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Millions Of Smartphones With Mediatek Processors Can Be Hacked: Find Out If Your Smartphone Is Safe Or Not?

Mar 5, 2020 3:48 PM


Millions Of Smartphones With Mediatek Processors Can Be Hacked: Find Out If Your Smartphone Is Safe Or Not?

We all know Mediatek and its famous chipsets that are used very commonly in the android smartphones of today. But for those unaware, MediaTek is a Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company that provides chips to numerous electronic devices.

However, we have a bad news – A dangerous vulnerability has been detected in the chips of Mediatek which might expose the devices in which it is installed will be vulnerable to serious security risks.

Which are these chipsets that have been affected by this vulnerability? Let’s find out!

Vulnerability Detected In Mediatek Chipset

This vulnerability will expose the device that uses it to grave risks, especially related to safety.

But, Mediatek had released a fix for the vulnerability way back in 2019, which was not installed by all smartphone manufacturers in their devices, which created the issue to increase. Unlike Google, Mediatek cannot enforce this measure on the smartphone manufacturers. However, this fix was immediately implemented by Amazon.

Things took a turn for the worse when this vulnerability was used by a member of the XDA for positive reasons. All he did was try to gain root permissions on the Amazon Fire Tablet in which he was successful. In fact, he gained these permissions by finding a way around the unlocking of the bootloader.

Going back a bit farther, the bootloader unlock on devices powered by Android is quite critical when it comes to safety. It allows signature verification into the boot of the OS, which in turn makes it possible to apply and comply with the security model designed by Google.

If one can unlock the bootloader, root permissions are easy to gain. While this has a pro to it, of modding possibilities, it also makes the device open to potential risks.

Which Chipsets Will This Vulnerability Affect?

Here is a complete list of all the chipsets that will be affected by the vulnerability:

MT6735, MT6737, MT6738, MT6739, MT6750, MT6753, MT6755, MT6757, MT6758, MT6761, MT6762, MT6763, MT6765, MT6771, MT6779, MT6795, MT6797, MT6799, MT8163, MT8167, MT8173, MT8176, MT8183, MT6580 and MT6595.

As per reports, it can be used on the Linux kernel versions 3.18, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.14 with the Android versions Nougat, Oreo and Pie.

However, the good news is that this software patch has been included in the March 2020 Android Security update.

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Here's how Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma plans to beat Chinese rivals

Aug 14, 2020 12:00 AM


NEW DELHI: Home-bred handset maker Micromax will invest Rs 500 crore towards manufacturing and Research and development (R&D) as it plots a comeback in India's smartphone market, backed by the government's incentive scheme.

Speaking to ET, co-founder Rahul Sharma said that the government's incentives will help the home-bred handset maker compete effectively with Chinese rivals who dominate the market now.

Micromax, which at its peak in 2014 rose to No. 2 in smartphones, has practically been wiped out of the market by the Chinese onslaught, which began to take shape in 2016.

"The new PLI scheme balances out foreign and Indian players. The support of 6% is a big support. With the government support, we will be able to fight Chinese brands fiercely on the pricing front. PLI is a solid backing," Sharma said. "Internal accruals are good for the plan...I will raise money at the right time."

Micromax decided to exit the smartphone space two years ago because it couldn't compete on pricing front with Chinese handset brands that flooded the market with affordable handsets backed by fat marketing budgets. "PLI is going to solve the pricing for us and is allowing us to make a grand comeback," Sharma said.

Micromax has been selling feature phones in India since its exit from the smartphone market. It, however, makes mobile handsets for other brands as a contract manufacturer.

Sharma said that handset brands can already source 60% material locally for mobile handsets as the phased manufacturing program helped the ecosystem to grow in the country.

"The idea is to involve local MSMEs to further increase the local sourcing of components for smartphones," he said, adding that the company will work with other local handset brands to bring component ecosystem players to India and there will be more synergies.

The company will match the smartphone specifications and pricing offered by Chinese brand, he said, adding that Micromax will not be required to spend marketing dollars like Oppo and Vivo. "I know how to make a product...that's my expertise...once I give competing products and at the same pricing then the customer will buy."

Micromax is planning to build a complete ecosystem of products across categories, a strategy being executed by its bigger Chinese rivals. "Among Indian brands, we are positioned to do that. We have TV and AC manufacturing already. we have the power of some ecosystems already. This will enable us to play and compete," he said, adding that his smart mobility startups Revolt will also play a role in the connected ecosystem by Micromax.

Sharma said that Indian brands need support from Indian citizens to help grow local brands as the local market can offer scale and it needs to bring the complete mobile handset ecosystem.

The entire world is looking for options outside China, and India is emerging as the most suitable country since it offers scale and has the government support, he said. Micromax's investment coupled with the PLI scheme benefits will help it grow its export business as well. It provided smartphones from US telecom operators in 2019. "We have identified global markets."

The co-founder also called for stricter data localisation saying that merely storing data locally doesn't solve the problem as companies can still use this data to train Artificial Intelligence and Bots in China. "All this data is going to China despite them saying we have local servers. The US has realised that all data is going to China thereby the recent steps..everything needs to be in India and that should be the priority," he added.

He also said that Micromax and other Indian brands were deliberately labeled as mere traders after Chinese brands entered. "The ecosystem used to run on a partner model back then. We brought many industry firsts, including a dual SIM phone and Canvas series...all these were developed in India. Now for all new phones, we will do R&D locally. The work has started already," he explained.

Micromax Teases Its Comeback Once Again, Could Launch Phones Next Month


Published: August 16, 2020 5:25 PM IST

Micromax was expected to launch the phones this month but production issues have delayed the timeline.

Micromax has made umpteen comebacks in the Indian mobile market. And the company is about to try its luck once again. However, this time, it is banking on the support from the government, with its PLI scheme announced recently. The company’s co-founder, Rahul Sharma, spoke about the plans in a interview with ET Telecom few days back. They have shared another teaser via Twitter this week.

In addition to that, multiple reports have mentioned that Micromax will be launching range of phones next month. These will be priced in the budget segment for up to Rs 15,000. Reports also point out the phones will be powered by MediaTek Helio chipsets, and run on the latest Android version. Ahead of the official announcement, Micromax is teasing these new devices via its social media handles. It is important to note that Micromax never left the smartphone market but it stopped launching new models.

The last smartphone from Micromax was the iOne Note, which debuted in October. It is still listed online with a retail price of Rs 8,199. With the anti-China sentiments reaching a new level, Micromax will be expected to ride on the trend. The company went on to add that it is working on a new device with premium features including “thoroughly modern look and budget friendly”.


But more importantly, Micromax claims it will make sure the phones from now on get regular Android updates. So, we’re hoping the company has finally decided to use stock Android version. It says the Android cycle for each device will support for 2 years or more.

We still don’t know whether the company is making its phones in India like some Chinese smartphone makers. The most reliable route for OEMs has involved devices getting manufactured in China and then sold here. But with import restrictions being put in place, the local handset brand will have to manufacture on its own.

Gionee M30 With Massive 10,000mAh Battery, 8GB RAM Launched: Price, Specifications

Gionee M30 With Massive 10,000mAh Battery, 8GB RAM Launched: Price, Specifications

Aug 26, 2020 3:09 PM

Gionee M30 is offered in a single 8GB + 128GB storage option.


Gionee M30 comes with 16-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras

Gionee M30 smartphone has been launched in China. It is a mid-range handset that features 8GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and a massive 10,000mAh battery. The phone has only two cameras - one on the back and another at the front. Gionee M30 comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back and an encryption chip for security. The launch comes after two new handsets from the Chinese company — one in India and the other in China.

Gionee M30 price, availability

The Gionee M30 is priced at CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs 15,000). The phone is expected to go on sale in August China via and other retailers. Offered in a single 8GB + 128 GB storage variant, the phone comes in a sole black colour option with a leather finish on the back. Gionee hasn't announced any details on the phone's India release date.


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Gionee M30 specifications

The Gionee M30 sports a 6-inch HD+ LCD screen with a resolution of 720x1,440 pixels. Under the hood, it is powered with a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone houses a massive 10,000mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging as well as reverse charging.

For photography, the Gionee M30 comes with a single 16-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel snapper on the front with face unlock feature. The fingerprint sensor is placed below the rear camera module. The phone also comes equipped with a dedicated encryption chip for extra security. For connectivity, the smartphone features a 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers, and a USB Type-C port.

Gionee has also launched the Gionee K3 Pro in China with a triple rear camera setup, a waterdrop-style notch and a uniquely-placed fingerprint sensor on the camera module.

The Chinese company also launched the Gionee Max smartphone in India with an octa-core processor, dual rear cameras, and a large battery. Priced at Rs. 5,999, the phone will go on sale via Flipkart starting August 31 in Black, Red, and Royal Blue colours.

The Redmi 9 will launch on August 27 in India

By Srivatsa Ramesh 7 days ago

Completing the Redmi 9 family?

After announcing the Redmi 9 Prime earlier this month, Xiaomi will be announcing the vanilla Redmi 9 in India next week.

The launch is set for August 27 and it will be an Amazon exclusive product and the landing page for the same is already live on the e-commerce site. The page also gives us some of the specs and features of the upcoming device from the house of Xiaomi.

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For starters, The Redmi 9 is said to come with “more RAM” for “more fun” which means we can expect a 4GB or 6GB Redmi 9 device on August 27. Further, for storage also we can expect the device to feature 64/128GB onboard storage. The device will come with a single front-facing camera which will be housed in the dew-drop notch.

Further, for performance, the device will be coming with HyperEngine game technology. This technology is associated with MediaTek SoC. So, we can confirm that the device will be powered by a MediaTek chipset. It will feature a big display for immersive viewing experience.

On to the optics, the device will come with AI dual rear cameras with LED flash. And, since it's a Redmi series device we can expect a massive battery capacity as well. And, lastly, the landing page also suggested that the device will come with MIUI 12 out of the box. If this turns out to be true, then, it will be the first device in India to come with MIUI 12 out of the box.

Apart from the above-mentioned details, we do not have any other confirmed specs. However, going by the previous reports, the Redmi 9 in India could be a rebranded version of Redmi 9A or Redmi 9C which was launched in China last month. Both Redmi 9A or Redmi 9C come with a 6.53-inches display with HD+ display. The Redmi 9C is powered by the Helio G35 SoC while the Redmi 9A comes with a MediaTek Helio G25 SoC. They both feature a 5000 mAh battery with 10W fast charge support.

We expect the Redmi 9 to start under Rs 10,000.

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Vivo Y20i 64GB 3GB RAM

Aug 27, 2020 2:24 AM


Vivo Y20i 64GB 3GB RAM smartphone runs on Android v10 (Q) operating system. The phone is powered by Octa core (1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 240 + 1.6 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 240) processor. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 Chipset. It has 3 GB, 3 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.

Vivo Y20i 64GB 3GB RAM smartphone has a IPS LCD display. It measures 164.4 mm x 76.3 mm x 8.4 mm and weighs 192.3 grams. The screen has a resolution of 720 x 1600 Pixels and 270 ppi pixel density. It has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and screen-to-body ratio of 81.57 %. On camera front, the buyers get a 13 MP f/1.8 Primary Camera, 2 MP f/2.4, Depth Camera, 2 MP f/2.4 Camera and on the rear, there's an 13 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP camera with features like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus. It is backed by a 5000 mAh battery. Connectivity features in the smartphone include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, and more.

Vivo Y20i 64GB 3GB RAM Price in India

Vivo Y20i 64GB 3GB RAM smartphone price in India is likely to be Rs 11,490. Vivo Y20i 64GB 3GB RAM is speculated to be launched in the country on September 3, 2020 (Expected). As for the colour options, the Vivo Y20i 64GB 3GB RAM smartphone may come in Obsidian Black, Dawn White colours.

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Sony Xperia 5 II image leaked online, could have Zeiss T coating this time

Aug 27, 2020 8:24 AM

The Xperia 5 II looks similar to the Xperia 5

Last week, plastic cases of the alleged Sony Xperia 5 II were being sold on Alibaba, suggesting that the phone could be on the way. That seems to be the case as a leaked image of the phone has now been unveiled. This phone is expected to a premium device with flagship tech specs.

According to GSMArena, Evan Blass was the first to reveal a new render of the phone. As you can see, the new image shows that the Xperia 5 II's camera looks similar to the one on the Xperia 5, except it has the ZEISS T* logo too. Like its predecessor, there's no 3D ToF sensor here. Interestingly enough, it has two extra buttons on the right. One of them would be the camera shutter, but the purpose of the second one is currently unknown.


In terms of tech specs, it should come with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, as well as a minimum of 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. We expect it to have a larger (than 3140mAh) battery and perhaps a change to the screen size. While the Xperia 5 had a 6.1-inch OLED display, some say that the new model could come with a more compact 5.8-inch display.

Mind you, we can't confirm any tech specs yet so take the speculations above with a grain of salt. Having said that, what do you hope to see from the Xperia 5 II for it to be worth buying? Let us know in the comments below or stay tuned to for further updates on this phone.

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Smartphones with the best battery backup

Aug 26, 2020 10:20 PM

The increased number of tasks we perform with our smartphones takes a toll on battery life. If you are looking to purchase a smartphone with long battery life, here is a list of smartphones with the best battery backup.


Smartphones are getting advanced and more capable day by day. Modern smartphones perform the task of a mobile, a GPS, an MP3 player, and a computer. With so many varied tasks and constant use of the internet, it is only imperative that the battery of your smartphone does not last very long and it needs to be charged often. A good battery on the phone makes the phone dependable which equals a happy user. However, it can get confusing choosing the right smartphone from the plethora of choices available. In this article, we list the top smartphones with the best battery backup.



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