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OnePlus Nord phone goes on pre-order today but there is a catch

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OnePlus is once again entering the affordable smartphone segment with the launch of a new product lineup. Ahead of the launch, the company has confirmed that its non-flagship product will be called OnePlus Nord. With the new lineup, OnePlus says it aims to make the “premium OnePlus experience accessible to more users.” This marks a new beginning for the brand that goes with the slogan “Never Settle” and will see the company compete in the lower end of the price segment.

OnePlus Nord: Pre-Order starts today

OnePlus Nord will be available for pre-order starting today. The pre-order will be limited to a small number of customers. According to Android Authority, OnePlus plans to open only 100 pre-orders for the smartphone today. The information appeared in the Instagram story of the dedicated handle called OnePlusLiteZThing, which shows the countdown ends at 4AM ET (around 1.30PM IST). Amazon India, the online retail partner of OnePlus, has not announced any details but it has a “Notify Me” option on the listing for the product.

“We are immensely proud of our flagship products and will continue to create more tech-leading flagships for our users. Now we are excited to share the OnePlus experience with even more users around the world through this new product line,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said.

With the documentary released yesterday, OnePlus confirmed that the Nord will be a sub-$500 smartphone. OnePlus One, which made its debut in 2014, had a retail price of $299. The flagship killer device has paved the way for more expensive devices. OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, the newest flagship phones from the company, start at $699 and $899 respectively. On the other end of the spectrum, smartphones are not only getting affordable but also pack great features.

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OnePlus has confirmed that the first OnePlus Nord smartphone will launch in India and Europe. The leaks so far indicate that OnePlus Nord will feature a 6.55-inch OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. Powered by a 5G-capable Snapdragon 765G chipset, the smartphone is expected to launch with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It might use a 48-megapixel main camera along with a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera and dual selfie cameras. We will know more about details about this device on July 7 and launch might be set for next week.

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Google Chrome for Android finally gets 64-bit version support

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In December 2017, shortly after Apple removed all 32-bit apps from the App Store, Google announced its road map for apps available in the Play Store to be designed in 64-bit only. Android’s first version to support the 64-bit architecture was Android 5.0 Lollipop, introduced in November 2014.

Since August 1 of last year, all new applications and updates that want to be available in the Play Store must offer a 64-bit version and a separate 32-bit version. As of August 1, 2021, 64-bit devices will no longer be able to download 32-bit applications. Today virtually all Android devices are capable of running 64-bit software.

Google Chrome for Android is finally going 64-bit

However, Google Chrome never made the jump and is only available in a 32-bit version. That can lead to some unnecessary security and performance downgrades. However, this is finally changing, since starting with Chrome 85 version, phones running Android 10 or later will receive a 64-bit version. A look at the chrome: // version confirms this from the Chrome Dev and Chrome Canary applications.

According to statistics for April 2020, only 8 percent of devices currently use Android 10. While all the rest are “stuck” on older versions of the OS. Fortunately, Google will extend support for 64-bit Chrome to earlier versions of Android. Therefore, the number of devices that can enjoy this new version at the start will be very limited.

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The change from 32 to 64 bits was already experienced many years ago in desktop operating systems. Going to 64 bits means that the browser will be able to process more data per second. Moreover, it will be faster while taking better advantage of the large amounts of RAM that today’s mobile phones have.

Presumably, as the months go by, the rest of the devices that are not managed by Android 10 OS can also have the option to install this version. Since all mobile processors that have been launched on the market in the last 5 years enjoy a 64-bit architecture.

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Redmi K30 Ultra with Dimensity 1000+ SoC and 120Hz OLED display could launch soon

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Earlier this year in May, Mediatek launched its latest high-end mobile processor called the Dimensity 1000+ processor. Several weeks later, in June, it was leaked that Redmi would be developing a phone with the aforementioned chipset. Now, the name of this device could have already been accidentally revealed, and it would be called Redmi K30 Ultra. The device name was found by the XDA Member “kacskrz”. While exploring the code lines of the latest beta version of MIUI 12. Everything indicates that this phone could be the device with Dimensity 1000+ SoC.

The vast majority of 5G phones released by Xiaomi and Redmi so far run on Qualcomm chipsets. The exception to this is the recently announced Redmi 10X and 10X Pro with the Dimensity 820 chipset. Now, the company could launch its first Mediatek hardware-powered flagship phone.

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ (Plus) SoC is part of a line that also features the Dimensity 1000 and Dimensity 1000L processors. Although the original Dimensity 1000 chipset caused a lot of public interest when it was announced. There has been no manufacturer to use it yet.

However, it seems that the Dimensity 1000+ SoC will run with better luck than its original variant. A phone that incorporates it has already been presented: the iQOO Z1. Now Redmi will join the party with the newly discovered “Redmi K30 Ultra”. The Xiaomi sub-brand device has the code name “cezanne”.

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Redmi K30 Ultra expected features

The MIUI 12 code also reveals that this smartphone has a quad-camera setup. The primary sensor in the configuration will be of 64-megapixel. It also shows that it will have a pop-up front camera. Therefore, it is likely to be very similar in design to the Redmi K30 Pro or POCO F2 Pro.

Other features of this Redmi device with Dimensity 1000+ SoC are an AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner, Sony IMX686 sensor, and a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The size of its screen is unknown, but the “Ultra” name may be a clue that it will be large.

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Realme C3 update rolling out with June 2020 security patch

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Realme has started rolling out a new software update for its Realme C3 device in India. The latest update brings the month-old June 2020 Android security patch to the smartphone, along with several new optimizations, and bug fixes. The Realme C3 latest update carries the software Build version RMX2020_11_A.33, and its OTA firmware size is around 409 MB.

As per the changelog, the update brings optimizations for the game quality audio and probabilistic lagging issue. It also brings enhancements to the stability of the overall system. Realme has fixed several problems in the smartphone with the update, among the lag issue with the power button to light up the screen and fingerprint to unlock bug.

The update further details some major fixes with the weather app location problem, games center FPS was shown as zero, and the phone was not getting charged in some scenarios. Additionally, the June 2020 security patch fixes a host of security vulnerabilities in the smartphone.

The Realme C3 June security OTA update is rolling out to limited users incrementally. So, it may take a while in reaching all units in the country. Users will be notified to download the update. Alternatively, the update can also be checked by going to Settings > About Phone > System update.

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Realme C3 features, specifications

To recall, the Realme C3 flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ (720×1560 pixels) resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device also features a dual-camera setup at the back. That includes a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, the smartphone equips a 5-megapixel selfie camera.

The Realme C3 has a Mediatek Helio G70 SoC and Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU. It packs a 5,000 mAh battery but comes with standard 10W charging support. In connectivity, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and a micro-USB port for charging.

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