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Lenovo backed Motorola has finally launched their flagship for the current year, the Motorola Moto Z2 Force. It was preceded by the mid-range smartphone Moto Z2 Play and the budget-friendly Moto G5 and G5 Plus devices earlier in the year.

Motorola Moto Z2 Force

The modular approach seen in the Z2 Play is maintained, meaning you can use all the Moto Mods you already own. Few interesting use cases include enhanced audio performance, larger battery, or improved camera capabilities. A new 360-degree rotatable camera mod is also launched, just like the one seen on the Essential Phone.

Regarding specifications, the Motorola Moto Z2 Force runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, and features a dual-lens camera setup (f/2.0 12 MP each) at the rear. Just like the Huawei P10, one is a monochrome sensor, while the other is color. The 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen (2560 x 1440 pixels) comes with a protective ShatterShield technology.

The frame is sturdier, thanks to the 7000 series aluminum. The device runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is not waterproof. The battery is reduced to 2,730 mAh (from 3,500 mAh in the first generation device). 64 GB internal storage is expandable up to 2 TB via the microSD card. USB Type-C port replaces the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The fingerprint sensor supports gestures.

Motorola Moto Z2 Force goes on sale on 10th of next month. Preorders in the US are open for $30 a month for two years ($720 total). The smartphone comes in gold, black, and gray color variants.

Motorola Moto Z2 Force specifications


Operating System: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 64 GB internal (expandable up to 2 TB)
Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD
Resolution (pixels): 2560 x 1440
Primary camera: 12 + 12 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 2,730 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 76.0x155.8x6.1 mm
Weight: 143 g
Gionee has today launched their latest smartphone, the Gionee A1 Plus, in India. It is the elder sibling of Gionee A1, which was launched in the country earlier this year. Both these devices were first announced at the Mobile World Congress held in February 2017.

Gionee A1 Plus

The smartphone comes with a dual-lens camera setup (f/2.0 13 MP and f/2.2 5 MP) at the rear. The secondary camera is a f/2.0 20 MP shooter with customized selfie flash.

The device runs on 4,550 mAh battery (capable of fast charging), 4 GB of RAM, MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core processor, and 64 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card. The 6-inch full HD display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Gionee A1 Plus runs on Amigo 4 OS based on Android 7.0 Nougat. It is priced at ₹26,999 ($420 approx.).

Gionee A1 Plus specifications


Operating System: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Processor: MediaTek Helio P25
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 64 GB internal (expandable up to 256 GB)
Display: 6.0-inch FHD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 + 5 megapixel
Secondary camera: 20 megapixel
Battery: 4,550 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 83.3x166.4x9.1 mm
Weight: 226 g
Price: ₹26,999 ($420 approx.)
Closed-circuit TV camera's and video systems are deployed in public places such as the airport, train and bus stations for security purposes. The authorized personnel then go through the generated footage manually to identify possible threats. To partially automate the process, researchers at the University of Granada, Spain have developed a system that can recognize and notify the use of guns in a video.

'Artificially Intelligent' system can recognize guns in videos

The method appears to be yet another application of object recognition technology, which has been around for quite some time now. Taking it a step further, the artificial intelligence built in this system makes sure it learns from its behavior and improve itself over time.

The sampling rate of the system is five frames per second - as good as analyzing the video footage in real time. Whenever the system recognizes a gun, it produces an alert sound along with surrounding the weapon with a red box on the screen. When tested on low-quality videos of movies such as Mission Impossible, James Bond, and Pulp Fiction, the system was accurate around 96 percent of the time!

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube can make use of this system to prevent violent content on their portals. There is always a glimmer of hope, and technology can turn it into reality.

Watch the system in action in the video below. If you do not understand Spanish, enable and convert the subtitles in a language of your choosing.

Samsung has today launched the latest smartphone under their online-exclusive series of devices, the Samsung Galaxy On Max.

Samsung Galaxy On Max

The smartphone supports Samsung Pay Mini, a digital way to make payments using e-wallets and Unified Payments Interface.

Samsung Galaxy On Max features a 13 MP camera lens along with a flash on either side. The rear camera has a f/1.7 aperture, while the secondary camera lens has a f/1.9 aperture.

On Max is powered by 1.6 GHz MediaTek MTK P25 Lite octa-core processor. It runs on 3,300 mAh battery. It hosts 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card. The display used is a 5.7-inch FHD with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.

The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the oval physical Home button at the front.

Samsung Galaxy On Max comes in black and gold color options. It is priced at ₹16,900 ($260 approx.) and is available exclusively on Flipkart.

Samsung Galaxy On Max specifications


Operating System: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Processor: MediaTek MTK P25 Lite
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 32 GB internal (expandable up to 256 GB)
Display: 5.7-inch FHD
Resolution (pixels): 1920x1080
Primary camera: 13 megapixel
Secondary camera: 13 megapixel
Battery: 3,300 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 78.7x156.6x8.1 mm
Weight: 178 g
Price: ₹16,900 ($260 approx.)
Huawei has today launched their latest smartphone under the Honor brand, the Huawei Honor 8 Pro, at an event held in Delhi, India. It had already been announced in Europe earlier this year. The Chinese know the same model as Honor V9. Given its name, it appears to be an upgrade to the Honor 8 which was launched in India last year. Recently, a 'lighter' version, termed the Honor 8 Lite, was also launched.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro

Huawei Honor 8 Pro comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The processor deployed is a Kirin 960 octa-core. It is coupled with Mali G71 GPU.

The primary camera is a dual lens setup. Each is a 12 MP lens with f/2.2 aperture. All this comes with dual LED flash, laser autofocus, and Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF). The front camera is a 8 MP f/2.0 lens.

The smartphone runs on 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging support. It features 6 GB RAM along with 128 GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro runs on EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. The fingerprint sensor is aptly placed at the rear.

The device will be available on Amazon July 10 onwards. It comes in black and blue color options. It is priced at ₹29,999 ($460 approx.). Note that the base model (Honor 8) was also announced at the same price. On paper, it seems to give a tough competition to the recently launched OnePlus 5.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro specifications


Operating System: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Processor: Kirin 960 octa-core (4x2.4 GHz and 4x1.8 GHz)
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Storage: 128 GB internal (expandable up to 128 GB)
Display: 5.7-inch QHD
Resolution (pixels): 2560x1440 (515 ppi)
Primary camera: 12 + 12 megapixel
Secondary camera: 8 megapixel
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Dimensions (WidthxHeightxDepth): 77.5x157.0x6.97 mm
Weight: 184 g
Price: ₹29,999 ($460 approx.)
After the embarrassing battery overheating-and-exploding fiasco, Samsung had to recall all the Galaxy Note 7 units it had sold. Now, a refurbished version of the device is put back on sale in South Korea.

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 goes back on sale as Fan Edition

Termed the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition, unused components and unopened, recalled units are used to build the new model. The battery capacity is reduced to 3,200 mAh (from 3,500 mAh). It has also been put through the eight-point test to ensure safety.

If you liked what Samsung had to offer via Bixby, their in-house smart assistant, you might turn out to be a 'fan' of the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition.

The rest of the specifications are kept as they were - a 5.7-inch Quad HD display (2560x1440 pixels), 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal memory, and 12 MP primary camera along with 5 MP secondary lens setup. Iris scanning and S Pen are also retained.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with Fan Edition imprint at the rear

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition is priced at 699,600 ($610 approx.), which is around 30% less than the original model's launch price.  Only 400,000 units will be produced. The smartphone comes in black, blue, gold, and silver color options.

The device goes on sale in South Korea on July 7. The company has decided not to launch it in the United States and India, while a call for other markets will be taken at a later date. This could be because the iterative upgrade to the Note lineup, the Galaxy Note 8, is expected to launch by the end of September this year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition specifications


Operating System: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Processor: Exynos 8890 octa-core (4x2.3 GHz and 4x1.6 GHz)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 64 GB internal (expandable up to 256 GB)
Display: 5.7-inch Quad HD
Resolution (pixels): 2560x1440 (518 ppi)
Primary camera: 12 megapixel
Secondary camera: 5 megapixel
Battery: 3,200 mAh
Price: ₩699,600 ($610 approx.)