New purported Xiaomi Mi Note 2 renders leak alongside rumored base price

Yesterday a leak out of China supposedly told us how much we should expect the Xiaomi Mi Note 2’s top model to cost, and if the CNY 5,699 price point turns out to be real this will be the most expensive phone from Xiaomi ever. If you were hoping that the entry-level model would be a lot cheaper, prepare to get your hopes crushed, as today another rumor claims there won’t be a Mi Note 2 cheaper than CNY 4,999. That’s around $742 or €674 at the current exchange rates.

So while it’s obviously less than what the high-end model will end up retailing for, it’s still more than you were probably expecting. Clearly then, the Mi Note 2 is shaping up to be Xiaomi’s first foray into premium pricing territory for its devices.

That might be justified, however, given what you’re getting with the Note 2. As the purported leaked renders above and below show, this phone is going to feature a curved touchscreen reminiscent of Samsung’s “edge” devices. A dual rear camera setup may be in too, along with a metal frame that separates the curved glass on both the front and the back of the handset. All in all, a premium design for a premium price.

Past rumors have talked about the Mi Note 2 being powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC, aided by either 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128 or even 256GB of storage, depending on how much you’re willing to spend. The base model might come with just 1080p resolution too, compared to the top offering’s QHD.

Xiaomi will make the Mi Note 2 official on October 25, and it will go on sale in China on November 1.

[Source:- gsmarena]

HTC Bolt has probably been certified by the FCC already

The HTC Bolt has been leaking at a steady pace over the past several weeks, most recently a few days ago when we saw it in a few live shots. Those were thankfully accompanied by a pretty comprehensive list of leaked specs, including the fact that it’s going to run Android 7.0 Nougat from day one.

Well, what do you know, the FCC has just certified a new HTC device that happens to be powered by that exact Android iteration. Since no other HTC handsets have been rumored to be close to launch with Nougat on board, we assume this is the Bolt. If so, it’s going to have the extremely awe-inspiring model number of 2PYB200.

The shots above come from the FCC certification process, showing you where you can locate the FCC ID for the device in its software. The FCC also confirms that the Bolt has 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, but that’s hardly surprising in this day and age. As usual, no other information has been outed by the agency.

[Source:- gsmarena]

However, that rumor from last week talked about the phone coming with a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, an 18 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, an 8 MP selfie unit, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage. It’s going to stand out for what it’s missing, as HTC plans to bid adieu to the 3.5mm headset jack with this model. The Bolt will be offered by Sprint in the US, but will get a global launch.

Chinese taxi-hailing giant Didi eyes bicycle sharing with its latest investment

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, may be about to get into bicycles. Bike sharing, to be precise. The company, which is in the process of finalizing its acquisition of Uber’s business unit in China, today revealed that it has invested in a young startup called Ofo which lets people borrow bikes.

The investment is said to be “tens of millions” in size, but it isn’t clear how much equity Didi has picked up. Ofo reportedly raised $4 million in investment earlier this month, Didi didn’t specific whether its capital was part of that round or extra to it.

The Chinese firms didn’t say a whole lot actually — as evidenced by Didi’s one paragraph announcement — but they did call the deal part of “a multi-layered partnership.” Didi didn’t respond to our request for further information about what that actually means, and how it plans to work with Ofo.

Reading between the lines, though, the tie-up could give Didi an opportunity to make a foray into cycles, perhaps by providing Ofo as an option inside its app. Beyond offering licensed and private taxi rides, Didi’s services also include chauffeurs, test drives, and a communal bus service. Likewise, if it decides to move into services as Uber and others have done, then an army of students on bicycles could power food deliveries, couriering packages, etc across cities.

Ofo was founded two years ago as part of a startup program at Peking University. It claims to have 70,000 bikes across 20 cities in China, with its 1.5 million registered users taking 500,000 rides per day. Bicycles are hugely popular in China — Beijing alone has nine million, which inspired a pop song — and they are particularly well used by students in the country.

Didi’s other investments follow more obvious strategic lines. In the past, it has put money into Uber rivals Lyft (U.S.), Ola (India) and Grab (Southeast Asia) as part of an alliance of solidarity that includes the sharing of ‘best practices’ and allows customers to roam between different ride-hailing providers as they travel. However, Didi’s acquisition of Uber China threw that alliance into uncertainty since that deal will see the Chinese company become an investor in Uber, while Uber, in turn, will take equity in Didi.

[Source:- techcrunch]

Help Wanted: Texas Becomes Latest Endowment in Need of Investment Chief

Another giant endowment is searching for a new leader following the resignation this week of Bruce Zimmerman as chief of University of Texas Investment Management Co.

Mr. Zimmerman managed $37 billion in assets for The University of Texas System and The Texas A&M System. The University of Texas System has $24.2 billion, making it the third-largest college endowment in the U.S. behind Harvard University and Yale University, according to figures produced by the universities.

“I was ready to do something else,” said Mr. Zimmerman, who started in 2007 and announced his resignation Monday. “The firm was in a good place.”

The Texas exit is the second high-profile leadership change in the endowment world this year. Harvard last month named Columbia University’s N.P. Narvekar as the new head of its endowment. Harvard’s last endowment chief, Stephen Blyth, left in July after 18 months.

The University of Texas Investment Management Co., or UTIMCO, will appoint an interim investment chief while launching a national search for Mr. Zimmerman’s replacement, a spokeswoman said.

Mr. Zimmerman, who previously served as global head of pension investments at Citigroup Inc., said he would likely return to the private sector.

Returns for UTIMCO’s main fund were 4% in the year ending August 31, according to documents provided by a spokeswoman. That fund returned, on average, 5.42% annually for the 10 years ending Aug. 31, the documents show. The annual 10-year median return for large endowments and foundations as of June 30, 2016 is 5.25%, according to Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service.

UTIMCO Chairman and Regents Vice Chairman Jeffery Hildebrand said Zimmerman “has done a masterful job in maximizing (UTIMCO’s) resources.”

[Source:- wsj]

Honor 6X gets 1 million registrations within first day of launch

The Honor 6X was only announced a day ago, and the phone has already racked up over 1 million registrations. These registrations don’t necessarily translate into actual purchases, but with that number of registrations it’s easy to see many are excited for the Honor 6X. TheHonor 8 was able to gain more registrations, though, which the phone reached to 5 million within the first four days of the phone’s announcement.

Registrations are being taken now until the day before the phone goes on sale in China, which is October 25.

The Honor 6X features a 5.5 inch 1080p display and a 12MP rear-facing camera, there’s also a HiSilicon Kirin 655 CPU paired with 4GB of RAM. It’ll be interesting to see how this CPU compares to the Snapdragon 616 CPU found in last year’s Honor 5X.

In the camera department, there’s a dual 12MP camera setup on the rear, which we can expect to work much like those of the Huawei P9 and Honor 8. On the front, the phone features an 8MP selfie shooter. Go here for more on the Honor 6X.

[Source:- gsmarena]

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge start receiving October security patch

Samsung has started pushing out a new update to its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones. Currently hitting unbranded units in some European countries, the update bumps the firmware version to XXS1BPJ1 and brings along Android security patch for the month of October.

As is usually the case with OTA roll-outs, it may take some time for the update to hit your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset’s Settings menu.

[Source:- gsmarena]

Kirin 960 chipset announced: much faster GPU, better power use

HiSilicon unveiled the new Kirin 960 chipset, which puts the Huawei-owned chip maker a step ahead of the competition. With the Huawei Mate 9 around the corner, you have to wonder how long we’ll wait before we see a 960-powered device.

The new chipset is built on a 16nm FinFET process by TSMC (like the 955 before it), but uses newer parts. The octa-core processor now has four Cortex-A73 cores forming the powerful half balanced by four Cortex-A53 cores. HiSilicon is promising a 15% performance boost, also the A73 promises sustained performance thanks to power savings compared to the A72 (less heat = less throttling).

Opening 14 apps in a timed test CPU performance
Opening 14 apps in a timed test • CPU performance

The Kirin 960 will be among the first chips to use ARM’s new Bifrost GPU – the Mali-G71 promises reduced power use compared to the T880 used in Kirin 955, Exynos 8, Helio X25 and others. Also, HiSilicon put eight GPU cores, up from the four it used on its previous high-end chipset. In total, this leads to a massive 180% jump in performance coupled with 20% power savings.

GPU performance
GPU performance

The new chipset has more to offer as well – it supports UFS 2.1 for blazing fast flash storage, LPDDR4 RAM and an LTE Cat. 12/13 modem (up to 600Mbps down, 150Mbps up). CDMA is also supported for markets like China and the US. The ISP is also upgraded for improved image quality.

[Source:- gsmarena]

Blackberry fixes software update for AT&T-branded PRIVs

Turns out the reports were true, as BlackBerry has now updated its website to reflect that updates for unlocked AT&T Priv units (that use a non-AT&T SIM card) will be directly handled by the company.

The Canadian company has in-fact started rolling out the updates. “Over-The-Air software updates have now been made available,” the website says in the resolution section of the knowledge-base article related to the problem.

“To receive this Over-The-Air update, tap the available software update within the Notification shade,” it adds.

[Source:- gsmarena]

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) now spotted on Geekbench

A new Samsung device (SM-J327P), which is said to be the Galaxy J3 (2017) smartphone, has been spotted on Geekbench. The listing reveals that the handset is powered by Snapdragon 430 chipset, has 2GB RAM, and runs Android Marshmallow version 6.0.1.

If you recall, a couple of Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) variants – carrying model numbers SM-J3110 and SM-J3119 – cleared TENAA back in May this year.

The TENAA listings revealed the following specs: 5.1″ Super AMOLED screen, quad-core processor (1.2GHz), 2GB RAM, 8MP/5MP camera combo, and 2,600mAh battery. As for the difference, while one features 720p resolution, the other has full HD display.

[Source:- gsmarena]

Unannounced Meizu M5 leaks in live images

A new entry-level Meizu smartphone – allegedly dubbed Meizu M5 – has leaked online in live photos. The leak, which comprises of a total of 4 images, focuses on the front of the phone.

Specs-wise, the handset is rumored to be powered by Mediatek’s MT6750 chipset and sport an HD display. RAM is said to be 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB. The camera department is handled by a 13MP main unit.

The device is said to be made official during an event on October 31. Pricing information is currently not known.

[Source:- gsmarena]