OnePlus 5 'Jelly Effect' Due to Upside Down Placement of Display?

The recently launched OnePlus 5 has been in the news this week for a ‘jelly scrolling’ issue that some of its users have reported. Early adopters of the device noticed a jelly-like warping effect when scrolling through webpages and apps like Twitter. Many speculations were being made about the cause of the jelly scrolling effect, with one prominent one being it could be a VSync issue, and the other being that the display has been installed upside down in the device.

If you are wondering what the jelly scrolling effect really is, well, it’s quite difficult the explain the issue in text and a video shot by The Verge’s Dan Seifert shows the ‘jelly’ effect while scrolling through the Twitter app:

OnePlus issued a statement stating that the effect is natural and there is no variance in screens between devices. Which also means that it is unlikely to get a software update to fix the issue.

Popular modding community website XDA investigated the issue and soon ruled out VSync toggling as a cause for this effect. To verify if the display is inverted, an XDA Recognized Developer ‘SultanXDA’ scanned through the kernel source code. The kernel, in simple terms, is an important link between the software and the hardware of the device.

In the kernel code, the developer found a display controller code which rotates the output by a 180 degrees. The developer confirmed that only the OnePlus 5 kernel has this line of code while other devices like the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, Google Nexus 5X, and Google Nexus 6P lacked in their kernel.

Another XDA developer ‘eng.stk’ compiled the OnePlus 5’s panel code and flashed the OnePlus 3T with the code which resulted in the OnePlus 3T’s display being inverted. Because of which the controller flips the output. In a physical hardware teardown it can be seen from the display connector that the display might actually be placed upside-down.

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Finally, a Reddit user has also posted in the OnePlus sub-reddit that the OnePlus 5 screen refreshes from bottom to top with the traditional behaviour being top to bottom. The user has shot a 960fps video showing how the OnePlus 5 refreshes the screen in comparison to the Google Pixel XL and the Samsung Galaxy S8+.

The unconventional refresh method could be the reason for the ‘jelly scrolling’ effect on the OnePlus 5.

Imported Mobiles to Become Costlier Due to New 10 Percent Customs Duty

In a bid to protect local manufacturers, the government has imposed a 10 percent basic customs duty (BCD) on cellular mobile phones and specified parts of cell phones like charger, battery, wire headset, microphone and receiver, keypad, and USB cable from Saturday, an official statement said here.

The decision came on the day the government rolled out Goods and Services Tax across the country.

Imported Mobiles to Become Costlier Due to New 10 Percent Customs DutyThe BCD of 10 percent will also be imposed on certain other electronic goods, the finance ministry statement said without specifying the items.

The government had constituted Inter-Ministerial Committee comprising of officers from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the Department of Commerce, Department of Telecommunication and Department of Revenue to identify electronic, IT, telecom products for customs duty enhancement on them.

“The present exemption from basic customs duty on specified parts of mobiles, namely, printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), camera module, connectors display assembly, touch panel/ cover glass assembly, vibrator motor/ ringer will continue,” the statement clarified.

Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished Units aka Galaxy Note Fan Edition to Go on Sale on July 7, Samsung Confirms

Samsung Electronics said Sunday it would start selling a refurbished version of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone this week after an embarrassing recall over exploding batteries rocked the tech giant last year.

The recall of millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices cost the world’s largest smartphone maker billions of dollars in lost profits and hammered its global reputation.

The refurbished device, made of recalled, unsealed Note 7 handsets and unused components are outfitted with new batteries, Samsung said in a statement.

The limited-edition phone – the Galaxy Note Fan Edition (FE) – will hit shelves in South Korea on July 7, Samsung said, adding it would only sell 400,000 units at home.

The firm said it would decide later whether to release the refurbished edition elsewhere, which is priced at 699,000 won ($611) domestically, far lower than the previous version that was nearly $1,000.

About three million Galaxy Note 7 handsets were returned to the firm last year, but campaign groups including Greenpeace have expressed concern that discarding the phones could harm the environment.

Galaxy Note 7 Refurbished Units aka Galaxy Note Fan Edition to Go on Sale on July 7, Samsung Confirms“The latest launch of the Galaxy Note FE… has a significant meaning as an environment-friendly project that minimised the waste of resources,” Samsung said in a statement.

The recall – the largest-ever by the South Korean tech giant – was deeply embarrassing for Samsung, but it recently launched a new flagship device, the Galaxy S8, to positive reviews and strong orders.

In April Samsung posted its biggest quarterly net profit in more than three years, although the company has come under pressure on wider fronts.

Lee Jae-Yong, the Samsung group’s vice-chairman and heir to its leadership, is on trial for bribery over his role in a massive corruption scandal that brought down impeached former president Park Geun-Hye.

Lee is accused of bribing Park and her confidante Choi Soon-Sil with millions of dollars to seek regulatory favours.

Moto E4 With Android 7.1 Nougat Reportedly Launched at Rs. 8,999; Moto E4 Plus Coming Soon

Lenovo has reportedly quietly launched the Moto E4 in India. The smartphone is now available to buy in India, as per an established offline retailer, and the Moto E4 price in India is said to be Rs. 8,999 (MRP). While this is said to be the retail price of the smartphone currently, official Moto E4 launch and price details have not been shared by Lenovo yet. This comes amid Moto’s confirmation that the company will soon launch the Moto E4 Plus with 5000mAh battery in the Indian market.

Mumbai-based retailerr Mahesh Telecom has published a video showing the Moto E4 in stock at his retail store. While the smartphone was launched with a Snapdragon processor in North America, in India, the MediaTek variant has arrived. Lenovo had also confirmed to Gadgets 360 earlier as well, that Moto E4 will be powered by the MediaTek MTK6737M chipset outside of North America. We have reached out to Lenovo for confirmation about the Moto E4 price in India, as well as availability, and will update this copy when we hear back.

Furthermore, Moto India has also confirmed the launch of the Moto E4 Plus in India soon. After the first teaser, the company has now published a YouTube video confirming that the 5000mAh battery power smartphone is coming to India soon. Watch the video below. With a more publicised launch for one of the two new Moto E-Series handsets, Lenovo India seems to be following its strategy – seen with the Moto C and Moto C Plus – of launching one model in a series in offline markets, and the other as an online exclusive.

Moto E4 specifications

Coming to the specifications, Moto E4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with a single-SIM slot (Nano). It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.3 GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor with 650MHz Mali T720 MP1 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuilt storage option with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot. As for the optics, the Moto E4 has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and single-LED flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, fixed focus, single-LED flash, and a beautification mode for better selfies.

Moto E4 With Android 7.1 Nougat Reportedly Launched at Rs. 8,999; Moto E4 Plus Coming SoonMoto E4 battery capacity is 2800mAh, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Micro-USB port, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, and 4G support. The dimensions are at 144.5×72 x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 150 grams. Sensors on board include proximity, light, accelerometer, and magnetometer. In the US, it will be available in Liquorice Black, and Fine Gold colour variants.

Moto E4 Plus specifications

The Moto E4 Plus has a slightly bigger 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It will be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 427 SoC in the US, and MediaTek MTK6737M chipset outside of North America. Apart from the 2GB/16GB variant, it has an additional 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant as well. The rear camera is bumped up to 13-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and single-LED flash support.

The biggest USP of the Moto E4 Plus is 5000mAh non-removable battery that supports fast charging as well. The dimensions measure at 155×77.5×9.55mm, and the smartphone weighs 181 grams. In the US, the Moto E4 Plus will be available in Iron Gray and Fine Gold colour options. All the other specifications are identical to the Moto E4.

Samsung Display to Construct World's Largest OLED Plant to Cater to Apple's iPhone Demand: Report

Samsung is planning to construct the world’s biggest OLED plants in South Korea to beef up production of flexible OLED screens for the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 and other devices.

Samsung Display controls 98 percent of global markets for small and medium flexible OLED screens.

According to Korean website ETNews, the plants, said to be located in Cheonin and Asan, are expected to cost around $1.75 billion (roughly Rs. 11,324 crores) for construction and $14 billion (roughly Rs. 90,597 crores) for equipment for OLED fabrication.

The total costs for the two OLED facilities will be nearly $21 billion (roughly Rs. 1,35,963 crores).

“Samsung Display is planning to construct world’s biggest OLED plants which will have more than 30 percent of production capacity than ‘A3’ that is currently Samsung Display’s biggest plant,” the report said on Saturday.

Samsung Display to Construct World's Largest OLED Plant to Cater to Apple's iPhone Demand: ReportSamsung Display has started constructing the sixth generation flexible OLED production line called ‘A5’ which has production capacity of 180,000 panels per month and up to 270,000 panels per month.

Samsung Display is also looking into making investments that will have two plants produce total of 270,000 panels per month.

“This means that each plant will have production capacity of 135,000 panels per month. If it wants to make such investment, it will have to make investments between $20.1 billion and $21.0 billion,” the report noted.

Samsung Display started extending ‘A3’ plant on full-scale during second half of 2015 owing to the fact that Apple ordered large amount of OLEDs.

Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to have a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED panel with a 5.1-inch practical area. Other features may include a 3D facial scanner.

“If Samsung Display greatly increases its output, it can reduce price even more. If it secures output, technologies, and price before appearance of new businesses on full-scale, it can create an enormous entry barrier,” ETNews reported.

GST Impact: Eluga I2, Eluga I3 Mega, and Other Panasonic Phones Receive Price Cuts

The nationwide rollout of Goods and Services Tax, or GST, on July 1 has brought a favourable impact on some smartphone prices in the country. Within just 2 days post-GST launch, Apple and Asus have already slashed prices of some of their devices. The third mobile company joining them is Panasonic, has also slashed prices on a number of its smartphones. While there is no official statement on the price cuts issued by Panasonic, Gadgets 360 has learnt that offline retailers have been informed of the revised pricing by the company.

Here are the revised, post-GST prices of the select Panasonic smartphones. Starting with Panasonic Eluga I2 1GB RAM variant, the smartphone will now be available at Rs. 6,490 instead of the earlier price of Rs. 7,290. Launched in 2015 at Rs. 8,290, its 2GB RAM variant is now cheaper by Rs. 1,000 and will retail at Rs. 7,290. The Panasonic Eluga I2 features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with Oncell Touch technology, and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB or 2GB of RAM. It houses an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while there is also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash.

Next up is the Panasonic P88, which has received a price cut of Rs. 800 and will retail at Rs. 8,490 instead of the pre-GST price of Rs. 9,290. The Panasonic P88 is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). It has triple-LED flash module alongside the 13-megapixel rear camera, and an LED flash module accompanying the 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

GST Impact: Eluga I2, Eluga I3 Mega, and Other Panasonic Phones Receive Price CutsComing to the next smartphone, Panasonic Eluga A2 will now be available at a price of Rs. 8,990, which is Rs. 500 cheaper than its original Rs. 9,490 price at the time of launch in May last year. The Panasonic Eluga A2 is powered by a 1GHz quad-core SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Another smartphone that has received a price cut is Panasonic Eluga Prim, which will now cost you Rs. 9,490 – versus the original launch price of Rs. 10,290. Panasonic Eluga Prim features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of inbuilt storage which can be additionally expanded using a microSD card (up to 32GB).

The Panasonic Eluga I3 Mega and Eluga Pulse X have also received a post-GST price cut. Originally priced at Rs. 10,990, the Eluga I3 Mega is now cheaper by Rs. 1,000 and will retail at Rs. 9,990. It features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6735 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera. The price of Panasonic Eluga Pulse X has now dropped to Rs. 10,490. It was originally launched at a price of Rs. 10,990 in March this year, and comes with specifications like 5.5-inch HD IPS display, 1.25GHz quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel camera.

Xiaomi Mi Selfie Stick Tripod With Bluetooth Remote Launched for Hands-Free Photography

Xiaomi’s product category is vast and ever growing. The company has introduced smart products in categories like LED lights, pressure cookers, and even water purifiers. The Chinese conglomerate even indulged in its own selfie stick launched last year. Ahead of MWC, Xiaomi has now launched its successor of sorts, which does much more than taking selfies. The Xiaomi Mi Selfie Stick Tripod essentially converts into a tripod when the need arises.

Xiaomi Mi Selfie Stick Tripod With Bluetooth Remote Launched for Hands-Free Photography

This 2-in-1 device, unveiled on Weibo, eliminates the need to carry a separate tripod for shooting purposes, and even allows users to take selfies from afar. It has detachable Bluetooth remote control that can be used if you want to click selfies from a distance. The Xiaomi Mi Selfie Stick Tripod has been launched in white and black colour variants, and folds into a compact stick for portability. Plus, it weighs just 155 grams.

The Mi Selfie Stick Tripod with its Bluetooth remote works with all devices running on Android 4.3 or later and iOS 5.0 or later. The mount can rotate 360 degrees, and hold phones with width 56mm to 89mm (sufficient for all large phones out there). The tripod is made of aluminium alloy, and the company claims it’s sturdy for outdoor use.

It sports an ‘anti-skid’ design so it doesn’t slip easily, but because it’s so lightweight, we don’t expect the tripod to do steady shooting in windy or rocky areas. The Mi Selfie Stick Tripod is essentially useful for indoor usage, particularly for hands-free video chatting and other basic shooting purposes.

In any case, the Xiaomi Selfie Stick Tripod has just launched in China for now, and is available on Mi.com for CNY 89 (roughly Rs. 900).

ZTE Blade A2 Plus With 4GB RAM, 5000mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 11,999: Release Date, Specifications, and More

As expected, ZTE Blade A2 Plus smartphone was launched on Friday in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 11,999 and will exclusively be available on Flipkart from Monday, February 6 onwards. Just like China, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus will be available in Gold and Grey colour options.

ZTE Blade A2 Plus With 4GB RAM, 5000mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 11,999: Release Date, Specifications, and More

ZTE had launched two RAM variants of the smartphone in China – 3GB and 4GB. However, India gets only the ZTE Blade A2 Plus 4GB RAM variant option for now. Just to recap, the 3GB variant of the ZTE smartphone was priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,000) and the 4GB variant was priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17000) respectively in China.

The ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports a metal unibody, with a square shaped camera, flash and fingerprint scanner, sitting one below the other vertically at the back. The volume and navigation buttons are housed on the right edge, while the capacitive navigation buttons are situated at the bottom chin in the front. The big highlight of the ZTE device is its massive 5000mAh battery that supports fast charging. ZTE claims that the smartphone can last up to 22 hours of talk time.

As for specifications, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus features a 5.5-inch (1080×1920) pixels full-HD display. It is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT6750T octa-core SoC (four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz and four at 1GHz) paired with 4GB of RAM and Mali T860 GPU. The inbuilt storage is at 32GB with the option to expand further via the microSD card (up to 128GB).

The hybrid dual-SIM ZTE smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Mifavor 3.5 OS. As for optics, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, dual-LED flash and 1080p video support. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor with screenflash. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Lastly, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus measures at 155×76.2×9.8mm, and weighs 189 grams.

“With a young, tech-savvy audience, about 69 million consumers purchased their products online and it is expected to cross 100 million by 2017. Our Blade-series smartphone, ZTE Blade A2 Plus comes with 4G LTE, VoLTE support and host of other features at an effective price. Through this phone, we take the first step to reach millions of Indians who are going digital. By eliminating multiple external factors, we want to bring the best phones that industry has to offer and at an effective price,” said Sachin Batra, CMO, ZTE India Terminal in a statement.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Now Available in Pink Gold Colour Variant in India

Samsung launched the Pink Gold variant of its smartphone Galaxy S7 Edge in April earlier this year. Prior to this launch, the phone was already available in colour variants Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl (not in India), and Silver Titanium. Now, the South Korean company has finally brought this colour variant to India. The pricing of the phone has been kept unchanged at Rs. 50,900.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Now Available in Pink Gold Colour Variant in IndiaUsers can further pay Rs. 2,980 and get the Gear VR headset as well as a screen replacement offer from the company. Notably, a Blue Coral colour variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was also made available in India earlier this month. A Black Pearl colour variant was separately launch in South Korea in the same time-frame, however, the company did not make that colour variant available in India. This means the Galaxy S7 Edge is now available in Black Onyx, Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Pink Gold, and Silver Titanium colour variants in the country.

When the colour variant was first launched, the company said, “Pink Gold was chosen as it, like the other colours available for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, is a natural colour that provides a sense of comfort. These hues glitter and shimmer as if illuminated from inside their glass surfaces,” in its blog post.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a 5.5-inch Super Amoled display with QHD (1440×2560 pixels) resolution. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The always-on display on the Galaxy S7 Edge allows users to check notifications, time, and date without waking up the device. The phone features a 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and smart OIS feature, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture.

The phone has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Galaxy S7 Edge houses a 3600mAh battery. The phone comes with a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, which allows users to either expand the storage via microSD card (up to 200GB) or use it as a second SIM slot.

Zuk Edge Launch Now Set for Tuesday; New Leaked Images Surface

Zuk has finally confirmed that the much-anticipated Edge smartphone will be launching on Tuesday – December 20. The company shared a teaser on Weibo showing the upcoming Zuk Edge partially with an interface layout that seemed focused for the Chinese market. To recall, the company was expected to launch the Zuk Edge last week – but that did not happen.

Zuk Edge Launch Now Set for Tuesday; New Leaked Images SurfaceLooking at the teaser image, the Zuk Edge seems to sport an edge-to-edge display and it may be placed like the Xiaomi’s Mi MIX smartphone. The image was shared by Android Pure.

Based on preliminary leaks, the Zuk Edge may feature a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and will be powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM (or 6GB of RAM). The Zuk Edge smartphone is likely to pack 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options, and have the fingerprint scanner as well (presumably under the Home Button at the bottom of the display).

On the camera front, the Zuk Edge smartphone is rumoured to sport a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at the front. Zuk Edge is said to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZUI 2.0 skin, and is expected to pack a 3000mAh battery. An earlier report tipped that the Zuk Edge may be priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 26,800).

The Zuk Edge will be Lenovo’s fourth Zuk-branded smartphone. To recall, Lenovo has so far launched the Zuk Z1 (launched in August last year), Zuk Z2 Pro (launched in April this year), and Zuk Z2 (launched in May this year).

In separate news, a White-coloured smartphone believed to be the Zuk Edge has been spotted in live images. The smartphone packs slim bezels around the display and also sport a home button placed right below the display.