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Oppo A93 5G Gets Listed on Telecom Site; Shows Specifications, Pricing Ahead of Possible Launch



Oppo A93 5G has been listed on a Chinese telecom site, showing possible key specifications and pricing of the upcoming phone. The listing indicates that the smartphone will feature a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor, have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC under the hood, and pack a 5,000mAh battery. Oppo A93 was launched in October 2020 and it appears that Oppo is set to launch the phone’s 5G variant in China anytime now. Oppo A93 5G, however, looks different from its 4G variant.

The China Telecom listing of Oppo A93 5G carries the PEHM00 model number. As visible in the pictures put up by the telecom site, Oppo A93 5G sports a curved screen with a hole-punch cutout.

Oppo A93 5G price (expected)

Oppo A93 5G is expected to be priced at CNY 2,199 (roughly Rs. 24,900) as per the China Telecom listing. It will likely be offered in Aurora, Dazzling Black, and Elegant Silver colour variants. It may be launched on January 15.

Oppo A93 5G specifications (expected

The dual-SIM Oppo phone runs on Android 11, as per the listing. It is expected to feature a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display (2,400×1,080 pixels) and come with 8GB RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. The listing shows that Oppo A93 5G will be powered by the SM4350, which is the Snapdragon 480 5G SoC.

For photos and videos, the smartphone is likely to have a triple rear camera setup, including a 48-megapixel primary sensor and two 2-megapixel sensors. For selfies and video calls, Oppo A93 5G may have an 8-megapixel front camera, as per the listing.

Oppo A93 5G is expected to pack a 5,000mAh battery and have 18W fast charging. It will have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Huawei Said to Be in Early-Stage Talks to Sell Its Premium Smartphone Sub-Brands P and Mate



China’s Huawei Technologies is in early-stage talks to sell its premium smartphone brands P and Mate, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said, a move that could see the company eventually exit from the high-end smartphone-making business.

The talks between the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and a consortium led by Shanghai government-backed investment firms have been going on for months, the people said, declining to be identified as the discussions were confidential.

Huawei started to internally explore the possibility of selling the brands as early as last September, according to one of the sources. The two sources were not privy to the valuation placed on the brands by Huawei.

Shipments of Mate and P Series phones were worth $39.7 billion (roughly Rs. 2,89,460 crores) between Q3 2019 and Q3 2020, according to consultancy IDC.

However, Huawei has yet to make a final decision on the sale and the talks might not conclude successfully, according to the two sources, as the company is still trying to manufacture at home its in-house designed high-end Kirin chips which power its smartphones.

“Huawei has learned there are unsubstantiated rumours circulating regarding the possible sale of our flagship smartphone brands,” a Huawei spokesman said. “There is no merit to these rumours whatsoever. Huawei has no such plan.”

The Shanghai government said it was not aware of the situation and declined to comment further.

The potential sale of Huawei’s premium smartphone lines suggests the company has little hope that the new Biden administration will have a change of heart towards the supply chain restrictions placed on Huawei since May 2019, the two people said.

The Shanghai government-backed investment firms may form a consortium with Huawei’s dealers to take over the P and Mate brands, according to the second person, a similar model to the Honor deal. Huawei is also likely to keep its existing P& Mate management team for the new entity, if the deal goes through, the two people said.

Overcoming US curbs

Huawei, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment vendor and No.2 smartphone maker, last November announced the sale of its budget phone brand Honor to a consortium of 30 dealers led by a company backed by the Shenzhen government.

The second source said the all-cash sale fetched more than CNY 100 billion (roughly Rs. 1,12,560 crores). Honor declined to comment.

The Honor sale was aimed at keeping the budget brand alive, as sanctions slapped on Huawei by the United States had hampered the unit’s supply chain and cut off the company’s access to key hardware like chips and software such as Alphabet’s Google Mobile Services.

Huawei may have a similar objective in pursuing the sale of the mobile brands. The two sources said that Huawei’s latest plans for the two high-end brands were motivated by insufficient chip supplies.

Washington says that Huawei is a national security threat, which Huawei has repeatedly denied.

On Friday, Honor indicated that the goal of the spin-off had been reached by announcing it had formed partnerships with chip makers such as Intel and Qualcomm and launched a new phone.

Last year, the company’s Consumer Business Group Chief Executive Richard Yu said US restrictions meant Huawei would soon stop making Kirin chips. Analysts expect its stockpile of the chips to run out this year.

Huawei’s HiSilicon division relies on software from US companies such as Cadence Design Systems or Synopsys to design its chips and it outsources the production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), which uses equipment from US companies.

The P and Mate phone series are among the top players in the higher-end smartphone market in China and compete with Apple’s iPhone, Xiaomi’s Mi and Mix series and OPPO’s Find series.

The two brands contributed nearly 40 percent to Huawei’s total sales over the third quarter of 2020, according to market research firm Counterpoint.

Analysts have already noted recent insufficient supplies of the flagship P40 and Mate40 series due to a severe components shortage.

“We expect a continuous decline in sales of P and Mate series smartphones through Q1 2021,” said Flora Tang, an analyst at Counterpoint.

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iPhone 12, MagSafe Accessories May Interfere With Pacemakers, Medical Implants, Cautions Apple



Apple has cautioned users that the magnets inside their iPhone handsets and MagSafe accessories may interfere with medical implants like pacemakers and defibrillators. The company advises users of these medical devices to keep their iPhone handsets and MagSafe chargers away at a safe distance. Apple has issued guidelines on a support page that detail how much distance users must practise. This isn’t new information as most smartphones and gadgets come with magnets, and these tend to interfere with pacemakers and other medical implants if kept too close.

The company has published a new support page warning users about magnets inside iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger accessories. “Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6-inches / 15cm apart or more than 12-inches / 30cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines,” the support page cautions.

iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than previous generation iPhone models, but Apple says that doesn’t mean they pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than older models.

Apple recommends that users should stop using their iPhone or MagSafe accessories if they suspect that it is interfering with their medical device. The support page also advises users to consult their physician and medical device manufacturer for specific information specific guidelines on the safe use of their medical devices around wireless or magnetic products to prevent possible interference.

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Tata Sky, Croma Site Vulnerabilities Exposed Sensitive Customer Data of Millions of Customers; Fixed Now



Tata Sky and Croma, the entities owned by Tata Group, exposed the data of millions of their customers due to security vulnerabilities, according to a cybersecurity researcher. The issues allowed bad actors to access sensitive data including the full names, phone numbers, addresses, date of birth, and email IDs of both Tata Sky and Croma customers, by leveraging the loopholes existing in the application programme interfaces (APIs) on their websites. Both companies fixed the vulnerabilities after these were reported on the Web.

Cybersecurity researcher Rahil Bhansali discovered the vulnerabilities existed on the Tata Sky and Croma sites. He was able to understand their extent in collaboration with his colleague Ankit Pandey.

Shortly after discovering and finding the scope of the vulnerabilities, Bhansali wrote about them on Medium. The researcher said the vulnerability affecting Tata Sky subscribers existed on its site exposed its subscribers’ data that included their names, gender, date of birth, email IDs, registered mobile numbers and alternative phone numbers, and mailing addresses.

Apart from the personal information of subscribers, the researcher noted that the vulnerability exposed subscription details including the subscriber ID, subscription date, transaction history since first subscription, and the number of set-top boxes active and inactive by the subscriber.

The researcher mentioned in his Medium post that the data for over 22 million Tata Sky subscribers was accessible through the vulnerability by anyone who knows coding and has the knowledge to work with APIs. It was, however, unclear whether the issue already allowed a bad actor to access user data.

Bhansali was able to understand the flaw after visiting Tata Sky’s website to do a quick recharge by entering his phone number. “To my surprise, it showed me my name, subscriber id, balance and subscription end date without even any form of login,” he wrote.

The researcher found the exposure through the vulnerability by running a script of using different phone numbers. Upon understanding the flaw, he spoke with Tata Sky CEO Harit Nagpal to elaborate the problem and that reportedly resulted in the fix.

Bhansali, however, noted that one issue still remained where the subscribers’ name was still accessible for any mobile number.

“I’ve spent time in checking other providers as well like Jio, Vodafone, Airtel — and they’ve all prevented from implementing such user experiences presumably because of similar security risks,” the researcher said.

A spokesperson from Tata Sky was not immediately available at the time of filing this story to provide a comment on the fix.

In addition to the vulnerability existing on the Tata Sky site, Bhansali found a similar issue with the Croma site wherein he was able to find the name, registered mobile number, mailing address, and offline and online transaction history of customers purchasing goods from the retail chain.

Ritesh Ghosal, Chief Marketing Officer at Infinity Retail, which operates under the brand Croma, informed Gadgets 360 that the reported issue had been fixed.

“We have reviewed the concerns and detailed findings shared by Mr. Bhansali and have put in place further security measures to add an additional layer of security in place across our systems with immediate effect,” he said in a response over email.

The personal information exposed by vulnerabilities such as the ones found on the Tata Sky and Croma sites could be used to run phishing attacks and target individuals with scam emails and text messages.

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