Samsung's woes continued on Tuesday as reports emerged that another smartphone - not a Note 7 - exploded, while Lenovo and Reliance Lyf launched new smartphones in India. Here's your dose of the big newsmakers in the technology world in today's 360 Daily.
After Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Galaxy J5 reportedly explodes
Trouble keeps coming Samsung’s way. This time, a Galaxy J5 user in France says her smartphone caught fire and exploded on Sunday. She said she noticed the phone was very hot after she asked her four-year-old son to pass it over during a family gathering at her home. She then threw the smartphone away when she realised it had "swollen up" and smoke was coming out. The report comes the same day that Samsung apologised to Galaxy Note 7 users in the US via full-page ads in The New York Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus with dual rear cameras launched in India
Lenovo has launched the Phab 2 Plus ultra-large screen phablet in India at Rs. 14,999, exclusively on Amazon.in. A rival to Xiaomi Mi Mix, the new phablet has two 13-megapixel cameras on the back. Other key features of the device are the 6.4-inch IPS screen with full HD resolution, Android 6.0 Marshmallow software, 32GB internal storage, 128GB microSD card support, 8-megapixel front camera, fingerprint sensor, and a 4050mAh battery.
Moto M goes official ahead of launch
Ahead of a formal announcement by the company, the Moto M smartphone was made official via a listing on Motorola’s China website. The listing shows the smartphone is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 19,700), and comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back and an 8-megapixel front camera. It has a 5.5-inch display with 1080x1920 pixel resolution, 2.2GHz octa-core Helio P10 processor, 4GB RAM, and 16-megapixel rear camera.
LeEco CEO admits to cash crunch
LeEco’s billionaire CEO Jia Yueting in a letter to employees said that the company grew too quickly and is short of cash now. The company would seek to cut costs and curb expansion in order to focus on its core businesses, he said, after having burned through CNY 10 billion ($1.5 billion or roughly Rs. 9,842 crores) developing a car. He added that LeEco’s fundraising ability is not strong, and separately said that he would take a salary of CNY 1 (equivalent to $0.15 or Rs. 10).
Next OnePlus smartphone will have Snapdragon 821 processor
Chipmaker Qualcomm in a tweet confirmed that a new OnePlus smartphone is on its way and runs on the company’s new Snapdragon 821 processor. This information is in line with numerous leaks that OnePlus is close to launching a new smartphone, being called OnePlus 3T, with the Snapdragon 821 processor. Earlier leaks have pegged the price of the upcoming model at $479 (roughly Rs. 32, 100), $80 more than that of the current flagship OnePlus 3.
Reliance Retail launches cheapest Lyf smartphone with Android 6.0
Reliance Retail has launched the cheapest smartphone with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box in its Lyf series of smartphones in India at Rs. 4,199. Named Lyf F8, the dual-SIM smartphone comes with 4G VoLTE capability and is on sale via the company's retail stores across the country. The entry-level smartphone has a 4.5-inch IPS screen with 480x854 pixel resolution, 1.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel camera, and 2000mAh battery.
Facebook takes on LinkedIn with job listing feature
Facebook is testing a feature that would let page administrators create job postings and receive applications from candidates, a move that could pressure LinkedIn's recruiting business. A company spokesperson said that it is running a test for Page admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates. There is no word yet on wider rollout just yet.