NEFFOS NEW UNKNOWN SMARTPHONE
TP-Link, a China-based manufacturer primarily known for networking devices, is gearing up to launch its next Neffos-branded smartphone. According to a report in an Ukranian publication, this upcoming smartphone will sport a 6-inch 18:9 edge-to-edge screen with full HD+ resolution.
For those of you, who don’t know about TP-Link’s smartphone market ambitions, the company had introduced its Neffos smartphone brand two-years ago and has since released around nine Android phones. These phones are sold in over 25 markets globally including India, where you can grab the select Neffos phones from Amazon India.
The name of the upcoming TP-Link Neffos phone is a mystery at the point, but it is likely to be a part of the company’s X-series, which includes the high-end smartphones. According to Tehnot, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. It will also feature 6GB of RAM, upto 256GB of internal storage and a fingerprint sensor.
For photography, TP-Link has reportedly packed a dual camera setup on the back with a 16MP sensor with a standard lens and a 20MP sensor with a telephoto lens capable of 2x optical zoom. On the front, there is going to be a 16MP selfie camera.
There is no word on other specifications of the phone.
The Tehnot publication doesn’t know when TP-Link might unveil the device or how much it might cost, but it is likely to be announced before the end of the year, else it will end up looking obsolete in front of the new crop of smartphones unveiled at CES 2018 and MWC 2018.
What are your thoughts on the phone? Will you buy a premium phone from TP-Link and if yes, how much will you be willing to pay for the device described in the report above?
FAST BLUETOOTH PARING
When Google announced the Pixel Buds at the beginning of the month, we found out that the company had developed “Fast Pair” to painlessly connect your compatible headphones to your Android device. Thanks to a new blog post by Google, we now have more details on how this technique works…
Unlike Apple that has developed the W1 chip to automatically connect its AirPods and Beats headphones to different iOS and macOS devices, Google is using Android’s “Nearby” feature to quickly and painlessly set up the Bluetooth connection between products.
The way Fast Pair works is pretty simple. First, turn on your Fast Pair-enabled headphones and put it into pairing mode. As long as Bluetooth and Location services are turned on, your device should detect the Bluetooth Low Energy broadcast. When it does, the phone or tablet will automatically send a “Fast Pair packet” to Google’s servers, letting it then get the headphone’s product name, image, and a link to any available companion apps from the Play Store.
All of this information populates on the Android device in the form of a Nearby notification. Just tap on it, and the Fast Pair process using Bluetooth will begin. When finished, the Nearby notification will let you know if it was successful and offer to take you to the Play Store to download the headphone’s companion app (if one is available).
Fast Pair is supported by all Android devices running Marshmallow (6.0) or higher and Google Play Services version 11.7 and up. While not all of the Made for Google headphones will have this Fast Pair functionality built-in, Google’s Pixel Buds, as well as a handful of other third-party options will.
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