Another week in the technology draws to a close and the week saw pretty diverse events happening. While last week saw some pretty interesting launches and the resignation of Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, this week saw the debut of some interesting technology. The week was largely dominated by the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone 8 leaks, with the design of both the phones getting “confirmed” in leaks and videos. Additionally, the week also saw a couple of interesting news like Uber crossing milestones and Amazon India also making the big announcement about Amazon Prime Day sale, a first in the country.
The fears surrounding the WannaCry ransomware attack had barely died down when a new form of ransomware called Petya began to attack Microsoft Windows systems. Unfortunately, Petya has had the most wide reaching effects in India, in Asia. The virus enters the user’s system and affects the entire data – it can automatically access, modify, copy and delete all the data stored on a user’s hard drive. Additionally, the virus also causes the computer to crash and the recovery comes at a high cost. Petya initially spread through fake software updates in Russia and Ukraine and from there on, to the rest of the world.
And even as man battled with the havoc wreaked by disruptive technology, Vivo announced the next-gen technology in China. Beating Apple and Samsung to it, Vivo unveiled the much awaited under-display fingerprint technology. The fingerprint sensor comes embedded under the display and eliminates the need to have a physical button on the front of the phone or the rear panel. While Apple iPhone 8 was expected to first debut the technology, Vivo has left Apple behind. Though only the technology was demoed and Apple iPhone 8 will most likely be the first phone to implement the under-display sensor.
After being launched in India with much fanfare, the OnePlus 5 finally went up for open sale on Amazon India this week. The phone is the most expensive OnePlus 5 device. However, not many fans are happy with the OnePlus 5. As reported by many OnePlus 5 users, the phone comes with a loose volume rocker button, prone to falling off. Many have even reported noises coming from the loose fixture. Though OnePlus CEO continues to defend the phone, fans are divided between buying the device or not after the horde of complaints on OnePlus 5 forums.
Qualcomm announced the next chipset under its Snapdragon series, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450. The chipset was announced at MWC Shanghai 2017 and is mainly targeted at budget smartphones. The processor is equipped to handle improved technology even in budget and mid-range devices. Talking of budget devices, Xiaomi has managed to sell a record number of Xiaomi Redmi 4 units in just 30 days, surpassing all previous numbers. The brand continues to build a strong fan following for its budget offerings with high-end specifications.
Here’s everything that happened this week in detail:
Petya ransomware attack
Vivo under-display fingerprint scanner
- OnePlus 5 receives OxygenOS 4.5.2 update, includes bug fixes, optimization
- OnePlus 5 on sale via Amazon India: Price, discount, offers and more
- OnePlus 5 launched in India, prices start from Rs 32,999: Specifications, features
- OnePlus 5 vs LG G6 vs Google Pixel vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price, specifications, features compared
- OnePlus 5 Review: Feel the power
- OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price, specifications and features compared
- OnePlus 5: 6GB RAM vs 8GB RAM performance comparison
- OnePlus 5: It’s moved on from being a flagship killer and turned into a flagship itself
- The OnePlus 5 is here, but could incremental updates keep it relevant?
- OnePlus 5 launched in India: Social media seems pretty impressed
- OnePlus 5 teardown reveals strong overall build with loose connectors inside
- OnePlus 5 criticisms: Here’s what CEO Pete Lau said about the design, cameras and rigged benchmarks
- OnePlus 5 EIS support for 4K videos coming soon; OnePlus has no plans to launch a new tablet
- OnePlus 5 units in India are manufactured by OPPO in India
- Will continue focus on India’s premium smartphone market: OnePlus
- OnePlus 5 missing volume button: Amazon allegedly blocked user from placing new order, rejects user review
- The OnePlus 5 could actually be water resistant
- Watch a OnePlus 5 beat an Apple iPhone 7 Plus in this speed test video
- OnePlus 5 becomes highest grossing smartphone in launch week on Amazon India
- OnePlus acknowledges ‘Jelly Scrolling’ effect on OnePlus 5; here’s everything you need to know
- OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs HTC U11: Blind camera comparison
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Xiaomi Redmi 4