Front Row Lockout For Toyota At 2017 24 Hours Of Le Mans

The 85th edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans will see Toyota start from the front row, securing first and second positions in the third and final qualifying session. The team also managed to score a record breaking lap as Kamui Kobayashi completed it in 3m14.791s in the second qualifying, which remained uncontested in the final two hours of running. This means that Kobayashi along with teammates Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin will begin the race on Saturday from the pole in the No. 7 TS050 Hybrid.

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Toyota cars No. 7 and No. 8 will start 1-2, while car No. 9 will start 5th

Joining them in the second place will be Toyota’s second machine – No. 8, thanks to a lap of 3m 17.128s from Kazuki Nakajima soon after the start of the third session. The No. 8 Toyota managed to beat the No. 1 Porsche by just over a tenth.

The two Porsches couldn’t improve upon earlier times in the final qualifying session. Neel Jani in car No. 1 could put out the best time for Porsche lapping the track in 3m17.159s, which stands 2.468s behind Kobayashi’s pole time. Meanwhile, car No. 2 finished eight tenths of a second down on Jani in the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Car no. 2, however, was out of action for the final session, when Brendon Hartley slowed and eventually came to a halt, as a precaution taken due to rising oil temperatures. Neither Porsches could improve upon previous times, and will now start in the second row on the grid in the third and fourth place respectively.

The third Toyota on the grid, no. 9 driven by Nicolas Lapierre will start fifth in the race, after clocking a time of 3m18.625s.

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The LMP2 class saw G-Drive Racing take the pole and will start 7th on the grid

In the LMP2 class, one of the most competitive at Le Mans, the top spot went to the G-Drive Racing Oreca driven by Pierre Thiriet with teammates Alex Lynn and Roman Rusinov. The team will start seventh overall on the grid. Roberto Gonzalez of the CEFC Manor TRS Racing team was second in class and will start eighth overall on the grid. Jackie Chan DC Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung took third in class and is set to start ninth overall on the grid.

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Aston Martin Racing snatched the lead from Porsche to take the pole GTE Pro Class

The GTE Pro Class was quite a heated battle with Aston Martin Racing team stepping up and claiming pole. Teammates Daren Turner, Jonny Adam and Daniel Serra showed some stellar performance, overtaking Porsche, who seemed confident to claim the pole in the initial laps. Meanwhile, James Calado driving No. 51 AF Corse took second in class, while the other Aston Martin Racing car driven by Nicki Thiim took third position. The top three positions in the GTE Pro Class will start 32nd, 33rd and 34 respectively in the final race tomorrow.

60 cars over four classes will be starting the 24 Hours of Le Mans race on Saturday.

iPhone 8 Front and Back Panel Leaked Images Reveal Bezel-Less Design

IPhone 8 renders have been leaked on multiple occasions, but now the device’s individual parts are now cropping up online. These arrive just at the time when mass production of the iPhone 8 has reportedly begun. The latest iPhone 8 leaks show us the front and back panel, the camera ring at the back, and even the metal frame of the upcoming Apple flagship.

A Reddit user named Kamikasky has posted front and back panel images of the iPhone 8, showing design iterations. He claims to have gotten hold of these from an industry source, who got it from the Chinese manufacturers directly. The leak shows that the iPhone 8 has a glass back, with the Apple logo and the vertical dual camera setup at the back. There is no cut out for the fingerprint scanner on the back panel, fortunately. The camera ring has also been leaked, and it shows places for two sensors, with the flash sitting in between the two.

At the front, there is no cut-out for a Home Button either, pretty much cementing the rumours that the iPhone 8 fingerprint sensor will be embedded into the display. Apart from the upper lip bezel for the front camera, speaker, and sensors, the bezels on the remaining three sides have been pushed back to give the front panel a nearly bezel-less look. The tipster has also leaked images of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus back covers, showing glass frames, indicating that wireless charging is coming to all three iPhones.

iPhone 8 Front and Back Panel Leaked Images Reveal Bezel-Less Design

Separately, the iPhone 8 metal frame has been leaked by SlashLeaks as well, giving us an idea of how the components will be placed inside the phone. The frame is compared alongside the iPhone 6 case as well, indicating that the iPhone 8 will be a little taller and wider than the older variant. Apart from this, there is little else that the frame reveals.
The iPhone 8 is also expected to be powered by the A11 chip, feature an OLED panel, have a 3D front camera, and sport some AR features as well. While some report of a delay in launch, some reports claim that the iPhone 8 is on schedule and will launch in September.


Moto E4, Moto E4 Plus With Android 7.1 Nougat, Fingerprint Scanner, Front Flash Launched

After a series of leaks, Lenovo has finally made the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus smartphones official in US and other countries. Both the smartphones offer the latest Android software, fingerprint scanning sensor, and front flash support. The Moto E4 is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,300) while the Moto E4 Plus starts at $179.99.

Design wise, both the smartphones sport a metal back with a circular camera frame and antenna lines. There is a Motorola batwing logo and a speaker grille also situated at the back of the smartphone. The devices have a Home Button in the front with the fingerprint sensor packed underneath, and the volume and power keys are both situated on the right edge of the smartphones. The 3.5mm audio jack is seen residing on top and both the smartphones also have a water repellent coating.

Moto E4 specifications
Coming to the specifications, the Moto E4 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with a single-SIM slot (Nano). It sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 processor or a Snapdragon 427 processor (depending upon the carrier in the US) paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of internal storage option with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot. Ahead of the launch, Lenovo had told Gadgets 360 that the phone will be powered by the MediaTek MTK6737M chipset outside of North America.

Moto E4, Moto E4 Plus With Android 7.1 Nougat, Fingerprint Scanner, Front Flash Launched

As for the optics, the Moto E4 has an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, and single-LED flash support. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, fixed focus, single-LED flash, and a beautification mode for better selfies. It packs a 2800mAh removable battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11n, Micro USB port, GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, and 4G support. The dimensions are at144.5×72 x9.3mm, and the smartphone weighs 150 grams. Sensors on board include proximity, light, accelerometer, and magnetometer. In the US, it will be available in Liquorice Black, and Fine Gold colour variants.

Moto E4 Plus specifications
The Moto E4 Plus has a slightly bigger 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It will be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 427 SoC in the US, and MediaTek MTK6737M chipset outside of North America. Apart from the 2GB/16GB variant, it has an additional 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant as well. The rear camera is bumped up to 13-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and single-LED flash support. The biggest USP of the Moto E4 Plus is 5000mAh non-removable battery that supports fast charging as well. The dimensions measure at 155×77.5×9.55mm, and the smartphone weighs 181 grams. In the US, the Moto E4 Plus will be available in Iron Gray and Fine Gold colour options. All the other specifications are identical to the Moto E4.