Vivo Z1 Lite With Snapdragon 626 SoC, Dual Camera Setup Launched: Price, Specifications


Expanding its portfolio, Vivo has launched the Vivo Z1 Lite smartphone in China. The device was up for pre-order for a while on the company’s online store, and now it has gone on sale. The Vivo Z1 Lite, as the name suggests, is a slightly pared down version of the Vivo Z1 smartphone launched earlier this year. Design wise, the Vivo Z1 Lite looks identical to its premium variant, but has few laid back specifications to make up for the cheaper price tag. To pin point, the Vivo Z1 Lite has a Snapdragon 626 processor, while the Vivo Z1 packed a Snapdragon 660 SoC.

Vivo Z1 Lite price

The Vivo Z1 Lite is priced at CNY 1,098 (roughly Rs. 11,400), and is up for sale in China on the company’s online store. It comes in Aurora Purple, Black, and Red colour options with gradient finishes. The smartphone is seen sporting a display notch, a dual camera setup stacked vertically at the back, and a rear fingerprint scanner as well. The Vivo Z1 Lite price in India has not yet been revealed by the company.

Vivo Z1 Lite specifications, key features

The dual-SIM (Nano) Vivo Z1 Lite runs on Android 8.1 Oreo based on FunTouch OS, and sports a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) LCD display with 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Snapdragon 626 octa-core SoC paired with 4GB RAM, and offers inbuilt storage of 32GB. This storage is further expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

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In terms of optics, the Vivo Z1 Lite features a dual camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel secondary sensor, and LED flash. It has a 16-megapixel camera at the front with f/2.0 aperture. Shooting modes include professional mode, panorama, beauty, AR shoot, backlight photo, blur photo, slow motion, filter, and more.

Connectivity options in the Vivo Z1 Lite include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS. Sensors onboard are an accelerometer, facial recognition, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3260mAh battery, similar to that found on the Vivo Z1. In terms of dimensions, the Vivo Z1 Lite measures 154.81×75.03×7.89mm, and weighs 149.3 grams.



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‘Alternative Nobel’ urges freedom for 3 Saudi activists


The Right Livelihood Award — known as the “Alternative Nobel” — appealed Wednesday on Saudi Arabia to free three jailed human rights defenders and recipients of this year’s prize.

The foundation also urged that the kingdom stop “harassing and killing those who fight” for democracy. Ole von Uexkull, foundation head, said the three jailed Saudi men had “acted through peaceful means” in their activism.

Created in 1980, the annual Right Livelihood Award honors efforts that the prize founder, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, felt were being ignored by the Nobel prizes.

In September, the 1 million kronor ($110) cash award was given to three Saudi activists — Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair. The honorary award was given to two Latin American anti-corruption crusaders — Thelma Aldana of Guatemala and Colombia’s Ivan Velasquez.

The foundation said two family members and Yahya Assiri, another Saudi rights activist, will attend the award ceremony planned in Stockholm next week.

Al-Qahtani and al-Hamid are founding activists of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, known by its Arabic acronym HASEM. In 2013, they were sentenced to 10 and 11 years respectively. Soon after, other verdicts followed against nearly a dozen members. The sentences came in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in the Mideast.

The third Saudi recipient, activist and lawyer Al-Khair, defended a blogger sentenced to prison and lashings over his posts. Al-Khair was arrested in 2014 for signing a statement with dozens of others calling for reforms in the kingdom. He later received a 15-year sentence for “disobeying the ruler” and “harming the reputation of the state by communicating with international organizations,” likely over his work as an outspoken activist.



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Prince Charles is ‘a big fan’ of Meghan Markle, isn’t thinking about becoming king, says royal filmmaker


The last thing Prince Charles is thinking about these days is becoming the future king of England.

Nick Bullen, an executive producer who has been making programs about the British royal family for nearly 20 years, and has worked closely with Charles for eight, told Fox News he believes the prince is more focused on his current role, not the one destiny has in store for him.

Bullen’s latest project was chronicling Charles’ birthday celebration for the documentary “We Are Most Amused and Amazed” for ITV. Charles turns 70 on Nov. 14.

A young Prince Charles.

A young Prince Charles.
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“I don’t think he thinks about it a lot,” said Bullen. “He is a man who very much lives in the present. And all of the programs we’ve made with him, he’s very now. He has a job to do as the Prince of Wales, which he does willingly… If you speak to him, sure, he’s aware he will be king one day, but that will come at its time. So not too much can be done now if you really think about it.

“And also, there’s the fact that for him to become king, then very sadly his mother has to die. So I guess it’s not something anyone wants to focus on, least of all her son… [And] when you speak with the family, you don’t necessarily get the sense that he’s thinking about the top job. He’s thinking about how he can be the most effective Prince of Wales today… He just wants to do the job really, really well. When he becomes king, he’ll do that job really, really well.”

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.
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And when it comes to Charles’ popularity with the public, he has come a long way. While he was celebrated as one of the most sought-after eligible bachelors in the ‘70s, he was later depicted as heartless by the press during his tumultuous marriage to Princess Diana.

In 1981, nearly one billion television viewers in 74 countries witnessed the marriage of the British heir to the then-schoolteacher. But after welcoming two sons and then enduring four years of separation, the couple formally divorced in 1996. A year later, Diana died at age 36 from injuries she sustained in a car crash.

“I think the popularity somewhat waned [for Charles] when he married Diana because she, in many ways, became the star of the show,” said Bullen. “And he allowed her to be the star of the show. But as their marriage fell apart, and marriages do fall apart, the press needed a villain. And I think there were two villains here. One was [his ex-girlfriend] Camilla Parker Bowles and the other was the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their wedding day.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their wedding day.
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“… People looked at the stories of how could this man leave this absolutely beautiful supermodel-type woman who’s adored around the world for another woman, regardless of who that other woman was. So he became the villain of the piece during the Diana years. When she tragically died, again people wanted to put blame somewhere… and I think he had to live through all of that. He kept this quiet, calm approach… And during the last 10-12 years, there has been this rehabilitation… I think people now are beginning to see who he really is.”

Charles and Bowles married in 2005. Bullen said Charles is at peace with his marriage and completely devoted to his longtime love, 71.

“Everyone that we spoke to has said she’s incredibly good at making him laugh,” explained Bullen. “She also knows how to get him out of a bad mood. She’s known him for such a long time. She’s known him since the late ‘60s. It’s a genuine love story. He’s incredibly happy. He always refers to her as ‘my darling wife.’ She’s always there for him.”

Bullen pointed out that throughout Charles’ life, he always relied on the support of a strong, loving woman.

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in Clarence House, London.

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in Clarence House, London.
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“In the early days it was the queen mother,” he said. “His grandmother raised him in the early years as the queen was busy being queen. She was very good at telling him how clever he was, how funny he was, how much people like him. The queen mother really built his confidence in him.

“And from what I know, Camilla does the same for him now… When the queen mother died, the prince really needed that presence. And Camilla, in many ways, stepped into the shoes of the queen mother and became that strong presence and rock in his life. She’s given him the ability to be himself.”

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are pictured on their wedding with all of their children (L-R) Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, April 10, 2005.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are pictured on their wedding with all of their children (L-R) Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, April 10, 2005.
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And Charles has also welcomed another leading female figure into his circle. His youngest son Harry, 34, married American actress Meghan Markle in May of this year. When the 37-year-old’s father couldn’t walk her down the aisle, Charles immediately stepped in and took his place.

Harry and Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, is expecting her first child. Bullen said Charles his grateful his has someone like the former “Suits” star by his side. Charles is also aware Markle has a crucial new role to play for the family.

Prince Charles with Meghan Markle

Prince Charles with Meghan Markle
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“From what I know, he is a big fan of Meghan Markle,” said Bullen. “… He just wants his boys to be happy. He knows those boys have had a rough life with his marriage falling apart in front of the whole world. Then they lost their mother at a very young age… And Meghan is making Harry very happy. And that makes the Prince of Wales happy.

Meghan Markle

“He wants what every father would want for their son… And he can also see she’s good for the family. She’s great-looking, she’s really clever, she loves Prince Harry, she’s brilliant on stage — she’s a great asset to the family. She’s part of the monarchy’s future and he knows it.”



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Swedish parliament rejects proposed government


More than two months after elections that left Sweden in political limbo, lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposed minority coalition led by the second-largest party, the first time in Swedish history that a proposal for a new prime minister has been defeated.

Parliament voted by 195 votes to 154 to reject the Speaker’s plan for a coalition of the center-right Moderates and the small Christian Democrats, with Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister.

Those opposing the coalition said it would give influence to the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats — the third-largest party but considered a pariah by many — because the government would be dependent on that party’s support in parliament.

Wednesday’s vote was the first of a possible four before Speaker Andreas Norlen must call new elections. It was the first time that a candidate for prime minister has ever been rejected by the 349-seat Riksdagen.

Norlen said he would continue talks with party leaders on Thursday, without giving details.

The September election produced a hung parliament with the left-leaning side and the center-right bloc securing about 40 percent of the vote each, leaving neither with a majority and paving the way for months of uncertainty and complex coalition talks.

Both blocs have refused to cooperate with the Sweden Democrats, who made great strides in the election.

Annie Loof, the leader of the Center Party that voted against Kristersson, said he had broken up the 14-year-old center-right alliance by suggesting a two-party government, leaving out her party and the Liberals.

Kristersson said that that although the alliance has suffered “its worst crisis,” it is not dead.

“We have a common platform, but we cannot agree when it comes to taking power.”

Caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who heads Sweden’s largest party — the Social Democrats — said he was willing to discuss with Loof should she be tapped to try to form a coalition.

Loof earlier said that she doesn’t want to be prime minister herself but is willing to try form a government.

Pundits say either Loof or Lofven would be next in line to try to form a government.

The emergence of Sweden Democrats — with roots in a neo-Nazi movement — reflects how deeply that Sweden is being transformed by migration.

In 2015, Sweden took in a record 163,000 migrants — the highest per capita of any European country. Since then, the country has sharply restricted immigration, but many Swedes complain that society cannot cope with integrating so many newcomers, many of them Muslims from Africa and the Middle East.

Ahead of Wednesday’s vote, Jimmie Akesson, the leader of the Sweden Democrats, said he sees “a new political landscape mushroom in Sweden, exactly like in the rest of the western world.”

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Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.



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France Unveils 500 Million Euros In Aid To Motorists


The government will double the current 2,000 euro bonus granted to motorists on low incomes who change old-model cars seen as contributing to pollution for more recent and cleaner ones




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The government will also increase other aids granted to motorists

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday announced a 500 million euros ($564 million) plan to help motorists with the lowest incomes, in a bid to defuse a wave of nationwide protests against a tax increase on fuels.

The government will double the current 2,000 euro bonus granted to motorists on low incomes who change old-model cars seen as contributing to pollution for more recent and cleaner ones, Philippe told RTL radio on Wednesday.The government will also increase other aids granted to motorists, as well as an existing special aid for low income families who use diesel fuel to heat their homes.

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Philippe said the new plans would overall represent an extra 500 million euro cost for the government.

The new measures come after nationwide protests against tax increases on petrol have spread in recent weeks. Several associations and groups created on social networks have scheduled demonstrations and road blockades for Nov 17.

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