HTC’s not done making phones, but it needs to find new ways to stay alive

By Ivan Mehta

HTC, the maker of the first ever commercially available Android phone, is still keen on making new devices, even after a disappointing year that saw it lose $330 million in the fourth quarter.

A report from DigiTimes suggests that the company has waved off any suggestions of quitting the smartphone business. Indeed, a cursory glance at HTC shows a company continuing to launch new devices. Just this year alone, it released the Desire 12 and 12+, the U12 life, the U12+, and its yet-to-be available ambitious blockchain phone the Exodus 1. HTC says it plans to release a 6GB RAM/128GB ROM version of the U12 Life before the end of the year.

Credit: HTC
HTC’s blockchain phone the Exodus 1

Despite all the efforts, the future looks stormy for HTC. Per a Reuters report in July, TrendForce, an analyst firm, set a yearly estimate of just 2 million smartphones produced by HTC in the 2018 calendar year. That’s a dramatic fall from grace for a once-dominant phone manufacturer.

The company’s financial statement for the quarter ending in September, declared that its quarterly revenue (for Q3 of the year) has tanked from NT$4.0 billion ($129.3 million) from $NT15.7 billion ($507.6 million) for the same period last year.

HTC Vive Pro

HTC also produces VR headsets under the Vive brand name, in partnership with Valve. According to a report by TrendForce, Vive will sell around 600,000 this year. However, with VR still a niche interest, this is unlikely to be the goldmine HTC hoped.

HTC can no longer rely exclusively on its handset business. It needs to diversify its operations, much like its rivals Samsung and Apple. Here are some potential avenues for the company to explore, in order to find solvency:

Mainstream and affordable VR headsets

HTC’s standalone VR headset – the Vive Focus – just launched in 37 countries North American and European countries. While as mentioned earlier, HTC’s set to ship 600,000 headsets this year,  its competitor Oculus shipped 289,000 units of its $179 Oculus Go just in Q2 2018.

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A report from Superdata predicts that Oculus will sell 2.5 million units of the Oculus Go and its upcoming standalone VR headset – the Oculus quest – the next year. HTC can benefit from such numbers, but it might have to provide a discount on the Vive Focus’ price of $599.

The company can also partner with Google to produce an affordable Daydream headset to reach more consumers. After announcing the Daydream VR project in 2016, only Lenovo has managed to make a standalone VR device. Google can use an old ally like HTC to revive Daydream and make it more mainstream through a new device, and grab a chunk of the $6.9 billion VR market.

AR/VR games and content

Last quarter, Vive studios announced ‘7 Miracles,’ a full-length VR feature film, which also won some awards. Vive studio can design experiences for bigger feature films and games apart from making movies. AR and VR content industry will reportedly hit $3.2 billion in 2012. HTC can certainly benefit from this revenue stream.


Nokia 8.1 inching closer to launch, NCC report from Taiwan says so

The Nokia 8.1 was first spotted on Geekbench a few weeks ago giving out some of the specs, including the Snapdragon 710 chipset. The new NCC filing from Taiwan might suggest we are looking at imminent launch.

The report lists a Nokia device with model number TA-1119 but as always, doesn’t disclose anything specific about the device itself. That’s TENAA specialty.

Anyway, rumor has it the device will sport a notch, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and will run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. Still, the Nokia 8.1 remains pretty secretive so we have to wait a little bit longer for more details to pile up.


New Apple iPad Pro review roundup: not quite ready to replace laptops

The early reviews of the Apple iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) are out, but they are a little reluctant to render a final verdict. The tablets (the big one especially with 1TB of storage) can cost a ton of money and they feature several fundamental changes, so more time is needed for definitive conclusions.

Here are some of the early impressions that agree on some points, though not all. The new Pencil and keyboard, the USB-C port and the new chipset are almost universally praised, but Apple’s new tablet still falls short of perfection in some cases.

Engadget points out that USB-C can be a game changer – the accessories you use on your Mac (e.g. a USB microphone can be used in Garageband) now work on the tablet with no adapters. Speaking of accessories, Engadget’s review was written on the Smart Keyboard Folio.

The Verge is similarly excited by USB-C, but highlights a flaw – iOS doesn’t support USB storage out of the box. Also, the port can only do one thing at a time, so you need Bluetooth headphones if using the speakers isn’t an option. The magnetic charging system of the new Pencil is great, the double tap gesture less so. Apparently artists are more used to having a button on the side.

TechCrunch disagrees and says that the double tap gesture feels natural. The keyboard proved stable and was “approved for lap use”, which is something to consider when looking at the new MacBook Air. The Pencil and keyboard were rated so highly, that TechCrunch believes your’e not getting the full iPad Pro experience without them.

LaptopMag wasn’t impressed with the 64GB base storage, the lack of a touchpad also impacts the Pro’s ability to replace a laptop. That said, that the A12X Bionic chipset is so powerful that it outperformed Core i7-based laptops in some tasks (while being thinner and lighter and offering great battery life to boot).

Wired sees the new iPad Pros as a possible but limited replacement for laptops. Multitasking, even on the larger screen, still isn’t up to par. Wired found the keyboard to be wobbly, counter to other reviewer’s impressions.

CNET also sees the accessories as necessary, but bemoans how quickly the costs add up. Software limitations and having a single port make the price harder to swallow. Face ID performance was described as “scary fast”.

Pocket-Lint found that iOS 12.1 is holding the new iPad Pros back from being proper MacBook replacements. User experience can vary quite a bit – e.g. connecting an external hard drive is possible, but unless you have the right app, you can even access the file directory. Multitasking is not on Mac OS X level yet, despite support for external 5K monitors.

Mashable is impressed by Face ID’s ability to work in any orientation (and questions why the new iPhone’s can’t do that as well), but notes a potential issue – depending on how you hold the tablet, you can cover up the TrueDepth camera with your hand.


OnePlus will launch 5G smartphone in 2019: Carl Pei


  • The upcoming OnePlus 6T might that will go official later this month might not faeture 5G support. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei at the 4G/5G Summit 2018 in Hong Kong announced that OnePlus will be one of the first companies to launch 5G smartphones next year. He also said that OnePlus and his team had already conducted a 5G test at Qualcomm’s headquarters in San Diego back in August.
  • This smartphone could be the successor of the OnePlus 6T that will likely arrive in mid-2019. This will likely be powered by the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and the latest QTM052 mmWave antenna module that was introduced today.
  • Several OEMs including ASUS, Fujitsu, HMD Global, HTC, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, LG, Motorola, NetComm Wireless, NETGEAR, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Sierra Wireless, Sony Mobile, Telit, Vivo, WNC, and Xiaomi are commited to 5G in 2019 and most have started testing Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem earlier this year.
  • Qualcomm will be powering the upcoming Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 smartphone that will be the first commercial smartphone to support 5G. After Xiaomi and OnePlus, several other companies are expected to launch 5G smartphones in 2019. Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said that the Qualcomm is expecting at least two major flagships with 5G radio next year, with the first one within the first half of the year, and the other in the holiday season.
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Kit out and charge up your laptop with Anker’s 7-in-1 premium USB-C hub adapter for $20 off

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If there’s one thing every computer needs, it’s more ports. Anker’s 7-in-1 Premium USB-C hub adapter adds convenience and more connections to your setup all in one place, and today you can snag one from Amazon for $50, down from a list price of $70 and the lowest we’ve ever seen it.

Anker’s sleek hub features a lineup of ports to connect all your accessories and charge your laptop simultaneously. The hub contains one SD slot, one microSD slot, and one HDMI port, along with three USB ports for expansion needs. You can also charge up your USB-C-equipped laptop with a 49W charge and tap into 5Gbps transfer speeds to shift data from your notebook to other devices.

We haven’t tested Anker’s 7-in-1 hub, and it doesn’t have a ton of reviews on Amazon yet. That said, we did review an earlier version with fewer ports, and we liked how sleek and compact it was, as well as the pass-through charging ability. And with more ports and at a big discount, the on-sale version is worth checking out.


Android 9 Pie beta is now out for the Nokia 6.1 Plus

Today Nokia has made the first beta of Android 9 Pie available for the 6.1 Plus. This has been officially announced on Twitter by Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer.

If you want to give it a try, you’ll need to head to Nokia Beta Labs and grab the update from there. Obviously since this is a beta you should expect to see bugs, things may not run very smoothly at this stage. So it usually isn’t advisable to install such a release on your main phone, but in the end it all depends on how patient you are and how much of a tolerance to issues you have.

Either way, the finalized Android 9 Pie update for the Nokia 6.1 Plus should be out in a few weeks, and become available to all of the units ever sold.


OnePlus 6T Global Launch Event to be Held in India?

OnePlus 6T Global Launch Event to be Held in India?

OnePlus 6T India launch could be same day as the global launch


  • OnePlus 6T will allegedly be launched in India on October 17
  • This could be global unveiling of the smartphone
  • OnePlus 6T might sport a triple rear camera setup

OnePlus 6T is doing the rounds on the rumour mill quite frequently these days, with the launch expected in the next few weeks. An interesting piece of information has now surfaced online, showing an alleged invite for the India launch of the OnePlus 6T slated for October 17. Curiously, this invite has appeared on a Chinese social media website and not India, so it may well mean that the OnePlus 6T India launch could be the global unveiling of the smartphone. The invite shows off the new tagline “Unlock The Speed” most likely pointing towards the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor. New renders of the upcoming flagship are also out that reveal a third camera sensor at the back, a departure from the dual rear camera setup of the OnePlus 6.

The leak comes to us courtesy a user on Chinese social media website Weibo, as reported by WCCFTech. Interestingly, the October 17 date coincides with the date mentioned in the screenshot officially shared by OnePlus with CNET. Apart from the launch date, country, and tagline, the invite gives out no other details around the OnePlus 6T.

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Photo Credit: Weibo

The same user has also released two new press renders that show a third camera sensor on the phone’s back. This sensor is slightly separated from the other two sensors, leading us to believe that the OnePlus 6T TV ad in India shows Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan hiding the third sensor in the brief reveal. This is in line with previous leaks suggesting a triple camera setup on the smartphone, which was contradicted by noted tipster Roland Quandt, who said OnePlus will stick to the dual camera setup for its next flagship.

However, as there is no official confirmation on the same, it is advisable to take this piece of information with a pinch of salt. OnePlus might not look to radically change the design considering that this is a mid-year “T” upgrade for its flagship range. Apart from the triple camera setup, a waterdrop-style notch is seen on the front with an in-display fingerprint sensor, as confirmed by OnePlus.

As per what OnePlus has teased, the OnePlus 6T will not sport a 3.5mm headphone jack and instead will come bundled with a pair of USB Type-C earphones. Keeping in mind previous trends, the OnePlus 6T will most likely borrow a Snapdragon 845 SoC and RAM quantity of up to 8GB RAM from the OnePlus 6. It is expected to run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.

As for pricing, back in August this year a report had suggested that the OnePlus 6T would continue the higher price trend and sport a price tag of $550 in the US, slight uptick from the OnePlus 6’s base price. OnePlus 6T price in India is not known yet, but it will be exclusive to Amazon India as per a teaser on the e-tailer’s website.


Samsung’s New Phone Shows How Hardware Innovation Has Slowed

Samsung's New Phone Shows How Hardware Innovation Has Slowed

Samsung’s new smartphone illustrates the limits of innovation at a time when hardware advances have slowed.

The new phone, the Galaxy Note 9, will be faster and will last longer without a recharge. But while earth-shattering new features are in short supply, it will carry an earth-shattering price tag: $1,000 (roughly Rs. 68,800).

The minor improvements reflect a smartphone industry that has largely pushed the limits on hardware. Major changes tend to come every few years rather than annually, and this isn’t the year for anything revolutionary in the Note.

The new phone will get some automatic photo editing and a stylus that can serve as a remote control. But the highlights will be a bigger battery, a faster processor and improved cellular speeds.

“You don’t see massive breakthroughs anymore from a hardware perspective,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst with Creative Strategies. “Everything is a little bit better, but nothing’s revolutionary.”

A 21 percent boost in battery capacity from last year’s Note 8 should translate to more than a day of normal use without a recharge. Samsung has been conservative on battery improvements ever since its Note 7 phone in 2016 developed a tendency to burst into flame, prompting an expensive recall and delivering a hit to the company’s reputation.

Since then, Samsung has subjected its phones to multiple inspections, including X-rays and stress tests at extreme temperatures. The company is also sending phones to outside labs, including UL, for independent safety tests.

“We’re three generations removed now,” Samsung’s director of US product marketing, Suzanne De Silva, said of the company’s renewed confidence in the battery. “This is the right innovation at the right time.”

Although Samsung’s Note phones are large, niche products intended for power users, they offer a preview of what’s to come in the mass-market Galaxy S line. A dual-lens camera, with better zooming, came to the Note 8 months before the S9 Plus got it, for instance. The Note also got curved edges before that became standard on Samsung’s flagship phones.

The new phones will come out August 24. Borrowing from the iPhone’s playbook, the Note 9 will have the same US price regardless of carrier. The starting price of $1,000 is an increase from the Note 8, but on par with Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone X. The Note 9 will get double the storage, at 128 gigabytes, compared with typical high-end phones, including the iPhone X. Samsung will also sell a 512-gigabyte version for power users for $1,250.

Even though the improvements from last year aren’t huge, Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell said they will come across as major for those who haven’t upgraded for a few years.

Thursday’s announcement in New York comes about a month before Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones. There’s been speculation – unconfirmed by Apple – that all new iPhones will ditch the home button and fingerprint sensor and rely entirely on facial-recognition technology found in the iPhone X. The Note 9 will still have a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. In a jab at Apple, Samsung executives also frequently emphasise that their phones have standard headphone jacks, which newer iPhones no longer do.

The camera in the Note 9 will use artificial intelligence to detect what’s in a scene – whether that’s food, flowers or a sunset – to automatically tweak images to make them pop. It’s much like applying filters with an app, except that the phone will do this itself, much the way Google’s Pixel phones already do.

As with the Pixel, the Note won’t be saving a version without the tweaks. Purists can turn the feature off to get images that reflect what the eye sees – an option unavailable with Pixel.

The camera will also offer a warning if someone blinked in a shot, or if the image is blurry.

The Note’s stylus will now have Bluetooth, allowing people to control phones and apps from up to 30 feet away. This will let people control music or snap selfies just by clicking the stylus.

Samsung also said the popular shooter game Fortnite is coming to Android and will be exclusive to Samsung phones until Sunday.

Samsung also previewed a new voice-assisted speaker, the Galaxy Home, using its homegrown digital assistant, Bixby. It promises quality sound, in a potential challenge to Apple’s Siri-based HomePodspeaker. Samsung said more details would come later this year. Samsung’s current speaker, the Invoke, uses Microsoft’s Cortana assistant.

Samsung also announced a new smartwatch and a partnership with Spotify intended to make it easier to switch music playback between phones, TVs and the company’s new speaker.


Testing Apple’s New Screen Time Parental Controls: First Came Tears, Then Frustration.

Testing Apple's New Screen Time Parental Controls: First Came Tears, Then Frustration.

“Don’t set the time limit. I can be reasonable!” pleads 9-year-old Tazio, looking up from his iPad.

It’s not always fun owning an iPad that a parent can remotely shut off. Also not easy: Trying to parent via new digital “Screen Time” controls.

Coming soon to an iPad or iPhone near you, Apple’s iOS 12 adds menus, buttons and bar charts to help monitor and control what kids (and adults) do with their devices. It’s a good thing that Apple, along with Amazon and Google, now acknowledge tech can be disruptive, if not addictive.

But anyone looking for help from this software may be in for a surprise. It might make parenting more difficult. One example: Apple’s bad default settings give kids access to NC-17 movies, explicit books and the entire Web – even when it knows their exact age.

A focus on the family is overdue. As of 2017, 42 percent of American kids ages 0 to 8 have their own tablets – and 78 percent have access to one somewhere in the home, according to the nonprofit Common Sense Media. Most of these are iPads, often hand-me-downs, offered with trepidation to kids who zone out like zombies or melt down when they’re taken away. Apple has previously offered some parental restrictions, but they were incomplete.

Is there a kid-proof tablet? For the last few weeks, I’ve been conducting an experiment with Tazio, the 9-year-old son of my editor. He wanted his first tablet – and his mother was wary. So I set up the family with two devices: One is a $330 iPad running a pre-release version of iOS 12 with Screen Time (available widely in the coming weeks). The other is one of the iPad’s few competitors in the family market, the $200 Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet running Amazon’s version of Android.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post, but I review all technology with the same critical eye.

Playing technical adviser to navigate this real family challenge, I was surprised how difficult Apple’s parental software was to use. Even discounting for beta-software bugs Apple will hopefully squash, Screen Time is one of Apple’s weakest software launches in years. Apple treats parents like IT administrators for their kids, saddled with a zillion choices to make and knobs to adjust.

Amazon’s Fire Kids Edition was designed as a product for kids, and is more like a day care where someone else has picked the books and games, put deadbolts on all the doors and painted the walls electric blue. It’s a safer place to leave kids than Appleland, but the kids may get bored – and be jealous of the fun friends are having elsewhere.

I don’t mean to discourage parents from using these tools. But I recommend going in understanding how the software works, and how much it will require of you.

How Apple Screen Time works – and doesn’t
Our experiment began in tears.

Tazio, my pint-size reviewer, was setting up his iPad when his younger brother happened by. He wanted an iPad, too, but we only had one. An epic meltdown ensued.

Why couldn’t we share? Blame Apple, little buddy: It designed iOS 12 to work with only one account per device (outside of schools) and Tazio was already using it.

A child account is at the heart of how Screen Time works. Parents create one through their own Apple ID settings, assigning the kid his own email address and password that’s associated with a guardian. It gives parents the power to approve downloads and control functions. (The video above walks through the setup basics.)

Here’s the next head-scratcher: Even though Apple knows the child’s age, the default settings are not child-appropriate. They don’t restrict explicit content, add privacy protections such as limiting sharing location data or spare kids annoying system questions. Yes, parents can remotely change these settings and approve media purchases, but defaults matter.

Parents can decide what apps are available, what chunk of the day the iPad is off limits, and how many minutes different categories of apps (such as games) can be used. They get a bar-chart readout of the child’s device use during the current day and the previous week.

Managing settings on your own device is a once-every-few months thing. Managing Screen Time for kids is much more work because parenting requires frequent negotiation. Aside from a first-time setup window that covers some Screen Time features, controls can be buried behind half a dozen clicks in settings menus where few venture. Even I couldn’t figure out how to set a daily time limit for a specific app without asking Apple for instructions.

We also found loopholes. If you’re watching a video on Netflix and then press the home button to make it appear as a picture-in-picture, the minutes won’t count against your Screen Time limit. Junior could watch all day long.

Time limits are rigid, and especially annoying for kids when they’re almost at the end of a game or movie. Tazio came to treat his limits like an allowance, guarding them carefully and using them as a negotiating tactic with mom.

Apple does let kids request time extensions, which pop up as a notification on parents’ devices. If you’re thinking those requests might get annoying quick, you’re right.

The Amazon Alternative
Where Apple left Tazio’s mom to make lots of choices, Amazon pre-decided many for her – for better and worse.

The biggest difference is that Fire Kids Edition tablets come with a year’s worth of Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited service, which includes access to 15,000 apps and games, videos, books, and educational content from sources including PBS Kids, Nickelodeon and Disney. (After a year, they charge $3 per month for Prime members.) Based on the kids’ age and gender, Amazon shows the kids content it thinks they might be interested in. Tazio got a lot of Star Wars.

Amazon says it has vetted all that content, had most ads removed, as well as removed appeals for in-app purchase upgrades (none of which Apple did). While kids can peruse all that content, there’s no app or bookstore in the kids mode. Parents can buy and manually add in other apps, movies and books purchased from Amazon via their own accounts.

Amazon’s tablet can also be shared by parents and multiple siblings, each of whom get their own age-tailored experience by swapping logins. (Younger brother crisis averted.)

Also unlike Apple, Amazon by default puts additional restrictions in place for all apps that run in its Kids Edition tablets. They can’t send location data to third parties. Talking assistant Alexa is turned off.

With the Fire, parents access a dashboard view of their child’s account through a web link that, like Apple’s Screen Time, includes data about what he’s doing on his device that day and over the previous week, as well as the ability to set time restrictions for types of activity. An app would have been superior to its website, but it did offer an awesome button missing from Apple: “Pause devices” now.

Amazon’s software also allows parents to incentivise behaviour. We set Tazio’s Fire tablet to allow him to play games only after he had completed a half-hour of reading. It worked. He even woke up early to burn through his reading so he could get to his game time.

The problem with all this: Tazio could sort of tell he was getting the “Truman Show” treatment from the Fire. He wanted to be able to send messages, but Amazon doesn’t have a built-in app for that. Tazio also wanted to play Fortnite, but Amazon doesn’t offer the popular game in its app store. I don’t blame him for wanting to do the same things his friends do on their tablets.

And Amazon has its loopholes, too. Tazio discovered he could still talk to Alexa by switching to his mom’s login screen even though he didn’t know her passcode. (Amazon says it’s going to issue a software update that requires a PIN before a child can exit FreeTime mode, preventing them from accessing Alexa.) Perhaps the lesson is tech companies can’t get much past 9-year-olds.

Tazio’s family decided that the Amazon Fire tablet was the right fit for his first tablet. It was less powerful than the iPad, but also less frustrating for mom.

The decision was rooted in how much extra work Apple’s Screen Time created. Even with my assistance, mom spent hours inside settings, attempting to adjust their rigid controls to what was actually happening at home. Instead of being an electronic babysitter, the iPad became a new project.

Apple’s approach assumes kids are all different, so it leaves all the decisions to parents. They’re not wrong: No two 9-year-olds are alike. But so are adult users of laptops and phones, and Apple’s designers have been successful at making tech simpler by making choices that suit most of us.

Apple plans to offer training in stores for parents, as well as detailed instructions on its parents website.

What’s most important with any screen is for parents to “not just hand it over without discussion, parameters and expectations,” Christine Elgersma of Common Sense Media told me. A parenting editor for the nonprofit, she’s also been testing iOS 12 with Screen Time. “When I hand over the iPad to my daughter, I still ask her ‘what are you going to do with it?'” she says. She also has rules in place about when a time extension might be acceptable.

Being involved in kids’ digital lives is work. If tech companies are going to make software to help, they need to make sure they’re not just creating more work.


Vivo V11 Pro Specifications, Press Renders Leaked Ahead of September 6 Launch

Vivo V11 Pro Specifications, Press Renders Leaked Ahead of September 6 Launch

Vivo has already teased Vivo V11 Pro launch in the past few days.


  • It will be an affordable option with in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Design elements and specifications have been leaked
  • Vivo V11 Pro launch in India is scheduled for September 6

Vivo V11 Pro is the Chinese phone maker’s next smartphone slated for launch in India on September 6, at a launch event in Mumbai. Except a few teasers on social media, Vivo is keeping its mouth shut over the details of the Vivo V11 Pro. Despite that, a report has surfaced that claims to have access to the press renders, specifications, and features of the upcoming smartphone. The Vivo V11 Pro might be one of the more affordable smartphones in India to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor.

All of the below specifications come to us courtesy a leak by Android Pure, and as we can’t verify these details, the information should be taken with a pinch of salt. Let’s get into the details now.

Vivo V11 Pro rumoured specifications

As per the leak, the dual-SIM Vivo V11 Pro will sport a 6.41-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with a waterdrop-style notch on top similar to the one seen on the Oppo F9 Pro. Of course, this was also reported to have been teased by the company itself. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC with an AI engine, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone comes with a triple card slot, including a dedicated microSD card slot with storage expandable up to 256GB.

The leak suggests that the Vivo V11 Pro will sport a vertically stacked dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary lens, paired with AI scene recognition. On the front, the smartphone is expected to sport a 25-megapixel AI selfie camera with face unlocking capabilities even at night. There is expected to be a 3,400mAh battery under the hood with dual-engine fast charging capabilities. As per the renders, the smartphone will get a Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone will sport an in-display fingerprint sensor. Pricing for the Vivo V11 Pro has not yet been revealed by the brand but we could expect the handset to be priced around the Rs. 20,000-Rs. 25,000 price segment, keeping the Vivo V9 in mind.