Moto Z2 Force launch, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 1 renders, Nokia 6 4GB RAM variant, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S leak, and more: Daily News Wrap


Motorola finally launched its 2017 flagship smartphone, the Moto Z2 Force in the Indian market today. While the timing can surely not be considered perfect, the company has managed to price it lower than most of the competition. Apart from the Moto Z2 Force, the other big launch today was the Nokia 6 4GB RAM variant, making its debut in India nearly eight months after the 3GB RAM version.

In other news, Samsung has suspended the Android 8.0 Oreo update rollout for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Android Oreo rollout for the two smartphones had started only a week back for Oreo beta users. Press renders of the upcoming Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus smartphones were also leaked online today, courtesy of reputed leakster Evan Blass. Some key specs of the upcoming Xiaomi flagship, the Mi Mix 2S have been confirmed as well. Read on for more details.

Moto Z2 Force with Moto TurboPower Pack Mod launched in India

Motorola today launched the Moto Z2 Force flagship Android smartphone in India. Priced at Rs.34,999, the Moto Z2 Force will take on rivals such as the OnePlus 5T, LG G6, and the Honor View 10. Launched globally last year, the Moto Z2 Force comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD POLED ShatterShield display and runs on the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Rest of the key specs include 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, 12MP + 12MP dual rear cameras, 5MP selfie camera, splash resistance, and a 2730mAh battery with Turbo Charging. While the built-in battery isn’t very impressive in terms of capacity, Motorola India is bundling the Moto TurboPower Pack Mod with the phone, which packs a 3490mAh juicer. The Moto Z2 Force comes only in Super Black color and will go on sale starting midnight today via Flipkart as well as Moto Hub stores across the country.

Nokia 6 4GB RAM variants lands in India at Rs.16,999

HMD Global has launched a new variant of the Nokia 6 smartphone in India, bearing 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As you would expect, the upgraded variant does carry a premium over the 3GB RAM variant that has been on sale in India for quite some time now. The smartphone carries a ‘Best Buy’ price of Rs.16,999 and will be available exclusively on Flipkart. As part of the launch offer, customers can get an additional exchange discount of Rs.2,000. Apart from the higher RAM and onboard storage, the 4GB RAM variant is identical to the 3GB RAM variant.

Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus renders leaked online

After leaking the first Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ press renders online recently, leakster Evan Blass today leaked press renders of the upcoming Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus smartphones. Interestingly, Blass has revealed that the Nokia 7 Plus is going to be an Android One device, while the Nokia 1 is expected to be released as an Android Go device. The press renders reveal the Nokia 7 Plus will be quite different from the standard Nokia 7 in the design department. It features a full screen 18:9 aspect ratio display on the front and dual-cameras at the rear. The Nokia 1, which will be an entry-level device, features a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a polycarbonate back. Both the smartphones are expected to be officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona later this month.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S leak confirms key specs

The folks over at XDA developers managed to get their hands on the Mi Mix 2S firmware files, revealing some key specifications of the upcoming Xiaomi flagship. According to the info recovered from the firmware files, the Mi Mix 2S is codenamed “Polaris” and will run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC. While the display size is yet to be confirmed, the report claims the smartphone features a 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The device is also likely to feature a 12MP Sony IMX363 camera sensor. Some of the other info revealed by the latest leak include an IR blaster, 3400mAh battery, Android Oreo software. The Mi Mix 2S is expected to be unveiled at MWC 2018 later this month.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo rollout suspended

Barely a week after it began pushing the stable Android Oreo update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, Samsung today confirmed that it has halted the rollout after receiving reports of the devices rebooting unexpectedly after the Android Oreo update. The company is investing the issue internally to make sure it can minimize the impact to affected devices and resume the rollout as soon as possible. The update had so far been made available to users in markets such as Belgium, France, India, Norway, Poland, Turkey, and the UAE.