Weekly Roundup: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Watch 2, LG V20, Moto G4 Play, Sony PS4 and more


Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at its Keynote event in San Francisco this week. The phone is launching in the United States on Friday, September 16, whereas the India release date is also official and it will up for grabs from October 7th.

This time around Apple has killed the 16GB and the 64GB versions of the iPhone, and now the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models. India pricing is also official from Apple and the phone will start at Rs. 60,000. Checkout the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch countries and roll out details here.


Apart from the silver, gold, rose gold colour options, there is new black finish and the new jet black finish variants introduced.  The jet black will only be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from Apple authorised resellers, said company.

The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 3D touch where as the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 3D touch. Both the devices are powered by a new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor which is 40% faster than Apple A9 along with new hexa-core GPU and runs on the latest iOS 10.


The iPhone 7 has a new 12-megapixel iSight camera with 6-element lens, f/1.8 aperture, High-speed Sensor (60% faster, 30% efficient), support for 4K video recording and quad LED two-tone flash. The iPhone 7 Plus has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras one wide-angle with f/1.8 aperture
and a telephoto lens with f/2.8 aperture for new depth-of-field and has OIS along with Quad-LED True Tone flash. Both iPhones also have a similar 7MP Facetime camera, which is bumped up from 5MP on the iPhone 6S. Checkout our full coverage here.

Apple also unveiled Apple Watch Series 2 at the Keynote. It comes with a brighter display, improved processor and a built-in GPS.

The Watch features a new S2 chip with a faster dual-core processor and a new GPU with 2x graphics performance. Apple says this makes the next gen Apple Watch 50 percent faster than its predecessor. The new display is 2x brighter at 1000 nits, brightest for any Apple display. One of the most important additions to the Apple Watch Series 2 is the built-in GPS that does not require you to carry your phone while running or walking for your mapping needs.


Apple Watch Series 2 adds a new ceramic variant along with aluminum, stainless steel, and a special Nike Plus edition. Do check our Hands On from the Apple event.

LG announced V20, the company’s latest top-end smartphone in the ‘V series’ at an event in San Francisco. It has a 5.7-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD Quantum display, a 2.1 second (160 x 1040 pixels) screen, similar to the V10, but this is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) with LG UX 5.0+.

LG V20

It has a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 75-degree lens, f/1.8 aperture, OIS and Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF) integrating three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF (PDAF) and Contrast AF – for both videos and photos along with a 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.4 aperture and 135-degree lens for capturing wide shots. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a 120-degree wide-angle lens.

The LG V20 comes in Titan, Silver and Pink colors and will roll out from this month starting from Korea. No word on the pricing yet.


Moto G4 Play

The Moto G4 Play, finally got launched this week in India. It was first announced back in May, has a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display, is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has dual-SIM support, 4G connectivity with VoLTE and has water repellent nano-coating.

It packs a 2800mAh battery with support for fast charging. Check our Moto G4 Play Hands On video below.

The Moto G4 Play comes in Black and White colors and is priced at Rs. 8,999. It is available exclusively from Amazon.in.

Sony finally announced its PlayStation 4 Pro. The company claims that the console will try to reach 4K visuals and in most cases should be able to reach about 90% of that. The CPU power on PS4 Pro is almost doubled to 4.20 TFLOPS, although the RAM remains the same as PS4 at 8GB. Check full details here.


The PS4 Pro is priced at $399 and will be available starting 10th November. The PS4 Pro sits aside the PS4 Slim that will be priced at $299 and unlike the latter, the Pro model will retain Optical Out and will add a rear mounted USB port.

Samsung announced the Galaxy Folder 2 (SM-G1600) its latest clamshell smartphone in China. The new smartphone surfaced in benchmarks couple of months back that already confirmed most of the specifications such as 3.8-inch WVGA screen, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera.


It has dedicated dual SIM slots along with a microSD card slot and has support for 4G VoLTE. It has polycarbonate body that looks like metal. The Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 comes in golden color and is expected to go on sale in China soon. No details about the pricing yet.

Intex launched Aqua S7, the company’s latest smartphone in the Aqua series. It has a 5-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display with 69% screen-to-body ratio, is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 64-bit processor and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Read our Hands On Impression and Checkout the Intex Aqua S7 Photo Gallery.


The Intex Aqua S7 comes with Jio 4G preview offer and in Rose Gold, Dark Blue and Champagne colors. It is priced at Rs. 9,499 and can be purchased from any retail store near you.

Asus launched ZenBook Flip UX360CA, the company’s latest laptop with 360° rotatable hinge so that it can be used as a traditional touchscreen laptop, as a convenient lightweight tablet, or any option in between. Check full specifications here.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA

A comes in Icicle Gold and Mineral Gray color options, starts at Rs. 46,990 and will be available across leading retailers and Asus Exclusive Stores.

Meizu announced M3 Max, the company’s latest phablet at an event in China. It packs a 6-inch 1080p IPS display, is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P10 processor and runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Flyme UI on top. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) for fast focus in just 0.2 seconds, Sony IMX258 sensor and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Meizu M3 Max

The Meizu M3 Max comes in Champagne Gold, Silver, Gray and Rose Gold colors and is priced at 1699 yuan (US$ 254 / Rs. 16,910 approx.).

Lava launched P7+, the company’s latest smartphone and the successor of P7 that was launched earlier this year. It has a 5-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 5-megapixel front-facing camera that also has an LED flash.

Lava P7 plus

The Lava P7+ 3G smartphone comes in Grey and Gold colors and is priced at Rs. 5699.

Amazon introduced a new Fire HD 8 tablet in the U.S. It has the same 8-inch (1280×800 pixels) IPS display, but this has more storage with 16GB and 32GB options, 1.5GB of RAM and also promises up to 12 hours of battery life. It also brings support for Alexa its own cloud-based voice service that lets you play music, launch games, read audiobooks, and more through voice commands.


The new Amazon Fire HD 8 comes in Black, Magenta, Blue and Tangerine colors and is priced at $89.99 (Rs. 6000 approx.) for 16GB and $119.99 (Rs. 7990 approx.) for 32GB versions.

Jabra launched Halo Smart, its latest Bluetooth headset it India. It has  integrated wind-noise protection, enhanced voice capabilities via a dedicated Google Now/Siri button and promises full-spectrum sound through its 10mm speakers. It promises up to 17 hours talk time or 15 hours of music listening on a single charge.

Jabra Halo Smart

The Jabra Halo Smart comes in Impact Red, Electric Blue and Black colors and is priced at Rs. 3499.

Author: Hitesh Arora

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