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Nokia 2 FCC report surfaces, complete with photos and dimensions

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The Nokia 2 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite some time now. Crude drawingsrendersbenchmark leaks and even live photos – the budget handset has pretty much gone through the entire leakster agenda at this point. Still, there are a few pieces left in this particular HMD puzzle – even fewer now that the handset officially cleared the FCC.

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Nokia 2 FCC report

Naturally, the documents detailing the HMD Global TA-1029 offers a wide range of SAR values and radio test reports, of little practical use to end users. What we can get out of it all is that the Nokia 2 is certified under FDD-LTE 2600 (B 7) / 850 (B 5) MHz, TD-LTE 2600 (B 38) MHz, W-CDMA 1900 (II) / 900 (VIII) MHz, GSM 1900/850 MHz. So, LTE – check. We can also say for sure that the handset has a Bluetooth radio and its Wi-Fi is a 2.4 GHZ, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n one. No Dual band or a/c.

A simple antenna schematic also offers an idea of the phone’s dimensions. With a diagonal of 15.4cm the previously suggested display size of 4.5 or possibly 5 inches seems like the most probable option for the Nokia 2. Speaking of specs, we’re expecting 720p resolution and a pretty low-end Snapdragon 210/212 chipset, coupled with only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The selfie cam should take 5MP photos, the rear cam should do 8MP (the video is bound to be 720p, it’s the best the chipset can do).

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Nokia 2 photos

Last, but not least, the FCC report also contains higher resolution and watermark-free copies of the exact same Nokia 2 photos that leaked a couple of days ago. So, we can at least be certain about the phone’s design. Seeing how HMD is wasting no time in the certificate and regulations department, we might just see the Nokia 2 debut alongside the company’s Nokia 8flagship on August 16.

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BlackBerry Priv receives update with July’s Android security patch

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Along with Nexus devices receiving OTA updates for July’s security patches, BlackBerry Privusers will also join in on the latest Android security patches for those devices purchased unlocked from ShopBlackBerry or Amazon.

The update is around 95MB and includes the same security fixes that were patched in this month’s security update.

If you haven’t gotten the OTA yet, you should be getting it over the next few days. Alternatively, you can manually check for the update by going to the Settings app, then tap ‘About’, and check for updates.

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BLU Energy XL launched with 6-inch display, 5,000mAh battery

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Miami-based smartphone manufacturer BLU has launched a new smartphone. Dubbed Energy XL, the device is powered by MediaTek 6753 chipset with octa-core 1.3GHz CPU and Mali-T720 GPU, and sports a 6-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The handset comes with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, and packs in a mammoth 5,000mAh battery. In terms of camera, the phone features a 13MP/5MP combo. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box, but will be updated to Marshmallow before the year ends. The device features a fingerprint sensor as well.

Color options include Solid Gold and White-Silver. As for price, the Energy XL carries a tag of $299.99. Measuring 160.9 x 81.2 x 8.4mm and weighing in at 208g, the device is only compatible with GSM carriers in the US, and is currently available for purchase from Amazon.

Source | Amazon

Recently-launched Sony Xperia X receives price cut in US

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The Sony Xperia X, which was launched in the US towards June-end, has already received a price cut in the country. A quick looks reveals that third-party retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo are now selling the device (all four color variants) for $500.

That translates into a discount of $50. What’s more, should you choose to purchase the handset from B&H Photo, you’ll also get free Samsung Level U Wireless Headphones (color: Black Sapphire) worth around $35.

Source (Amazon | Best Buy | B&H Photo)

Marshmallow update starts hitting Galaxy A8

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As expected, Samsung has started rolling out the Marshmallow update to its Galaxy A8smartphone. The update brings Android version 6.0.1 and is currently rolling out to units in India.

Weighing in at around 1,112MB, the update includes all the usual Marshmallow goodies such as Doze, Google Now on Tap, and redesigned app permissions, as well as some other changes including those related to fingerprints.

As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it might take some time before the update notification pops up on your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your device’s Settings menu.

Thanks for the tip Shubham Sharma!!!

Sharp Aquos 507SH is Japan’s first Android One phone

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Japan just got its first Android One device, the Sharp Aquos 507SH, a compact mid-range device. It’s not as kick-ass as Sharps other recent mini, but it’s a solid alternative to the Nexus 5X that we wish was available worldwide.

The 507SH has a 5″ screen, an IGZO LCD with 720p resolution. Both it and the back are covered with rounded 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4. The phone isn’t that tiny, at least not by Sharp standards – it measures 142 x 71 x 8.8mm and weighs 135g.

It is dust and water resistant – IP58 rating means it can go beyond 1m underwater for longer than 30 minutes. And it packs a surprisingly big battery too, 3,010mAh. It’s Quick Charge enabled to boot (though it’s sold with a regular 1A charger).

The Sharp Aquos 507SH runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, of course, and shouldn’t have to wait long for the Nougat update. It doesn’t have the most powerful chipset in the world – a Snapdragon 617 with 2GB of RAM – but clean Android tends to run great even on modest hardware. There’s 16GB of storage and a microSD slot.

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Sharp Aquos 507SH Android One phone

The phone is equipped with a 13MP main camera (1080p video) and a 5MP selfie cam. There’s no pricing yet and it goes without saying that we’ll probably never see the 507SH leave Japan.

Source (in Japanese) | Via

Renders of Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) in black offer another view

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The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) has been drawing a disproportionate amount of attention for an entry-level handset. Perhaps it’s the Smart Glow notification ring around the camera on its back.

Yesterday we saw the leaked renders of the new J2 in Gold, but now the Black color option has broken cover too. You can just make out the grooves below the camera, another trademark feature of the phone.

The Galaxy J2 (2016) will feature a 4.7″ 720p screen, run on a Spreadtrum SC8830 or SC9830 chipset with 1.5GB or 2GB of RAM and an 8MP/5MP camera setup.

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