megapixel camera, and supports 4G LTE with dual 4G SIM cards. The MediaTek Helio G88, on the other hand, supports full-HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate, 64-megapixel camera, and 4G VoLTE. Both the SoCs are equipped with MediaTek’s HyperEngine 2.0 Lite game technology. The SoCs will likely be seen in upcoming Android phones positioned in the budget to mid-range segment.

Beginning with the MediaTek Helio G96 SoC, it offers support for 120Hz displays with up to Full-HD+ resolution. The display is said to have no limitation in DDIC supply, C-phy or D-phy interface and the SoC supports both LCD and AMOLED displays. The Helio G96 features two Arm Cortex-A76 CPUs operating at up to 2.05GHz. There’s also LPDDR4X memory and UFS 2.2 storage. It additionally supports 108-megapixel cameras for the most detailed images, fast Cat-13 4G LTE WorldMode modem integration, dual 4G SIM and VoLTE and ViLTE services, as well as the company’s Intelligent Resource Management Engine and Networking Engine.

MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, on the other hand, supports 90Hz display refresh rate and the octa-core CPU features two Arm Cortex-A75 CPUs operating at up to 2.0GHz. The Helio G88 offers support for up to 64-megapixel main cameras, a hardware depth engine for dual-camera bokeh captures, a Camera Control Unit (CCU), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), and Rolling Shutter Compensation (RSC) technologies. Helio G88 comes with integrated voice wakeup for voice assistant services.

Both the SoCs have MediaTek’s HyperEngine 2.0 generation technology that is said to intelligently manage CPU, GPU, and memory to enable a smooth gaming experience. It is claimed to also help in power saving during high FPS gaming to extend battery life. The technology is said to enable intelligent prediction of Wi-Fi and 4G connection concurrency.

Twitter is Adding the Ability to Limit Replies to Tweets After Posting

Twitter is extending the ability to let users decide who can reply to their tweets even after they have been published on the social media platform. Twitter users already had the ability to limit replies on their tweets, but the choice had to be made before a tweet was published. Users can limit the replies to only users they follow, users mentioned in the tweet, or keep it open for everyone — the last one is the default setting for each tweet. The new setting will be rolled out for Twitter for Android, iOS, and Web.

Through a tweet, Twitter announced the new capability it is extending to its users. The microblogging site had introduced the option to choose who can reply to a tweet last year. But, as mentioned, it had to be done while composing a tweet. Now users can change this setting even after a tweet has been published by clicking on the three-dots menu on a tweet and selecting the Change who can reply option. That will lead users to three options — Everyone, People you follow, and Only people you mentioned.

The new feature gives people more control over who can reply to their tweets. The ability to change who can interact with the tweet can help Twitter users keep away from potential harassment and trolling. Twitter hasn’t said when the update will roll out for all users, but it seems that the rollout process has begun. Gadgets 360 was independently able to verify the new feature. If you don’t see the new feature yet, it is likely to reach your account soon.

Nokia C30 Specifications and Renders Leaked, Tipped to Come With a 6.8-Inch Full HD+ Display

Nokia C30 specifications, design, and colour options have purportedly leaked ahead of its launch. The leaked renders show the front and the back design of the upcoming smartphone in two colours. A Russian retailer listing has also tipped the specifications of the Nokia C30. The smartphone was also recently spotted on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), hinting that the launch of the smartphone is imminent. However, Nokia licensee HMD Global has not shared any information about the Nokia C30 as yet.

Nokia C30’s leaked images were shared by Nokiapoweruer. The renders show that the smartphone is expected to come in two colour options — Green and White. The dual rear camera setup is housed in a rounded camera module with a flash placed outside the circle. Mounted below is a rounded fingerprint scanner. At the front, the phone sports a waterdrop-style notch for the selfie camera and a thick chin with the Nokia branding.

Nokia C30 specifications

The listing of the Nokia C30 on a Russian retailer site, 4Dealer, suggests that the smartphone will run Android 11 and sport a 6.82-inch Full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) display and a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. It is expected to be powered by an unidentified hexa-core 1.60 GHz chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. The Nokia C30 is also expected to have 64GB of onboard storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. It may pack a 6,000mAh battery.

For optics, Nokia C30 may come with a 13-megapixel primary rear camera, and the selfie camera is expected to have a 5-megapixel primary sensor. Connectivity options on the smartphone could include dual SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, microUSB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Alongside the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Nokia C30 users may also be able to access the smartphone using the face-unlock feature. The smartphone is expected to measure 169.9×77.8×8.8mm and weigh 191 grams.

The Nokia C30 was also allegedly spotted on the US FCC certification site last month as reported by Nokiamob. The listing suggested that the smartphone will have the model number TA-1357, come with a 5,850mAh battery, and measure 177.7×79.1mm. It also listed some connectivity options — LTE, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth — for the smartphone.

Since the two listings appear to have some discrepancies, these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt, especially since HMD Global is yet to officially confirm the Nokia C30.

Oppo Reno 6Z Specifications Tipped by Geekbench Listing, May Come With MediaTek Dimensity 800U

Oppo Reno 6Z is reported to feature 32-megapixel selfie cameraOppo Reno 6Z may pack 8GB RAM, run on Android 11 softwareIt scored 589 single-core points, 1,749 multi-core points on Geekbench

Oppo Reno 6Z is tipped to have a similar rear camera setup as Oppo Reno 6


Oppo Reno 6Z has been leaked on several occasions in the past and now it has been spotted on Geekbench. The benchmarking site shows several possible specifications of Oppo Reno 6Z. Oppo Reno 6Z, whenever it launches, will sit alongside Oppo Reno 6, Oppo Reno 6 Pro, and Oppo Reno 6 Pro+ phones in the series. The three phones were launched in China in April this year. Oppo Reno 6Z is reported to have near similar specifications to the vanilla Oppo Reno 6 model.

Geekbench lists the Oppo Reno 6Z smartphone with model number CPH2237. This is the same model number that was spotted on NBTC certification site in Thailand, which confirmed that CPH2237 belongs to Oppo Reno 6Z. The benchmarking site shows that the phone may run on Android 11. It is listed to be powered by the MT6853V/TNZA codenamed chipset that could be MediaTek Dimensity 800U. Furthermore, Oppo Reno 6Z is listed to pack 8GB of RAM onboard. The single-core score on Geekbench is listed to be 589 points and the multi-core score is at 1,749 points. Apart from this, the Geekbench listing reveals little else.

Past reports claim that Oppo Reno 6Z may run on Android 11-based ColorOS 11.1. It is tipped to feature a 6.43-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with 60Hz screen refresh rate and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is also previously reported to be powered by the Dimensity 800U SoC, corroborating with the latest Geekbench leak. Oppo Reno 6Z may pack 8GB of RAM and offer 256GB internal storage. The phone is tipped to pack a 4,310mAh battery with 30W fast charging support.As for cameras, Oppo Reno 6Z may include the same camera setup as Oppo Reno 6. It is tipped to feature a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. At the front, the phone may feature a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Oppo has not offered any hints on an upcoming launch of Oppo Reno 6Z and there is no clarity on when it may become official.

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Tecno Camon 17 Series Teased to Launch in India Soon, Amazon Availability Confirmed

Tecno Camon 17 series has been teased to launch in India soon. The company has listed a dedicated teaser page on Amazon, confirming its availability on the e-commerce platform as well. The teasers suggest that the company may announce the Tecno Camon 17 Pro and Tecno Camon 17 phones in India. These phones were first unveiled in Nigeria in May this year and are now all set to launch in the Indian market. Tecno Camon 17 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC and has a 48-megapixel selfie camera. It also includes a quad rear camera setup, headlined by a 64-megapixel main sensor.

Tecno Camon 17 Pro, Tecno Camon 17 price in India (expected)

The Amazon teaser page confirms the arrival of Tecno Camon 17 Pro and Tecno Camon 17 phones in India. The teaser page has tagged the series as a ‘Prime Day’ launch, hinting that the phone will be available from July 26 onwards. This means that an official launch could happen before the Prime Day sales begin, or on the same day. An exact launch date has not been announced by Tecno yet.

Tecno Camon 17 is priced in Nigeria at NGN 74,000 (roughly Rs. 14,200), whereas the premium Tecno Camon 17 Pro is priced at NGN 125,000 (roughly Rs.24,100 ). In India, the phones should likely be priced in the same range. Globally, Tecno Camon 17 was launched in Frost Silver, Deep Sea, and Tranquil Green colour options. On the other hand, Tecno Camon 17 Pro was unveiled in California Dream Silver and Malibu Blue colours.

Amazon teases 8GB + 128GB storage configuration for the series, likely for the Tecno Camon 17 Pro model. Tecno Camon 17 should see more RAM + storage configurations. Official pricing and availability of the phones will be announced by Tecno during its launch event. Launch offers will include 10 percent instant discount on HDFC debit and credit cards, including EMI transactions.

Tecno Camon 17 Pro specifications

Tecno Camon 17 Pro features a 6.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2469 pixels) display with 90Hz screen refresh rate. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. It has a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel bokeh lens, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. At the front, the phone has a 48-megapixel ultra-clear selfie camera. Tecno Camon 17 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. There is a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and dual speakers on board.

Tecno Camon 17 specifications

Tecno Camon 17 features a smaller 6.6-inch HD+ (720×1,600) display with 90Hz screen refresh rate. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Tecno Camon 17 has a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel bokeh lens, and an AI sensor. At the front, the phone has a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Tecno Camon 17 packs a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Google Meet Adds AR Masks, Duo-Style Filters, Effects

Video calling application Google Meet recently added new video filters, effects, and augmented reality masks for personal calls on iOS and Android. 

Google tweeted on July 7 that the new features are available via the sparkle icon at the bottom right of the video feed during a call, which brings up a carousel of different effects that include colour filters and animated AR face effects.

Most of the options are only available for personal Gmail accounts, while Workspace users have to keep things more professional with a limited selection of blurring and virtual background options.

The new video effects are the latest example of Meet”s shift from targeting enterprise and business users, to targeting consumers more generally after Google released Meet free to personal Google accounts last year.

The filters are very similar to what is already been available for Google”s consumer-focused Duo video chat service, and 9to5Google has previously reported that the company plans to eventually replace Duo with Meet.

The tech giant also made some small changes to its Google Meet app in June.

After seeing a gradual interest in live streams, the company installed an option to add captions to your live streams. New features also include options to raise hands and shift to the main grid. 

Samsung Galaxy F02s, Samsung Galaxy M02s, and Samsung Galaxy A12 Prices in India Increased

Samsung Galaxy F02s, Samsung Galaxy M02s, and Samsung Galaxy A12 have received a price hike in India. All three Samsung smartphones are now Rs. 500 more expensive across their variants. Samsung has not issued an official statement announcing the increase in prices, but the new prices of all three handsets are now reflecting on the Samsung India website. It is being speculated that the price hike is due to the global chip shortage that has affected almost all big manufacturers. Samsung launched Galaxy F02s, Galaxy M02s, and Galaxy A12 as budget-friendly devices in 2021.

Samsung Galaxy F02s price in India

Samsung Galaxy F02s has received a price hike of Rs. 500. The smartphone is offered in two storage variants — 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. The price, at launch for the former was Rs. 8,999 that now costs Rs. 9,499. The latter, priced at Rs. 9,999 at launch, is now be available for Rs. 10,499.

Samsung Galaxy M02s price in India

Samsung Galaxy M02s when launched was priced at Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. This variant is now available, after a hike of Rs. 500, for Rs. 9,499. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, which was priced at Rs. 9,999 at launch, is now available for Rs. 10,499.

Samsung Galaxy A12 price hike in India

Samsung Galaxy A12₹ 12,999 is available in two storage variants — 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB. The 4GB + 64GB storage variant was priced at Rs. 12,999 and the 4GB + 128GB storage variant was priced at Rs. 13,999 at launched. Both variants, after the hike of Rs. 500, are now available for Rs. 13,499 and Rs. 14,499, respectively.

In other Samsung-related news, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has allegedly leaked in a 360-degree render ahead of its launch. It shows that the upcoming Fan Edition (FE) smartphone is very similar in design to the vanilla Galaxy S21, as is the case with Samsung’s FE smartphones. It is expected to launch in August.

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