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Vivo Working on New Vivo S9e With Triple Rear Cameras, Other Keys Specs and Pricing Tipped

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Vivo V20 image used for representation.

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Vivo is also reportedly working on Vivo S9 that is rumoured to launch next month. Whereas, the Vivo S9e’s availability details remain unclear at the moment.

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  • Last Updated: February 22, 2021, 10:44 IST
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Vivo is reportedly working on a new smartphone namely Vivo S9e that is going to be a part of the latest Vivo S-series lineup. According to the tipster Arsenal (machine translated from Chinese) on Weibo, the new Vivo smartphone will pack a 4,100mAh battery, a 64-megapixel ultra-wide-angle primary camera, and a 90Hz display. The launch date of the rumoured Vivo S9e remains unclear, and the Chinese tech company is also yet to confirm its development. Notably, the vanilla Vivo S9 will reportedly launch in March.

The tipster adds that the Vivo S9e will carry a price tag of CNY 2,298 (approx Rs 25,700) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant and CNY 2,598 (approx Rs 29,000) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model. The Vivo S9e is also tipped to carry a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a waterdrop-style notch, MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC, a 32-megapixel front camera, and a triple rear camera setup. The phone reportedly supports a 33W Flash Charge. As mentioned, its availability remains unknown, though the tipster indicates that the Vivo S9e could be still under development.

Earlier this month, the same tipster had also noted the development of Vivo S9 with the unannounced MediaTek Dimensity 1100 chipset. The phone is touted to be a successor to the Vivo S7 that was launched last August and was a selfie-focussed phone with dual front cameras. It was added that the Vivo S9 would launch on March 6. Other key features rumoured on the Vivo S9 include a dual selfie camera setup with a 44-megapixel primary sensor, a triple rear camera setup, up to 12GB RAM, and up to 256GB of onboard storage. The smartphone will also reportedly pack a 4,000mAh battery onboard. As Vivo is yet to confirm the development of either of the smartphones, readers are advised to take the aforementioned information with a pinch of salt.



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Truecaller’s Guardians Could Just Be The App Your Family Needs, Particularly When They Travel

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You may already be using Truecaller, the incredibly popular app for detecting and blocking spam calls and managing messages on smartphones on your Android phone or Apple iPhone. The makers of the Truecaller app are now rolling out a new app call Guardians, which is designed as a personal safety app that lets you share your live location with guardian contacts and request for help in case you need it. The idea behind this app is to share your live location when you may be out and about and traveling alone, with select contacts called guardians, something that makes a lot of sense in these times when women’s safety in particular remains a big concern. The Guardians app is free to download and use and will be available for Android phones as well as the Apple iPhone.

The way the Guardians app works is that you can add friends and family as Guardians on the app—they will get a notification to accept your request. You can then choose to share your live location with them for a particular trip (this is called Watch Over Me) or permanently share your location with them (this feature is called Forever Share). The Guardians app will have an “I Need Help” button which will send emergency notifications and location data to the contacts you have selected as guardians. The guardian contacts will get your phone status data as well, such as battery strength and phone profile status, to give you a better understanding of the emergency situation.

The Guardians app by Truecaller is a standalone app that can be used by anyone, and isn’t an integrated part of another app, such as the Uber cab booking app, for example. This means you can share your location data with your parents if you are taking a late-night cab back from work, have your friends track you as you head home using public transport after a movie or even allow family members to track elders who may be traveling at the time.

Truecaller insists that privacy very much remains the foundation that Guardians is built on. The company confirms that neither they can, nor can anyone else, see the data. The live location data is shared with encryption between the person sharing the location data and the person receiving the location data. The company also insists that no data will also be shared with any third parties. Since your location data isn’t shared on any servers anywhere, there is no option to revisit a previous journey at a later date.

There is also a volunteer guardian option in case you call for help and your guardian contacts aren’t nearby or are some distance away. The developers say that the app will then search for those who have signed up as volunteers on the Guardian app and ping them requesting for help. However, questions remain about the volunteer backgrounds and how these checks may be done for all volunteers who sign up on the app, though the developers insist there are multiple checks already in place and more can be put in place if there is a need for it. At this time, the Guardians app is still not available on the Apple App Store for the iPhone, and we have not been able to check the process of signing up as a volunteer and the verifications that it may entail.

The Guardians app by Truecaller rolls out today on the Google Play Store for Android phones and will be available from tomorrow on the Apple App Store for iPhone users.



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