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    Default HP unveils two convertible laptops, HP Elite Wireless Earbuds at CES

    HP announced a number of devices at CES 2021, all geared toward the people that need to work from home during the current pandemic. Starting off with the two new additions to HP's Dragonfly convertible lineup. The HP Elite Dragonfly G2 and Elite Dragonfly Max are both lightweight, can convert into a tablet and offer 13.3-inch screens, Intel 11th Gen processors, optional 5G and 4G LTE support and Tile tracking technology built in. The HP Elite Dragonfly Max has a 1080p display (the non-Max is configurable up to 4K), a 5MP webcam with IR sensor, four wide-array microphones and the...


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    Motorola Edge S teased to launch soon with Snapdragon 800 series chipset
    Last year Motorola finally made a return to the flagship game with its Moto Edge+ and we now have confirmation that a new flagship powered by a Snapdragon 800 series chipset is on the way. Chen Jin who serves as the General Manager of Lenovo China’s Mobile phone business teased the upcoming Edge S via his Weibo account, confirming the flagship is coming soon and will be powered by a Snapdragon 8XX chipset which could be the Snapdragon 888 though it is still possible to be last year's 865 instead. Weibo teaser We haven’t heard much so far on this device though it's possible this is...


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    Black Shark 4 confirmed, will have 120W fast-charging
    Black Shark will launch its next gaming phone soon, the brand CEO confirmed on his Weibo profile. It will be called Black Shark 4 and will have 120W fast charging out of the box. The executive also revealed the battery capacity will be 4,500 mAh and it will go from flat to full in under 15 minutes. The official Black Shark 4 poster That would be some improvement over the first Xiaomi phone to use 120W charging. During our test the Mi 10 Ultra got to a full charge in 26 minutes, which is still very impressive, even if falling short from the promised 23 minutes. Perhaps the improved...


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    OnePlus Band is official with color display, 14 days battery life
    OnePlus is the latest company joining the world of wearables with the OnePlus Band - an affordable smart band with heart rate and SpO2 sensors, color display, long battery life, and plenty of sports modes. The OnePlus Band comes with a 1.1” AMOLED display with touch controls - there are no physical buttons on the device. The resolution of the screen is 126x294 pixels and you get dozens of customization options. There are 37 different watch faces (with five being stored on the device), and some can be tweaked further. The device is extremely light - the tracker is 10.3 grams, the...


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    OnePlus Band review
    The OnePlus Band is the company's first foray into the popular wearables segment. Launched exclusively in India, the new OnePlus Band is an affordable fitness tracker that helps you keep track of your workouts, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, sleep patterns, and notifications. The OnePlus Band comes in a single model — W101N — with a removable strap design. The dimensions are quite similar to other fitness trackers on the market, measuring 40.4 x 17.6 x 11.95mm for the fitness tracker and the strap taking the width up to 21mm. It weighs 22.6g with the strap, which can be barely...


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    Honor Band 6 goes global, Intel-powered MagicBook Pro tags along
    Honor has added two products to its global portfolio today with the Honor Band 6 and Honor MagicBook Pro with an Intel processor. Both devices will start appearing on store shelves near you soon. The Honor Band 6 was initially introduced in early November with a 1.47” rectangular AMOLED screen, and a 2.5D curved glass on top. The wearable has five health monitoring features (SpO2, Heart rate, Sleep, Stress, Female Cycle Tracker) and ten workout modes with six of those detected automatically. Honor is launching the Band 6 without NFC around the world and will be priced around...


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    Top 10 trending phones of week 1
    The Mi 11 maintains its record of having lead our trending chart for every day of 2021 so far and more announcements made sure Xiaomi properly dominates the top 10. The Mi 10i slid in second, while the Redmi 9T and Redmi Note 9T 5G got third and fourth, despite only debuting on friday. In fifth we have the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which will be looking to place higher up next week once it goes official. Two more Samsung phones follow - the Galaxy A12 and Galaxy A51 take sixth and seventh, respectively. The final three positions have two more Xiaomi made phones with the Redmi Note 9...


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    Week 1 in review: A host of new releases in the low-to-midrange, Galaxy S21 launch nearing
    Welcome to another week's recap. With the approaching announcement of the Galaxy S21 family, there were inevitably a bunch of stories related to that. A set of case renders attempted to answer how the S Pen will attach to the S21 Ultra, raising more questions in the process, while a leaked infographic detailed the new cameras. A source claimed there won't be a microSD slot on the non-Ultras, another unfortunate development. Most importantly, however, Samsung set the Unpacked date, officially. The high-end Galaxies are yet to go live, but we did get a bunch of new announcements this week to...


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    Flashback: the LG KE850 Prada had the first capacitive touchscreen, not the iPhone
    Many think that the iPhone was the first phone with a capacitive touchscreen, but that’s not the case – the LG KE850 Prada was announced a month earlier (December 15, 2006) compared to Apple’s unveiling at the Macworld Expo (January 9, 2007). Sales of the KE850 started in May of 2007 at a price of €600 while the iPhone first became available in June. The design of the phone was a collaboration between LG and fashion brand Prada, which lent its name to the final product. The phone was even bundled with a swanky leather case, which underlined its status as a piece of...


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    Weekly poll results: Xiaomi Mi 11 gets mostly warm reception, but many are waiting for the Pro
    You get a lot of attention for being first and in the case of the Xiaomi Mi 11 it is positive attention. Nearly half the voters in last week’s poll would buy one if the phone gets good reviews. Even without reviews, 24% are feeling optimistic about the phone and will buy one as soon as it one is available near them. Those waiting on the reviews are curious about the chipset – the Snapdragon 888 may be the first chip with ARM’s power core, the Cortex-X1, but some are concerned about sustained performance. The phone topped the AnTuTu charts, for what that's worth. Another complaint is...


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    Weekly poll: picking the perfect display (refresh rate, resolution, curved or flat)
    Samsung never enabled 120Hz mode at 1440p+ resolution for the Galaxy S20 family, despite what some early rumors claimed. This year it’s looking like the new LTPO panel on the Galaxy S21 Ultra will finally enable 120Hz at the top resolution. The two vanilla S21 will get 1080p+ displays side-stepping the issue. All of this is just rumors for now, of course, the official announcement isn’t until next week. But while we wait we wanted to ask which do you prefer – resolution or refresh rate? A 1080p+ high refresh rate (HRR) display and a high resolution one? You can’t have both as a 4K 144 Hz...


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    Xiaomi Redmi 8, 8A and 7A are receiving MIUI 12
    Xiaomi is well-known for updating its devices for many a year, even its older, less expensive ones. Despite not seeding the latest Android version, Xiaomi devices often get most of the features that the next-generation MIUI brings. Now, the latest phones to receive Xiaomi's MIUI 12 are the Redmi 8, 8A and 7A. The Redmi 8's MIUI 12 update has been delivered for the Global, EEA and Russian variants, while the 8A's update has been pushed to Chinese and EEA units. The firmwares are in their so-called Stable Beta stages except for the global Redmi 8, which is getting the final and stable...


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    Lypertek Tevi review
    Lypertek is a small Chinese manufacturer of personal audio products. Last month, we reviewed the Lypertek Levi, the company's latest TWS earbuds at an affordable price. The Levi offered great performance for the price and quickly became one of our favorites in their price category. Today, however, I am checking out the product that put the company on the map. The Lypertek Tevi are the popular TWS earbuds that received a ton of critical acclaim since their release. The Tevi feature graphene drivers, along with features such as aptX TWS+ and IPX7 rating for water-resistance. They...


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    Sony introduces two new wireless speakers with 360 Reality Audio
    Sony has announced two new wireless speaker systems, the SRS-RA5000 and the SRS-RA3000. Both speakers are designed with providing a room-filling sound in an indoor setting and feature Sony's proprietary 360 Reality Audio feature. The more expensive of the two, the RA5000 has seven speaker system with three up-firing drivers, three front-facing drivers and an internal woofer. The up and side-firing design creates a uniform sphere of sound around the speaker regardless of its position around the room. The RA5000 also has a manual sound calibration feature, which lets it tune its...


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    Apple iPhone 13 to retain design, but be thicker and with smaller notch
    It's 2021 and we guess it's time to talk about the next generation of iPhones. Supposedly called iPhone 13, the first report this year suggests that the two Pro models will have 120Hz OLED panels from Samsung. Today's info, however, is all about the design. According to the Japanese blog MacOtakara, the iPhone 13 lineup will retain the iPhone 12's chassis with the flat edges, but will be approximately 0.26mm thicker and will reduce the size of the notch thanks to a position change of the top receiver. Additionally, the camera bump will be just as thick with a small change to the...


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    Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup's marketing renders surface ahead of announcement
    The Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup will be unveiled on January 14 and ahead of the announcement, official marketing renders of the S21 series have surfaced, which don't reveal anything new but corroborate previous design leaks. The S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra will all pack punch hole displays, but the vanilla and Plus variants will come with triple camera setups, whereas the Ultra model will feature a quad rear camera (fifth circle houses Laser AF unit). While Samsung hasn't divulged much about the S21 lineup, previous leaks have left little to the imagination since we know what the trio...


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    vivo shares its FuntouchOS 11 release schedule for India
    While vivo is running an open beta of its new OriginOS, which is supposed to replace FuntouchOS, the manufacturer will be kicking off FuntouchOS 11 based on Android 11 beta program for a couple of its devices in India. The vivo V20 debuted with the stable version of the said software while the V20 Pro 5G's version of the OS has been bumped up shortly after its release. Starting from the end of January, V19 and X50 owners can get a taste of FuntouchOS 11, while V17, V17 Pro, V15 Pro and S1 users will be getting the OTA update starting March. S1 Pro, Z1x and Z1Pro start receiving it in...


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    Samsung to introduce a plethora of ISOCELL sensors, 200MP included
    According to one of the most reliable Samsung tipsters, the Korean tech giant plans to introduce plenty of new ISOCELL camera sensors this year and a 200MP one will likely come around very soon. While we are still far away from a 600MP sensor, Samsung thinks that we are ready to make the jump to 200MP as early as this year. Sadly, there are no details surrounding the rumor, so we would have to take IceUniverse's word for it. And we don't really know any of the upcoming camera's specs too such as pixels size, sensor size, etc. However, a report from April last year suggested that...


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    vivo V2035 passes through Geekbench revealing key specs
    The vivo V2035 spotted on FCC last month has appeared on Geekbench with Android 11 and 8GB RAM. Its motherboard is listed as "bengal", which is associated with Snapdragon 662 or Snapdragon 460. The benchmark database doesn't divulge any other specs of the V2035, but FCC revealed the smartphone will pack a 5,000 mAh battery and come with 18W charging. It will also come with a dual-SIM slot and support 4G networks. The marketing name and the rest of the specs of vivo V2035 are currently unknown, but more details about it should surface soon. Source | Via


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    Samsung Galaxy A32 5G appears in colorful press renders
    We already know what the unannounced Samsung Galaxy A32 5G looks like, thanks to the CAD renders that surfaced last November. Today we are looking at a bunch of official press renders leaked by WinFuture, which corroborate previous design leaks and reveal the A32 5G will come in at least four colors. The Galaxy A32 5G will pack an Infinity-V display, which is rumored to measure 6.5" diagonally. The rear panel of the phone, made of plastic, is home to a quad camera setup. The primary shooter reportedly uses a 48MP sensor, with the rest said to be ultrawide, depth, and macro...


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    Default Samsung Galaxy S21 series vs Galaxy S20 series - the upgrades detailed

    Samsung introduced its Galaxy S21 lineup earlier this week - a vanilla Galaxy S21, a plus model that provides largely the same internals in a larger package and the Ultra that has a strong claim for the throne of the ultimate cameraphone. We already compared the three new phones, but now it's time to look at the upgrades they bring over the outgoing Galaxy S20 family. div.upgradeprice { display: table; width: calc(100% - 10px); margin-bottom: 20px; padding-left: 10px; border: 1px solid #ccc; border-left: none; border-right: none; } .review-body...


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    Asus ROG Phone 4 tipped to pack 6,000 mAh battery
    Asus began its ROG Phone 4 teaser campaign a few days ago by sharing a poster on its official Weibo account. The Taiwanese company hasn't divulged anything about the smartphone yet, but reliable tipster Digital Chat Station has revealed the ROG Phone 4 will pack a dual-cell 6,000 mAh battery and feature 60W or 65W charging. ROG Phone 2 (left) and ROG Phone 3 (right) An Asus device with model designation I005DA - believed to be the ROG Phone 4 - has been certified by China's 3C with 65W charging and 5G connectivity. The same device was also spotted on Geekbench last month with Android...


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    Poco M3 is coming to Indonesia on January 21
    The Poco M3 introduced last November will debut in Indonesia on January 21. The event will begin at 7:30PM local time and will be streamed live on YouTube. The New Entry Level Killer bakal hadir! #POCOM3 akan memberikan sesuatu yang berbeda di kelas entry-level dan siap untuk menggebrak pasar! Pastiin lo tonton peluncurannya tgl 21 Januari 2021 pukul 19.30 WIB #EntryLevelKillerBookmark link peluncurannya : https://t.co/VsjQxMcddw pic.twitter.com/JMW05FFiam— POCO Indonesia (@POCO_ID) January 16, 2021 The Poco M3 is powered by the Snapdragon 662 SoC, boots Android 10-based MIUI 12, and...


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    iPhone 13 might feature in-display fingerprint scanner, foldable iPhone in the works
    The iPhone 13 arriving later this year will not come with major changes but it might have an in-display fingerprint scanner in tow since Apple has started testing it as a key upgrade for 2021, reports Bloomberg. Starting with iPhone X, all iPhones except the iPhone SE (2020) came without the Touch ID fingerprint reader and used Face ID facial recognition for biometric authentication. However, Face ID has turned out to be a less practical solution amidst the ongoing pandemic since the technology often fails to unlock the phone when the user is wearing a mask. So you either have to pull...


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    Samsung Galaxy M62 gets FCC certified with 7,000 mAh battery
    A Samsung device bearing model designation SM-M62F/DS and believed to be the Galaxy M62 has bagged FCC certification, revealing a 7,000 mAh battery in the process. Additionally, FCC revealed that SM-M62F/DS will ship with a 25W charger and feature a USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The documents on the US regulator's website also include model code SM-E625F/DS, which is rumored to be the Galaxy F62, meaning we'll likely see Samsung sell the same device with different names in different markets. FCC didn't detail the specs of the device, but thanks to Geekbench, we know the...


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    Honor V40 5G appears in hands-on video, launch postponed to January 22
    Last week Honor said it will unveil the V40 5G on January 18 in China, but now the company has announced the phone will be introduced on January 22 instead. Honor cites conference venue and equipment related issues for the delay, but it has promised to begin the sales of V40 5G on January 22 at noon local time. Honor V40 5G will be introduced on January 22 The Chinese phone maker hasn't detailed the specs of the V40 5G yet, however, it shared posters confirming curved screen with a pill-shaped hole for the dual camera and a rectangular camera island on the back. This camera...


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    WhatsApp moves forward the date to accept its new terms to May 15
    WhatsApp has announced that it is moving forward the date to accept its new terms and conditions to May 15. The previous date for this was February 8. The company says this is due to all the confusion and misinformation around their latest update and that they are going to use the time to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. They will then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before May 15. Thank you to everyone who’s reached out. We're still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @WhatsApp...


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    Xiaomi denies any ties to the Chinese military in response to being blacklisted by the US
    Yesterday the US government designated Xiaomi a "Communist Chinese military company", putting it on a blacklist that means US companies and investors are going to be prohibited from investing in Xiaomi (and those who already have are to divest by November of this year). This, mind you, is not the same 'blacklisting' that destroyed Huawei's smartphone market share worldwide, that's a much more complex ban on any US companies, or even companies using US technology, doing business with Huawei. Today Xiaomi has issued the following statement on the matter: The company has been in...


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    LG isn't giving up on smartphones
    A recent report from Korean publication The Elec announced a dramatic development in tow for next week, namely that LG would announce its exit from the smartphone market. LG begs to differ, however. According to the company's global communicator for consumer tech, Ken Hong, all of this is "completely false and without merit. I won't even justify that rumor with a statement". Which is ironic, because a statement is exactly what this seems to be. Anyway, in case you were afraid that the mobile world would lose LG, rest assured, that's not the case. The company is working on an...


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    Sony seeding stable Android 11 to Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 units
    Last month Sony brought Android 11 to its Xperia 1 II and now the update has made its way to the 2019 Sony flagships – the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. The new firmware is already seeding in Russia and South East Asia with the same 55.2.A.0.630 build number for both units and weighs in at around 912MB. Android 11 update for Sony Xperia 1 This update comes a month earlier than what Sony had originally revealed in its Android 11 roadmap which is good to see. Users should be getting the standard Android 11 additions like chat bubbles, overhauled notifications management and one-time...


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    Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 gets new Rose Gold colorway and major software update
    Samsung did not announce a new smartwatch at its Galaxy Unpacked event yesterday but its 40mm Galaxy Watch Active2 did get a new Rose Gold color option with a purple strap to match the new S21 series Phantom Violet colorway. In addition to that, Samsung has begun seeding a big new software update for all Watch Active2 units. The new firmware brings an onboard Samsung Health app, faster automatic workout detection and home training fitness programs among others. Another new addition is SmartThings Find which helps you locate the watch if it's ever misplaced. Update...


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    Xiaomi releases a list of 27 devices scheduled to get MIUI 12.5
    Xiaomi introduced the successor of the MIUI 12 last month, called MIUI 12.5. While it looks like a minor update, the company actually had redone the whole package from within to lower power and memory consumption of the core apps. The company promised “more than a dozen smartphones” will be eligible for the first closed beta, and now it has officially posted the full list of eligible devices. Here it is: Xiaomi Mi 11 Xiaomi Mi 10 Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Xiaomi Mi 9 Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G Xiaomi Mi...


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    Samsung details the ISOCELL HM3 - the 108 MP sensor used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra
    The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G introduces the newest 108MP sensor from the company. ISOCELL HM3 features several enhancements over the HM1 (which was used in the S20 Ultra and Note20 Ultra). This includes improved HDR, low light and autofocus performance. Smart ISO Pro is an HDR technology that captures one high ISO and one low ISO shot simultaneously. As both are captured at the same time, this avoids the ghosting of moving objects that is a problem for sequential HDR. Then the two shots are combined into a single 12-bit image. That’s 12-bits per channel, meaning the RAW image...


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    Samsung opens Galaxy S21 pre-orders worldwide
    If you’re interested in scooping up a brand new Galaxy S21 series phone, you can now place your pre-order. We’ve gathered pricing details for the base variants of all three models for you. The devices will ship in most regions on January 29 though if you pick up one of the exclusive made to order colors it will take an extra 3-5 weeks. As usual, Samsung is bundling freebies with pre-orders up until January 28 which vary by region. In the US, Galaxy S21 and S21+ buyers get up to $200 Samsung Credit to spend on accessories of their choice alongside a free Galaxy SmartTag. German, French...


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    iQOO 7 units worth CNY 200 million sold in first sale, update brings 1,000Hz touch sampling rate
    The iQOO 7 unveiled earlier this week went on its first sale today and iQOO announced it sold units worth more than CNY200 million, which translates to about $30.9 million. The iQOO 7 comes in two memory configurations - 8GB/128GB priced at CNY3,798 ($585/€485) and 12GB/256GB priced at CNY4,198 ($650/€535). The phone maker didn't reveal the number of units it sold today, but assuming most people purchased the base model, more than 50,000 were moved. The iQOO 7 is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, sports a 48MP triple camera, and packs a 4,000 mAh battery with 120W charging. The...


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    Samsung unveils new S Pen Pro, announces support for third-party styluses
    Something important almost got lost in the fireworks of the Galaxy S21 unveiling – Samsung is launching two new S Pens, including a Pro model. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G supports both, in fact, you can use any current or old S Pen (so if you have an old Note laying around, you can use its stylus). The new S Pen is lager in all dimensions, making it more comfortable. This is made possible since the stylus doesn’t have to fit inside a thin phone, instead it is attached to the side of select cases. We should point out that this is a passive stylus (as in there’s no battery...


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    Kuo: 2021 MacBook Pros will scrap Touch Bar, bring new design and MagSafe connector
    Last month noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gave out confirmation that Apple’s upcoming 2021 MacBook Air and 13” MacBook Pro will debut with mini LED displays and M1 chipsets. Today we get more details on the all-new 14” and 16” MacBook Pros which are said to bring major redesigns. Kuo shares that the new top-end models will feature a squarer cut design on the top and bottom halves which is a natural evolution of the 2018 iPad Pro and iPhone 12 industrial design. In addition, both models are said to bring back Apple’s MagSafe charging connector which was last seen on Mac laptops back...


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    Oppo A93 5G announced with Snapdragon 480 and 90Hz screen
    Oppo announced the A93 last year with a Helio P95 SoC, and today the company followed it up with a 5G variant. The Oppo A93 5G is powered by the brand new Snapdragon 480 SoC, boots Android 11-based ColorOS 11.1, and has two memory options - 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB. It also comes with a microSD card slot that allows addition of another 256GB of storage. The Oppo A93 5G is built around a 6.5" FullHD+ 90Hz LCD that has a touch sampling rate of 180Hz and a punch hole for the 8MP selfie camera. Around the back, you get three cameras aligned vertically in the top-left corner. This camera system...


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    Xiaomi foldable phone prototype leaks in spy photos
    Samsung, Huawei and Motorola are already into the market for foldables, and it's only a matter of time before more companies join. Xiaomi looks to be making steady progress in that direction as a Galaxy Fold-like phone with MIUI 12 onboard has been spotted in spy shots in the Chinese subway, wrapped in what looks like a pre-production design-concealing case. We are unsure of the state of the unit pictured, but if it's ready to be taken out in the wild than it's probably nearing the end of its development. Xiaomi foldable phone The image can only tell us this device runs...


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    vivo X60 Pro+ is coming on January 21
    vivo introduced the X60 and X60 Pro at the end of last month and promised to launch a Pro+ model soon. Today, the company announced it will unveil the X60 Pro+ on January 21 in China at 7:30PM local time. vivo hasn't detailed the specs of the X60 Pro+ yet, but a Chinese retailer released posters teasing Snapdragon 888 SoC, advanced quad camera, ZEISS optics, impressive low-light camera performance, and high quality audio on the Pro+. vivo X60 Pro+ render The vivo X60 Pro+, sporting model code V2056A, got 3C certified earlier this month, revealing 55W charging in the process....


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    Default Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G's One UI 3.1 update rolling out again

    Samsung released One UI 3.1 update for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G (SM-G781B) in over a dozen European countries last week, but the rollout was halted shortly after. Samsung didn't release an official statement revealing the reasons for pulling the update, but the good news is it has now resumed the rollout of One UI 3.1 for S20 FE 5G. The update requires a download of over 1.7GB and carries the same version number as before - G781BXXU2CUB5. It is seeding in Europe as of writing this and if you haven't received it on your device yet, you can check for it manually by navigating to the Settings >...


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    nubia Red Magic 6 is coming on March 4
    Chinese phone maker nubia's been teasing the Red Magic 6 since last year, and today, the company VP Mr. Ni Fei confirmed that Red Magic 6 will be unveiled on March 4 in China - the same day Realme is launching the GT 5G. However, Realme's launch event will begin at 2PM China time, whereas nubia's will start at 7PM. In his Weibo post, Mr. Fei said the Red Magic 6 will come with the four fastest technologies (machine translated from Chinese). The poster he shared also includes four icons below the racing car, which likely depict an HRR screen, fast charging, better touch response, and a...


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    vivo iQOO Neo5 appears in 3C certification and live photo with "just" 66W fast charging
    One of the more-exciting bits about the upcoming vivo iQOO Neo5, as suggested by earlier rumors, was definitely the prospect of 88W wired charging, potentially even backed-up by 66W of wireless on a more budget-friendly device, said to sell between CNY2,998 and CNY3,598 (around $464 and $572). Unfortunately, a new 3C rectification listing, as well as a live photo of the phone's charger seem to put that to rest. 3C certification Apparently, some numbers originally got mixed-up since 3C's data clearly indicated that the iQOO Neo5, also known by its V2055A model number, will be...


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    Redmi Note 10 Pro Max said to join the vanilla Note 10 and Note 10 Pro at March 4 launch
    Xiaomi has managed to keep a surprisingly tight lid on Redmi Note 10 details thus far. As far as official info goes, we know that the announcement date is set for March 4 and we have a short and basic list of some things to expect. Notably - Gorilla Glass protection, IP52 rating, and at least on one of the models - a flat display, with a punch hole selfie, a curved back and a side-mounted fingerprint reader. As per some new industry insider info, we now believe that the Redmi Note 10 series will include at least a trio of devices - the vanilla model, which is likely the one on the...


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    Redmi K40 banners reveal the series will feature 120Hz Samsung E4 material OLED panels
    As we draw closer and closer to Xiaomi's February 25 unveiling event for the Redmi K40 series of devices, more and more official posters are popping-up online to serve as nifty little teasers. Yesterday we got a close-up look at the AI triple camera setup on the back of what we can only assume will be the Redmi K40 Pro. Today brings another official poster, this time revealing that the K40 family uses Samsung's new E4 material OLED panels. Redmi K40 banner For those of you wondering exactly what this means, simply-put, E4 denotes a new generation of materials Samsung is using to...


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    Realme Narzo 30A key specs revealed by Geekbench
    Realme is set to introduce the Buds Air 2 TWS earphones, Narzo 30A, and Narzo 30 Pro on February 24. The company has already confirmed the Narzo 30 Pro will be powered by the Dimensity 800U SoC but didn't reveal what chipset the Narzo 30A will have under the hood. However, thanks to Geekbench, we now know the Narzo 30A will come with the Helio G85 SoC - the same chip that powers the Narzo 20, sold as Realme 7i in Europe. The benchmark database also reveals that Narzo 30A (RMX3171) will run Android 10 out of the box and have 4GB RAM onboard. Although there could be other memory options as...


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    Realme GT 5G tipped to come in Bumblebee leather variant, AnTuTu confirms 120Hz screen
    The Realme GT 5G is coming on March 4, which the company today confirmed will pack a Snapdragon 888 SoC, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage. Realme confirms SD888, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage on GT 5G While Realme hasn't detailed the GT 5G's specs, its VP Mr. Xu Qi Chase posted a screenshot of the phone's AnTuTu results on Weibo with a score of 770,221, which is about 35,000 more than what Qualcomm's reference device with Snapdragon 888 achieved. Realme GT 5G's AnTuTu results shared by Realme VP Mr. Xu Qi Chase However, soon after Mr. Chase shared the benchmark results,...


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    Deal: the Galaxy Note20 5G is a whopping £400 off in the UK
    The non-Ultra Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G was a very weird device when it launched last year, downgrading a lot of components compared to the Note20 Ultra 5G, but keeping the price very high, if not quite as high as that model. We're not sure how many people have, in the UK for example, chosen to shell out a whopping £949, which is what the initial price for the Note20 5G was. If you aren't one of those people, but still would consider the Note20 if it was cheaper, well then here's the deal of the year for you. Right now, you can pick up a brand new and unlocked Note20 5G for a mere £549.17...


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    WhatsApp explains what happens to people who won't agree to its privacy changes
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    Default Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G's One UI 3.1 update rolling out again

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    Default Samsung is indeed working on a Wear OS smartwatch, new evidence sugges

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    The 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy A32 became official late last month, and the device is now on its way to India. The official launch in the subcontinent is rumored to happen on March 5. If you were waiting for this one and wondering how much it would cost in India, a usually reliable tipster has shared this information today. The version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will supposedly retail for INR 21,999 (that's approximately $300 or €248 at the current exchange rates). The phone has a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED touchscreen with 90 Hz refresh rate, a quad rear camera setup (64...


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    Samsung unveiled part of its 2021 TV line-up back in January, including micro-LED and Neo QLED offerings. Today’s Unbox & Discover event brought yet more models, including some for the artistic crowd and some for your back porch. micro-LED Samsung introduced its first micro-LED TV back in 2018 – the humongous 146” TV (or bigger, depending on the configuration) dubbed The Wall. Now that the technology has matured the company has prepared three models more suitable for your average home. Two micro-LED TVs – 110” and 99” – will launch globally at the end of March, followed by a smaller...


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    The Realme GT 5G will launch with the Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 out of the box
    The Realme GT will be unveiled on Thursday and it will launch with Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0. The latest version of the Realme software was announced in September with Dark mode, improved privacy features, productivity enhancements and more. Some of the company’s older models are being updated to version 2.0, here’s the roadmap. The Realme GT will launch with the Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 out of the box Realme UI 2.0 is good for old and new devices alike. According to the company’s own testing, it improves resource utilization by 45%, speeds up response times by 32% and...


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    New Samsung Galaxy A50s update brings Single Take, Night Hyperlapse and My Filters
    The Samsung Galaxy A50s, which launched in mid-2019 with Android 9, received the Android 10 update with One UI 2.0 a year ago then One UI 2.5 in November. Now there’s a new important update – this one focused on the camera. It’s currently rolling out in India and weighs a little over 200MB. Samsung Galaxy A50s is a new firmware version (A507FNXXU5CUB3) There are three major improvements: 1) Single Take, 2) Night Hyperlapse and 3) My Filter. Single Take automatically captures multiple photos (wide, cropped, portrait, etc.) and even videos with a single tap of the shutter button....


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    Oppo Reno5 Z gets FCC certified with 4,300 mAh battery
    An unknown Oppo smartphone sporting model code CPH2211 and believed to be the Reno5 Z bagged Bluetooth certification yesterday. The same device has now been certified by the USA's FCC, moving it a step closer to the launch. Oppo Reno4 Z 5G The US certifying authority reveals that the smartphone will run Android 11-based ColorOS 11.1 out of the box and pack a 4,310 mAh battery, which will charge at up to 30W with the bundled charger. The CPH2211 will support 5G networks, and a schematic of the smartphone included in the listing reveals it will feature three cameras on the rear...


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    Default Chinese carmaker Arcfox will launch luxury EV powered by Huawei’s Harm

    Arcfox is announcing a new luxury EV model that equips tech and equipment made by Huawei. The Huawei HI system combines its smart HiCar smart display with lidar technology and 5G connectivity to provide level-3 autonomous driving. The following is a teaser posted about the upcoming vehicle launch.The Arcfox Alpha S HBT (the HBT stands for Huawei Bluepark Together) is the first vehicle to ever get Huawei’s HI solution for self-driving EVs. According to a WeChat post made by BAIC Blue Park New Energy Technology, Arcfox’s owning company, the self-driving capabilities of the vehicle...


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    vivo V21 5G certified in Indonesia ahead of launch
    The vivo V20 launched last October and apparently the Chinese company is already hard at work on its successor, the V21 5G. As the name implies, this one will support 5G networks, whereas the V20 was 4G only.The V21 5G was certified in Indonesia with model number V2050. The launch could now be just around the corner. Since the V20 used a 7-series Snapdragon chipset, perhaps the V21 will do the same, in which case expect to see either the 765G or the 780G.vivo V20According to recent rumors, we'll also see an upgraded camera setup on the V21 compared to its predecessor, which...


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    Lenovo Legion Duel 2 snaps in three parts in bend test
    Remember the Asus ROG Phone 5 and how it snapped in half when subjected to the traditional bend test? Perhaps you had higher hopes for Lenovo's just announced Legion Duel 2. Will this one be the 2021 gaming phone that's not only very gaming-y, but can also withstand a serious bend?Sorry, but no. The Legion Duel 2 unfortunately is similar to the ROG Phone 5 in that it can't take a bend. YouTuber Zack from JerryRigEverything proves it in the video below.Everything starts off as you'd expect, the screen glass is nothing out of the ordinary, scratching at level 6 on the Mohs hardness...


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    Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ brings UWB support and AR visual guidance
    Back in February, Samsung announced its Galaxy SmartTag trackers alongside the Galaxy S21 lineup. We’ve already reviewed the more affordable Bluetooth-only Galaxy SmartTag and now Samsung is finally launching the GalaxyTag+ which brings Ultrawide Band (UWB) support to the mix.The SmartTag+ features the same basic design as the regular Galaxy Tag but comes in only two color options - black and grey. The added UWB chip allows users to track their belongings with greater accuracy compared to Bluetooth. SmartTag+ can also leverage both UWB and Bluetooth for AR tracking which guides you to...


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    Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel 2 brings double charge ports, two fans and flagship specs
    Following last year’s Legion Duel gaming phone, Lenovo is here with a successor called the Legion Duel 2. The standout features here come in pairs - dual charging ports, dual cooling fans, two linear motors for haptics and two pairs of ultrasonic shoulder triggers. The side-mounted pop-up selfie camera is here again but with a 44MP Samsung sensor this time around.The AMOLED display has grown to 6.92-inches while keeping the 144Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support of its predecessor. Resolution is still capped at FHD+ (2460 x 1080) to be more precise. The panel now supports a peak...


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    Nokia Lite Earbuds have 36-hour battery life, HMD announces 5G MVNO for the UK
    The focus today was on new phones – HMD launched no less than 6 new models – but it also had time to introduce a new TWS headset and to unveil its new service, an MVNO to complement the HMD Connect roaming service from last year.Nokia Lite EarbudsThe Nokia Lite Earbuds is a TWS headset – here the lite refers more to the sleek, pocketable design than the price. Not that these are expensive, they will be available from mid-April at a price of €75.The Nokia Lite Earbuds have enough battery for 36 hours of total listening timeEach bud has enough battery lite for 6 hours of...


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    Nokia G20 and G10 unveiled with large batteries, Android Go-powered Nokia C20 and C10 join in
    Besides the 5G-enabled X-series, HMD also unveiled four entry-level Nokia phones – two G phones with full Android 11 and two C phones with Android 11 Go Edition. It’s important to note that the G-series will receive OS updates for two years.Nokia G20 and G10Both models are quite similar, though the Nokia G20 is the clear favorite if you care about the camera. It has a 48MP main module, combined with a 5MP ultrawide angle camera, plus an 8MP selfie camera (also on the back: 2MP macro and 2MP depth units). Save for the ZEISS optics, this is the exact same setup as the pricier X10...


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    Nokia X10 and X20 announced: 5G support and 3 years of software updates and warranty
    The Nokia X name has been associated with many different kinds of phones in the past – multimedia ones, a Microsoft-backed Android phone, then an HMD-made Android for China and now it is all about sustainable 5G smartphones.The new series debuts with two models, the Nokia X10 and X20. HMD has pledged full support for three years – this means three years of OS and security updates, but also three-year warranty. As part of HMD’s green initiative, the phones come with an included case that is 100% compostable.The two phones are nearly identical, differing mainly in the camera department....


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    Watch HMD announce a bunch of new Nokia phones live
    HMD Global is about to introduce its next batch of Nokia phones in a customary for our times online event. It starts at 2PM UTC and will be live-streamed on Nokia’s website.We've embedded the stream below and there's also a link at the end of this article if you prefer the follow the event on Nokia's website.When the event was announced, the company promised three new phones - Nokia G10, Nokia X10, and Nokia X20. The G series will be the entry-level lineup, while the X family will consist of midrangers. We also expect the Nokia C20 as an ultra-affordable smartphone,...


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    Huawei P50 prototype photos suggest entirely new camera design
    Huawei is expected to launch its P50 series in June with Harmony OS 2.0 out of the box. While we’ve seen renders of the Huawei P50 and Huawei P50 Pro with two big camera lenses, today we’ve received some images in our inbox that suggest something completely different.According to our anonymous tipster, this phone is part of the new P series, and looking at the curved edges, we would think it is the P50 Pro, however, the camera setup on the back lacks a periscope lens, meaning it could be the vanilla P50 as well.Alleged Huawei P50 prototypeThese is also a chance that the...


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    Samsung Galaxy Quantum2 - aka Galaxy A82 - leaks in detail
    The Galaxy A80 from 2019 was one of the more unique models in Samsung’s lineup, but it didn’t get a sequel – which may be about to change. Though it will be a sequel in name only, it’s really more of a followup to the Galaxy A Quantum than an A80-series model.In South Korea, this phone will be known as the Samsung Galaxy Quantum2 and will be exclusive to carrier SKT. The exciting part for the rest of the world is that (according to rumors) this hardware will be sold under the name Samsung Galaxy A82 globally.Samsung Galaxy Quantum2 (aka Galaxy A82) in its retail package for SK...


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    ZTE Axon 30 Ultra will feature three 64MP cameras
    ZTE will introduce the Axon 30 series smartphones on April 15, including the Axon 30 Pro already confirmed to sport three 64MP cameras. Today, the Chinese phone maker on Weibo announced that Axon 30 Pro will be joined by an Ultra model, which too will feature three 64MP shooters - primary, ultrawide, and portrait.A video teaser shared by ZTE reveals these 64MP units will be accompanied by a fourth module, which will use an 8MP sensor and a periscope lens. In a separate post, ZTE shared a video showing off the Axon 30 lineup's video stabilization. The company...


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    LG confirms up to three Android OS updates for premium smartphones
    At the start of this week, LG announced its exit from the smartphone business. Despite this, LG is now officially confirming that all of its premium smartphones released after 2019 will receive three Android OS updates. LG specifies the G and V series devices as well as its newer Velvet series and the Wing.This means the LG G8 series, LG V50, LG V60, the trio of LG Velvets and LG Wing are all in line for upgrades up to Android 13 as they all launched with Android 10. Midrangers like the LG Stylo 6 and certain LG K-series phones from 2020 will receive two OS updates so users can...


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    Realme C20, Realme C21, Realme C25 all arrive in India
    Realme held an event today, introducing three affordable phones to Indian fans - the Realme C20, Realme C21, and Realme C25. All three phones have been previously announced around the globe, but now they will sell in the Asian country for prices between INR6,999 and INR10,999 ($95-$150).Realme C20The Realme C20 arrives with a Helio G35 chipset and a 5,000 mAh battery. It has only one memory option - 2GB RAM + 32GB storage (expandable through a dedicated microSD slot) and only one camera on the back - an 8MP shooter with an f/2.0 lens.Realme India is offering the C20 in Cool...


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    Harmony OS 2.0 stable coming in June, Huawei P50 series delayed until then
    Huawei president of Consumer Business Group hosted a TEDx keynote in Shenzhen, China, revealing future plans for the company’s division of mobile and IoT devices. Dr. Wang Chenglu confirmed that “many devices” will be able to switch to Harmony OS 2.0 by June 2021.The executive expects 300 million smartphones, tablets, and other IoT devices to have the Harmony OS by the end of the calendar year.After the announcement a tipster shared on Huawei’s fan forum that the P50 flagship series will be postponed to June so it can become the Harmony pioneer. The flagships will launch alongside...


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    Google I/O 2021 is happening, will be virtual with free attendance
    The COVID-19 pandemic took away most in-person events in 2020, with Google canceling entirely its I/O developers conference. Thankfully, this year we’ll see Sundar Pichai on the scene, but it will be a virtual event. On the upside that means everyone will be able to attend.The event will take place from May 18-20. Registration has now open and we’ve provided a link at the end of this article.Google I/O 2021 will hold virtual keynotes and workshops focused on “company and product news”. You will have to register for instructor-led Q&A sessions and there will be AMA (Ask Me...


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    Realme GT Neo units worth CNY100 million sold in 10 seconds in first sale
    The Realme GT Neo introduced last week went on its first sale in China today, and Realme announced it sold units worth CNY100 million in 10 seconds across different sales channels, which translates to around $15 million at current exchange rates. However, Realme didn't reveal which model sold the most. The GT Neo comes in three memory variants - 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, and 12GB/256GB priced at CNY1,799 ($275/€230), CNY1,999 ($305/€255), and CNY2,299 ($350/€295), respectively.The Realme GT Neo is powered by the Dimensity 1200 SoC and boots Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 on top. The...


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    T-Mobile is giving you a free Samsung Galaxy A32 5G if you trade-in any old phone
    T-Mobile is talking a big 5G game today, announcing that it's giving anyone who trades in any old phone a free Samsung Galaxy A32 5G. The old phone has to be in working order, but it can be any phone - the press release even mentions you can trade in a Sidekick, flip phone, whatever.The "free" bit comes after 24 bill credits, so you will need to stick around for two years to benefit, and you still have to pay sales tax - but hey, it's almost free after all.The carrier also announced that it's upgrading all of its customers (including those previously on Sprint) who are on a...


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    Nokia 8.1 and Nokia 2.3 get Android 11
    HMD Global is now ready to extend the Android 11 update to two more of its past phones - the Nokia 8.1 from 2018 and the Nokia 2.3 from 2019. Both of these are now in the process of receiving the update to the latest stable version of Google's OS.For the Nokia 8.1, the first wave includes units purchased in Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Macau, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. 10% of units in these markets will receive the update notification immediately, 50% by April 10, and on April 12, 100% should be up to date. Then, at a later date, the second wave will include...


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    Default Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip2 to have an IP rating for water and

    Samsung's upcoming 2021 foldable smartphones are expected to launch within a few months, and a new report today claims these will be the first such devices to have an official IP rating for water and dust resistance.We're talking about the Galaxy Z Fold3 and the Galaxy Z Flip2 (or Flip3, as it has sometimes been rumored that Samsung would skip the number "2" in order to match the Flip generation with the Fold's).So far it's unknown exactly what specific IP rating the duo will get, but there will be one - at least if this rumor, seemingly based on "whispers from people in the...


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    MediaTek first to relase a 4nm chipset, already has orders from OEMs
    According to two separate sources, MediaTek is going to be the first chip maker to release a 4nm chipset. Production is supposed to start either at the end of this year (Q4 2021) or at the beginning of 2022.In fact, some major OEMs have already taken orders for MediaTek's high-end SoC. We are talking Oppo, Xiaomi, Samsung, and vivo. The downside is that MediaTek has secured the 4nm order from TSMC at a big cost - around $80 per unit compared to the current high-end 5nm chipsets that cost between $30 and $35.A famous Chinese tipster claims that MediaTek's hardware will be able to...


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    Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra 5G in for review
    The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra may be the ultimate smartphone. Looking at it from all angles, we can't really see a flaw or shortcoming. Better yet, it's hard to see one phone matching the Mi 11 Ultra spec for spec, well, except maybe that other Ultra.But first thing's first - let's do an unboxing. Xiaomi ship the Mi 11 Ultra with a potent 67W charger that can top the phone up in under 40 minutes, a USB cable, 3.5mm to USB-C dongle and a case.The back of the phone is where things get really interesting. As far as camera islands go, this one is the daddy! It's huge and is able to topple...


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    Samsung patents a Armor Frame for smartphones ahead of new foldables release
    Samsung has filed a patent in South Korea, the USA and in Europe for the name Armor Frame. It's intended for use in for smartphones but other than that, the description doesn't reveal much.Some rumors point to a frame made of either carbon or titanium - materials lighter and stronger than standard aluminum and more importantly, ones that don't lose rigidness over time. The timing of the Armor Frame patent seems to be in line with Samsung's plans to release its Galaxy Z Flip2 and Galaxy Z Fold3. They would surely benefit from the extra rigidness and lower weight. Then again,...


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    Sony Alpha engineers explain how they developed the Xperia 1 III camera
    While Huawei and OnePlus had to look for outside help with their cameras (Leica and Hasselblad, respectively), Sony already has an excellent camera division in house – the engineers that build its Alpha cameras. They worked on the Mark II flagships last year and as well as the new Xperia 1 III and 5 III.Sony pulled in optical, software and image quality engineers from the Alpha team and tasked them with developing a similar experience aimed at professionals. The video below shows three of them explaining how the Xperia camera was designed and the reasoning behind some of the...


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    Samsung to offer new Galaxy Z Flip in eight different colors
    Samsung is already working on its next foldable smartphone, and we have some more info about the clamshell device with the supposed name Galaxy Z Flip 3. According to sources from the Netherlands, the phone will come in Gray, White, Dark Blue, and Pink variants.These four options complement the previously leaked quartet of colors - Purple, Green, Black, Beige.Samsung might have eight colors in the pipeline, but it's unlikely we'll see all of them in the same markets. The Korean company usually reserves some of the options for special occasions, and not all markets get the same...


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    Samsung Galaxy A22 pictured in case renders a month or two before its official unveiling
    Accessory makers are not a patient bunch, one of them posted images of a transparent case for the still unofficial Samsung Galaxy A22. The design is very, very similar to that of the Galaxy M62/F62, down to the pinstripe pattern and gradient on the back.Samsung Galaxy A22 (case renders)There are differences, of course. For starters, we see a quad camera, but where is the LED flash? Even the Galaxy A12 has one. By the way, last month The Elec posted details about A22’s camera – it will be equipped with a 48MP main module, 8MP ultrawide and two 2MP helpers. The selfie camera...


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    Samsung Galaxy M12 comes to the UK
    Last month, Samsung launched its Galaxy M12 handset in India and now the phone has made its way to the UK. It will retail for £159 starting April 30 and will be exclusive to Amazon UK at launch.The big selling point of the M12 is its 5,000 mAh battery which is actually lower than the Indian version’s 6,000 mAh cell. You also get a 6.5-inch PLS LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate and 720 x 1600 pixel resolution. The device is still powered by the Exynos 850 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.The camera setup includes a 48MP primary shooter alongside a 5MP ultrawide snapper and two...


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    Caviar launches custom iPhone 12 Pro (Max) phones celebrating Gagarin, Armstrong, Musk and Bezos
    Last week the world celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight, performed by Yuri Gagarin on April 12 1961. Caviar is marking the occasion with the launch of its “Space Conquerors” line of customized iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max phones. These not only celebrate the past but also look to the future as well with nods to Elon Musk’s SpaceX (and his ambition to go to Mars) and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.The iPhone 12 Pro (Max) Gagarin is made out of aviation-grade titanium and has a 3D miniature of the Vostok-K rocket that brought the cosmonaut to orbit. Only 12 units will...


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    Kuo predicts expanded mmWave support for iPhone 13, leaked screen protector appears with smaller notch
    The iPhone 13 rumor mill is starting to get more and more specific with each passing week and we now have more details regarding 5G connectivity. Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to sell mmWave supporting iPhones in more regions including Canada, Japan, Australia, and major European markets. With last year’s iPhone 12 series, Apple only sold mmWave iPhones in the US which accounts for 30-35% of all iPhone 12 shipments while this year the number is expected to increase to 50-65% in total.The big visual change seen on mmWave handsets is the antenna cutout below the power button. You can see the...


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    Samsung Galaxy M32 spotted with 6,000 mAh battery
    Samsung’s Galaxy M-line has brought in several phones with ample battery capacities and it seems another one is on its way. A new listing on the DEKRA certification agency details an upcoming Samsung Galaxy phone believed to be the Galaxy M32. The listing shows a battery with a rated capacity of 5,830 mAh which should translate to a typical value of 6,000 mAh.Samsung Galaxy M32 battery listingThe battery bears the EB-BM325ABN model number which gives out its ties to the Galaxy M32. Not much else is known about the device though according to speculation, we’re in for a similarly...


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    Report: Samsung considered bringing back the 3D ToF sensor for the Galaxy S22, decided not to
    Korean publication ET News reports that the 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor will not be making a comeback next year with the Galaxy S22 series. ToF sensors were featured on recent high profile releases like the Galaxy S10 5G and S20 Ultra.However, the company swapped in a simple Laser AF system for the Galaxy Note20 Ultra launch and found that the change didn’t negatively impact user experience. So, ToF was out and Laser AF was in for the Galaxy S21 Ultra launch as well, which will carry over to next year’s S22 series.According to insiders, Samsung thought about bringing the ToF sensor...


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    OxygenOS 11.0.0.2 hotfix rolling out for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series
    OnePlus started rolling out the Android 11 update back in late March, but pretty quickly it became apparent that there were issues with the new firmware, so the rollout was halted. Now, nearly a month later, the company has a hotfix that resolves the “unforeseen bugs” in the original release (the bugs themselves are never explicitly listed).OnePlus 7 and 7T series receiving the OxygenOS 11.0.0.2 11.0.0.2Here’s OxygenOS 11.0.0.2 for the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T and 7T Pro. This update has been rolling out over the weekend, but it goes in stages and only a limited number of users have...


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    Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, vivo, ZTE to launch phones with under-display cameras this year
    A number of phone makers have smartphones in the pipeline with next-generation under-display cameras.Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, vivo, ZTE and Meizu are all expected to show phones with new under-display cameras in the second half of the year.According to popular insider Ice universe Samsung's and Oppo's devices to use an under-display camera will be foldables, while Xiaomi's will be the Mi Mix 4.We've already heard that vivo's NEX 5 is expected to bring an improved under-display camera in the second half of the year. ZTE first showed a mass market under-display camera solution in the...


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    Sony Xperia 10 III gets an exclusive Yellow color for Docomo Japan
    Sony ushered in its new Xperia lineup last week and now it has been revealed the midrange Xperia 10 III is getting an exclusive yellow color for Docomo's online shop. The Japanese carrier usually teams up with Sony on limited edition colorways. Reservations for the exclusive Xperia 10 III are already underway while the date of the first sale is still not finalized.Docomo mentions a “mid-June 2021 or later” lauch which fall in line with Sony’s promise to bring the Xperia III lineup later this summer. Make sure to check out our Hot Take on the new Xperia lineup where we delve deeper...


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    Redmi gaming phone to have Dimensity 1200, big battery and 67W charging
    Redmi is expected to launch its own gaming branch as early as this month. According to sources from China, the first phone will come with a Samsung E4 AMOLED screen with 144Hz refresh rate.On the inside, the phone is said to be powered by Dimensity 1200 chipset and will have a lovely price tag.The new phone will also excel with a large 5,000 mAh battery and 67W fast charging.What should further boost the phone's gaming pedigree, is some sort of shoulder keys that the Redmi team will borrow from the Black Shark division, also a Xiaomi brand.The selling price is said to...


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    Realme Q3 series arriving on April 22, Q3 Pro to have Dimensity 1100
    Realme announced the Q3 lineup will arrive this month, and we finally know the date. The series will be introduced on April 22, as confirmed by the company on Weibo.One of the expected phones will be the Realme Q3 Pro, and it has already appeared on TENAA and Geekbench with a Dimensity 1100 chipset. We also know the lineup will have a fluorescent color option that will glow in the dark.The Realme Q3 Pro is going to arrive with a 6.43” AMOLED panel and a 4,500 mAh battery. The main camera will have a 64MP sensor, and the whole setup looks like a triple-cam one with no periscopes or...


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    Top 10 trending phones of week 15
    As we complete another week we find a couple of familiar faces atop our trending chart. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra leads Redmi Note 10 Pro for the second time in a row, while the newly launched Galaxy Quantum 2 completes the podium.The non-Pro Redmi Note 10 takes fourth ahead of two of the newly unveiled Sony phones follow in fifth and sixth. The Xperia 1 III got a bit more attention than the Xperia 5 III, helping it just edge out its more compact sibling. The Poco F3 is seventh, followed by its X3 Pro stablemate as a couple of Samsung phones complete the top 10 - the Galaxy A72 ahead...


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    Hot take: Sony Xperia 1 III, Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III
    Sony brought its smartphone lineup for an entire year in a single announcement this week and there are things we want to talk about.So here go a few early thoughts on what we found interesting, what are the key points and what we think about them.A true band of brothersThe Sony Xperia 1 III, Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III are very different and yet they clearly follow the same formula. You could say they have more things in common than any smartphone lineup out there.All three have 21:9 OLED screens, stereo speakers, a 4,500mAh battery, expandable storage, 3.5mm headphone...


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    Week 15 in review: Sony Xperia 1 III, 5 III, 10 III are here
    Welcome to another week's recap. The biggest story of the week was Sony's triple announcement. The Japanese company unveiled the make III revisions of its Xperia 1, 5 and 10 smartphones, which will come to market in early summer.The Xperia 1 III and 5 III both feature identical camera systems, which include three 12MP cameras with PDAF and OIS, covering the wide, ultrawide and telephoto range. The latter is a first of its kind with a variable focal length of 70mm and 105mm from a single sensor. That translates to around 2.9x to 4.4x zoom.The Xperia 10 III is a compact device with a 6"...


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    Default T-Mobile's OnePlus 7T Pro 5G gets Android 11 update

    The OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro got the Android 11 update in March, and later in April, units locked to T-Mobile's network also received the latest version of Android. Now it's time for T-Mobile's OnePlus 7T Pro 5G to get a taste of Android 11.OnePlus 7T ProThe Android 11 update for the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G carries build number 11.0.1.2.HD61CB and comes with the April 2021 Android security patch. We don't have the new firmware's detailed changelog yet, but you can expect it to bring the usual Android 11 goodies to the 7T Pro 5G, such as chat bubbles, notification history, and...


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    Samsung Galaxy A52 5G India launch imminent as support page goes live on official website
    Samsung announced the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G in March. The A52 is already available in India with a starting price of INR26,499 ($360/€300), and Samsung will launch the A52 5G in the country soon as the smartphone's support page has gone live on the Korean conglomerate's official Indian website.The page doesn't include any specs of the Galaxy A52 5G, however, it tells us that the smartphone will carry model designation SM-A526B/DS in India, where DS indicates dual-SIM support.It's unclear when exactly Samsung will introduce the Galaxy A52 5G in India, but you can expect it...


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    Alleged renders leak of the Sharp Aquos R6 with Leica-branded camera
    Sharp is a brand of smartphones with a presence more prominent in Japan. The latest smartphone rumored for Sharp is the Aquos R6 and alleged renders of the device have leaked.Well known camera leaker @nokishita_c crossed over to report about smartphones. The next Sharp smartphone will have a camera system “Co-engineered with Leica”.5月10日に発表されるシャープ「AQUOS R6」のカメラはライカ共同開発になる? #噂 pic.twitter.com/ZsDu93ENLg— 軒下デジカメ情報局 (@nokishita_c) May 7, 2021 Renders of the smartphone show a rather chunky smartphone with deep curved edges. There’s also a centered punch-hole camera and the setup looks...


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    T-Mobile offers Mom a free iPhone 12 with eligible trade-in this weekend only
    In a newsroom post on Friday, T-Mobile announces a lucrative deal that will last this weekend only. In honor of Mother’s Day, existing or new T-Mobile subscribers can get up to $830 off an iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 with an eligible trade in. The best part of this deal is that eligible transactions won’t require you to add another line.To qualify for a free iPhone 12 on T-Mobile, you need to have a “qualifying line of service on an eligible plan” which might not include some older legacy plans. You need to purchase a new iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, or 12 mini on a monthly plan...


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    WhatsApp to become increasingly less useful if you don't accept its new terms
    WhatsApp has clarified how it will be treating the accounts of users who won't be accepting its updated terms and policy. The information was posted on the company's official website.For those who choose not to accept the company's updated terms, the app will continue to show a notification asking to accept. After a period of several weeks, the users will see a persistent reminder.Once users see a persistent reminder, the WhatsApp app will switch to a limited functionality mode. In this mode, users won't be able to access their chat list. If they receive a chat, they will be able to...


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    Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 to reportedly arrive in July
    Earlier today, one of Xiaomi’s Mi Pad 5 variants has been certified to come with 8,520 mAh of battery capacity. Another report about the same lineup of tablets narrows down a possible time window where Xiaomi may plan to launch the tablets in July.In a recent post on Weibo, fans of the brand received replies from Wang Teng Thomas, Redmi’s Product Director. In the replies, Thomas confirms that the Mi Pad 5 isn’t expected to launch this month but rather at some point in the second half of the year. This suggests that the Mi Pad 5 lineup may not arrive until July.Xiaomi’s Mi Pad...


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    Flaw in Qualcomm modems enables backdoor for hackers to record your phone calls
    According to a new report by security firm Check Point Research, Qualcomm’s Mobile Station Modem (MSM) can be exploited by hackers and used to record phone calls and more. MSM dates back to the early 1990s and used in 2G/3G/4G and even 5G devices and presents a serious vulnerability that can be hacked remotely as easily as sending an SMS message.From there the wrongdoers gain the ability to listen in on your calls, read through your text messages, and can even unlock your SIM card in order to bypass any limitations imposed by carriers. According to reports nearly 30% of all...


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    Oppo commits to three years of software support for the Find X3 series
    Premium Android phones are getting extended software support lately and Oppo’s Find X3 series is the latest proof. Today, Oppo confirmed to Android Planet that the Find X3 series will get an extra year of software support bringing the total to three.Up until this point, Oppo generally provided two years of software updates but now phones like the Find X3 Pro will get an extra year of security patches. The new reports also mentions that Oppo is looking to extend software support to four years though it’s still testing whether that is a viable option.All Find X3 series phones are...


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    Honor Tablet X7 announced with 8" screen and 5,100 mAh battery
    Honor today announced a new tablet dubbed Honor Tablet X7. It's powered by the Helio P22T SoC, runs Android 10-based Magic UI 4.0, and has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage onboard. However, the tablet also comes with a microSD card slot for storage expansion by up to 512GB.The Tablet X7 is built around an 8" LCD of 1280x800-pixel resolution with E-Book Mode to prevent eye fatigue during prolonged reading sessions. You also get two cameras - a 2MP selfie shooter with fixed focus, and a 5MP main camera with autofocus.The back panel of the Tablet X7 is made of metal and has a fine sand...


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    Realme V25 coming soon, could be either of recently certified Realme phones
    Just two weeks ago we saw two TENAA listings for a pair of upcoming Realme phones and now we get a rumor that one of them could end up being the Realme V25.Chinese tipster @arsenal believes either the RMX 3333 or RMX 3143 will end up called Realme V25 @arsenal post on WeiboThe RMX3333 is expected to bring the Snapdragon 780G while the RMX3143 packs a Snapdragon 768G instead. The latter is expected to be similarly equipped to Oppo’s recently announced K9 5G smartphone.RMX3143This means a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, 64MP primary camera alongside an 8MP...


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    Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 certified with 8,520 mAh battery
    Xiaomi is expected to launch the Mi Pad 5 tablet series. They are supposed to be a direct competition to the iPad Pros, the Galaxy Tab series and the Huawei Mate Pad Pro devices. One of the slates has now been certified at 3C with a dual 4,260 mAh battery, meaning the total charge is 8,520 mAh.Image by XiaomiPlanetRumors suggest two devices are incoming - vanilla Mi Pad 5 and a mightier Mi Pad 5 Pro. The Pro variant will have an LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate, In-Cell active pen technology and WQXGA aspect ratio with 2560 x 1600 resolution.Renders...


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    OxygenOS 12 to bring a Theme Store
    The next major addition coming to OnePlus phones with OxygenOS 12 is a theme store. OnePlus confirmed the news in an official forum post which laid out a few details of the upcoming OnePlus Open Ears Forum (OEF) set for May 18. OnePlus plans to discuss its upcoming OxygenOS 12 additions with a group of 15 users and several OnePlus community member s.The OnePlus Theme Store is still up for debate though it seems a majority of the OnePlus forum members are supportive of the idea. OxygenOS 12 will be based on Android 12 (codenamed Snow Cone) and is expected to arrive later this year...


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    Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite gets 3C certified with 44W charging
    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, also rumored to be called Tab S7+ Lite, is expected to come in three variants - Wi-Fi only (SM-T730), 4G (SM-T735), and 5G (SM-T736B/SM-T736N). The Wi-Fi and LTE models have bagged 3C certification, revealing 44W charging support in the process.However, the Chinese certifying authority tells us that the tablets won't ship with a 44W charger. Instead, they will come bundled with 15W adapters, meaning you'll have to buy a compatible 44W charger separately for faster charging.It's unclear whether the 5G model will also ship with a 15W charger or come...


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    Google introduces new family-oriented Assistant features
    Mother’s Day is this Sunday in the United States, and to celebrate the holiday, Google has brought new features to Assistant.In a press release, the Mountain View company revealed Broadcast is expanding to users in a newly created “Google Family Group”, including their smartphones, and Family Bell is getting more languages.Other new features include more stories, games, and some easter eggs.Starting today, Broadcast will be able to reach you on your Android and iOS devices, not only Google Home devices in separate rooms. One user will be able to say “Hey Google, tell my family...


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    ZTE nubia Z30 Pro is arriving on May 20
    nubia VP Mr. Ni Fei today announced that the company will unveil the Z30 Pro smartphone on May 20.nubia hasn't detailed the Z30 Pro's specs yet, but Mr. Fei said that the Z30 Pro will be the first smartphone to come with professional SLR functions.We could also see nubia introduce the regular Z30 on May 20, which appeared in a couple of renders with a curved, notchless screen. Like the Axon 20 series, the Z30 will also pack an under-display selfie camera.Leaked nubia Z30 renderThe back panel of the Z30 will house a quad camera setup, and the leaked pictures revealed the...


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    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 certified to ship with 15W charger
    As leaks for Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip3 5G begin to ramp up in recent weeks, the latest information reveals information about the phone’s battery charging capabilities.As revealed by the 3C, China’s equivalent to the US FCC, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G will come with the Adaptive Fast Charge adapter in the box (EP-TA200). This charger has been bundled in with Galaxy S smartphones for years and it outputs a peak current of 15W (9V @ 1.67A). This is the same charger that was bundled with the Galaxy Z Flip.The model number listed is the SM-F7110 which represents the Chinese variant...


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    US FTC report finds large companies’ anti-repair restrictions hurt small businesses and consumers
    A new report has been published on Thursday by the United States Federal Trade Commission which validates anti-repair tactics used by large-scale companies. iFixIt has spent a lot of time advocating for the consumers’ Right to Repair as well as provide tools and documentation for the repair of most of today’s mainstream tech.iFixIt's teardown of the Apple iPhone 12 Pro MaxMajor findings in the report mention a few topics that are concerning for consumers: “Warranties are being routinely voided in violation of the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act”. This act, established in 1975,...


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    Gboard for Wear OS updated with enhanced text input, multi-language support, and a new look
    On Google’s Wear OS support page, a new entry has appeared with details outlining a new update to Wear OS’ Gboard app. Though no drastic change has been made, Gboard for Wear OS has been updated with a new appearance, multi-language input support, and enhanced correction and suggestions.Message the way you want to with the new Gboard ⌨️ on #WearOSbyGoogle.Multiple ways to message like voice, QWERTY keyboard or gestures ✔️Enhanced suggestions and corrections ✔️Multi-language support ✔️See what’s new: https://t.co/RjjtZO23Tv pic.twitter.com/dggR6HxsFc— Wear OS by Google (@WearOSbyGoogle)...


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    Sony Xperia Pro reaches Europe, pre-orders start
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    Default Google boosts your security with Quick Delete, Change Password feature

    The Google I/O 2021 Developers Conference began yesterday, and the Mountain View company announced plenty of new features for its products, alongside the first beta of Android 12. It also revealed more ways to protect the content and data of Google services users, including more controls over privacy and a quick way to fix compromised passwords. A new feature called Quick Delete will erase everything from your Search history in the last 15 minutes. Also, users of Google Photos will be able to create a password-protected folder where only the owner of the device will be able to open -...


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    Poco M3 Pro 5G unveiled with Dimensity 700 and 90Hz display
    The Poco M3 Pro 5G is here and it is faster. It has faster Internet thanks to 5G, it has a faster 90Hz screen and a faster chipset. And it has a cool new design too. Poco M3 Pro 5G Poco picked the 7nm Dimensity 700 chip to power its new creation. It has peak download speeds of up to 2.77 Gbps and a pair of Cortex-A76 cores, plus a Mali G57 GPU. For comparison, the Snapdragon 662 inside the vanilla M3 is an 11nm chip with four Cortex-A73 based cores and an Adreno 610. The newer CPU cores are much faster individually and noticeably faster together, despite there being only two of...


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    The Android 12 beta causes some OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro phones to bootloop (there is a fix)
    Google unveiled Android 12 beta yesterday and several makers announced that owners of select devices will be able to test drive it. The list includes the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, but the firmware was pulled almost as fast as it was released after the first users to try it reported that it caused their phones to bootloop. First off, this isn’t permanent – there’s a way to save the device using a Qualcomm tool that flashes the phone in Emergency Download Mode. This pinned post in the OnePlus forum explains how to roll back to stable Android 11. So, what happened? Well, if you didn’t...


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    Watch the Poco M3 Pro 5G global launch live
    Poco unveiled the M3 last November, and today the company will introduce its Pro version, dubbed Poco M3 Pro 5G. The launch event will begin at 12PM UTC and will be streamed live on YouTube. You can follow it with us by joining the stream below. Poco dropped multiple teasers last week, giving us a fair idea of what to expect from the smartphone. For starters, the M3 Pro 5G will have a Dimensity 700 SoC at the helm and pack a 6.5" FullHD+ screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. The rear panel of the M3 Pro 5G will house a 48MP triple camera, and fueling the entire package will be a 5,000...


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    40-core Apple Silicon to power upcoming Mac Pro, new Mac mini also in the works
    After the launch of its first M1 chip, Apple is working on expanding its silicon portfolio to power up its future devices. Bloomberg says it has inside info about a new Mac Pro and a higher-end Mac mini. The Mac Pro has been rumored to be up to twice as small as its predecessor but now we have some intel on its internals. Two versions of the device will be available - one with a 20-core and another with a 40-core chip, while the GPU will be have either 64 or 128 cores. Codenamed 2C-Die and 4C-Die, the new Mac Pros will adopt 16 and 32 high-performance cores with the being...


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    nubia Z30 Pro appears in official images, VP shares more camera samples
    The nubia Z30 Pro is arriving on May 20, and in a bid to build more hype around it, company VP Mr. Ni Fei has shared some teasers on Weibo. We are looking at the silver color model of the Z30 Pro here, and you can see that the camera island on the phone's rear panel looks similar to the Axon 30 Ultra's. It includes four shooters, out of which three are using 64MP sensors, and the fourth one could be an 8MP periscope unit like the one we've seen on the Axon 30 Ultra. nubia Z30 Pro In addition to sharing the Z30 Pro's official renders, Mr. Fei also posted a live image of the...


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    Oppo Reno6 series May 27 launch officially confirmed
    The Oppo Reno6 series was rumored to arrive at an event on May 22, but today the company announced they are actually going to take until May 27. The smartphone lineup will be introduced at a beach party on the coast of Northern China as a “new summer companion”. Screengrab from Oppo Reno6's video teaser We expect to see at least three smartphones at the launch - a vanilla Oppo Reno6, a Reno6 Pro, a Reno6 Pro+ with better cameras. We also heard of Z and A versions, but those appeared only recently so perhaps they won't be part of the initial announcement. Source (in Chinese) |...


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    Sony Xperia Ace 2 unveiled in Japan, brings 5.5-inch screen and Helio P35 chipset
    The past few weeks saw a few Sony Xperia Ace 2 leaks and now the device has officially been announced in Japan. Sony’s tiniest smartphone in recent memory sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD with HD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 6 protection upfront. The exact dimensions come in at 140 x 69 x 8.9mm while weight is set at 159 grams. The Xperia Ace 2 is a 4G LTE device powered by the well-known Helio P35 chipset. You get 4GB RAM and 64GB storage which is expandable via microSD. True to Sony traditions, the Ace 2 packs IP68 water and dust proofing and a headphones jack. The back sports a 13MP...


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    Realme GT Neo Flash Edition could be unveiled on May 24
    Realme introduced the Snapdragon 888-powered GT in the first week of March and followed up with the GT Neo later. A few days ago, we heard the phone maker is planning to launch the GT Neo Flash Edition, which could be unveiled on May 24. Realme took to Weibo to announce an event in China on May 24, which will begin at 7PM local time. The company doesn't tell us what this event will be about, but it will likely introduce the GT Neo Flash Edition at the event. There's no official word about the GT Neo Flash Edition yet, however, previous reports claim it will just be a GT Neo with...


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    Oppo K9 5G might escape China under the Realme brand
    Oppo has launched the K9 5G smartphone at its home market with a Snapdragon 768G chipset and 8 GB RAM. It has a lot of similarities to the Realme RMX3142 that appeared on TENAA last month, and bn The Realme RMX3142 appeared on TENAA last month with photos and a full specs sheet, and today the device was spotted again, this time on Geekbench. It looks a lot like the Oppo K9 5G, introduced earlier this month in China, and our source claims the phone will be relaunched outside Oppo’s domestic market under the Realme brand. The Geekbench 4.2 scores reveal 3,234 for a single core and...


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    Google’s Project Starline makes two-way communication immersive and realistic
    During Google I/O’s Keynote today, the company announced that it’s been quietly testing a new concept called Project Starline. This is Google’s technology for two-way communication from a distance, but made to feel as though the other person is sitting right across from you. Project Starline applies a few things to make this possible: “research in computer vision, machine learning, spatial audio, and real-time compression.” The display in front of each recipient uses a “breakthrough light field display system that creates a sense of volume and depth that can be experienced without...


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    Google will make Pixel’s camera more inclusive with improved accuracy of darker skin tones
    During today’s Google I/O Keynote livestream, the company announced some of the changes coming to Google Maps, Google Photos, and Wear OS. In the camera, department, Google announced that it is working to improve its Pixel cameras to be more inclusive of darker skin colors by making them more color accurate and improve the exposure. For people of color, photography has not always seen us as we want to be seen, even on some of our own Google products. To make smartphone photography truly for everyone, we’ve been working with a group of industry experts to build a more accurate and...


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    Microsoft announces that Windows 10X has been canceled
    Microsoft today announced that it has canceled its upcoming Windows 10X operating system. This information was revealed in a blog post announcing the rollout of the new Windows 10 21H1 update. Instead, Microsoft will be integrating the features in Windows 10X within Windows and its other products. The company has already started implementing some of these on the Windows Insider preview builds, such as the new app container technology in Microsoft Defender Application Guard, an enhanced Voice Typing experience, and a modernized touch keyboard with optimized key sizing, sounds,...


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    Google Photos adds protected Locked Folder, more controls for Memories
    Today was the first day of the Google I/O developer conference, and the search giant announced updates across all of its services. Google Photos wasn't forgotten either. The app will get a new passcode-protected Locked Folder space where you can save sensitive photos separately. What's stored here won't show up as you scroll through Google Photos or any other gallery app on your device. Locked Folder will be available on Pixels first, and arrive on more Android devices throughout the year. On Pixels, you'll have the option to save photos and videos directly to your Locked Folder from the...


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    Mini-LED MacBook Pro to launch in limited supply this year
    Apple is expected to expand the use of mini-LED displays from the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro to the new MacBook Pro models this year. And while the new laptops should arrive on schedule, they may only be available in limited quantities initially. According to a Digitimes report the supply of mini-LED displays for the upcoming MacBooks will be constrained due to the ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19, affecting Foxconn and Wistron factories in India. The recent outbreaks are reportedly already affecting the supply of mini-LED panels for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Still, Apple is expected to...


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    Google Maps gets busyness info for areas, more detailed and personalized maps
    Google IO was busy with a load of announcements today, and one of them had to do with Google Maps. The app is set to receive a bunch of neat feature updates in the coming months. First off, detailed street maps, which launched last August, are now headed to an additional 50 more cities by the end of the year, including Berlin, Sao Paulo, Seattle, and Singapore. These maps show you where sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian islands are, along with the shape and width of roads to scale. This can help you choose the most accommodating route for walking. The Google Maps... map is also...


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    Oppo has an Android 12 beta ready for the Find X3 Pro already
    Like its spinoff brand Realme, Oppo is also unveiling an Android 12 beta of its own today, following Google's announcement of its upcoming OS reaching this phase. Unlike Realme, Oppo's build should be out in the next few hours. The beta is headed to Pixels today as well, but don't confuse the build they're getting for what Oppo has in store for the Find X3 Pro - the level of polish is likely to be very different. In fact, Oppo cautions normal users not to install this on their daily drivers. It's more of a developer preview that's being called a beta to be in line with what Google's doing,...


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    Google and Samsung join forces to make Wear OS great again
    Samsung has, just hours ago, confirmed long-standing rumors that its future smartwatches will ditch Tizen and run Wear OS instead, but it turns out there was more to the story. At Google IO it has transpired that in fact, Google and Samsung are joining forces to make Wear OS great again. Or rather, be great for the first time since its inception. For this, it will need to pair its app ecosystem with good battery life, something Samsung knows a thing or two about. Google also promises you'll see faster performance, with apps starting 30% faster on the latest chipsets, with smooth UI...


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    Realme GT gets Android 12 Beta 1 this month
    Following Google's announcement of Android 12 , Realme was quick to confirm that its flagship Realme GT will be among the first devices to gain access to the latest Android release. The Realme GT will get access to Android 12 Beta 1 in China through the Developer Preview Program this month. The initial builds will be based on the current Realme UI 2.0, but Realme plans on releasing the future UI 3.0 to Android 12 Beta builds later this year. The Realme GT is still limited to the Chinese market, although global launch is expected soon. The phone is equipped with Snapdragon 888 and up...


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    Default Honor 50 Series sales surpass $77 million in sales in one miunute

    Following weeks of anticipation, Honor’s new 50 and 50 Pro smartphones have officially gone on sale in the company’s home market. The Chinese company announces that it sold CNY 500 million (more than $77 million) of Honor 50 devices in just one minute.The Honor 50 and 50 Pro are solely available in China right now, but Honor has plans to launch the 50 series in Europe, complete with Google Mobile Services pre-installed, as the company confirmed.Honor unveiled its 50 Series last week and its design is widely inspired by the upcoming Huawei P50 Series. The Honor 50 and 50 Pro...


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    Report: Samsung is pressuring LG to also sell Galaxy phones at its stores, not just iPhones
    LG’s plans to sell iPhones at LG Best Shop locations in South Korea is facing opposition. Samsung is upset by this and claims such a move would violate an agreement signed by the two companies in 2018, which states that only LG-made phones can be sold at LG-run shops and similarly only Samsung phones can be sold at Samsung shops (this agreement was meant to protect small and mid-sized stores from the two giants).However, LG is pointing to a clause in the agreement that says that it can be renegotiated in case of major change. And things did indeed change majorly when LG exited the mobile...


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    Google to warn you if the search results are unreliable
    Google recently started fact-checking users' search results in order to provide reliable sources of information. However, breaking news is too recent and once the media coverage goes wild, the search engine can't assess which source is trustworthy and which is not.That's why Google will start warning you if it can't guarantee the reliability of the sources that show in your search result. It then explains that the topic you are searching for is new and it takes time for the algorithm to pick out reliable sources.It's also important to note that the current info bracket is hidden...


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    Oppo A93s 5G specs leak: an A93 5G with a Dimensity 700 chipset
    Detailed specifications of the Oppo A93s 5G (PFGM00) have surfaced in China, even though the phone is not set to launch until early July. It is a variant of the Oppo A93 5G (no “s”) with a different chipset – a Dimensity taking the place of a Snapdragon, just like with the A92 vs. A92s.Specifically, it is a Dimensity 700, a 7 nm (TSMC) chipset with 2x Cortex-A76 cores (2.2 GHz), a Mali-G57 MC2 GPU and a 2.77 Gbps 5G modem (sub-6 only). It replaces the Snapdragon 480, an 8 nm (Samsung) chip with 2x Cortex-A76 derived cores (2.0 GHz), an Adreno 619 GPU and a 2.5 Gbps 5G modem (sub-6...


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    MIUI 13 is coming in August, possibly alongside the Mi Mix 4
    Xiaomi is already working on MIUI 13 and it will be ready for announcement in August. The information comes from a top Xiaomi executive, speaking on changes to the internal testing procedure of software at the company.The next major installment of Xiaomi's Android OS is now in the testing phase and will likely be announced in August and would then make its way to Chinese units first and gradually roll out to global devices as well, sometime after August.MIUI 13 Coming in August Xiaomi executive hinted that MIUI13 will be launched in August. #MIUI13 #MIUI #Xiaomi...


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    Samsung Galaxy Watch4 to come with body composition monitor
    The Samsung Galaxy Watch4 rumored to launch in early August will come with a BIA sensor, claims tipster Max Weinbach.With a BIA (bioelectrical impedance analysis) sensor onboard, the Galaxy Watch4 will be able to measure the wearer's body composition - in particular body fat and muscle mass - which is an integral part of assessing a person's health and nutrition.The BIA sensor will likely be joined by the heart rate sensor and SpO2 sensor to measure your pulse and blood oxygen level, respectively.Samsung Galaxy Watch3The Galaxy Watch4 was also rumored to come with blood...


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    TCL unveils Alcatel 1 (2021) and 1L Pro Android Go edition phones, a new kids watch
    At MWC 2021 TCL is teasing an affordable 5G phone with its own brand, but the Alcatel brand is still around. The company introduced two entry-level Android Go Edition phones that will launch in the coming months.Alcatel 1L ProThe Alcatel 1L Pro will cost around $127 when it launchers in September in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. That’s actually slightly cheaper than the vanilla 1L, which was announced in January at $135.The Pro model boasts a faster chipset – an unnamed chip with an octa-core CPU, replacing the Helio A20 (quad A53 at 1.8 GHz). The memory capacity is...


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    UK's mobile operator EE is introducing roaming charges for the EU
    After Brexit happened, UK's mobile operators didn't immediately introduce roaming charges but they are now gradually rolling those. The roaming charges will take place starting January 2022. O2 and Three are meanwhile going to limit their fair use caps - the former will limit the data roaming to 25GB a month while Three is reducing the limit from 20GB to 12GB.For those of you are unaware, the EU has banned roaming charges within the EU but it has also introduced a fair use agreement where you can't buy a mobile data plan in one EU country and use it endlessly in another.In any...


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    Instagram is now testing publishing posts on desktop
    Instagram has started testing creating and publishing posts on desktop. The feature was spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, who shared screenshots on Twitter, revealing users will have pretty much the same control over photos and their appearance in the News Feed.A quick glance of how Instagram on desktop worksSome users should be getting a Plus icon, but it will work only for posts for now with stories and reels not yet supported. After an image is added by dragging or manually browsing folders, you will have the choice to crop the image, then edit it with...


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    TCL teases an affordable 5G phone at the MWC, there's a 5G tablet in the works too
    Last year TCL unveiled the TCL 10 5G, a €400 5G phone. Earlier this year the company unveiled the TCL 20 5G, a €300 5G phone. Now the company is going around the MWC dropping hints of new 5G models coming in September, one of which will bring the minimum price even lower.Stefan Streit, the GM of Global Marketing at TCL Communication, kept the price a secret, but €200 seems to be the target. Given the proliferation of mid-range 5G chipsets, this price target should be easy enough to achieve.About the phone Streit only mentions a NXTVISION display with a high refresh rate. The...


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    Android apps on Windows 11 will work with both Intel and AMD chips
    One of the biggest new features of Windows 11 is the promised ability to run Android apps.In order to get those apps you will need to install the Amazon app store through the Windows store. That's when Intel Bridge kicks in - a run-time post compiler, which translates non-X86 apps to run on that architecture. It was initially unclear if Intel made the compiler work with only Intel hardware, but it turns out that's not the case.In a statement to The Verge, Intel has confirmed that Intel Bridge will "support all x86 platforms (including AMD platforms)".So that means that Android...


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    Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launch postponed for October
    Samsung is among the endless list of companies being hit by the shortage of chipsets, and the Galaxy S21 FE smartphone is the latest victim. Earlier this month, Samsung denied rumors of the late arrival of the phone, although the company did not sound confident in its statement.Today new report arrives from South Korea, revealing the launch has been postponed from early August to October, and there will be limited availability on top of that.The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, expected to be a more affordable flagship in the sea of $1,000+ smartphones, will not launch in South Korea or...


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    Samsung Galaxy A20 gets Android 11-based One UI 3.1 update in India
    The Samsung Galaxy A20 announced back in March 2019 with Android 9 Pie received Android 11-based One UI 3.1 a couple of weeks ago. The update was released in Russia, but the rollout has now expanded to India.The Android 11 update for Galaxy A20 in India comes with firmware version A205FXXUACUF3. It includes the June 2021 Android security patch, and you can expect a redesigned UI with the usual Android 11 goodies such as chat bubbles and one-time permissions.The Android 11 update for the A20 should reach all the units in the country in a few weeks, but if you can't wait for the...


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    Pixel Buds A-Series hands-on
    Google just launched its Pixel Buds A-Series, a more economical version of the Pixel Buds that launched with the Pixel 5 in 2020. The result is a very similar product down to the weight, size, fit, sound, and hardware, but with a couple of key differences and a much lower $99 price point.What exactly do you lose out on if you want to save $80? Simply put, the Buds A-Series don’t have wireless charging, and it does not have the experimental ‘Attention Alerts’ features. Everything else is the same on paper and all of the features are still here.Pixel Bud (2020) on left,...


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    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 leak in official-looking renders
    There's been a lot of talk about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 sporting an under-display camera for the inside, folding screen, but new official-looking renders of the phone, leaked today, contradict that hypothesis, clearly showing a hole-punch selfie snapper in a very similar location to where it is on the Z Fold2.The image above also confirms the fact that the Fold3 will have S Pen support, though it may be a special S Pen, since the one in the picture has the words Fold Edition laser-etched onto it. We also see the triple rear camera array, which is much subdued compared to...


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    vivo V21e 5G is now official in India
    Unsurprisingly, vivo kept its word and made the V21e 5G official in India today, following a teaser earlier this week. This is not to be confused with the non-5G vivo V21e, which was announced in April and has been available since early May.vivo V21e 5G in Sunset JazzThe vivo V21e 5G comes with the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset at the helm, the same 6.44-inch 1080x2400 60 Hz AMOLED screen as the V21e, a lower-res 32 MP selfie camera, and one less camera on the back - the 5G model has the main 64 MP sensor and the 8 MP ultrawide, but says goodbye to the useless 2 MP macro cam. The...


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    Microsoft announces Windows 11 with updated UI and Android app support
    Microsoft today officially announced Windows 11, the next major version of the company's perennial desktop operating system. The new version brings with it several improvements, including a redesigned UI, updated window management features, and even support for Android applications.Right off the bat, the first thing you'd notice is the redesigned taskbar and Start menu. Windows 11 has a macOS style centered taskbar icon placement, eschewing the age-old left-aligned layout of all previous Windows installments. It still keeps the miscellaneous items such as the clocks and icons on...


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    nova 8i coming to Southeast Asia, Huawei confirms
    The Huawei nova 8i is a brand new phone confirmed to be released in Southeast Asia. The design of the handset is reminiscent of the Mate 30 Pro rather than the nova 8 5G, for example. Spec-wise, it's going to be positioned in the mid-range segment and aims to attract the young audience.The handset itself is built around a 6.67-inch IPS LCD panel with FHD+ resolution and covers the full DCI-P3 color gamut. The display has a punch-hole for the front-facing camera. A Snapdragon 662 chipset is running the show coupled with a 4,300 mAh battery supporting Huawei's 66W SuperCharge. This...


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    2022 iPhones to feature UD fingerprint sensors, come in only two sizes
    The reputable Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo just published another investors note, containing some interesting predictions on the 2022 iPhones.For starters, the iPhone 2022 lineup will reportedly only have two display sizes - 6.1" and 6.7" and four models in total. Their marketing names are supposed to be iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Arguably the most intriguing part is that the vanilla Max will be the cheapest 6.7-inch iPhone ever with an expected price below $900.Key highlights that should boost the sales of the iPhone 14 are the significant...


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    Default Opera becomes the first proper third-party browser for Chromebooks

    Opera has announced that it will be the first alternative browser optimized for use on Chromebooks.Opera for Chromebooks comes with all the usual features that you would find in Opera on other platforms, including a built-in unlimited VPN, ad blocker, cookie dialog blocker, built-in messengers, crypto wallet, and themes.The version of Opera for Chromebooks is based on the Android version of the app. However, unlike other browsers like Firefox that are also available on Chromebooks in their mobile form, Opera has been optimized to work properly within the desktop environment of...


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    Samsung and NatGeo use a Galaxy S21 Ultra to record 8K underwater video of tiger sharks
    Last year Samsung published an 8K video from the Arctic Circle shot on a Galaxy S20+. However, the phone stayed above the freezing waters. This year the company partnered with National Geographic Traveller India to do the opposite – capture 8K footage beneath the warm waters of the Maldives.The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra was in the hands of NatGeo Explorer Malaika Vaz, who traveled to Fuvahmulah Island, aka Shark Island. The phone was used to shoot 8K footage and photos, which were used in the video below.A few things to know before you attempt such a dive. First, Vaz is a...


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    Apple secures more mini-LED suppliers, 14" and 16" MacBook Pros are on track to launch in September
    It seems that Apple has gotten its ducks in a row and has secured two more suppliers for mini-LED panels that will be used in the upcoming 14” and 16” MacBook Pros. Earlier this month, DigiTimes reported that Osram Opto Semiconductors has been signed, now the publication adds that Zhen Ding Technology and Tripod Technology have joined the supply chain. Or rather they expanded their roles in it.Zhen Ding is already supplying Apple with mini-LED backlight boards for the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021), the company’s first device to use a mini-LED display. Zhen Ding is reportedly in the process of...


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    Samsung promises five years of security updates for some enterprise devices
    Samsung has enterprise variants of some of its devices that get special treatment. They usually have some additional features to protect enterprise data and only software approved by the said company can be installed on the device. And more importantly, Samsung provides longer support compared to its consumer devices.Most of Samsung's business-oriented phones and tablets get 4 years of security updates from the date of release but the tech giant just announced that it's extending that period with another year for some of its enterprise devices. This includes the Galaxy S20, S20+, S20...


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    Oppo Find X2 gets virtual RAM expansion with new update
    The Oppo Find X2 launched last year is receiving a new software update which comes with the June 2021 Android security patch and a new feature called RAM expansion.As evident from the name, RAM expansion lets you expand the smartphone's RAM - albeit virtually - by using the phone's internal storage.On the Find X2, you can choose to expand up to 3GB, 5GB, or 7GB of RAM virtually by heading to your phone's Settings > About phone > RAM menu. The new settings will take effect after you restart your device.Oppo Find X2 gets June 2021 security patch and RAM expansion feature with...


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    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3's ultrawide camera will get autofocus
    We've heard Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Z Fold3 won't bring a major update in the camera department, but now we get some more specific details on its hardware.The leak suggests that the back will once more feature a trio of 12MP shooters, but unlike the Fold2's setup the ultrawide unit will offer PDAF (Phase detection autofocus).The internal selfie camera, which will reside under the panel will sport a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor with 1.0µm pixels and will be 1/3.09" in size. The front panel (when folded) selfie cam will use the same 10MP IMX374 sensor as the Fold2.Source


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    MWC Barcelona 2021 Overview
    Another Mobile World Congress in Barcelona came and went and we've gathered the more memorable developments from this year’s edition. The two biggest announcements from the event came from Samsung and Qualcomm.The South Koreans detailed their One UI Watch interface which is now based on Google’s Wear OS and will debut on the Galaxy Watch4 series sometime next month. It brings a seamless experience for Galaxy phone users with simultaneous app downloads sync with your phone, a larger app portfolio and improved watch face designs.Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 Plus is the latest flagship...


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    vivo S10 spotted on Geekbench, confirms Dimensity 1100 SoC
    vivo S10 first leaked a couple of days ago and now the phone can also be found in Geekbench's database with a model number V2121A confirming the Dimensity 1100 SoC.The listing also confirms the 12GB RAM variant. The previous leak also mentioned an 8GB version.vivo S10 Geekbench listingThe listing doesn't reveal much aside from the already known and mentioned specs but it's certainly be signaling a nearing launch or announcement.Source | Via


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    Realme's Dizo brings new TWS earphones
    Realme has introduced the Dizo GoPods D and Dizo Wireless earphones during the first product launch of its new sub-brand. The event also saw the announcement of a Beard Trimmer, Hair Dryer and a pair of wired earphones under the Buds brand.The Realme Dizo GoPods D are TWS earphones with 10mm driver and 110ms latency in the dedicated game mode. They weigh just 4.1 grams per bud and if it all sounds familiar, that is because they were previously available as the Realme Buds Q.The company has decided to keep the overall design and shape, but the touch sensor now has a different...


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    Google will require new apps on the Play Store to use App Bundles instead of APKs
    Lines are being drawn in the sand – starting in August, Google will require that new apps listed on its Play Store are published in the Android App Bundle (AAB) format, instead of the APK format that has been a part of the OS since its inception.Why does that matter? Well, right now only the Google Play Store supports App Bundles. That’s right, the Amazon Appstore, which will be the default Android app store on Windows 11 does not. And neither do the third-party app stores that will be natively supported in the upcoming Android 12 update.Google, of course, touts App Bundles as an...


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    Oppo Reno6 5G and Reno6 Pro 5G launching in India on July 14
    The Oppo Reno6 5G and Reno6 Pro 5G introduced in May in China will begin their global rollout this month, starting with India, on July 14.Oppo had also announced the Reno6 Pro+ 5G in May, but there's no word yet on whether it will be launched in India alongside the vanilla and Pro models.The Oppo Reno6 5G is powered by the Dimensity 900 SoC and sports a 6.43" FullHD+ 90Hz AMOLED screen with a punch hole for the 32MP selfie camera and a fingerprint reader underneath for biometric security.Around the back, the Reno6 5G has a 64MP primary camera joined by 8MP ultrawide and...


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    Samsung planning to launch Galaxy S21 FE with Exynos chipset
    Samsung has reportedly postponed the Galaxy S21 FE launch for the last quarter of the year due to the shortage of chips. The phone was expected to arrive with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chips with limited supply, but according to sources from South Korea, there might be a change of plan.Mae-il Business reports the Galaxy S21 FE will ship with the in-house Exynos chipsets at overseas markets such as Europe and North America.Samsung has been struggling to launch new phones with flagship chips due to production shortage. The 2021 Galaxy Note series was altogether cancelled because of...


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    Some Xiaomi TVs and smartphones in India are now 3-6% more expensive
    In some rather unfortunate news for our Indian readers, Xiaomi has confirmed its hiking up the prices for some of its smartphones and TVs by 3-6% starting today July 1. There are two main drivers behind the increased prices with the global chip shortage and increased shipping costs.Due to massive demand-supply mismatch, the majority of components used in smartphones, smart TV, and other electronics gadgets (chipsets, display panels, display drivers, back panels, batteries, etc.) have seen constant upward movement in their prices.While we have tried to absorb the increasing costs,...


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    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G 360-degree video gives us an even clearer look
    At this point we've seen just about every angle of Samsung's upcoming (in August) Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Z Flip3 5G but we don't mind another, even more detailed, leak.The latest visuals come from Evan Blass and they're the best kind - 360 degree videos of the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G in all four colors - Gold, Olive Green, Black and Purple.The videos showcase the dual-tone front side of the phone, said to house a doubled-in-size 1.9-inch outer display and dual 12MP cameras - regular and ultrawide. There's a USB-C port and loudspeaker on the bottom, capacitive fingerprint scanner and volume...


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    T-Mobile launches REVVL V+ 5G with Dimensity 700 for $200
    T-Mobile is announcing the newest entry to its REVVL family. The US carrier has a lineup of self-branded budget-conscious Android phones and the latest addition is the REVVL V+ 5G. It can be had for $199 with support for T-Mobile’s sub-5 5G networks, but what else does it have?There’s a large 6.82-inch LCD screen with 720p+ resolution. This phone is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 700 chip paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. There’s also a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charge support (a charging cable and adapter are included in the box). There’s also a...


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    Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple AirPods Pro 2 are not coming this year
    Apple brought the AirPods Pro in 2019, but a successor is not coming until 2022, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now claims.In an investor note, he stated that demand for the TWS earphones in 2021 is lower than expected, and Apple had to revise its sales forecast to 70-75 million units from 75-85 million.This isn’t the first time we hear about Apple not rushing with the new Pro buds. Bloomberg previously reported the same for 2022, but fans of the Cupertino company should get their fix with regular AirPods coming this fall.As we already reported, the new Apple AirPods 3 will have a...


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    Samsung Galaxy F22 is coming on July 6, design and specs revealed
    The Samsung Galaxy F22 we've been hearing about for a few months will be officially introduced next week - on July 6.This confirmation comes from Samsung's Indian branch as the company set up the Galaxy F22's promo page on its official website, revealing the phone's design and specs.The Samsung Galaxy F22 is built around a 6.4" 90Hz Super AMOLED screen of HD+ resolution, features a 48MP quad camera on its rear panel, and packs a 6,000 mAh battery. The smartphone will come in black color, but there will likely be other color options as well.While Samsung hasn't confirmed the...


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    Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic leaks in all its glory, rotating bezel in tow
    Earlier today we heard that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Watch4 family would have a Classic variant, to join the eponymous Watch4 and the Watch4 Active. Turns out that the device previously known as Watch4 Active could simply be called Watch4 - and we've already seen what it looks like courtesy of some leaked renders.And now it's time for the Galaxy Watch4 Classic to get the same treatment. So here it is in all its "Classic" glory, complete with rotating bezel and two huge buttons on the right.Like the other member(s) of the Watch4 family, the Classic watch will also run Samsung's...


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    Samsung Galaxy A03s gets Bluetooth certified on its way to the market
    Samsung is working on revamping its entry-level model in the A-series, the one that starts with a zero. The Galaxy A03s has already leaked in some detail back in May, and now it's been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG getting the mandatory Bluetooth certification ahead of its launch, which definitely can't be too far off at this point.The phone will have the model number SM-A037F, and a dual-SIM version (ending in "/DS"). It supports Bluetooth 5.0, and that's the extent of the info we get from the Bluetooth SIG about it.The aforementioned leak from May talked about the handset...


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    Realme X2 Pro finally receives update to Android 11 and Realme UI 2.0
    The Realme X2 Pro was a revelation in the 'flagship killer' space when it launched back in October 2019, using the traditional formula of pairing killer specs with a jaw-droppingly low price. And Realme hasn't forgotten it. Not completely, at least.Starting today, the phone is finally receiving a stable update to Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0, following some beta testing. The new build is labeled RMX1931_11_F.11, and comes in at 349MB.As usual, the update may be going out in stages, so don't fret if you haven't received the notification yet. It might help to manually check in...


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    Default Samsung Galaxy A52 and A72 get major updates improving camera quality

    Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 are getting a big OTA update with July 2021 security patch from Google. Both OTA updates are rolling out gradually and might take a while before it reaches your market.Screenshot from the changelogThe changelog includes the option to remaster photos automatically. The new feature looks for the optimal resolution, brightness, color and sharpness. It also suggests already optimized images.The stability of the camera app has been improved along with the overall picture quality but no details are given. Face recognition and call quality have...


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    Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 certified with 67W fast charging, Mi Mix 4 with 120W, Mi CC 1 1 with 33W
    The 3C has certified several upcoming Xiaomi devices and revealed their charging characteristics in the process. Among them are the M2105K81AC and M2105K81C, two variants of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 5.The latter version has 5G connectivity, which will make it Xiaomi’s first 5G tablet. And it supports 67W fast wired charging, the most out of any Xiaomi tablet so far. There’s a third model, the 21051182C, which tops out at 33W (a Lite model?).Meanwhile, unconfirmed renders and specs for the tablet have also surfaced. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 will allegedly be powered by the Snapdragon 870...


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    Honor's CEO confirms the SD 888+ for the Magic3 series, talks about photography
    In a Global CEO Tech Talk, Honor's boss, George Zhao, revealed several key features of the upcoming Honor Magic3 series. And perhaps the most important one is that both the vanilla Magic3 and the Magic3 Pro will run on the Snapdragon 888+.In addition, the CEO says that the word "magic" in the name has more than one meaning. Firstly, the cameras are optimized to capture the most accurate gold and pink-ish hues in the sky during the so-called "Golden Hour", which is also known as the "Magic Hour". This probably explains the sunset-inspired teaser for the phone too.For those of you...


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    Redmi Buds 3 Pro announced as the global version of the Air Dots 3 Pro
    Back in May, Xiaomi introduced its Redmi AirDots 3 Pro for the Chinese market and now the TWS earbuds are official for the rest of the world as the Redmi Buds 3 Pro. Pricing is set at $60 though a limited-time promotion gets it down to $40 before shipping.Redmi Buds 3 ProThe specs on the Buds 3 Pro are identical to the Air Dots 3 Pro which entails 9mm drivers and 3-mics for noise cancelation and voice pickup. ANC on these is claimed to block out 35dB of outside noise while connectivity happens over Bluetooth 5.2 with simultaneous connection to two devices at once. Battery life...


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    Apple's MagSafe power pack handled, can be reverse-charged by an iPhone
    Apple’s $99 MagSafe battery pack has already reached its first customers, one of whom, Steven Russel, posted photos and first impressions of the device.Apple MagSafe battery pack on an iPhone with a white silicone caseIt’s made out of hard plastic and is somewhat chunky. If you have plug a 20W adapter (or more) directly to the Battery Pack, it will be able to charge the MagSafe pack and the phone simultaneously.With brown and blue silicone cases • No caseThe pack sends 15W of power wirelessly to the phone while it's connected and just 5W while used portably....


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    Redmi Note 10T 5G arrives in India, sales begin July 26
    Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi announced the Redmi Note 10 5G back in March, and later in May, another sub-brand, Poco, introduced the Poco M3 Pro 5G, which is just a rebranded Redmi Note 10 5G with a different design. Then in June, we got the Redmi Note 10T 5G, which is a rebadged Note 10 5G carrying a "T" in the moniker.The Poco M3 Pro 5G arrived in India earlier last month, and today, the Redmi Note 10T 5G made its debut in the Asian country. One might wonder what could've been the rationale behind launching the same phone in the same market with the same memory options at the same...


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    Bixby confirms August 11 is the date of the next Galaxy Unpacked event
    Samsung's huge Unpacked event is happening and it's happening on August 11. Numerous rumors have pointed at that date, Samsung itself confirmed it accidentally before pulling it, and even the teaser for the event leaked.. And now Bixby is openly admitting the date is real.When you ask Bixby when the next Unpacked is, you get an answer in Morse Code. When you run the code - "._ .._ __. .._ ... _ .____ .____" through a Morse Code Translator you get 'AUGUST11' - geeky.Ask Bixby to tell you when's the next Unpacked and you get Morse CodeWe all know what Samsung will unveil at the...


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    Nothing ear (1) to have 24-hour battery life with ANC on
    Nothing is launching its ear (1) TWS earphones next Tuesday, and Carl Pei, the company CEO, has revealed some juicy details. The audio wearables will come with a semi-transparent case that will have a 570 mAh battery and will support wired fast charging, as well as wireless.The battery life will be good enough for 24 hours of music with ANC or 36 hours without the noise cancellation, and a quick 10-minute charge will suffice for 6 to 8 hours of playback.The case and the earphones will have transparent elements, and Pei revealed during the interview it was extremely hard to pull...


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    More Huawei P50 Pro camera details revealed
    Huawei is expected to bring the P50 series on July 29, and zooming in on one of the teaser videos has now revealed key specifications of P50 Pro's camera setup. The writing next to the camera says VARIO-SUMMILUX-H1:1.8-3.4/18-125ASPH which matches the apertures and focal lengths of the P40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro.Huawei Mate 40 ProThis means the telephoto cam will offer 5x zoom, while the ultra-wide-angle cam will have an 18mm equivalent.Huawei P50 with Leica lenses (18mm f/1.8 ultra wide and 125mm, f/3.4 periscope)However those numbers only reveal the apertures and focal...


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    Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 prices leak through European retailers, Dbrand shows off Fold3 skins
    Samsung’s stilted teaser campaign for the upcoming foldable flagships leaks more often than it gets posted on purpose. The latest tear in the veal of secrecy comes from European retailers, which already list the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, as well as Dbrand, which has brand new skins ready for the Fold.LamdaTek seemingly has Z Fol3 units on hand in Phantom Green, Phantom Silver and Phantom Black. There are two versions, one with 256 GB and one with 512 GB storage.The former is listed at €2,038.63 with VAT, which is around £1,765. A different retailer has it at £1726.50 with VAT. The...


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    Sony clarifies: the Xperia 1 III will get at least two Android updates
    Sony representatives reached out to us to set the record straight on the expected software support for the Xperia 1 III flagship. The company plans to deliver at least two Android OS updates to the Mark 3 flagship.That’s a lot better than the single OS update that Sony Netherlands was claiming. And yes, the statement is worded defensively, but that’s to cover unforeseen circumstances.We have to point out that the Sony Xperia 1 III will launch in August in the US and in Europe with Android 11 pre-installed. Google’s schedule shows that Android 12 will reach “platform stability”...


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    Oppo Reno6 Z specs listed on company's site day before announcement
    Oppo will introduce its Reno6 Z tomorrow in Thailand but a day before the launch we stumbled upon the device’s official specs on Oppo’s Thai website. These confirm past rumors including a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. There’s a punch-hole cutout for the 32MP selfie shooter in the top left corner.The device features Oppo’s signature Reno Glow design with Stellar Black and Aurora colorways. The back comes with a rectangular camera cutout for the 64MP main cam which is backed by an 8MP ultrawide snapper and 2MP macro cam. The phone will support 4K...


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    Realme GT Master Explorer Edition white color variant appears in official images
    Realme will introduce the GT Master Series tomorrow, which is said to include two smartphones - GT Master Edition and GT Master Explorer Edition. Recently leaked renders of the latter showed us the smartphone's travel-inspired design in two colors, and today we are looking at its white-colored variant, which reminds us of the Oppo Reno4 Pro's Silk White model.These images were posted by a couple of Realme officials on Weibo, and while they didn't share the phone's specs sheet, the company's CMO, Mr. Xu Qi Chase, did confirm that the rear panel of this white version is covered with AG...


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    Nokia G50 5G shows up at British retailers with a lower price than the Nokia X10
    Back in April HMD Global unveiled the Nokia X-series with a couple of 5G-enabled mid-rangers and the Nokia G-series and more affordable LTE-only models. But there’s no hard 4G/5G divide between the G and X series, apparently, as British retailers have started listing a Nokia G50 with 5G connectivity.LambdaTek lists two colorways, Blue and Sand, both dual SIM phones with a 4/64 GB memory configuration. They are priced £217.52 with VAT included, that converts to about €250/$300. That falls between the Nokia X10 (€310) and the Nokia G20 (€160).MoreComputers undercuts that price a...


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    Honor posts a new Magic3 teaser video, this one focuses on the back
    The Honor Magic3 series will be unveiled on August 12 with at least two attention-grabbing features – these will be some of the first devices to be powered by the new Snapdragon 888+ chipset and that curious-looking camera. The latest teaser video posted by Honor earlier today offers an extra close look at the camera: And here’s the video from yesterday that showed the Magic3 from the front. The display features an OLED panel with 2.5D curved glass and a dual selfie camera. There will allegedly be a Pro model with an under display camera, but that is not shown in the promo. ...


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    iQOO 8 naming and key specs surface
    Yesterday brought news of the upcoming iQOO 8 flagship which will likely debut as the first Snapdragon 888 Plus phone on August 4. Now, we get more confirmation on the device’s name as well as some of its key specs thanks to several tips from China.iQOO 8 posterNoted tipster @WhyLab shared an image of an iQOO 8 poster complete with FlashCharge branding. In related news DigitalChatStation also confirmed the upcoming phone’s name and V2141A model number. The tipster also shared some key specs directly from the phone’s About section.iQOO 8 about section and specsWe...


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    Google Pixel 4 XL receives extra year of warranty due to battery issues
    Google’s Pixel phones have had their fair share of hardware issues and the Pixel 4 XL is now getting a warranty extension after countless user reports of significant battery drainage and other power-related problems. Pixel 4XL owners in the US, Singapore, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan are eligible for a one-year warranty extension that covers battery replacements on affected units.Users who experience random restarts and shutdowns, significant battery drainage or have devices that fail to turn on can file a warranty claim via Google’s support page. Google warns users that it may charge...


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    Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event's teaser leaks
    Samsung's Unpacked event is taking place next month and now we even get to see the first teaser for it ahead of schedule. A short GIF image reveals the tag line for the event and hints at what we are about to see.The event will be taglined "Get Ready to Unfold” and if that wasn't clear the short clip shows light dancing as it is coming from inside a foldable phone. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 and Galaxy Z Fold3 are coming at 2 PM GMT / 10 AM EST / 7.30 PM IST on August 11. The Galaxy Z Flip3 will be the latest clamshell smartphone by Samsung, and it will have a bigger...


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    Oppo Watch 2 will be unveiled on July 27
    Oppo launched its first smartwatch called Oppo Watch last year, and the company will introduce its successor dubbed Oppo Watch 2 next week - on July 27.Oppo is yet to divulge anything about the Watch 2, but the smartwatch is already listed on Chinese online retailer JD.com's website, revealing the Watch 2's design and color options. It also tells us that the wearable will come with an Apollo 4s chip, camera control, and gaming mode. Although it's unclear what exactly a gaming mode on a smartwatch will do.Previously leaked specs tell us that the Oppo Watch 2 will have a...


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    Maimang 10 SE 5G is official, arrives without Huawei branding
    Huawei has dropped Honor from its roster to save the team its troubles with US companies, and now another brand has separated - the China-only Maimang. The now-independent entity did not wait one bit and has already launched its new midranger, called Maimang 10 SE 5G, with a Snapdragon 480 5G chipset.The phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage and a trio of cameras on the back, lined up on a square island. The setup brings 13MP f/1.8 main + 2 MP f/2.4 + 2 MP f/2.4 shooters, while the selfie snapper is 8MP with an f/2.0 aperture in front.The front-facing camera is mounted on...


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    Default Samsung's Galaxy Watch4 will support both Bixby and the Google Assista

    The upcoming Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic will be the first Samsung watches to run Google’s wrist-worn OS in a long time. And you know what that means – Google services and apps will be on board, the ones that were missing from the Tizen watches.This does include the Google Assistant, according to leakster Snoopy. Google tends to offer its products wholesale – if a maker wants access to the Play Store, they have to install the Google apps too (which often leads to duplication).And even though Samsung struck some kind of special deal with Google, which allowed it to customize Wear...


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    Honor Magic3 appears on AnTuTu, revealing key specs
    The Honor Magic3 arriving on August 12 was spotted on Geekbench yesterday with a Snapdragon 888+ SoC, 8GB RAM, and Android 11. Now it has appeared on AnTuTu as well, but with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and a few more specs.The benchmark database reveals that the Magic3 will have 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage onboard and its screen will have a 120Hz refresh rate. However, it doesn't mention the panel's type, resolution, or diagonal.Talking about the performance, the Magic3 scored 749,223 points in AnTuTu's test, which is less than what the Snapdragon 888-powered smartphones achieved in our tests....


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    Lenovo P12 Pro with Snapdragon 855 chipset appears on the Google Play Console
    A month ago Lenovo launched the Yoga Tab 13, Yoga Tab 11 and Tab P11 Plus with global availability. Now clues have appeared of another slate, a sequel to the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro from last year. Unlike the first three, which have IPS LCDs, the P11 Pro has an 11.5” OLED display. However, despite its “Pro” moniker it is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 730G chipset. The P11 Plus is no powerhouse either, packing a Helio G90T.The Lenovo P12 Pro (TB-Q706F) was spotted on the Google Play Console and is getting a major performance upgrade with a Snapdragon 855 (or possibly an 860). It’s not...


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    Oppo announces its second-gen under-display camera technology
    Today Oppo introduced its new under-display camera technology, two years after building its first working prototype. The company worked a lot to improve the quality of the screen on top and the image quality of the camera itself, resulting in product far more suited for comercial products. The panel is developed jointly with BOE, one of the major display manufacturers in China. The companies developed an innovative pixel geometry that shrinks the size of every pixel in the area over the camera lens, reaching 400ppi. Oppo also has replaced the traditional screen wiring with a new...


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    Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic leaks yet again in detailed renders
    The upcoming Galaxy Watch4 series from Samsung has leaked thoroughly in leaks thus far and the latest one comes from @evleaks. It shows the Watch4 Classic model in black and white and we can see both the watch face side with its rotating bezel as well as the rear which houses the health-tracking sensors.SGW4C pic.twitter.com/mJEb7rFlRF— Evan (@evleaks) August 3, 2021 Watch4 Classic is expected to bring Gorilla Glass DX/DX+ protected display, Exynos W920 chipset and One UI Watch on top of Wear OS. Other expected features include MIL-STD-810G certification, 5ATM water resistance, heart...


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    Honor X20 is coming on August 12, design and key specs confirmed
    Honor unveiled the X20 SE in June, and it will add another member to the X20 lineup on August 12, dubbed Honor X20.In addition to announcing the event date, Honor also posted an image on Weibo confirming the X20's design - it has a 64MP triple camera on the back, with the screen having a pill-shaped hole in the upper-left corner.The X20 will come in at least two colors, and we can also see the smartphone has a fingerprint reader on its right-side frame joined by the volume rocker, suggesting it will pack an LCD panel. But then we've seen smartphones with AMOLED screens and...


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    Xiaomi confirms Mi Mix 4 will launch on August 10, check out the under display camera
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    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 Indian prices leak
    After Korean prices and European prices, today's the day when we find out how much the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 are going to cost in India.Of course the info is unofficial, as we're still about a week away from Samsung's unveiling event, but a tipster who was reliable with pricing details in the past has stepped up and revealed how much you should expect the new foldables to go for in India.The Galaxy Z Fold3 is apparently going to be priced at around INR 1,35,000 ($1,818 or €1,533 at the current exchange rates), although its recommended sales price will be INR 1,49,990...


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    Apple today updated the graphics card options for its Mac Pro workstation computer. The company has introduced AMD's latest generation RDNA 2 based graphics cards, replacing the previous Vega II offerings.The Mac Pro will now offer users a choice of either a Radeon Pro W6900X, a Radeon Pro W6800X, or a Radeon Pro 6800X Duo in addition to the existing 580X, W5500X, and W5700X options.The Radeon Pro W6900X is the flagship single GPU option. Based on the Radeon RX 6900XT gaming GPU, the Radeon Pro W6900X features the same 80 compute units, 5120 stream processors, and a slightly lower...


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    Realme reaches 100 million users, GT series to launch in India on August 18
    After introducing its new MagDart ecosystem, Realme India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth shared that the brand now encompasses over 100 million users globally. An estimated 50 million of Realme’s users are from India making it the brand’s number one market.In related news, the latest episode of #AskMadhav revealed Realme GT series will launch on August 18 in India. The lineup will include the Realme GT 5G, GT Neo, GT Master Edition and GT Master Explorer Edition.An exclusive report from India Today Tech suggest a starting price of around INR 30,000 ($404) for the GT series. We’ll...


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    Yesterday, Motorola revealed that there is a new smartphone coming on August 5 (Thursday) and that it will have a new brand spokesperson for China. This info was posted from a Motorola Edge S Pro, a model that hasn’t been announced yet, leading to predictable speculation.Motorola will unveil the Edge S Pro in China on August 5 (Thursday)Now the company has made it official and has sent out press invites. This will be Motorola’s thinnest and lightest 5G phone yet (6.99 mm and 163g, according to a teaser). How does it relate to the recently unveiled Motorola Edge 20 series? The...


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    Spotify is quietly testing a new, more affordable subscription dubbed Spotify Plus. It’s undergoing A/B testing with only some users reporting that they’ve gotten an offer to try it and then the offer comes with a different price tags. The streaming service is clearly trying to feel out the best price for Plus.Some users saw Spotify Plus as a $1 a month service, a tenth of the $10/mo price for the Premium tier. However, Plus is a mix between Free and Premium – well, it’s mostly the Free tier with some restrictions lifted.For context, the Free tier lets you listen to any album, but...


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    Honor Magic 3 shown in video teaser, also appears in Geekbench listing
    In the latest Honor Magic 3 news, the device appeared in an official teaser showcasing its display and cooling solution. The short clip shows the waterfall screen which houses a pill-shaped cutout for the dual selfie cameras. We are also shown an animation of the cooling system which will be tasked with keeping the Snapdragon 888 Plus in check. In related news, the Magic 3 was also spotted in a Geekbench 4 listing bearing the ELZ-AN10 model number. The device managed a 3,556-point single-core score and 10,257-points in the multi-core department. We can also spot 8GB RAM while the...


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    Yesterday brought news of Xiaomi’s rise to number 338 on the Fortune 500 list and today CEO Lei Jun confirmed he will hold his annual speech event on August 10. Lei Jun also confirmed that next week’s keynote will also bring more details on the next smartphone and tablet offerings from the brand.Lei Jun annual talk posterThe event will mark the first time in three years with a new Xiaomi tablet. We’ve heard ample recent rumors suggesting a trio of Mi Pads. The Mi Pad 5 series could be joined by the long rumored Mi Mix 4. MIUI 13 may also be detailed at the event which makes quite...


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    Honor Tab V7 Pro to come with stylus and magnetic keyboard support
    Honor has already revealed a tablet named V7 Pro is incoming on August 12, and today the company revealed more details about it. According to the latest teaser, the slate will have stylus support and will work with a magnetic cover keyboard.Honor Tab V7 ProThe predecessor Honor V6 also worked with a stylus and we suspect it might be the very same. What is different with the upcoming V7 Pro is the keyboard will be with a different design - it will have a thick element in the middle, likely with a battery tucked in it that will charge the tablet wirelessly or through the...


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    Realme unveils the MagDart ecosystem: 50W and 15W chargers, power bank and more
    Realme unveiled a whole ecosystem with the introduction of MagDart. It is primarily a system to charge your phone, but it does enable some other features as well. You may have heard about the Realme Flash phone, but that is just a concept device used to demo the system.The Realme Flash concept phone • A peek at the MagDart hardware inside the phoneInstead, the first phone that users will be able to charge with MagDart is one you may already have – the Realme GT. The company will release a case that adds wireless charging to the GT (which it doesn’t have natively), specifically...


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    Xiaomi unveils RedmiBook 15 Pro and e-Learning Edition for India with 11th gen Intel CPUs
    Xiaomi unveiled a pair of Intel-powered laptops for the Indian market. The RedmiBook 15 Pro is the higher end model with an 11th generation Intel H-series processor, the other model is made especially for students, the RedmiBook e-Learning Edition. Note that the Pro is different form the one we saw in China earlier this year.RedmiBook 15 ProThis is a 15.6” laptop with a 1080p display and a polycarbonate body that has a brushed metallic finish. This allows it to be fairly thin and light, 19.9 mm and 1.8 kg (3.97 lbs). With its 46 WHr battery, this laptop can go 10 hours on a single...


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    At the onset of the pandemic app installs shot up as people searched for something to do. Now with the vaccine rollout app installs on the Google and Apple platforms are down slightly (1.2% and 2.1%, respectively, year over year), but revenues have gone up. Smartphone users spent a collective $33.6 billion on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store during the July-September quarter on apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions. This is a 15.1% increase over the same period last year when $29.2 billion was spent. The increase is slowing down, however, last year there was a 32% jump in...


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    New OnePlus Buds Z2 images leak, specs confirmed
    OnePlus' next budget TWS earbuds, the Buds Z2started in a couple of leaks, and today we get a third one. It doesn't reveal too much we didn't already know, but rather serves as a confirmation that the previous two were on the right track. The most notable upgrade of the Buds Z2 will be the 3 microphones used for active noise reduction and an improved design that handles wind better. The headphones are protected against water and sweat having IP55 certification while the charging box gets IPX4. The buds will support Bluetooth 5.2 but no advanced audio streaming codecs so they will rely...


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    Honor's foldable Magic X to be released in Q4
    According to noted Chinese tipster Honor is about to release its first foldable phone before the end of Q4 this year and will allegedly be similar to Huawei's Mate X2 as the development strated before the separation of the two companies. The device is internally known as Magic X, but it's not certain if that will be its final marketing name. Previously Honor's CEO George Zhao revealed his company is working on a foldable phone and believed it will be the best one in the industry. Seeing how great the Mate X2 is and how Honor isn't limited by the sanctions imposed on Huawei we wouldn't...


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