German security company SRLabs has recently discovered a serious security breach that could replace SMS. According to their findings, the RCS protocol has a vulnerability that allows your data to be intercepted.
Hackers could exploit this vulnerability locally or remotely. Among the information they can intercept, we have unique codes that are sent by message in two-factor authentication systems.
One of the applications of these unique codes is in the authorization of bank transactions. This means that in extreme cases your bank details could be compromised due to this vulnerability.
Android messaging should improve your domain verification system
As SRLabs points out, the most popular application supporting RCS technology is currently Android Messaging. According to its findings, this application does not properly verify domains.
This means that miscreants can spoof caller ID or DNS. Something that could mislead users and provide information they shouldn’t.
Coincidentally or not, Google revealed this week that it will accredit message senders in your app. The idea is for companies to register their contact numbers with Google so that they can validate them when communicating with users. A measure that will certainly reduce the impact of this vulnerability.
What is RCS and its differences from SMS
The acronym RCS stands for Rich Communication Service. Briefly, this protocol allows messages to be sent over the internet. The SMS protocol uses cellular networks to send messages.
Remember the penta-lens camera setup from the Nokia PureView of 2019? Motorola seems to have taken the level up a notch with the arrangement for the Moto G 5G Plus smartphone.
The Moto G 5G Plus has been unveiled as the company’s latest smartphone. The phone comes with a quad rear camera setup and a Snapdragon 765 SoC.
Before we delve into the full specifications proper, permit me to share couple spoilers to go with
(1) The Moto G 5G Plus is equipped with a large 5,000mAh battery with 20W TurboPower charging.
Pretty much the norm these days right?
(2) There’s a dual selfie hole-punch display up front and a fingerprint scanner sits on the side.
(3) And finally, the phone will be available for order from any gadget outlet in Europe from today, though Motorola said it will also launch the device in the US market too.
Yeah, I know didn’t give away much info (spoilers are meant to be snappy) but then, let’s have a full view of the features and specifications of the Moto G 5G Plus smartphone. Shall we.
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus Specifications and Features
The Moto G 5G Plus runs on Android 10 and has a dual-SIM slot (Nano + Nano).
It features a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1080×2520 pixels) LCD display with 21:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi pixel density, 90Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support.
However, there’s seems to something going on with the dual hole selfie cam punch-cutout in the display and yeah, there are some thick bezels at the bottom end of the device too.
As mentioned, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 765 octa-core SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. The storage is further expandable using a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 1TB).
Yeah, you heard it right no mincing words, “up to 1TB of smartphone storage space”!!!
Moving on to the camera department, there is a quad camera setup at the back of the Moto G 5G Plus sitting inside a square ‘boxy’ module.
Truth be told, was expecting some design upgrade to the Pixels’ sqarish setup from Motorola but, to have so much space around the lenses and not find space for the camera flash is utter ridiculous.
The phone has a 48-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens with 118 degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture, a 5-megapixel macro lens with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture.
Up front, the Moto G 5G Plus has a dual selfie camera setup inside the dual hole-punch cut out. It houses a main 16-megapixel main sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.2aperture. There’s support for Screen Flash too.
Furthermore, the Moto G 5G Plus has a large 5,000mAh battery and supports 20W TurboPower fast charging. Motorola values the battery life at more than two-days on fair usage.
There is also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and connectivity options include USB Type-C port, 5G SA/NSA, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth v5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, and more.
The Moto G 5G Plus weighs about 207 grams and measures 168x74x9mm and it weighs 207 grams. Sensors on board include accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light, sensor hub, and e-compass.
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus Price and Availability
Moto G 5G Plus is priced at EUR 349 (roughly NGN153,700) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model and EUR 399 (roughly NGN175,600) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model.
The phone has been launched in a single Surfing Blue colour option. It is set to be available in Europe from today, and Motorola clarifies markets like Saudi Arabia and UAE will see the launch in future. Motorola has announced that the Moto G 5G Plus won’t launch in the US, but another sub-$500 phone will make it to North America in the fall.
However, if you’ll want a unit of the ‘cheapest 5G smartphone’ yet here, best option could be through major smartphone major smartphone outlets and official Motorola stores.
To recap, here’s a quick review of the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus key specifications.
It might only be yesterday that Samsung released the Galaxy S20 lineup but the company is already planning for the future with it’s next Galaxy Unpacked event scheduled to take place on August 5, the company announced on Wednesday.
Samsung has also posted a cryptic teaser that showcases a copper colour splash. Interestingly, the same colour was noted on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra renders that were “accidentally” posted on the Samsung website last week.
The media guy always makes those mistake isin’t it??!
The South Korean tech giant traditionally has always unveiled its premium tech and Samsung Galaxy smartphones at this event, and this time it is expected to announce a whole load of new devices – the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 seems to be in the coffin then.
What to Expect from the Galaxy Unpacked Reveal Event
Rumours suggest that the Galaxy Note 20 series will include the vanilla Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ along with Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. All three models however, are expected to see differences in cameras and battery. It was further tipped that Galaxy Note 20 series will come in Black, Copper, White/Grey, and Mint Green colour options.
Galaxy Note 20
Earlier in June, a tipster had claimed that the vanilla Samsung Galaxy Note 20 would pack a flat 60Hz display with “wide frame”. The same tipster had later suggested that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will likely feature 120Hz display and the unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC.
Galaxy Fold 2
Also, previous reports have also suggested that Samsung may introduce the next-generation Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 and the 5G variant of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip along with Galaxy Note 20 series. More information from the company is expected in the upcoming weeks.
Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Additionally, the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC instead of Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC. The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 was recently spotted on China’s 3C certification site with 25W fast charger support and 5G connectivity.
Other notable arrivals are the next generation Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Watch 3
When is the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked Event?
The Galaxy Unpacked event will kick off at 7:30pm IST with no in-person attendance, the company stated in a blog post. However, the live streaming of the event will be available at Samsung Global Newsroom and Samsung.com.