Ricci Rox (Senior Tech Writer)
I like tech, simple as. Half the time, you can catch me writing snarky sales copy. The rest of the time, I'm either keeping readers abreast with the latest happenings in the mobile tech world or watching football. I worked as both a journo and freelance content writer for a couple of years before joining the Notebookcheck team in 2017. Feel free to shoot me some questions on Twitter or Reddit if it so tickles thine fancy.
Latest MIUI 12.5 build adds even more RAM to the Poco F3, Mi 10 and Mi 11 series
Ever wanted to download more RAM? Xiaomi's latest feature will allow some owners to do something of the sort. After offering a Memory Extension feature on the Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G weeks ago, Xiaomi is set to bring a more impressive implementation to its premium phones including the Poco F3, Mi 10, and Mi 11 series.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G launched with a Dimensity 1200 and a main camera straight out of the OnePlus 9 Pro, starts at €399
OnePlus has now launched its main mid-range device for the year, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G seeks to build on the relative success of last year's OnePlus Nord with a 90Hz AMOLED, 65 W charging, and a MediaTek Dimensity 1200, along with a €399 starting price tag in Europe.
Xiaomi expands the Android 11 rollout for the Redmi Note 8 to Global ROM units
After beginning the Android 11 rollout for the European model of the Redmi Note 8 a few weeks ago, Xiaomi is now expanding its reach. Starting today, the Android 11 alongside the July security patch will reach the first batch of global Redmi Note 8 owners.
Xiaomi replaces exploded Redmi 8 from recent incident with a newer model
Last week, two Xiaomi phones spontaneously went up in flames and dealt burn damage to victims. Xiaomi has now attempted to make amends in one of those cases, by replacing one of those devices without cost to the owner—and with an upgrade, to boot.
The Redmi Note 8 is finally receiving the Android 11 update albeit sans MIUI 12.5
No, Redmi Note 8 owners, you aren't forgotten. Xiaomi has now begun the Android 11 rollout for the Redmi Note 8. The Android 11 OTA is now being sent out to the European model of the then-popular mid-range phone. It weighs in at over 2 GB but owners will have to wait some more for MIUI 12.5.
OnePlus caught throttling performance of apps like Chrome, Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat on the OnePlus 9 Pro; Geekbench delists the OnePlus 9 series for benchmark manipulation
Another day arrives with yet another issue of OnePlus messing things up. The company has now been found to be severely throttling browser performance of Chrome, Twitter, and pretty much all popular internet-based apps on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Geekbench considers this to be a form of benchmark manipulation and has now delisted the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.
Hefty July updates roll out to the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series with camera improvements
Samsung is now rolling out the July security update to its 2020 flagship phones, the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 series. Phones in the two lineups get heavy OTAs weighing upwards of 800 MB, with the S20 series' listing camera improvements in the changelog.
Redmi K40 Ultra set to do battle with the OnePlus Nord 2 thanks to a MediaTek Dimensity 1200
Xiaomi is preparing a handful of interesting devices for an August launch event. One of them will be the Redmi K40 Ultra, a device tipped to be powered by MediaTek's latest and greatest while trading punches with OnePlus's upcoming mid-range phone, the OnePlus Nord 2.
More Xiaomi devices explode, this time a Redmi 8 and Poco C3
After incidents with a Poco X3 and Redmi Note 9 Pro months ago, two Xiaomi devices have now also chosen to go the way of flames. The two devices, a Poco C3 and a Redmi 8, exploded and dealt damage to the owner and a child respectively, with Xiaomi initially absolving itself of all blame in one instance.
MIUI 12.5 starts rolling out to the Mi 10 Pro and Poco F2 Pro globally
Xiaomi is now expanding the MIUI 12.5 rollout for two of its premium devices released last year—the Mi 10 Pro and Poco F2 Pro. The OTAs are now parsing randomly to the global models of the two phones, and deliver MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11, as well as the June security update.
Mi Mix 4 set for August debut with a Snapdragon 888+ and under-display camera onboard
Three years after the release of the Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi is gearing up for the release of a direct successor, the Mi Mix 4. The Mi Mix 4 has now been tipped for an August launch, and could do that while playing host to a bunch of interesting technology, with the most notable of the lot being an under-display selfie camera.
Xiaomi launches the Mi TV 6 Extreme Edition with a 4K 120 Hz QLED display and 48 MP dual cameras
Xiaomi's latest TV lineup is set to bring more value to the Chinese market. The company has now launched the Mi TV 6 Extreme Edition series, offering 4K 120 Hz QLED displays, HDMI 2.1, and two 48 MP cameras, with pricing starting at the equivalent of just over US$900.
No One UI 3.5: One UI 3.1.1 to debut on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, One UI 4.0 set to begin Galaxy S21 testing
Samsung released One UI 2.5 last year but will not continue with that pattern this year; instead eschewing One UI 3.5 in favor of One UI 3.1.1, with the upcoming skin version set to debut on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in August. One UI 4.0 is also on the way, as expected.
Tecno releases the Phantom X with a MediaTek Helio G95, 50 MP camera, and 90 Hz Super AMOLED
Tecno has now unveiled its latest device, the Phantom X. The Phantom X sits at the very top of Tecno's lineup and does so thanks to an impressive spec sheet that includes a 50 MP main camera, five cameras in total, and a solid display.
Huawei P50 series tipped for July 29 launch, could feature Snapdragon 888 4G chipset
The Huawei P50 series may finally have gotten a release date. New information coming straight out of China hints strongly at Huawei's newest premium lineup being scheduled for a July 29 release. Even more interesting are rumors that claim the phones could feature a Snapdragon 888.
New Xiaomi security feature could arrive globally with MIUI 13
Xiaomi's newest software feature will bring an extra layer of security to owners of their devices. This feature is currently only available on the latest version of Xiaomi's Chinese software but will make its way over to the global market when MIUI 13 is released at the latest.
Android 11 arrives for the Redmi Note 9 in Europe as Xiaomi expands MIUI 12.5 rollout for the Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi is finally gracing owners of the Redmi Note 9 in Europe with the much-awaited Android 11 update. The update may only be available for Mi Pilots at the moment but will move to the full rollout stage shortly. The company is also sending out the MIUI 12.5 update to the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro in India.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: renders, pricing, details, launch dates and all we know so far
Samsung's next notable smartphone will be the Galaxy S21 FE, a sequel to last year's very well-received Galaxy S20 FE. While there's not been much in the way of official information, here's all we know about it at the moment, including pricing and specifications.
The Moto Defy is Motorola's new affordable rugged phone with a Snapdragon 662 and two years of support
Motorola has now debuted its newest device, the Moto Defy. The Defy is a rugged phone born from Motorola's partnership with Bullitt Group. It offers mostly mid-range specs but excels at being a rugged phone, with an IP68 rating, MIL-SPEC 810H certification, and a chassis designed to withstand harsh environments.
Honor launches the Honor 50 SE, Honor 50, and Honor 50 Pro with powerful 5G chips and 108 MP cameras across the board
Honor has finally released its new set of devices in China. The phones, the Honor 50 SE, Honor 50, and Honor 50 Pro offer powerful sub-premium chipsets as well 108 MP main cameras, at a starting price point under the equivalent of US$400. They'll also make the trip over to Europe in the near future.
Sketchy alleged Huawei P50 Pro+ camera samples claim a groundbreaking 200x zoom
The Huawei P50 series is expected to debut in August. Much has been said about the range-topping Huawei P50 Pro+'s expected 200x zoom. A set of images have now surfaced online, with a claim to being camera samples from the device. We're leery, though.
Realme GT 5G debuts in Europe for just €449: Cheapest Snapdragon 888 device on the market
Realme has now brought its performance-focused affordable premium phone, the Realme GT 5G, over to the global market. Europe, specifically. The Realme GT 5G offers a Snapdragon 888 and up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB while bearing a lithe €369 price tag for now.
June security update now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and S10 series
Samsung is continuing its habit of providing timely updates. The company sent out the June update to its current flagship phones last week and is now expanding the rollout to include its 2019 premium devices, the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series.
Redmi Note 10 vs Redmi Note 9: The older Redmi phone may actually be better for gaming
The Redmi Note 10 lineup is Xiaomi's current bread and butter for the mid-range segment. Sometimes, though, newer doesn't mean better, and it appears that last year's Redmi Note 9 may actually edge the Redmi Note 10 in some important performance tests.
New information all but extinguishes hopes for a Days Gone 2 release
Days Gone was launched to mixed reactions back in 2019, and its recently released PC port has mirrored that for the most part. Over a hundred thousand fans may have banded together to demand a sequel from Sony but even that looks to have been inadequate, with new information essentially confirming that Days Gone 2 is dead in the water.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max will offer a 120 Hz display and a battery big enough to match
Apple will finally release its first high refresh rate device. According to Ice Universe, the upcoming iPhone 13 Pro Max will sport a 120 Hz display, a year after Apple ditched similar plans for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The imminent flagship will also be equipped with a battery big enough to offset the increased power draw of a 120 Hz display.
Specs of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G revealed ahead of launch
OnePlus is geared to release its next mid-range device shortly. The phone in question, the OnePlus Nord CE, will be available on pre-order starting June 11, and details have now leaked. Notable takeaways include a Snapdragon 750G, a 90 Hz FHD+ AMOLED, and a 64 MP main camera.
The Mi 9T is now receiving the Android 11 update globally but MIUI 12.5 remains elusive
Xiaomi is now expanding its Android 11 rollout to the Mi 9T. The flagship killer is currently receiving the OS upgrade, albeit only in global model guise. The OTA doesn't deliver MIUI 12.5, however, so owners will have to wait a while longer for that. The update weighs in at about 2.4 GB.
Counterpoint: iPhone 12 Mini sales continue to flounder in Q1 2021 while the iPhone 12 dominates
Counterpoint has now released its estimated global smartphone sales numbers for the first quarter of the year. The iPhone 12 earns top spot as the best-selling smartphone in the world over the period, while the iPhone 12 Mini fails to even make the top ten. The Redmi 9A, however, is the best-selling Android smartphone.
More details of the Pixel 6 series and Pixel 5a revealed; hardware, pricing, expected launch dates
Google is set to release three smartphones in the near future: the Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, and the Pixel 5a. Max Weinbach of Android Police, in a new podcast, has now revealed some details of the phones, with notable takeaways including hardware decisions, and pricing hints.
Mi 11 Ultra rear display set to finally get slew of camera features in imminent update
Xiaomi's Mi 11 Ultra features a secondary display on its rear but has received criticism for the poor implementation of that feature. That is set to change shortly, as new information indicates that an upcoming build will allow modes like video recording, portrait, and a bunch of other camera modes on the rear display.
Redmi Note 10 Ultra to be Xiaomi's affordable gaming device; scheduled for May 26 launch
Xiaomi is set to release a few other affordable devices on May 26. Leading the lineup will be the aptly named Redmi Note 10 Ultra, equipped with a 64 MP main camera, a MediaTek Dimensity 1100, and a 120 Hz AMOLED, all for a price tag that converts into less than US$300.
Xiaomi expands MIUI 12.5 rollout for the Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi began the MIUI 12.5 rollout for the Redmi Note 10 Pro last week, but is now expanding it to include the European model of the device. This means that the global, Indian, and European are now receiving the MIUI 12.5 update, albeit only in stable beta form.
Redmi Note 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 10: Pro model without pro gaming performance?
Xiaomi sells the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10 Pro with the Snapdragon 678 and Snapdragon 732G respectively. While certain other features differentiate the two models, it appears raw performance between the two chipsets is close enough to raise questions about how "Pro" exactly the Redmi Note 10 Pro is.
Xiaomi finally releases some sales statistics for the Redmi Note 10 lineup
Xiaomi has now revealed some initial sales numbers for the Redmi Note 10 series. Early today, company executive Manu Kumar Jain confirmed that the company has sold 500 Crore worth of the Redmi Note 10 series phones, presumably in India, within the first two weeks. That translates into about US$68 million in sales.
Xiaomi may have silently stopped sending updates to the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite
The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite were released in mid-2018. Following traditional Android One standards, both phones are entitled to three years of security updates in total; for some reason, however, the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite have now gone months without an update from Xiaomi.
Over 100,000 fans join hands to demand Days Gone 2 from Sony
Days Gone was released in 2019. Two years after, it's starting to look like Sony has no plans to make a sequel. Fans of the first game aren't too thrilled about that, though, and well over a hundred thousand of them have come out to make their feelings known as regards the release of Days Gone 2.
No more updates: Samsung ends software support for the Galaxy S8 and S8+
Four years after release, Samsung has finally turned off the hall lights for owners of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The two smartphones are now to be considered legacy devices and will no longer receive any scheduled security updates from Samsung. The Galaxy Note 8 and S8 Active are next in line for a similar treatment.
Another Xiaomi smartphone goes up in flames, this time a Redmi Note 9 Pro
Death, taxes, and Xiaomi phones going up in flames—the three certainties of life. Or so it seems recently, anyway. Another Xiaomi phone has now blown up, just two weeks after a similar case with a Poco X3. The device in this case was a Redmi Note 9 Pro, however.
The Redmi Note 10 suddenly sees a price hike in India less than two months after launch
Xiaomi has developed a penchant for raising the prices of its devices in India without warning, after launch. The latest victim is the Redmi Note 10 that was launched a few months ago, with the company raising prices by Rs 500 across all configurations of the device.
Asus Zenfone 8 series officially confirmed for May 12 launch, featuring the touted compact Zenfone 8 Mini
The Asus Zenfone 8 series is officially on the way. Asus will unveil its next generation of mainstream premium phones on May 12, with the teaser tagline hinting heavily at the imminent arrival of a compact flagship—likely the Asus Zenfone 8 Mini.
Poco X3 explodes while charging and Poco lays blame firmly on the customer
Yet another device has gone up in flames. Again, it's a Xiaomi phone, this time the Poco X3. Supposedly, the device spontaneously combusted while charging, but Poco has claimed it was down to the customer puncturing the battery beforehand.
Early reviews of the OnePlus Watch show overwhelming disappointment at OnePlus' debut smartwatch
OnePlus released the US$159 OnePlus Watch a while ago. Sadly, though, the watch looks set to be a colossal flop, with reviews consistently panning it for its inability to be good at being, well, a smartwatch at the very least.
Moto G20 specifications and images revealed ahead of launch: Budget phone with a weird SoC
Motorola is geared to release its next budget device, the Moto G20, in the near future. Specs, features, and images of the phone have now been revealed, with a major talking point being the SoC—Motorola eschewing offerings from Qualcomm and MediaTek in favor of a UNISOC T700.
New renders show the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 pushing the boundaries of the bezel-less design thanks to an under-display selfie camera
Three years after the release of the Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi looks set to deliver the next device in the series—the Mi Mix 4. Unofficial renders of the phone have surfaced, painting an image of a device with potentially the slimmest, cleanest display design yet, in part thanks to an under-display selfie camera.
Google confirms the Pixel 5a for launch amidst rumors of a cancellation
Reports surfaced a few hours ago claiming that Google had canceled its plans for the release of a Pixel 5a. Google has swiftly laid those rumors to rest, though, by confirming that the Pixel 5a will be released later this year, at least in the US and Japan.
The Asus Zenfone 8 Mini draws closer to launch as it appears on certification website
Asus is geared to release a compact premium phone in the form of the Zenfone 8 Mini. That phone could be closer to release than expected, as it has now been spotted on the TUV certification website, with information on charging specifications.
Details of Huawei P50 series' cameras revealed: Huge sensors for even the vanilla Huawei P50
Huawei is geared to release its next set of flagship devices, the Huawei P50 series, shortly. A leak has thrown light on the phones' camera hardware, revealing huge sensors across the board. However, expectant fans may be disappointed considering the hardware we've already seen on Xiaomi's show-stopping Mi 11 Ultra.
MediaTek Dimensity 1200 trades blows with the Snapdragon 870 ahead of Realme GT Neo debut
The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is scheduled to debut on the Realme GT Neo on March 31. The new chipset by MediaTek appears to be an excellent performer like its predecessors, with benchmarks showing it trading punches with the Snapdragon 870.
Mi 11 Ultra and Mi 11 Pro to be first Xiaomi phones with IP68 rating as specs are revealed ahead of launch
Xiaomi is set for a big launch event tomorrow, with the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra to lead a lineup of new tech products from the company. Details of the two flagship devices have now been revealed, with one major talking point being an official IP68 rating—the first-ever on a Xiaomi device.
OnePlus launches the OnePlus 9R as a throwback to its earlier value-oriented performance devices
OnePlus launched the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro hours ago. Completing the OnePlus 9 series, however, is the OnePlus 9R, a performance-oriented, bang-for-buck device exclusive to the Indian market.
Potentially named the OnePlus Nord N20, details of the OnePlus Nord N10's successor surface
OnePlus released the OnePlus Nord N10 5G towards the end of last year, and the company is now set to deliver a successor. Expectant fans may be disappointed, however, as information about the upcoming mid-range devices paints an image of a mere incremental upgrade, at least in terms of design.
AnTuTu delists the Realme GT from its database after accusations of gamed benchmark scores
Realme's newest performance-oriented smartphone, the Realme GT, may not be quite as impressive as thought. Earning an AnTuTu score that shows a tangible performance advantage over other Snapdragon 888-powered flagships, it appears the Realme GT only manages to hit such numbers via unscrupulous means.
The Mi A3 is now receiving the March security update around the world
The Xiaomi Mi A3 is now receiving a new update. The OTA delivers the March security update and manages not to include any bugs—a thankful achievement considering Xiaomi's track record with Android One updates. It's also being sent out globally at the moment.
Mi 10S vs Mi 11: Figuring out which of Xiaomi's premium phones is best for you
Xiaomi launched its newest premium device, the Mi 10S, yesterday in China. The device looks to be a refreshed Mi 10 with a few updates and fans of the company may be wondering how it stacks up against the Mi 11 that was launched a few months ago.
Snapdragon 690-powered Xperia Ace 2 is the Sony compact phone you'll probably never own
Rumors of an upcoming Sony Xperia Compact surface every year without fail and nothing ever really comes to fruition. It appears Sony does have a new compact device on the cards, though. It's not a flagship, however, and you're unlikely to be able to buy it, sadly.
LG V70 ThinQ release now in doubt as LG halts plans for a V60 successor
The LG V60 ThinQ was released right about a year ago. Sadly, it appears fans of the lineup will not be getting an LG V70—or a successor at all—anytime soon, with LG reportedly halting all plans for such a device. That is likely down to the current uncertainty around the future of LG's mobile division.
Xiaomi to introduce the Helio G95 and MediaTek Dimensity 700 for the Redmi Note 10 series in Europe as initial pricing details surface
The Redmi Note 10 series has finally been launched in India, and fans of the series in other markets now have something concrete to anticipate. According to a new leak, however, Xiaomi may make some changes with the Redmi Note 10 lineup in Europe.
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max to get same 120 Hz AMOLED as the Galaxy S21 Ultra; Snapdragon 732G; and 108 MP camera
Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 10 series tomorrow in India, and specs of the top-of-the-line Redmi Note 10 Pro Max have now leaked ahead of launch. Notable takeaways include a flagship-grade 120 Hz AMOLED, a Snapdragon chipset, a big battery, and a 108 MP main camera.
Redmi Note 10 Pro tipped to cost more than the Redmi Note 9 Pro globally; Redmi Note 10 packaging reveals a Snapdragon 678
The Redmi Note 10 series is on its way and more information about the Xiaomi mid-range lineup has now been revealed. Notable takeaways include some specs of the vanilla Redmi Note 10, and pricing of the global Redmi Note 10 Pro.
Pricing details of the Redmi K40 series revealed: Flagship-killing Redmi K40 Pro touted to start under US$500 in China
The Redmi K40 series will be launched on February 25 in China and pricing details of the phones have now leaked ahead of launch. The leaked prices should gladden the hearts of expectant fans, with pricing for the lineup starting at the Chinese equivalent of US$340.
The Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro are now receiving the Android 11 update in Europe
After sending out the Android 11 update to the Mi 10T Lite and Redmi 10X 5G last week, Xiaomi is now blessing owners of the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro with the latest version of the OS. The update is currently rolling out to the European models of the devices.
Android 11 update starts rolling out for the Redmi Note 8
After sending out the Android 11 update to phones like the Mi Note 10 Lite, Mi 10 Lite, and Mi 10T series, Xiaomi is now seeding the stable beta update to the ever-relevant Redmi Note 8, albeit only in China at the moment. The update should be expanded to other regions in the coming weeks, though.
The Infinix Note 10 Pro lands on Geekbench with a MediaTek Helio G90T aboard
The Infinix Note 10 Pro is on the way and could launch soon after making a trip over to the FCC for certification. The phone has also been spotted on Geekbench, equipped with 8 GB of RAM and MediaTek's Helio G90T.
Official Redmi Note 10 series page teases a Snapdragon SoC, IP52 certification, others for Xiaomi's upcoming mid-range champion
The Redmi Note 10 series is officially confirmed to launch on March 4 and Xiaomi has now made public a teaser page on its website for the upcoming lineup. The page teases some features of the series, with notable takeaways including improved haptics, faster charging, and an IP rating.
Redmi Note 10 series allegedly set for March 10 release
The specific release date for the Redmi Note 10 series in India is unknown but a new image circulating the grapevine may have given the strongest indication yet of when that will be. It's about as expected, too.
BlackBerry is set to deliver a 5G flagship handset with a physical keyboard this year
After taking over two years away from the market, BlackBerry is set to make a return to the smartphone market. The brand will do that the way it knows best — with a premium phone sporting a physical keyboard. 5G support is a given, of course.
Xiaomi announces the Redmi Note 10 series, set to launch in March
Xiaomi has now officially announced its next set of mid-range phones. The Redmi Note 10 series is confirmed to be on the way to the Indian market and could be marketed as mid-range camera heavyweights when it's launched next month.
New Xiaomi teaser heavily hints at a February 10 unveil for the Redmi Note 10 series
Xiaomi is set to launch its new range of mid-range champions soon, and a teaser video from the company indicates that the phones may be unveiled as soon as tomorrow, February 10, for the Indian market. Concrete specs and features remain unknown, however.
Xiaomi launches its Mi 11 flagship globally, starting at €749 and shipping with a 55 W charger
Xiaomi has now brought the Mi 11 to the global market, with a starting MSRP of €749. Unlike the Chinese model, the global Mi 11 ships with a 55 W charger in the box, which should assuage the fears of expectant fans.
Xiaomi expands the Android 11 rollout for the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro to Europe
After sending out the Android 11 update to the Indian models of the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro last week, Xiaomi is now expanding the rollout to include the European models of the devices. The OTA weighs in at 2.8 GB and delivers MIUI 12 based on Android 11.
Redmi Note 10 series tipped to launch this month with aggressive pricing
After launching a trio of updated Redmi Note 9 series devices towards the end of 2020, Xiaomi is finally set to release the Redmi Note 10 series. The phones are expected to be priced aggressively, especially in India. Specifics remain unknown, however.
Mi 11 tipped to launch with €799 base MSRP on the global market
The Mi 11 will make the trip from China to the global market on February 8, and it appears that the most important question about that launch event has now been answered. Going by new information, the Mi 11 could launch in Europe with a base price tag of €799, just like the Mi 10.
Android 11 update arrives for the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro
After gracing the Redmi Note 9S with the Android 11 update days ago, Xiaomi has now set its sights towards the Mi 10T series, with the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro currently receiving the Android 11 update in India. The OTA is a 2.8 GB download and is being sent out randomly at the moment.
Performance vs Efficiency: How does the Exynos 2100 compare to the Snapdragon 888?
The Exynos 2100 and the Snapdragon 888 are the two major Android flagship chipsets for this generation, and much has been said about Samsung's Exynos finally catching up to Qualcomm's best, especially after the debacle with the Exynos 990 last year. Reality, however, is often disappointing, as new SPECInt benchmark numbers will show.
The Redmi Note 9S and Mi 10 Ultra are now receiving Android 11
After rolling out the Android 11 update to the Poco X2 and Mi Note 10 Lite last month, Xiaomi is now seeding a similar update to the popular Redmi Note 9S. The update is based on MIUI 12, as expected, and is slowly arriving for global versions of the phone.
Apple regains crown as biggest smartphone maker in Q4 2020 thanks to bombastic iPhone 12 series sales
Apple ended 2020 on a historic high by shipping over 90 million smartphones in the quarter. That achievement—an all-time record—saw the American company overthrow Samsung to become the number one smartphone maker in the world across the quarter.
Redmi Note 10 series likely set to emulate Redmi K40 and Mi 11 by shipping without a charger
The Redmi K40 series has been all but confirmed to ship without a charger by default and it appears the Redmi Note 10 series could also tow that path. Redmi executive Lu Weibing has now heavily hinted as much, which could pave the way for budget and mid-range phones to also not ship without a charging brick.
Huawei dazzles the Mate 10 Pro with an update yet again, brings hope to Mate 20 Pro owners
Huawei has now blessed owners of the Mate 10 Pro with yet another update after the last one was sent out back in October. The update brings a security patch for some major vulnerabilities, which should gladden the hearts of Mate 20 Pro owners after their phones were delisted from Huawei's update schedule this month.
Xiaomi has already made over US$600 million from Mi 11 sales in just 21 days
Xiaomi has announced that it sold over a million units of the Mi 11 in just 21 days. This comes after selling 350,000 units on the first day, and over 500,000 by the tenth. All of this translates into over US$600 million of revenue from Mi 11 sales alone, with the phone still yet to make its way outside China.
The Poco X2 receives the stable Android 11 update as an early build hits the Redmi Note 9 4G
Xiaomi has sent out the stable Android 11 update to a few of its phones, and the next in line is the Poco X2. The Poco mid-range phone is now receiving the stable beta Android 11 update along with the January security update. The Redmi Note 9 4G is getting its first taste of Android 11, too.
Realme X9 Pro set to debut with the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200
Taiwanese chip makers MediaTek recently launched two new SoCs in the form of the Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200. While neither chipset has appeared on any device yet, the latter has been slated to feature on an upcoming Realme phone—the Realme X9 Pro.
Realme Race Pro set to do battle with the Mi 11 Pro: 160 Hz QHD+ OLED and 125 W charging to take center stage
Redmi rivals Realme is set to launch its first phone with a Snapdragon 888 in the near future. The device, said to be the Realme Race Pro, will feature impressive specifications, with the most notable being a supposed 160 Hz QHD+ OLED and outrageous 125 W fast-charging support, with a release that will see it do battle with the Mi 11 Pro and Redmi K40 Pro.
Details of the Huawei P50 Pro revealed: 120 Hz quad-curved display and 200x zoom tipped for the May-bound flagship
Huawei is set to release the P50 series within the next few months. Details of the P50 Pro and P50 Pro+ have now been revealed, with notable takeaways including a quad-curved 120 Hz AMOLED, a Kirin 9000, and 200x zoom for the range topper.
The Mi Note 10 Lite receives Android 11 while the Redmi Note 8 gets a fresh OTA
Xiaomi is now expanding its Android 11 rollout to include its mid-range devices, with the Mi Note 10 Lite being the latest to receive the update. The update doesn't bring MIUI 12.5 but it's slowly rolling out to the global variant of the phone. The global Redmi Note 8 is getting a spanking new update, too.
Huawei delists the Mate 20 X and Mate 20 Pro from its security update schedule
Embattled smartphone makers Huawei has now removed the Mate 20 series from its security update schedule, in a move that mirrors what happened with the Mate 10 series a year ago. The phones include the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 RS, and Mate 20 X.
Details of Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra camera hardware revealed
Following the release of the Samsung Galaxy S21 release, information about the phones' hardware has now been revealed, detailing camera models and other important bits, with one notable takeaway being the incremental nature of the S21 and S21+.
Xiaomi slammed with US blacklist; refutes assertions of Chinese military ties
Without warning, the US government has now slammed Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi with an American investment ban supposedly due to ties with the Chinese military. Xiaomi, in return, refutes those claims but that's unlikely to count for much.
Samsung's trade-in program for the Galaxy S21 series is pretty darn good
After launching the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra today, Samsung has also opened its trade-in program for the series. It's pretty good, actually, with Galaxy S10 series owners being able to trade in their phones for a massive US$550, for example.
Xiaomi bids farewell to the Redmi K30 Ultra with the Redmi K40 possibly lined up for a Dimensity 1200
Lu Weibing has now confirmed that Xiaomi is ending production of the Redmi K30 Ultra. The Redmi K30 Ultra was launched alongside the Mi 10 Ultra and was also never sold outside China, despite fans asking for a global release. The Redmi K40 will succeed it and there are reports it could sport the Dimensity 1200.
Mi Mix 4 and Mi Note 11 releases potentially on the cards for Xiaomi this year
The Mi Mix 3 was launched back in 2018. Xiaomi has been coy about its plans for a Mi Mix 4 release since then, but it appears that the company is now gearing up for that phone this year. And it could be joined by the Mi Note 11.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is coming and it will offer flagship performance for cheap
MediaTek's Dimensity lineup has turned out to offer some of the most impressive chipsets on the market, and the Taiwanese company is set to release the line-leading offering on January 20. The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 is coming, and it will offer flagship performance at an affordable price point.
Motorola Edge S tipped to be Moto's next premium device
After releasing the Motorola Edge and Motorola Edge+ last year, it appears Motorola is already gearing up for the next device in the series. The phone in question is tipped to be the Motorola Edge S and is supposedly set for imminent launch.
Redmi K40 Pro set to be cheapest Snapdragon 888 phone at US$465 MSRP; confirmed to launch next month
The Redmi K40 series is on the way, and it will come with all the features required to make it a certified flagship killer. Xiaomi has now confirmed a February launch, what will almost definitely be a 120 Hz AMOLED, and a Snapdragon 888 for the Redmi K40 Pro.
Pandemic no obstacle as Xiaomi ships 20 million Redmi Note 9 series phones in just four months
Xiaomi has announced that it has shipped 20 million units of devices in the Redmi Note 9 series globally. That's an amazing number, especially since it was done in just four months, placing Redmi Note 9 sales well ahead of that of the already impressive Redmi Note 8 series.
Mi 11 Pro tipped to right the wrongs of the Mi 11 by ditching the aging 108 MP camera
Xiaomi is billed to launched the Mi 11 Pro soon and a new report has now tipped the upcoming flagship to make at least one major improvement over the Mi 11 that was released last week. Yes, the Mi 11 Pro is expected to ditch the 108 MP on the Mi 11 in favor of a more sophisticated sensor.
Realme V15 5G launched: Dimensity 800U-powered smartphone aimed straight at the Redmi Note 9 5G
Realme has now launched its newest device, the Realme V15 5G, in China. The Realme V15 5G offers an AMOLED display and a MediaTek Dimensity 800U under the hood, with the entire package bearing a resemblance to the Redmi Note 9 5G that was launched last month.
Early Android 11 build starts rolling out to the Redmi Note 8
Quite unexpectedly, Xiaomi has now started the Android 11 rollout for the Redmi Note 8. The rollout is still in its infancy, however, as it's only being sent out to enrolled beta testers in China, but it's something nonetheless and the myriad of Redmi Note 8 owners now have something to look forward to.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G surfaces for the first time
Xiaomi blindsided us all by releasing the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G and its entourage instead of the Redmi Note 10 series last month. It appears that the company is working on the Redmi Note 10 lineup, though, as the Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G has been spotted online for the first time. Launch may also be closer than expected.
Details of the Redmi Note 9T revealed in full ahead of launch; expected to start at €220 globally
The Redmi Note 8T was released as a variant of the Redmi Note 8, but with NFC support. Xiaomi is set to release the successor to that device, in the form of the Redmi Note 9T, and details of the phone have now surfaced ahead of launch.
Mi 11 geared for legendary status as Xiaomi sells 350,000 units in five minutes
Xiaomi received over 226,000 pre-orders for the Mi 11 and those have translated sweetly to actual sales, with the company announcing that it sold over 350,000 units of the new flagship in just five minutes. That works out to right about US$230 million in sales, no doubt in part due to the Mi 11's outstanding value proposition.
Looking back, 2020 was a pretty bad year for smartphone enthusiasts
2020 will go down as one of the worst years in history and that's a sentiment that should also be echoed by keen lovers of the smartphone world. Starting with the underwhelming Galaxy S20 Ultra, to the Galaxy Note 20 with its plastic back, down to the trend of selling phones without a charger—2020 sure dropped the ball.
Mi 11 teardown reveals stunning internals and aging camera hardware of Xiaomi's newest flagship
The new Xiaomi Mi 11 has now been unclothed in a teardown video revealing its internal components, layout, and design. The phone's camera hardware has also been detailed, although some may consider the 108 MP camera to be on the aging side.
Alleged MIUI 12.5 update roadmap revealed as Xiaomi temporarily suspends development for the Mi 10 series
After unveiling MIUI 12.5 yesterday, Xiaomi has now supposedly revealed its plans for sending out the update to its devices. Phones like the Mi 10 lead the line, while devices like the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 9 are expected to get it later alongside Android 11.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 11 flagship: Snapdragon 888-powered phone with a QHD+ display for just over US$600
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is here, and it comes equipped with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888, a QHD+ 120 Hz AMOLED made by Samsung, and all-around impressive hardware. Better still, it's a hell of a bargain at a starting price point of just over US$600.
MIUI 12.5 officially confirmed to launch tomorrow as video showing improved UI leaks
Xiaomi has officially confirmed the release date of the next version of its mobile software, MIUI. While one would expect MIUI 13 to succeed MIUI 12, the company appears to be making a brief stopover at MIUI 12.5—a skin that should be an incremental upgrade on MIUI 12.
New updates arrive for the Mi Mix 3 5G and Poco X3
After sending out updates to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 9, and Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi is now rolling out new builds to the Poco X3 in multiple regions. The Mi Mix 3 5G is, surprisingly, also getting the December security patch.
Motorola releases list of 23 devices to receive Android 11 "in the coming months"
Motorola has now officially released a list of its devices that will get the Android 11 update. The list makes mention of 23 devices in total, but it's unknown when any of the phones will receive the update exactly, with Motorola choosing to leave things as vague as possible.
The Samsung Galaxy A32 appears on Geekbench rocking a Dimensity 720: Big improvements versus the Galaxy A31
The Samsung Galaxy A31 was launched back in April. Samsung already has the successor to that phone—the Galaxy A32—in the works and it has now surfaced on Geekbench posting performance numbers that soundly eclipse its predecessor's.
MIUI 12.5 potentially set to debut next week alongside the Mi 11 series
MIUI 12 only just landed for most of Xiaomi's lineup but the company is already set to unveil the next iteration of its skin. It's MIUI 12.5, though, not MIUI 13 as one would expect, and it could very well be launched on December 29 alongside the Mi 11 series.
New updates arrive for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 9
The Redmi Note 8 Pro just received its November security update and it's been closely followed by the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 9, with the European variants of both phones now getting the update. Android 11, however, remains a distant concept for the Redmi Note 8 in particular.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update ahead of Android 11 rollout
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is now receiving a new update in multiple regions. The latest update for the device brings the November security patch to the European and Russian models of the device, with the Android 11 rollout set to follow soon.
Huawei Nova 8 details revealed ahead of December 23 launch
Huawei is set to launch its Nova 8 series in the near future and details of the Nova 8 have surfaced. Notable takeaways include a Kirin 985, a quad-camera setup at the back, and a disappointing battery relative to the competition.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro+ slated to take on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Word on the grapevine from last week teased the possibility of Xiaomi launching a Mi 11 Mini as the third device in the Mi 11 series. That appears to be unlikely now, however, as a new report claims that the third device will be the Mi 11 Pro+. Or, perhaps, the Mi 11 Ultra? The Galaxy S21 Ultra will have its work cut out for it in any case.
Xiaomi Mi 11 series tipped for December 29 launch: What we know so far
The Mi 11 was initially rumored to be launched in January but it appears the next-gen Xiaomi flagship series could arrive even sooner. According to reports surfacing today on Chinese media, the Mi 11 series is scheduled to be unveiled on December 29.
Mi 11 Mini: Xiaomi tipped to possibly launch a compact flagship alongside the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro
Xiaomi will unveil the Mi 11 series in the near future and a new report claims that the company will actually launch three phones: the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro - which may be joined by the Mi 11 Mini, a compact premium device.
OPPO Reno 5 Pro+ specs revealed; set to wage war on the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
The OPPO Reno 5 Pro+ is on the way and thorough details of the device have now been revealed. Major takeaways include the presence of a Snapdragon 865, spanking new camera hardware from Sony, and a competitive display on a phone that will likely square up against Xiaomi's Mi 10T Pro.
New OPPO Find X3 Pro leak may give an early look at the OnePlus 9 Pro
The OPPO Find X3 Pro will succeed the highly lauded OPPO Find X2 Pro as OPPO's flagship device next year. Details of the phone look to have appeared already, with hardware that will likely be found on the OnePlus 9 Pro when it's released.
Google Pixel XE: A new Google device in the works or just a Redmi Note 9 Pro hoax?
Since yesterday, multiple reports have surfaced indicating that Google is set to release a new device called the Google Pixel XE. The provided pieces of evidence, however, look incredibly suspect and there's a chance the entire thing is a hoax.
Redmi Note 9 4G, Redmi Note 9 5G, Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G earn Xiaomi a fortune with sales hitting an estimated US$59 million
Xiaomi launched a new trio of Redmi Note 9 series devices a few days ago. The phones look to have stunned commercially, with company man Lu Weibing announcing that over 300,000 units of the new phones were sold on day one.
Xiaomi announces the Mi 11 ahead of tipped January launch; to feature the new Snapdragon 888
Xiaomi has now officially announced its next-gen flagship phone, Mi 11. While details of the device remain unknown, the company confirmed that it will be powered by the all-new Snapdragon 888—Qualcomm's most powerful chipset yet. Launch is rumored for January 2021.
New updates arrive for the Mi A3 and Mi Mix 3 5G
Xiaomi is sending out the November security patch to its lineup and the update has now been received by owners of the Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi A3. For the Mix 3 5G, the update is going out to the European version of the device. For the Mi A3, however, it's been sent out to both the European and Global models.
POCO M3 sales impress by earning POCO over US$9 million in just thirty minutes
The Poco M3 was recently launched and it appears to be doing reasonably well in terms of sales, with Poco confirming that it made over US$9 million dollars in just thirty minutes of early Poco M3 sales. Those are impressive numbers, considering the phone's very low price.
EMUI 11 beta update set to arrive for the Mate 20 Pro, P30, and P30 Pro in Europe next month
Huawei recently revealed its schedule for the EMUI 11 release. Phones like the P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20, and Mate 20 Pro are all geared to get the EMUI 11 update in Q1 2021 but betas for those devices will arrive in Europe a lot sooner. Indeed, as soon as next month.
Latest MIUI 12 code lends credence to reports of a QHD+ display on the Mi 11 Pro
Recent reports claimed that Xiaomi has planned a QHD+ display for its next flagship device, the Mi 11 Pro. New information in the form of MIUI 12 code has further lent credence to those claims, and it appears that Xiaomi is, indeed, set to offer a QHD+ display on a smartphone for the first time.
New Xiaomi Android 11 roadmap reveals that the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 duo may receive the update after all
While previous information heavily indicated that the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 8, and Redmi Note 8T would not be eligible for Android 11, a new report leans towards the contrary. Apparently, the three phones are set to get Android 11 sometime in the future, with Xiaomi recently kickstarting internal testing.
Android 11 update surprisingly arrives for the Redmi Note 9 Pro
While still distributing the Android 11 update to the Mi 10 series, it seems Xiaomi has already set its sights towards the popular, mid-range Snapdragon 720G-powered branch of the Redmi Note 9 family. Yes, it appears that the Redmi Note 9 Pro is now receiving Android 11. In India, at least.
Forget about the Mi Mix 4; Samsung may be working on a truly futuristic phone for you
Xiaomi's Mi Mix series has typically provided some of the most impressive smartphone designs, but the company doesn't appear set to offer a Mi Mix 4 anytime soon. Samsung may be about to ride to the rescue, however, as the South Korean company has filed a patent for a rather...interesting smartphone design.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will finally support 120 Hz at QHD; new, improved 108 MP camera also touted
The release of the Galaxy S21 series isn't that far off any more and more information has surfaced about the line-leading Galaxy S21 Ultra. Notable takeaways include faster charging than the Note 20 Ultra, a new 108 MP camera, and much-awaited display improvements.
Do not install the One UI 2.5 update if you value Gcam on your Samsung Galaxy phone
The One UI 2.5 update has been sent out to a host of Galaxy smartphones across the globe. If you haven't received it, it may be a good idea to not install it even when you do get the OTA—if Google Camera support means anything to you.
Xiaomi ends Mi 10 Pro production ahead of Mi 11 release but you can still buy an Mi 10 Ultra...for now
The Mi 10 Pro will go down as Xiaomi's first actual flagship phone on par with the regular juggernauts of the segment but the company is already phasing the device out, likely in preparation for the release of the Mi 11. The Mi 10 Ultra remains available, however, but not for much longer.
MIUI 12 updates land on the Redmi Note 8T and Mi Note 10 Lite in Europe
After sending the MIUI 12 update to the global models of the Redmi Note 8T and Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi is now bringing the update to Europe. The new OTA finally brings MIUI 12 to the horde of European Redmi Note 8T owners, with new updates also landing on the Mi Note 10 Lite across the board.
The Redmi K30S may already be a success as Xiaomi records over US$34 million worth of sales in just one minute
Xiaomi released the Redmi K30S last week. The phone, essentially a cheaper, rebranded Mi 10T, went on sale yesterday, with Xiaomi recording 100,000 purchases in just one minute. That translates into over US$34 million of sales, at the listed discount base price tag of CNY 2,299 (US$343).
The Redmi Note 8 finally receives MIUI 12 and Android 10 globally
Take to the streets in joy, Redmi Note 8 owners; MIUI 12 and Android 10 is finally here for you! After months of delays, Xiaomi is finally sending out the stable MIUI 12 and Android 10 update to the global version of the Redmi Note 8, with the update weighing a hefty 2.1 GB.
New updates arrive for the Mi A3 as the Redmi Note 9S also starts receiving MIUI 12 globally
After sending out the highly awaited MIUI 12 update to the European version of the Redmi Note 9S, Xiaomi has now expanded the rollout by sending a similar update to the global variant of the device. The Mi A3 also happens to be receiving the October security patch.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi K30S in China as a rebranded, cheaper Mi 10T
Xiaomi has now launched its newest device, the Redmi K30S, in its home country of China. The Redmi K30S is, for all intents and purposes, a rebranded Mi 10T for certain markets, and it carries an appropriate price tag, starting at €325 versus the Mi 10T's €499.
MIUI 12 finally lands on the Redmi Note 9S in Europe as Xiaomi also expands rollout for the Redmi Note 9 Pro
Xiaomi is slowly continuing with the MIUI 12 rollout for the Snapdragon 720G-powered arm of the Redmi Note 9 family. The latest devices to receive MIUI 12 are the European variant of the Redmi Note 9S and the Indonesian model of the Redmi Note 9 Pro, keeping with reports from a week ago.
The Redmi Note 8T finally receives MIUI 12 as a new update also arrives for the Mi A2 Lite
After months of waiting, Xiaomi has now started sending out the MIUI 12 update to the Snapdragon 665-powered branch of the Redmi Note 8 series, starting with the Redmi Note 8T. Yes, MIUI 12 is here for owners of the global Redmi Note 8T—and the Redmi Note 8 should follow shortly.
Redmi Note X or Redmi Note 10: Specs of the Redmi Note 9's successor start to surface
Six months after the release of the Redmi Note 9, Xiaomi is set to launch a direct successor. Apparently, though, the new phone may not be named the Redmi Note 10 at all and could opt for something a bit...grand to go with the impressive hardware. Redmi Note X, perhaps?
The Xiaomi Mi A1 finally reaches the end of its support lifespan but life continues thanks to a wide array of custom ROMs
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was released back in September 2017 as Xiaomi's first Android One offering. The Android One program promises just three years of software updates, however, so the Mi A1 has finally reached the end of its official lifespan. "Official" is key, though, as life continues outside the confines of stock software.
New leaks reveal the design and measurements of the Samsung Galaxy S21
The Samsung Galaxy S21 is expected to debut in early 2021 and new leaks have now thrown some light on the design and measurements of the next-gen Samsung flagship phone. For one, the S21 will apparently be a tad wider than its predecessor, the Galaxy S20.
MIUI 12 update finally arrives for the Redmi Note 9S with Xiaomi set to expand rollout for the Redmi Note 9 Pro
Following months of delays, Xiaomi has now started sending out the MIUI 12 update to the Redmi Note 9S. The rollout begins in Europe, with updates for owners of the Russian and Turkish models of the device. Meanwhile, Xiaomi is supposedly also set to expand the MIUI 12 rollout for the Redmi Note 9 Pro.
MIUI 12 update arrives for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
After months of rumors and false starts, Xiaomi has now finally begun the MIUI 12 rollout for the Redmi Note 8, starting with the Chinese version of the device. Meanwhile, a similar update is now also being sent to the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which means the global Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9S aren't far off anymore.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite launched: More value in the mid-range with a Snapdragon 750G for just €279
Xiaomi has now launched its newest bang-for-buck mid-range device, the Mi 10T Lite. The Mi 10T Lite offers a slew of features including a quad-camera setup, Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 750G, dual speakers, and LTE support for most of Europe at an affordable price point.
The Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro receive new updates globally
Xiaomi looks to be keeping up rather nicely with security patches—at least on some of its phones. After sending out the September update to the Indian model of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the company is now rolling out the update to the global variants of the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy A72 tipped to feature a more elaborate camera setup than the Galaxy A71
The Galaxy A71 sports four cameras at the back and new information indicates that the upcoming Galaxy A72 will do one better, by adding a 3x optical zoom lens to the mix, bringing it in line with more premium offerings. At the front of the phone will be a 32 MP shooter for a total of six cameras.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE US$599 price tag puts pressure on the OnePlus 8T and Pixel 5
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE was released earlier in the week and is already listed for pre-order on stores like Amazon and B&H with a US$599 price tag. Comparatively, the OnePlus 8T and Pixel 5 have been touted to be prices higher than that while also offering worse hardware.
Redmi Note 10 Pro: Xiaomi's upcoming mid-range champ could feature the new Snapdragon 750G
After releasing the Redmi Note 9 back in April, Xiaomi is set to launch the Redmi Note 10 series soon. The latest report claims that the Redmi Note 10 or Redmi Note 10 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 750G and could, in fact, be a rebadged Mi 10T Lite in China and/or India.
New updates arrive for the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Mi A3
After sending out an update to the Redmi Note 8 last week, Xiaomi is now sending an update to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. This new update delivers the September patch to the Indian model of the Xiaomi best-seller, with the Android One Mi A3 also getting its September update.
Leaked Snapdragon 750G benchmark scores indicate better CPU performance than the Snapdragon 765G; matches the Dimensity 820
Qualcomm recently released the Snapdragon 750G as its latest sub-premium 5G-capable chipset. If you assumed that the Snapdragon 765G remains the more powerful of the duo, you'd have assumed wrong, as new information indicates that the new Snapdragon 750G edges the Snapdragon 765G, while trading blows with the MediaTek Dimensity 820.
Realme debuts the Narzo 20A, Narzo 20, and Narzo 20 Pro to rival the Redmi Note 9 lineup
Realme has now debuted its latest set of devices for the Indian smartphone market. The trio of the Realme Narzo 20A, Narzo 20, and Narzo 20 Pro start at Rs 8,499 and go all the way up to Rs 16,999 in an attempt to tackle Xiaomi's lineup starting with the Redmi 9A up to the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.
Nokia 9.3 tipped to be a fairly compact smartphone as launch draws closer
The Nokia 9.3 has been in the works for well over a year now but a concrete launch date remains unknown. The phone is expected to be unveiled in the fourth quarter of the year, however, and new information indicates that the Nokia flagship may offer a reasonably compact form factor.
New updates land on the Redmi Note 8 and Mi A2 Lite
Xiaomi is now sending out new updates to some of its phones, with the Redmi Note 8 and Mi A2 Lite getting OTAs. For the Redmi Note 8, two updates have been sent, to the global and Indian models of the devices. Owners of the global model of the Mi A2 Lite should now also be getting the September patch.
New Redmi K40 Pro leak reveals major performance and camera improvements over the Redmi K30 Pro
The Redmi K40 Pro will be Redmi's next-gen premium device, and initial details of the phone have now surfaced. Notable takeaways include a more powerful chipset than the Snapdragon 865 on the Redmi K30 Pro, more impressive camera hardware, bigger battery, and faster charging.
Leak indicates that the Mi 10T Pro will not be the successor to the Mi 9T Pro fans hoped for
Fans of the Mi 9T Pro may have been expecting the upcoming Mi 10T Pro to offer a similar performance-to-price proposition. Those hopes have now been crushed brutally, with a new leak confirming that the Mi 10T Pro will carry an MSRP up to €300 higher than that of last year's Mi 9T Pro.
Snapdragon 690-powered OnePlus Nord N10 5G set to launch in the US for under US$400
The OnePlus Nord may not have found its way to the US but OnePlus is apparently set to bring a great alternative after all. New information has now confirmed OnePlus's plans to launch a phone, branded as the "OnePlus Nord N10 5G", in the US, with notable takeaways including a Snapdragon 690, 64 MP camera, and sub-US$400 pricing.
Galaxy F41: Details of Samsung's alleged camera-centric budget phone surface ahead of launch
According to recent reports, Samsung is set to introduce a brand new smartphone lineup. The Galaxy F series is said to offer camera-centric devices at an affordable price point, and will debut with the Galaxy F41. Details of that phone have now also been revealed.
Realme Narzo 20 Pro appears on Geekbench with a Helio G95; trades punches with the Helio G90T on the Redmi Note 8 Pro
Realme is set to launch a new set of devices, with the Realme Narzo 20 Pro slated to lead the line. The MediaTek Helio G95-powered Narzo 20 Pro has now made its way over to Geekbench where it recorded scores on par with the older Helio G90T that debuted on the famous Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro billed to star the show in third phase of MIUI 12 rollout
After ending the second phase of its MIUI 12 rollout last week, Xiaomi is slated to set its sights towards the third phase, with phones like the Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro, and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max likely to finally receive the MIUI 12 update in the coming weeks.
Mi 10T Pro: Comprehensive spec sheet reveals a 144 Hz LCD along with €550 base price tag
After an Amazon listing revealed some details of the Mi 10T Pro a few days ago, a new leak how now given even more information about Xiaomi's next premium phone. Notable takeaways include a side-mounted fingerprint reader, the presence of an LCD instead of an AMOLED, and a €550 starting price tag.
Official pages prove existence of the OnePlus 8T Pro and OnePlus Clover
Reports surfaced a while ago claiming that OnePlus would only release the OnePlus 8T later this year and not the OnePlus 8T Pro. Those reports appear to have been inaccurate, though, as the company has now uploaded pages for the OnePlus 8T Pro and what appears to be the OnePlus Clover.
Redmi Note 10: New information indicates a 120 Hz display and better performance than the Redmi Note 9 Pro
The Redmi Note 10 will be launched before the end of the year and more details of the upcoming mid-range phone have now surfaced. Supposedly, the Redmi Note 10 will sport a 120 Hz display, along with a 48 MP camera, and two powerful SoC options.
New Mi 10T Pro renders reveal the design of Xiaomi's next premium smartphone and the possible lack of a headphone jack
Xiaomi will release the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro later this month and renders of the more expensive sibling have now been revealed. Notable takeaways include a flat display, a 108 MP camera as rumored, and what appears to be the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 series may also suffer from a green tint display issue
After multiple reports of green tint displays from owners of the OnePlus 8 Pro, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, iPhone 11 Pro series, and Galaxy Tab S7 series, it appears the issue also plagues Samsung's older Galaxy S10 series. One case, in particular, showing a tint spreading from the S10e's hole punch.
Xiaomi kicks off Android 11 rollout with updates to the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
Xiaomi has now kickstarted the Android 11 rollout for its lineup, starting with its current flagship phones, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Android 11 builds are now being rolled out to owners of the global Mi 10 model. There are some caveats, of course, however.
Revealed Realme 7i details allude to the launch of a proper Redmi 9 rival
After releasing the Realme 7 and Realme X7, Realme is set to launch a cheaper device that will go against Xiaomi's Redmi 9 in an attempt to win some market share in that high-volume market segment. Details of the Realme 7i have now leaked in full, and it keeps up with the competition rather exquisitely.
Poco X3 NFC launched: Snapdragon 732G, 120 Hz display, and a 5160 mAh battery for just €229
Poco has now launched its latest mid-range, the Poco X3 NFC. The Poco X3 NFC has its sights aimed right at the OnePlus Nord and delivers on the hardware with a 120 Hz display, Snapdragon 732G, quad-rear camera setup, and massive 5160 mAh battery—all at a starting price point of €229.
MIUI 12 update arrives for the Mi Mix 3 5G ahead of schedule
The Mi Mix 3 5G was stuck on MIUI 10 for ages but has now risen from the ashes in spectacular style, with Xiaomi finally sending out the MIUI 12 update to owners of the phone in Europe. The update does not bring Android 10, however.
Details of the Redmi Note 10 surface: Same camera as the Redmi Note 9?
The Redmi Note 10 draws closer to launch. More details of the upcoming Xiaomi mid-range phone has now been revealed, with a notable takeaway being the presence of a 48 MP camera, same as on the Redmi Note 9 and the Redmi Note 8 before it.
MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 9 Pro is finally around the corner
The Redmi Note 9 Pro remains on MIUI 11 but not for much longer. An official source at Xiaomi Indonesia has finally cleared the air on when the MIUI 12 update will arrive for Xiaomi's current Pro mid-range phone. Variants like the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Redmi Note 9S should also get the update at the same time.
One UI 2.5 update seems to have broken GCAM on the Galaxy S20 series
Samsung owners tend to like their Google Camera ports a lot due to the significant improvement in camera performance they offer. That may be in jeopardy now, however, as the new One UI 2.5 appears to be killing Google Camera functionality, starting with the Galaxy S20 series.
Xiaomi kicks off Android 11 Mi Pilot program for the Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Poco F2 Pro
Xiaomi has now kicked off the Mi Pilot program for Android 11. The beta-testing program allows owners of the Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Poco F2 Pro to sign up for early Android 11 builds. As always, there are a few noteworthy stipulations, however.
MediaTek launches the Helio G95 ahead of Realme 7 debut
MediaTek has now officially announced the launch of its latest mid-range gaming-oriented SoC, the Helio G95. The Helio G95 succeeds the Helio G90 and is expected to debut on the upcoming Realme 7, while offering better performance than the Helio G90T.
Xiaomi teases the Mi 10T: Snapdragon 768G-powered phone to start under €300?
Prepare your wallets: the Mi 10T is on the way and will be launched around the globe. Xiaomi has now officially teased the launch of the Mi 10T, with the phone slated for a global release while carrying a starting price tag under €300.
Realme X7 Pro and X7 launched: MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ for the Pro model starting under US$400
Realme has now launched its two newest devices, the Realme X7 and Realme X7 Pro. Both devices are powered by MediaTek 5G chipsets, with the Realme X7's Dimensity 800U matching the Snapdragon 765G and the Realme X7 Pro's Dimensity 1000+ trading blows with the Snapdragon 855.
Xiaomi brightens its lineup with the Mi 10 Youth Doraemon Edition
Xiaomi has now launched a "new" smartphone in the form of the Mi 10 Youth Doraemon Edition. The Mi 10 Youth Doraemon Edition offers the phone in a Doraemon box with a packed-in Doraemon figure and phone case. MSRP remains unchanged from the regular Mi 10 Youth Edition 5G.
The Poco X3 could be the first real Poco smartphone since the Poco F1
The Poco F1 rocked the world when it was launched back in 2018, with its incredible performance to price ratio setting up the young Poco brand for greatness. Two years after, that greatness is yet to be seen, but the upcoming Poco X3 may be a return to what fans expected Poco to represent.
Upcoming Realme 7 Pro aims squarely at the Redmi Note 9 Pro with a Snapdragon 720G
Realme will launch the Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro on September 3. Details of the device have now been revealed, showing a phone aimed straight at the heart of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and even successfully outperforming it in some key aspects.
Xiaomi set to build on recent TV sales successes with the launch of two 82-inch smart TVs
Xiaomi has seen major success with its recent TV releases. The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max, for example, has racked up impressive numbers every time it's been put on sale. It's no surprise, then, that Xiaomi is looking to build on that success with the release of two new massive 82-inch TVs.
MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 delayed yet again
The Redmi Note 8 was tipped to receive the MIUI 12 and Android 10 update in August. That doesn't look to be feasible anymore, though, with official channels announcing that the MIUI 12 update for the phone, alongside those of the Mi Max 3, Mi 8 SE, and Redmi K20, has now been suspended.
Revealed Xperia 5 II details dashes expectant fans' hopes for a compact flagship
Early reports claimed that the Xperia 5 II would be a proper compact flagship; the first of such since Sony killed off the Xperia XZ Compact line a few years ago. Those reports look to have been false now, though, and that's unlikely to gladden the hearts of lovers of small-sized phones.
More Xiaomi Mi 10T series information surfaces: A 144 Hz LCD and side-mounted fingerprint reader for the Mi 9T successor
Xiaomi is set to launch the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro next month and more details of the phones have now been revealed, throwing light on what will be Xiaomi's next affordable premium offering after the release of the exciting Redmi K30 Ultra.
No custom AMD Radeon GPU for the Exynos 1000; new leak
Word on the grapevine claimed Samsung would equip its flagship phones in 2021 with an SoC featuring custom AMD GPU cores in an attempt to compete more effectively with Qualcomm. A new leak indicates that will not be the case, however, with the Exynos 1000 said to continue with a Mali GPU.
Xiaomi TVs are set to get more expensive, leak indicates
Xiaomi TVs usually offer excellent value for money but that performance to price ratio could take a slight hit soon with Xiaomi expected to raise prices of its TV line on August 28. The company is also set to bring a new TV, the Mi TV Horizon Edition, to India on September 7.
Samsung Galaxy Note 21 release not in doubt, tipster claims
Reports from a few days ago claimed Samsung would kill off its Galaxy Note series and replace it with a foldable phone, while equipping the S21 Ultra with an S-pen. New information indicates that the latter may, indeed, be true, but not at the expense of the Galaxy Note 21.
Realme X7 set to debut with the all-new MediaTek Dimensity 800U; matches the Snapdragon 765G on AnTuTu
The Realme X7 Pro will be powered by the same Dimensity 1000+ on the Redmi K30 Ultra but beneath that will be the Realme X7 which will feature the all-new MediaTek Dimensity 800U. The phone has now also been tested on AnTuTu and shown to hold its own against the best Qualcomm currently has to offer in that space.
Details of the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro surface ahead of launch: 108 MP camera and 144 Hz display to lead the way
Over a year after the release of the incredibly popular Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro, it appears Xiaomi is finally set to debut the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro. The Mi 10T Pro is said to offer a 108 MP camera, 144 Hz display, and a big 5000 mAh battery.
The Nokia 8.3 5G is set to arrive seven months after it was unveiled
The Nokia 8.3 5G is finally on its way to the UK and has now been listed by retailer Clove. The phone is scheduled to be in stock on October 8, a ridiculous seven months after it was initially unveiled. The phone features a quad-rear camera setup, a Snapdragon 765G, and a 4500 mAh battery.
The Mi A1 receives what may be its last ever update
The Mi A1 is currently receiving a new update. This update brings the August security patch to the Xiaomi Android One phone but is likely also the last update the phone will ever get, as this is the 36th monthly patch it has gotten, making for three years of support.
Poco X3? Details of Poco's upcoming OnePlus Nord rival surface
Xiaomi's sub-brand, Poco, is set to launch a new device in the near future. This phone, apparently branded as the Poco X3, will compete against the OnePlus Nord and more information about the phone has now been revealed.
Snapdragon 730G vs Snapdragon 670: Just how much of a performance difference is there between the Pixel 4a and Pixel 3a?
Google recently launched the Pixel 4a for even cheaper than it did the Pixel 3a. While the new phone is powered by a Snapdragon 730G, the older phone had the Snapdragon 670. How do those two chipsets compare against each other, and is an upgrade worth it?
The Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro may have a camera module defect
The Redmi Note 9 series offers some of the best value smartphones on the market but it appears Xiaomi's quality control isn't quite up to par. There have now been multiple reports of defective camera modules that fail to prevent dust from getting under the glass, with Xiaomi acknowledging the issue.
Mi 10 Ultra: Excited fans push for Xiaomi to launch its magnum opus globally
It's unknown if Xiaomi will bring the Mi 10 Ultra to the rest of the world but fans in Europe are already trying to make their voices heard, by creating a petition asking Xiaomi to bring its most impressive mass-production flagship phone yet to Europe.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and S9 series confirmed to receive One UI 2.5
The Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 series are over two years old at this point and getting to the end of their major support lifespans. All three phones are set for one last hurrah, however, in the form of the One UI 2.5 update.
An entry-level Snapdragon 460-powered OnePlus phone is on the way, new leak indicates
After releasing the OnePlus Nord a while ago, it appears OnePlus isn't done with catering for the non-flagship segments. New information has now surfaced, strongly indicating that the company could be set to release an entry-level device powered by the Snapdragon 460.
Asus Zenfone 7: Live images confirm rotating triple-cam module and side-mounted fingerprint reader
The Asus Zenfone 7 series will launch on August 26, and live images of the regular Zenfone 7 have now leaked, corroborating reports of a swiveling camera module and a side-mounted fingerprint reader.
The Google Pixel 5 could finally give fans what they've always wanted
While it has its selling points, Google's Pixel series is notorious for one thing: tiny batteries, with the Pixel 4 even offering laughable 2800 mAh unit. It appears things are going to change with the Pixel 5, however, and that should make the phone even more attractive when it's launched in October.
Samsung tipped to stick to its guns with the Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Galaxy S21 series is right about six months away from launch and leaks are already starting to surface. The most recent one concerns the S21 Ultra's main camera, indicating that Samsung will eschew other critically acclaimed sensors in favor of an updated version of its existing 108 MP offering.
What is going on with the Android 10 update for the Redmi Note 8?
Redmi Note 8 owners aren't too happy about the fact their phones are yet to receive the Android 10 or MIUI 12 updates. A tentative timeline pegged the Android 10 update as due to arrive in early August but that doesn't look to be feasible now either.
The Realme X7 Pro will take on the Redmi K30 Ultra with a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ and 120 Hz AMOLED
Realme has something of a rivalry with Redmi and that competition is set to continue with the imminent launch of the Realme X7 Pro, a phone almost shamelessly configured to make the new Redmi K30 Ultra uncomfortable.
The Mi 10 Ultra looks to already be a success with day one sales exceeding US$57.8 million
The Mi 10 Ultra was launched last week and sales numbers are already proving to almost be as impressive as that of the Redmi K30 Ultra, with Xiaomi selling over US$57.8 million worth of the device. That translates into about 70,000 units sold.
Asus Zenfone 7 specs leak: 60 Hz FHD+ LCD may dampen the excitement of expectant fans
The Asus Zenfone 7 series is exactly a week ago from launch and a new leak has now revealed all major specs of the regular Zenfone 7. Notable takeaways include a Snapdragon 865, two usable cameras, and a 60 Hz LCD that may prove divisive.
New official Asus Zenfone 7 teaser indicates a return of the swiveling camera module from the Zenfone 6
The Asus Zenfone 7 series will be unveiled on August 26. In an effort to build more hype for the release, Asus has shared a short teaser video for the devices, with one notable takeaway being the reappearance of the swiveling camera module from last year's Zenfone 6.
Samsung reveals the official list of devices to get three OS updates: Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70 fail to make the cut
Samsung has now released the official list of phones that will enjoy its new policy of providing three major OS updates. The usual suspects are there, along with the Galaxy A51, Galaxy A71, and Galaxy A90 as hypothesized. The A50 and A70 miss out, sadly.
Asus Zenfone 7 series finally confirmed for August 26 launch
The Asus Zenfone 7 series finally has a launch date: August 26. Asus is expected to unveil two phones on that date—the Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro—with the phones slated to take on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, while being a tad more affordable, hopefully.
MediaTek Dimensity 820 vs Snapdragon 765G: MediaTek stamps its authority on the competition
At the moment, the Snapdragon 765G leads the rest of Qualcomm's pack below its flagship Snapdragon 800-series, so how does it perform when pitted against MediaTek's similarly positioned offering, the Dimensity 820?
The Mi 10 Ultra ditched the Mi 10 Pro's 108 MP Samsung sensor in favor of an OmniVision sensor - Why?
While the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro both use the same 108 MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor, the new, improved Mi 10 Ultra sports a lower-res 48 MP sensor made by...OmniVision. There are reasons for that, of course.
The Android 10 update for the Redmi Note 7 may have introduced some notable bugs
The Redmi Note 7 finally received the stable Android 10 update for the European models a few days ago. The update bears the build number "V184.108.40.206 QFGEUXM" and weighs 2.0 GB. Sadly, it also appears to come with a few bugs.
New leak suggests a return of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Samsung Galaxy S21 series
Word on the grapevine claims that Samsung could be set to bring back the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy S21 series, after ditching it for the Note 10, S20, and Note 20 lineups. Apparently, the company may do that to gauge how much it influences sales.
The Redmi K30 Ultra proves to be a monstrous hit as it sells 100,000 units in one minute
The Redmi K30 Ultra is the modern redefinition of value for money and it appears to already be a resounding success for Xiaomi, with the company confirming it took 100,000 orders for the device in just one minute when it went on flash sale.
Samsung Galaxy A71, Galaxy A90, Galaxy A51 potentially eligible for Android 13
Samsung recently announced that it would improve its long-term software support to three years for its flagship phones starting with the Galaxy S10 series. New information indicates such support may trickle down to the Galaxy A-series, however, with the Galaxy A71, A51, and A90 being the most likely to enjoy that perk.
The HTC Desire 20 Pro officially goes on sale across Europe
Two months after unveiling the U20 5G and Desire 20 Pro, HTC has finally released the Desire 20 Pro. The mid-range phone is now available for purchase in Europe and is priced below the Pixel 4a and Xperia 10 II, although it has to be said that it's also a lot less impressive than those two.
Stable MIUI 12 update for the Poco F2 Pro broke Netflix HD playback support
The Poco F2 Pro received the stable MIUI 12 update a few weeks ago, and it appears the update broke an important feature. Owners of the Poco F2 Pro running the build "MIUI 220.127.116.11" have complained about the lack of Widevine DRM L1 support, with their phone now unable to stream HD content from platforms like Netflix.
Xiaomi's new OLED TV is transparent and costs a numbing US$7,200
After the release of the 65-inch Mi TV Master Series last month, Xiaomi is back with its second OLED TV yet. The new Mi TV Lux OLED Transparent Edition is, well, transparent, and probably does a great job of looking really cool. If you can afford the US$7,200 MSRP, that is.
The Redmi K30 Ultra redefines value for money with a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ and 120 Hz AMOLED display for just US$290
Xiaomi has now launched its newest value champion. The Redmi K30 Ultra offers an excellent display, performance, and all-round impressive specifications and features at an unbeatable price point of under US$300 in China.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 10 Ultra: 120 Hz OLED, much improved cameras, and faster charging starting at US$760
Xiaomi has now launched the new Mi 10 Ultra. The phone offers several improvements over the Mi 10 Pro, especially in the departments of display, cameras, charging speeds. In typical Xiaomi fashion, however, it's reasonably priced, starting under US$800 in China in spite of the premium hardware it offers.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives a new update
Xiaomi has now started sending out the August security patch to its Android One phones, starting with the Mi A3. The update is seeding to global models of the device and weighs just 33 MB while promising to offer bug fixes.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G finally receives a new update
The Mi Mix 3 5G is finally receiving a new update after months out in the cold. The new OTA brings the update with build designation "MIUI V10.3.26.0.PEMEUVF", which denotes that it's for the Vodafone EU models. This update is the July security patch and is a 496 MB download.
July update arrives for the Mi A2 Lite, bug fixes supposedly in tow
Amidst rumors of the cancellation of Xiaomi's Android One Mi A-series, the company is still judiciously supporting its current Android One lineup. The Mi A2 Lite has now received the July update, with the 180 MB download promising to provide much-needed bug fixes.
DxOMark's evaluation of the Sony Xperia 1 II audio capabilities requires some nuance
The Sony Xperia 1 II recently made the trip over to DxOMark for an evaluation of its audio performance. The results turned out to be rather unimpressive, but some nuance is required for proper judgment.
Xiaomi tipped to launch a new OLED TV following the release of the 65-inch Mi TV Master Series
Xiaomi released the 65-inch Mi TV Master Series last month and is set to follow it with yet another premium OLED TV. Not much has been revealed so far but word on the grapevine implies a much larger TV, with an accompanying premium in pricing.
The Poco X2 finally gets the stable MIUI 12 update in India
After weeks of waiting, the stable MIUI 12 update is finally seeding to the Poco X2 in India. The Redmi K30-based phone is getting the OTA with build number "MIUI 18.104.22.168 QGHINXM" and an 813 MB file size.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra tipped for greatness ahead of launch
Xiaomi is set to launch the Mi 10 Pro+ on August 11. The phone has now also been referred to as the Mi 10 Ultra, and is tipped to "shock the world". As expected, this should see it take on the new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra while being quite a bit cheaper too.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL discontinued ahead of Pixel 5 release
Barely ten months after the launch of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google has now discontinued the two phones. Typically, Google's offerings stay on the market for about eighteen months, so this is something of a surprise.
Samsung confirms three years of OS updates for its flagship phones starting with the Galaxy S10 series
Yesterday at Unpacked, Samsung announced that it would improve its software support lifespan to three generations of major OS updates, starting with the Galaxy S10 series which will now receive Android 12 when it's available.
OnePlus Clover: Mysterious OnePlus mid-range phone makes a benchmark appearance
The OnePlus Nord was released a short while ago and it appears OnePlus has another mid-range smartphone in the pipes. A Snapdragon 690-powered OnePlus phone was spotted a few weeks ago, and a different such offering from the company has once again surfaced on a Geekbench listing.
Stable MIUI 12 update graces the Redmi Note 9 in Europe
After sending out the global beta stable MIUI 12 update to the Redmi Note 9 last week, Xiaomi has now blessed the European model of the phone with a similar update. The update bears the build number "MIUI 22.214.171.124 QJOEUXM" and is a 538 MB download.
Mi 10 Pro+: Leaked features show a flagship designed to lock horns with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Xiaomi is set to launch its new flagship phone, the Mi 10 Pro+, this month. The phone could be launched as soon as August 11, and a bunch of relevant information on the phone's abilities has now surfaced, hinting at a potential match-up with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
New reports suggest Xiaomi has ditched Android One and will not release the Mi A4
It's been over a year since the release of the Mi A3 and there's been little to no news about a Mi A4. New reports, however, claim that Xiaomi—along with Motorola—has ditched the Android One program and will no longer release any Mi A-series phones, starting with the Mi A4.
Realme V5 launched: 90 Hz display and a MediaTek Dimensity 720 starting at US$215
Realme has now launched its latest device, the Realme V5. The Realme V5 offers a slew of features including five cameras in total, a MediaTek Dimensity 720, and a 90 Hz display. All of that can be had for just over US$200.
The Redmi Note 8 sees yet another price hike in India
A month ago, Xiaomi raised the regular retail price of the Redmi Note 8 by Rs 500 in India—the fifth such time this year alone. Well, that wasn't enough, apparently, and the Redmi Note 8 has now seen yet another price hike in that market; continuing the trend of anti-consumer behavior by Xiaomi.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro nets yet another update ahead of MIUI 12 release
After sending out the global stable MIUI 12 update to the Redmi Note 9 last week, Xiaomi is rolling out a new update to the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Sadly, it doesn't bring the much-awaited MIUI 12, and owners of the mid-range phone will have to wait a while longer.
Xiaomi: Mi Mix 3 5G finally primed for a new update as MIUI 12 looms
There were reports a while back that the Mi Mix 3 5G wouldn't receive any other update but those may have been a tad misguided, as Xiaomi has now confirmed that the last-gen premium phone is set to get a new update shortly, with MIUI 12 to follow.
Redmi Note 10 Pro? Xiaomi tipped to launch a MediaTek Dimensity-powered phone this month
Going by word on the grapevine, Xiaomi is set to unveil a new phone this month. The device in question will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity chipset, and should be affordable in typical Xiaomi fashion.
Black Shark 3S launched: 120 Hz OLED, UFS 3.1, and 65W charging starting at US$575
The new Black Shark gaming phone has been released. The Black Shark 3S succeeds the Black Shark 3, and offers improvements in fast-charging and display technologies, while starting under US$600. Sadly, it retains the Snapdragon 865 instead of the new Snapdragon 865 Plus.
MIUI 12 rollout for the Poco F1 postponed; stable update expected by late August
The Poco F1 was expected to receive its first taste of MIUI 12 in July but that doesn't appear to be feasible anymore with reports claiming the beta update has now been postponed. The new established timeline will see Poco F1 owners receive the stable update in late August.
Stable MIUI 12 update now rolling out to the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India
After sending out MIUI 12 beta updates to the Redmi Note 7 Pro in China, Xiaomi has now set its sights towards India—the only other region where the phone was sold. Yes, the MIUI 12 update is now rolling out to the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India.
Global stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the Redmi Note 9
After sending out a MIUI 12 update to the Redmi Note 9 in China last week, Xiaomi is finally delivering the update to global users. Hence begins the MIUI 12 global beta stable rollout for the Helio G85-powered Redmi Note 9, and the update weighs in at just over 500 MB.
The Mi 10 Pro+ smashes the competition with a 687,000 AnTuTu score, potentially hinting at a Snapdragon 865 Plus
The Mi 10 Pro+ is expected to be released sometime next month and has now made an appearance on AnTuTu. The phone is shown with a score of over 687,000, which, interestingly, is higher than with we saw from the Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered Asus ROG Phone 3 a while ago.
PlayStation 5: Cory Barlog soundly dismisses recent God of War rumors
Rumors surfaced a few days ago claiming Sony would release the much-anticipated God of War sequel for the PlayStation 5 in 2021. Those rumors have turned out to be completely false, though, after being soundly debunked by the man behind God of War himself, Cory Barlog.
Black Shark 3S gaming phone set to debut on July 31
Xiaomi has confirmed that it's set to launch a new gaming phone on July 31. The new phone, the Black Shark 3S, will succeed the Black Shark 3, and is expected to feature a Snapdragon 865 Plus as well as a competitive AMOLED display.
Xiaomi releases the Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi 10X Pro in two new striking color options
Xiaomi has now released two of its phones, the Redmi K30 Pro 5G and the Redmi 10X Pro 5G, in new, striking color options. The Redmi K30 Pro now comes in a stunning "Aqua Sky", while the Redmi 10X Pro is available in an even more eye-catching "Liquid Silver".
Redmi Note 9 vs Redmi Note 9 Pro: Does the Snapdragon 720G-powered Pro model truly offer Pro performance?
The top-spec Redmi Note 9 and the cheapest Redmi Note 9 Pro are priced right about US$20 apart. What does US$20 extra get you in a segment where every dollar counts? Hop in to find out how the Redmi Note 9 performs versus the more expensive Redmi Note 9 Pro.
Huawei P40 Pro, P30 Pro, Mate 30 Pro, others see price tags slashed by up to US$150
For some reason, Huawei has suddenly started selling its phones for cheaper in China. The company is currently discounting most of its current lineup—including the P40 Pro Plus—by up to US$150. This also means the P30 Pro can now be had for under US$500.
Upcoming Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ potentially set for August launch
There have been rumors of an upcoming Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ and new information appears to have given the first solid clue as to when the phone will be released. Supposedly, the phone will be launched next month and will be placed and priced above the Mi 10 Pro.
The Nokia 8.3, Nokia 7.3, and Nokia 6.3 all draw closer to release
HMD Global is set to launch a bunch of smartphones in the coming months. Of the lot, the Nokia 2.4, Nokia 6.3, Nokia 7.3, and Nokia 8.3 have all been spotted on certification websites, with the first three likely slated to be launched in the US and Canada.
Xiaomi temporarily halts MIUI 12 rollout for the Mi 9T in several regions
The Mi 9T has received several MIUI 12 updates as it was one of the first phones to get a taste of MIUI 12. Owners of the phone in some regions will now have to wait a while for their next update, however, as Xiaomi has temporarily halted the MIUI 12 rollout for the phone.
Global stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the Poco F2 Pro; MIUI 12 build finally starts seeding to the Mi Note 10
The Poco F2 Pro is now receiving the official MIUI 12 update around the world. It's the global stable update and is rolling out to owners across Europe and Indonesia, with a specific build for Russian users. The Mi Note 10 is now also receiving the MIUI 12 update in China.
Xiaomi set to debut the Haylou T16 TWS earbuds offering active noise cancellation on a budget
The launch of the new OnePlus Buds means Xiaomi has to up its game in the TWS segment and it's done so spectacularly with the Haylou T16 TWS earbuds that offer active noise cancellation, 6 hours of playback, and wireless charging just for US$40.
New updates are landing on the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9S across the board
The Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9S are two sides of a coin, and both phones are currently receiving new updates in different regions. Sadly, the updates don't bring MIUI 12 as most owners would expect, but there's official confirmation that a rollout isn't far off.
The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition outperforms the OnePlus 8 Pro and Galaxy S20+ in DxOMark's camera test
The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition is a cheaper alternative for those with their sights on the Mi 10 Pro, and it performs as expected. The Redmi flagship's cameras have now been tested by DxOMark and found to perform better than phones like the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Galaxy S20+.
New Redmi Note 10 leak shows a powerful SoC and ample RAM for Xiaomi's upcoming mid-range champ
The Redmi Note 9 is barely three months old but rumors of the Redmi Note 10 have already surfaced. The recent leak shows the upcoming Xiaomi mid-range phone with the MediaTek Dimensity 820—an SoC that appears to outperform Qualcomm's much-lauded Snapdragon 765G—and plenty of RAM.
New MIUI 12 updates arrive for the Redmi Note 9 and Mi 9T
Xiaomi is continuing its MIUI 12 rollout by sending out new updates to the Redmi Note 9 and Mi 9T. This is an early MIUI 12 build for the Redmi Note 9—and the Redmi 10X 4G—carries the build number "MIUI V126.96.36.199.QJOCNXM".
MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 reportedly delayed after hitting snag
The Redmi Note 8 remains stuck on Android Pie and MIUI 11, and it appears its journey towards attaining MIUI 12 and Android 10 has hit yet another bump. It's not the only phone in similar straits, however, with the Redmi Note 7's update also hitting a snag.
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro set to debut with a Snapdragon 865 Plus
While the Asus Zenfone 7 will be the affordable flagship for the people, Asus is apparently set to launch a Zenfone 7 Pro alongside it, which will offer more features, starting with the more powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus versus the Snapdragon 865 on the regular Zenfone 7.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 owners may be experiencing a fatal issue on their phones
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is undoubtedly an excellent phone but owners of the flagship appear to be going through some travails, two years after the phone was released. Going by multiple reports, the Note 9 is plagued by severe display issues, with owners essentially left with the option of a display replacement outside the warranty period.
Forget the Galaxy Note 20, Samsung is working on an affordable flagship phone for you
The upcoming Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra may be Samsung's best smartphones this year, but prices will likely reach north of US$1500. That's a bit too expensive for most, and it appears Samsung is set to deliver another flagship phone that will likely cost right about half of that.
Realme C11 killer? Redmi 9C touted to launch as a Poco device in India
Xiaomi launched the Redmi 9C globally a few days ago, and it appears the phone is set to make its way over to India. Surprisingly, however, it may not be released under the Redmi brand, with new information indicating a Poco rebadge.
New leak reveals Asus Zenfone 7 improvements over the Zenfone 6
New information has surfaced on the upcoming Asus Zenfone 7. The Zenfone 7 will succeed the positively received Zenfone 6 and will deliver a number of improvements. A launch date remains unknown.
Xiaomi supposedly disables the Clean Master app across its lineup in India
Xiaomi confirmed a short while ago that it would finally remove the Clean Master app and service from its phones in India, following the ban of the app by the government. The promised update has arrived for the Mi Cleaner app but things may not always be as they seem.
New updates arrive for the Redmi Note 9 and Mi 10
Xiaomi is now sending out new updates to the Mi 10 and Redmi Note 9. The update for the Mi 10 is a MIUI 12 build, while the Redmi Note 9's OTA is based on MIUI 11. This comes after confirmation that Xiaomi is now opening up the pilot program for global beta MIUI 12 testing on the Mi 10 phones in India.
The Mi A3 receives a debilitating update; Xiaomi acknowledges fault
Xiaomi's poor form with Android One software is well-documented but the latest stunt may be a tough pill for owners of the Mi A3 to swallow. Mi A3 owners across the globe woke up to a new 1.40 GB OTA that appears to have been intended for Mexican models only, and has now disabled dual-SIM functionality on the phones of those unfortunate enough to have installed it.
Pixel 5: New renders show rear fingerprint reader and possible lack of an ultra-wide-angle camera
A new leak has given us a better idea of what the Google Pixel 5 may look like. The square camera module from the Pixel 4 makes a re-appearance, as well as the rear capacitive fingerprint reader from the Pixel 3. There also appears to be only two rear cameras.
What is going on with the Xiaomi Mi A4?
The Mi A3 was launched right about a year ago. Going by Xiaomi's usual release schedule, one would expect the successor to that phone, the Mi A4, to be set for launch now. That doesn't seem to be the case, however, as there's been total silence on the phone so far.
The Redmi Note 8 sees a price hike for the fifth time in India this year
The Redmi Note 8 was released in India with a starting price of Rs 9,999 (US$130). Xiaomi has slowly but steadily increased the MSRP of the phone over the past few months with the latest—the fifth of such—putting the phone's price tag at Rs 12,499 (US$165).
Xiaomi Mi A3 to get a native screen recorder with Android 11; call recording possibly in doubt
Last week, it was revealed that the Mi A2 Lite, Poco F2 Pro, and Mi A3 would receive native call recording as a feature on Android 11. Apparently, the Mi A3 will receive another feature too: native screen recording, which is already present on Android 11 beta builds.
OnePlus Nord Lite? Snapdragon 690-powered OnePlus phone potentially on the cards
Recent information indicates that the OnePlus Nord may be more expensive than previously thought, but a new leak will stoke the flames of expectant fans. Apparently, OnePlus is working on a new device that will feature the Snapdragon 690 and be even cheaper than the OnePlus Nord.
The Google Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 may sport the same SoC; Pixel 5 XL release in doubt
New information has surfaced, indicating that Google is working on an entirely new phone that will be called the Pixel 4A 5G, with codename "Bramble". This, of course, opens up the possibility of the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5G both using the same SoC.
No Android 11 for the Mi Mix 2S; Redmi 8A prospects slim too but MIUI 12 release imminent
Xiaomi's flagship phones are already on their way to Android 11 but things aren't quite as cosy on the lower-end of the hierarchy. The Mi Mix 2S, for example, has been said not to receive the update. The Redmi 8A is another phone with slim prospects, too.
LG ups its audio performance with the LG V60 ThinQ: Significant upgrade on the LG G8 ThinQ
LG flagships are generally considered to have some of the best audio capabilities in the segment but the LG G8 ThinQ managed to disappoint when it made its way over to DxOMark. The LG V60 ThinQ has now also be tested, however, and appears to be a massive improvement across the board.
Asus Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro billed to feature swiveling camera modules
Asus claimed it would release the ROG Phone 3 and Zenfone 7 in July but while the ROG Phone 3 already has an official launch date, there's been little to no noise about the Zenfone 7. Until now. New information has now surfaced about the upcoming Zenfone 7 and the previously unheard of Zenfone 7 Pro.
Wang Teng: Prepare your wallets for the Mi 10 Pro+
According to Redmi product director Wang Teng, Xiaomi is currently working on a new Mi 10 flagship phone. The phone is expected to be the Mi 10 Pro+, going by recent rumors, and could very well break the US$1000 MSRP mark.
Details of potentially the first Huawei Mate 40 series phone leak
A new leak has dropped some information on an upcoming phone that may just turn out to be the first Huawei Mate 40 series device: the Mate 40 Lite. The phone is expected to be branded as a Maimang-series offering in China as is typical with the Mate Lite lineup.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE poised to take on the OnePlus 8T with a 50 MP camera and Snapdragon 865
Samsung is currently working on a new device: the Galaxy S20 FE. The new phone is expected to be a more affordable flagship for the masses and is poised to take on the upcoming OnePlus 8T with a Snapdragon 865 and the very impressive 50 MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor.
Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 865 Plus offering 10% better GPU performance and Prime Core clock speed
Qualcomm has now unveiled its newest flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 865 Plus. The Snapdragon 865 Plus offers 10% better graphical performance and a higher peak CPU performance versus the Snapdragon 865, as well as significantly better Wi-Fi hardware, and will debut on the Asus ROG Phone 3.
Samsung alleged to completely ditch the Snapdragon 875 in favor of the Exynos 1000 on the Galaxy S21 series
Samsung is expected to launch its next generation of Galaxy S flagships, the S21 series, sometime in Q1 2021. New information, however, claims that all the Galaxy S21 phones will feature Samsung's in-house Exynos 1000 chipset instead of having some Snapdragon 875-powered models as is typical.
Xiaomi temporarily slashes Redmi K30 price tag by up to $85 in celebration of impressive sales landmark
Xiaomi released the Redmi K30 phones in China back in December last year. Since then, the phones have sold reasonably well, with Xiaomi announcing that it has sold three million units in the Chinese market, and temporarily slashing prices of the Redmi K30 4G by up to US$85.
PlayStation 4 firmware 7.02 kernel exploit surfaces; jailbreak back on the cards
Be glad, PlayStation 4 owners; a new jailbreak is on the way. Developer @theflow0 has now announced the existence of a kernel exploit on PS4 running firmware 7.02 or older. The kernel exploit currently has to be chained with a firmware 6.72 WebKit exploit.
Will the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite receive Android 11? No, it seems
The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are two-years-old now and have both received two major OS updates. While owners of the phones may reserve some hope over their prospects of getting Android 11, new information clarifies that such hopes are pointless.
RedmiBook 16 with Core i7 Icelake CPU confirmed for July 8 launch; expected to start under US$600
Xiaomi launched the AMD Ryzen 4000-series-powered RedmiBook 13, RedmiBook 14, and RedmiBook 16 back in May. The company has now confirmed that it's set to release a new RedmiBook 16, but this time out, one powered with Intel's 10nm Icelake Core i7 processors.
Android 10 update for the Redmi Note 8 gets a tentative ETA
Nine months after release, the Redmi Note 8 is yet to receive a major OS update, even though the Redmi Note 8 Pro got its Android 10 update months ago. That is set to change, however, with new information giving Redmi Note 8 owners around the world an idea of when the Android 10 update will finally arrive.
Three months after launch, the OnePlus 8 Pro looks to be a major sales success
The OnePlus 8 Pro was launched back in April but has routinely been out of stock since then. The phones has received mostly positive reviews and that appears to have translated into sales, with the implication of OnePlus selling a lot more units than it projected.
Huawei expands the EMUI 10.1 rollout for the P30 Pro, P30, and Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
Huawei is now expanding its EMUI 10.1 rollout. The company is currently sending out the EMUI 10.1 update to owners of the Mate 20 X 5G in Europe, as well as owners of the P30 and P30 Pro in South Africa, North Africa, South-East Asia, and the Middle East.
MIUI 12 beta update lands for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in China
After sending out a global beta MIUI 12 update to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Xiaomi has now also released a MIUI 12 update to the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in China. The update bears the build designation "MIUI 188.8.131.52", and is only available for those who opted into the MIUI 12 China beta testing program.
Mi 10 Pro: A flagship phone with one major weakness?
The Mi 10 Pro has earned plenty of positive reviews for its excellent rear cameras and audio performance, as well as for being competitive across the board. It would seem, however, that the phone has one major weakness, and one that may be a dealbreaker for some in the social media era.
A new PlayStation 4 jailbreak looks increasingly unlikely
The hopeful PlayStation 4 homebrew scene has waited a long while for a new kernel exploit, after the release of the firmware 5.05 jailbreak back in 2018. That wait is unlikely to end anytime soon, in light of recent developments.
MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8T potentially months away; may be same for the Redmi Note 8
Previous information indicated that the Redmi Note 8 would get the Android 10 update with MIUI 12 shortly. That may be in doubt now, however, as word from the Mi Forums claims the MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8T—essentially a Redmi Note 8 for certain markets—is months away.
Redmi Note 9 Pro doppelganger? Poco M2 Pro surfaces on Geekbench ahead of July 7 launch
Poco's next phone will be the Poco M2 Pro. The company seems to be continuing the trend of offering rebadged Redmi phones in its lineup, and new information indicates that the Poco M2 Pro, slated for a July 7 launch, may just be a rebadged Redmi Note 9 Pro.
MIUI 12 Global Beta update lands for the Redmi Note 8 Pro
After sending out stable MIUI 12 updates to its premium phones, Xiaomi has now set its sights towards the mid-range. MIUI 12 is now in the second round of seeding, beginning with the Redmi Note 8 Pro—which has now received a limited global beta build with the designation "MIUI 184.108.40.206 QGGMIXM".
The Redmi K40 surfaces in yet another leak; expected to share features with the Redmi K30 Pro
The Redmi K30 duo was launched six months ago, which means it's about time we got a successor to the phones. New information has now surfaced about the upcoming Redmi K40, with notable takeaways including battery capacity, display design/features, and main camera specifications.
Android 10 update arrives for the Xiaomi Redmi 8
Xiaomi has now started rolling out Android 10 to its last-gen Redmi series, beginning with the Redmi 8 in China. The Android 10 update for the Redmi 8 is based on MIUI 11 and carries the build number "MIUI 220.127.116.11 QCNCNXM". It weighs 2.0 GB and doubles up as the June security patch.
Xiaomi is set to launch a 65-inch 120 Hz OLED flagship TV on par with the LG C9 and Samsung Q90R
Xiaomi's recent 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max seems to have been a commercial success, and the company is set to follow it up with yet another TV. This TV, branded as the "Xiaomi TV Master Series" will sit at the very top of Xiaomi's TV hierarchy, and will take on the rest of the world with a 65-inch OLED 120 Hz display.
Stable MIUI 12 update starts rolling out to the Mi 9, Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, Redmi K30, and nine other devices
Over the past few weeks, Xiaomi has been sending out beta stable MIUI 12 updates to its premium phones. The company has finally taken the MIUI 12 rollout to the next stage, however, by beginning the full stable rollout to those phones, including the Mi 9, Mi 10, Redmi K30, and the rest of the gang.
Leaked Snapdragon 875 pricing implies next-gen flagships will be even more expensive
2020 flagships have been incredibly expensive, in part due to the high cost of the Snapdragon 865. It seems things aren't going to get any better either, as new information claims the Snapdragon 875 will be over 50% costlier than the already pricey Snapdragon 865.
Redmi Note 9 vs Redmi Note 8: Is the Helio G85 really a performance upgrade?
Is newer better? The Redmi Note 9 was launched months ago debuting with MediaTek's new Helio G85, but how does it compare to the tried and tested Snapdragon 665 on Xiaomi's last-gen Redmi Note 8? Well, the results are nuanced.
The Android 10 update for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T may have introduced a notable bug
The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T finally received the stable Android 10 update weeks ago—the third major OS update the phones have received. Sadly, though, the update seems to have broken an important feature on the phone, and owners aren't too thrilled about it.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro are now receiving EMUI 10 across Europe; US model remains ignored
Huawei is now sending out the EMUI 10 update to P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro around the world. The update is rolling out to owners in the UK, rest of Europe, and South America. This means that all Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro models should be receiving the update. Bar, of course, the North American Mate 10 Pro, BLA-A09.
Details of the Xiaomi Redmi 9A surface: MediaTek Helio G25 set to power the US$100 Redmi 8A successor
Xiaomi's Redmi A series typically offers some of the best-selling smartphones in the world every year, and the company is set to launch the next device in the lineup. The Redmi 9A will succeed the Redmi 8A, and details of the phone have now been revealed.
The iPhone SE (2020) demolishes the competition in DxOMark's camera tests
The iPhone SE has finally made its way over to DxOMark for a thorough evaluation of its cameras' abilities. The US$399 phone impresses, keeping up with the Pixel 3a on all tests—and outperforming similarly-priced phones.
The Last of Us 2 becomes the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive yet after selling four million copies in three days
While The Last of Us 2 has earned mixed opinions from the gaming public, the game had an extremely positive critical reception. That appears to have carried over to sales, too, as the Naughty Dog game sold four million copies over its first weekend on the market, making it the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive yet.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition said to be an affordable S20 phone, Snapdragon 865 in tow
According to new reports, Samsung is working on a new phone, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. The phone is said to be slated for a October launch, after the release of the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2, and will be a more affordable Galaxy S20 offering.
Sony deals sharp blow to future PS4 jailbreak prospects
Sony has now opened up its Bug Bounty program to the public, offering a whopping US$50,000 to anyone able to find a critical PlayStation 4 vulnerability. This deals a heavy blow to the hopeful PS4 homebrew scene, and further places the chances of a future jailbreak release in doubt.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi 9: FHD+ display and a MediaTek Helio G80 headline a notable upgrade on the Redmi 8
Xiaomi has now launched its latest budget phone, the Redmi 9, in China. The phone delivers an impressive feature list, including five cameras in total, a MediaTek Helio G80, a 5020 mAh battery, and a FHD+ display. Starting at just over US$100, the Redmi 9 appears to be a solid upgrade on last year's Redmi 8.
New updates arrive for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T as Android 10 looms
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T are now receiving new updates. No, the updates don't bring Android 10 to the phones, but that isn't far away either as Xiaomi is expected to begin the Android 10 rollout after fixing the bugs it discovered in an early firmware.
OnePlus Z/Nord: US market set to get the short end of the stick again
OnePlus has confirmed the imminent launch of its upcoming mid-range phone. The phone is expected to be the OnePlus Z or OnePlus Nord, and will be a spiritual successor to the OnePlus X. Sadly, though, a US release looks to be in doubt.
The Redmi Note 7 is now receiving the stable Android 10 update
Rejoice, Redmi Note 7 owners, Android 10 is here for you. Xiaomi has begun rolling out the Android 10 update to the Redmi Note 7 in China, with the build number "MIUI 18.104.22.168.QFQCNXM". A global rollout is expected in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi confirms that it has sold over 19 million Redmi 8 series phones ahead of Redmi 9 launch
With Xiaomi set to officially unveil the Redmi 9, the company is pleased to announce that the outgoing generation, the Redmi 8 series, has been a stunning commercial success. The Redmi 8 phones have sold over 19 million units since they were released back in October last year.
Stable Android 10 update arrives for the Xiaomi Redmi 7
After months of waiting, the Xiaomi Redmi 7 is finally receiving the stable Android 10 update. The update is rolling out in China and bears the version number "MIUI 22.214.171.124.QFLCNXM". It's obviously based on MIUI 11 and, if the Redmi 7A's rollout was any indication, should get to global units in a few weeks.
The Redmi K30 Pro, Redmi K30 4G, and Mi 10 Lite Zoom receive stable MIUI 12 updates
The MIUI 12 rollout continues. After sending out the beta stable updates to the Redmi K20 Pro and Redmi K30 5G last week, Xiaomi has also rolled out updates to the Redmi K30 4G, Redmi K30 Pro, and the Mi 10 Lite Zoom.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was the last truly great Android flagship
Samsung released the Galaxy Note 9 two years ago. Unlike most flagship phones from that era, however, the Note 9 still manages to look fresh, while offering premium features and performance, even by today's standards. And that, perhaps, is why it'll go down as the last truly great Android flagship.
Poco news: Poco F2 Pro Indian launch not planned, M2 Pro release imminent, Poco Pop Buds could be rebadged Xiaomi earbuds
General Manager of Poco India, C Manmohan, has shared some information on the company's short-term plans for the Indian market. The Poco F2 Pro doesn't appear to be on the cards for an Indian launch, but the launch of the Poco M2 Pro is imminent. Also, the company's upcoming Poco Pop Buds TWS earbuds seem to be nothing new.
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition sold out in just an hour
Samsung announced the Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition a few days ago, and it went on pre-order yesterday, with the purple Buds+ BTS Edition as a bonus. To absolutely no one's surprise, the phone has proven to be a masterstroke by Samsung, as it sold out within an hour.
Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro launched: 90 Hz display and the 5G-capable MediaTek Dimensity 800 starting at ~US$280
Huawei has now launched a "new" phone, the Enjoy 20 Pro. The Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ 90 Hz, display, a triple rear camera setup, and a 4000 mAh battery. The star of the show, however, is the MediaTek Dimensity 800.
New updates arrive for the Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi A2
Xiaomi has now started gradually sending out new updates to its Android One phones, the Mi A2 and Mi A3. The updates bring the June security patch to the phones, but it's unknown if they fix previously reported bugs introduced by earlier Android 10 builds.
MIUI 12 development halted for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 ahead of Android 10 release
Xiaomi has now halted MIUI 12 development for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8, for two different reasons. The company also suspended the MIUI 12 rollout for the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro—due to optimization concerns.
Official global EMUI 10.1 update schedule released: 16 phones to get the update but no luck for the Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro, and Y9 series
Huawei has now sent out an official document detailing which of its phones will receive the latest version of its skin, EMUI 10.1, globally. The list is rather scanty, though, and owners of the Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro, and Y9 series are unlikely to take too kindly to it.
Will the Redmi Note 8 Pro receive Android 11? Likely not, it seems
Android 11 is around the corner but while a host of Redmi Note 8 Pro owners wait for the Android 10 update, new information points towards the phone's chances of receiving the Android 11 being incredibly slim.
Galaxy Note 20 flagship status in doubt, expected to sport a 60 Hz display
The rumor mill for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series grinds on. New information claims the base Galaxy Note 20 will be more of a Note 20 Lite than anything and will sport a FHD+ 60 Hz display—worse than the display on the Galaxy S20.
The Doogee S88 Pro is a rugged phone with a 10,000 mAh battery, IP69K rating, and protection against extreme temperatures and acid for just US$250
Want a phone you can use anywhere without fear of damage? Doogee has one to sell to you. The new Doogee S88 Pro offers a completely rugged chassis with protection against impact, ingress, and extreme temperatures. All for US$250.
Xiaomi launches its 27-inch 165Hz gaming monitor offering a 2K resolution for about US$300
Xiaomi has now launched its 27-inch 165 Hz gaming monitor, offering a 2560x1440 resolution, a 400-nit peak brightness, and a 95% DCI-P3 color gamut. As is typical with Xiaomi products, it's also affordable, and can be had right now for just about US$268 in Chinese currency.
Xiaomi suspends the MIUI 12 rollout for the Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro
Xiaomi has sent out MIUI 12 beta builds to a number of its premium phones over the past few weeks, but is now suspending the MIUI 12 rollout for the Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro. The company seeks to better optimize the software, and has confirmed that the rollout will continue soon.
Xiaomi launches the 30,000 mAh Mi Power Bank 3 for under US$25
Xiaomi has finally launched its latest product, a 30,000 mAh power bank. The Mi Power Bank 3 offers three output ports with 18 W fast charging, and two input ports with a max input wattage of 24 W that will see the behemoth charged fully in just 10 hours. MSRP? Under US$25.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ expected to match the iPad Pro in one aspect
Apple's iPad Pro is the quintessential tablet series, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab has always lagged slightly behind. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ in the near future, and the phones have now been touted to offer a feature that may bring them closer to the iPad Pro.
DxOMark: The Huawei P40 Pro offers excellent mics but poor speaker output
DxOMark has now published its review of the Huawei P40 Pro's audio. The Huawei flagship put up an incredibly polarizing performance, delivering class-leading recording, but falling way behind the competition with its single underwhelming speaker.
Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 7, Poco F1 owners can now register as MIUI 12 beta testers
After sending out stable MIUI 12 updates to the Redmi K20, MI 9T, and Mi 9, Xiaomi may now be looking towards continuing the MIUI 12 rollout with its other phones. It has now opened its beta-testing program, and owners of the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Poco F1 can enlist.
Xiaomi set to debut a 27-inch 165 Hz monitor alongside a 30,000 mAh power bank
Following the launch of the Mi Band 5 earlier today, Xiaomi is expected to unveil two other products soon. The first will be a 165 Hz gaming monitor, while the second will be the Mi Power Bank 3, a 30,000 mAh behemoth that succeeds the Mi Power Bank 2i.
How many Pixel 3a phones has Google sold? A fun look at the numbers
Public opinion leans towards the Pixel 3a and 3a XL being Google's most successful phones yet but do the numbers agree? Well, mostly, but it may not be as impressive as most assume. Herein lies an attempt to figure out how many Google Pixel 3a phones the company sold since the debut of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL last year.
DxOMark: The OnePlus 8 Pro offers audio performance on par with the Galaxy S20 and Pixel 4
After going through the website's rigorous camera tests—and performing impressively—the OnePlus 8 Pro has now also been subjected to DxOMark's audio tests. It is, at the very least, competitive, as it compares nicely to other flagships like the S20+ and Pixel 4.
Samsung Galaxy S21 now unlikely to use BOE OLEDs due to quality concerns
Reports from a few weeks ago claimed that Samsung would finally ditch OLED's made by Samsung Display in favor of ones supplied by Chinese manufacturer BOE. That plan may now be dead in the water, however, as new information claims BOE's OLEDs failed to pass Samsung's quality tests.
Expected PS4 firmware 6.20 kernel exploit now in doubt
Back in March, popular developer @theflow0 announced that he had discovered a new vulnerability that made a kernel exploit and potential jailbreak for firmware 6.20 of the PS4 possible. A new announcement, however, has dampened the hopes of the expectant PlayStation 4 homebrew scene.
Motorola One Fusion+ launched: Quad rear cameras, pop-up selfie camera, and 5000 mAh battery for just €300
Motorola has now launched its newest mid-ranger, the Motorola One Fusion+. The One Fusion+ features a quad-rear camera setup, a pop-up selfie camera, a Snapdragon 730, and a massive 5000 mAh battery. It's expected to be priced at €300.
Recent Xiaomi Mi A3 update seems to be causing random reboots; fix potentially in the works
The Mi A3's journey to Android 10 has been one for the ages. The Android One phone went through several Android 10 bug-riddled builds before settling on a more tolerable one back in April. That build doesn't seem to be perfect either, though, as there have now been multiple reports of random reboots.
Stable Android 10 update finally arrives for the Redmi Note 7 Pro
The Android 10 update has finally arrived for the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The update is surprisingly based on MIUI 11, doubles up as the May security patch, and weighs 2.1 GB. It also carries the build number "V126.96.36.199.QFHCNXM".
Xiaomi confirms October MIUI 12 rollout for the Mi Mix 3 5G, sans Android 10
The Mi Mix 3 5G has been mostly ignored by Xiaomi so far, as it remains on Android Pie and MIUI 10, almost eighteen months after it was launched. A new tip indicates the phone will receive the MIUI 12 update later in the year, but Android 10 remains an improbability.
Some iPhone 11 Pro series units may be suffering from a green tint display issue
An iPhone 11 Pro user has reported that their phone displays a green tint under certain conditions. It's currently unknown if this is a software or hardware issue. It isn't the first time something of the sort has happened, though, as there have been similar reports with the Google Pixel 4 XL, OnePlus 8 Pro, and Galaxy S20 Ultra over the past year.
A host of Redmi Note 8 Pro owners remain without Android 10 as latest update supposedly fixes Netflix compatibility issues
Xiaomi first sent out the stable Android 10 update to the Redmi Note 8 Pro back in February. Fast-forward three months and a host of Redmi Note 8 Pro owners appear to still be on Android Pie. The most recent update to the phone with the software number "MIUI 11 V188.8.131.52.QGGMIXM" brings Android 10, however, and may have fixed the previously-reported Netflix compatibility issues.
Android 10 update begins rolling out to the Redmi 7A
While the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 8 phones remain stuck on Android Pie, Xiaomi is already sending out a stable Android 10 build to owners of the cheaper Redmi 7A in China. The update is a 1.7 GB download and doubles up as the May security patch.
OPPO Reno4 and Reno4 Pro launched: Snapdragon 765G, 65W fast-charging, and a 90 Hz OLED display
OPPO has now launched its latest set of sub-premium smartphone: the OPPO Reno4 and Reno4 Pro. The Reno4 starts at just over US$400 and delivers a Snapdragon 765G, five cameras in total, and 65 W charging. The Reno4 Pro is the star, though, as it improves on the camera setup significantly, while adding a 90 Hz display.
DxOMark: The OnePlus 8 Pro delivers impressive but not class-leading cameras
The OnePlus 8 Pro has now made the trip over to DxOMark, where it impressed by breaking into the top ten, ahead of the Galaxy S20+ and iPhone 11 Pro Max, but below phones like the Mi 10 Pro and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
The Galaxy Note 20+ may actually be the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra; touted to feature the S20's fingerprint reader
Samsung is set to release two Galaxy Note 20 series phones. The first will be the regular Note 20, while the second will be the more expensive, feature-packed model. That second model has been referred to as the Note 20+ but new information indicates it could be called the Note 20 Ultra instead.
DxOMark: The Motorola Edge+ fails to outperform the OnePlus 7 Pro and Galaxy S10
Motorola announced its return to the flagship space with the launch of the Motorola Edge+ weeks ago. Priced at US$999, the phone has now made its way over to DxOMark where it failed to outperform flagships from last year like the OnePlus 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10+.
Snapdragon 765G vs Snapdragon 845: The Google Pixel 5 could offer worse performance than the Pixel 3
The Pixel 5 is expected to be powered by a sub-premium chipset, which a host of rumors claim could be the Snapdragon 765G. How does a sub-premium SoC compare to the two-year-old Snapdragon 845 on the Pixel 3? Well, it's a mixed bag.
MIUI 12 update arrives for the Mi 9 following Redmi K20 and Mi 9T rollouts
Xiaomi's MIUI 12 rollout continues. The Redmi K20 and Mi 9T received the MIUI 12 update last week, and the Mi 9 is next in line. Mi 9 owners in Europe are now receiving the beta stable MIUI 12 update with the software version number "V184.108.40.206.QFAEUXM".
Huawei may have reserved the best displays for the P40 Pro Plus; pre-orders begin in China
The biggest difference between the Huawei P40 Pro and the more expensive P40 Pro Plus are the phones' telephoto lenses, as the P40 Pro Plus offers a 10x zoom lens versus the P40 Pro's 5x zoom. Apparently, though, there's also another distinction: the two phones sport displays made by different companies.
EMUI 10 update for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro set to hit Europe soon
Huawei is finally delivering the EMUI 10 update to the Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro, Mate 10, and P20. While the rollout is pegged as a "global" one, it's a bit misleading, as European models remain on EMUI 9.1. That is expected to change shortly, however.
It's about time we got better mobile hotspot controls in One UI
Samsung's One UI skin is generally hailed as one of the best OEM skins available right now, and is packed full with in-depth power-user features. All of that seems to be sorely missing in one segment: mobile hotspot, with Samsung's mobile hotspot controls being one of the most bare-bones of all Android skins.
Xperia 5 II: New leak shows Sony's upcoming flagship won't be all that compact
Reports from a few months ago touted the upcoming Xperia 5 II to be Sony's much-awaited compact flagship phone. A new leak may have put paid to those hopes, though, as while the Xperia 5 II paints the picture of an impressive premium phone, it doesn't quite seem to satisfy the conditions for "compact".
New update arrives for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T; still no Android 10
While the Redmi Note 8 Pro received the Android 10 update months ago, the regular Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T remain stuck on Android Pie, albeit on MIUI 11. A new update is now been sent out to the two phones, but also doesn't bring the much-awaited Android 10.
Details of the Galaxy Note 20 series' cameras revealed: A lower-res telephoto camera for the Note 20+?
The Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ are expected to be launched in about two months. Details of the camera setups of the phones have now surfaced, notable takeaways include the change to the telephoto shooter of the Note 20+, with the regular Note 20 keeping the same setup as the S20 and S20+.
Android 10 for the Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi Mix 2 remains a pipe dream, but MIUI 12 could be on the cards
The Mi Mix 3 5G was Xiaomi's first 5G phone and was powered by the flagship Snapdragon 855. In spite of that, it's been mostly neglected and remains on Android Pie and MIUI 10. Android 10 is unlikely to arrive for the phone, too, but like with the Mi Mix 2, MIUI 12 may be on the cards.
Galaxy S20 series sales numbers are worse than the S10 series'; S20+ the people's choice
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series was launched back in February, and it's now been about three months since the phones hit shelves. Sales numbers are out, and it would seem that the S20 phones have sold considerably less than the S10 series did over the same period last year.
The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T receive the stable Android 10 update, their third and final OS update
After months of beta testing, the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are now receiving the stable Android 10-based OxygenOS 10 update. The update weighs in at almost 1.9 GB and delivers all the typical Android 10 features to the three-year-old phones.
Redmi K30i 5G launched: A cheaper Redmi K30 5G with one notable difference
Months after releasing the Redmi K30 5G, Xiaomi has now launched another K30-series phone. The Redmi K30i 5G is a "lite" version of the K30 5G and offers similar specs bar one notable change while costing a bit less.
Xperia 1 II to launch in the US sans 5G on July 24 for a whopping US$1200; Sony WF-1000XM3 a pre-order bonus
After months of rumors, the Sony Xperia 1 II has now gotten an official release date. The phone will go on sale in the US on July 24, five whole months after it was announced. It will carry an MSRP of US$1200, although early takers also get a free pair of Sony's WF-1000XM3 earbuds worth US$200.
A host of Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro owners are still without EMUI 10
Back in February, Huawei claimed that the Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro would receive the EMUI 10 update in March. Here we are months after, though, and most owners of the two phones remain stuck on EMUI 9.1. Comparatively, phones from that generation like the LG G7, Galaxy S9, and OnePlus 6 have all received Android 10.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro billed to debut with the 5nm Kirin 1000, not the Kirin 1020
Reports over the past few months have claimed Huawei would release the Mate 40 Pro with a Kirin 1020 under the hood. That appears to have been false, though, as the next-gen flagship SoC will likely be the Kirin 1000 instead. The chipset will be built on TSMC's 5nm node.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will be a downgrade on the S20 Ultra in one important aspect
The Galaxy Note 20 phones are just a couple months away from launch at this point, and a new leak has now revealed even more information on the phone. It's hardly good news either, although there may be good reason for the choice.
Kirin 990-powered Honor Play 4 Pro on the cards, but the original Honor Play remains without EMUI 10
The Honor Play offered some much-needed competition to the Poco F1 back in 2018, and Huawei is set to debut a spiritual successor to the phone—an Honor Play 4 Pro featuring the flagship Kirin 990 5G. That's all fine and dandy but the original Honor Play remains stuck on EMUI 9.1 without any prospects for an EMUI 10 update.
The LG Stylo 6 is a US$200 phone with a stylus
LG has now launched its latest phone, the LG Stylo 6. The Stylo 6 features a 6.8-inch IPS display, a Helio P35, a triple rear camera setup, and a 4000 mAh battery. The star of the otherwise bleak show, however, is the phone's built-in stylus.
Asus Zenfone 7 and ROG Phone 3 confirmed for launch, ETA established
Rejoice, fans of the Asus Zenfone series; the Zenfone 7 is on its way. Asus Co-CEO Hu Shubin has confirmed that the Zenfone 7 and ROG Phone 3 are on the way, and will be released even sooner than most would think.
Google Pixel 5 launch may be delayed
Google's Pixel flagships usually debut in October, but there's a chance the Pixel 5 could be different, as word on the grapevine claims the phone may be delayed. The Pixel 5 is expected to eschew the Snapdragon 865 in favor of a cheaper sub-premium Qualcomm 5G SoC.
Xperia 1 II listed for pre-order with US$1200 price tag; page taken down shortly after
The Sony Xperia 1 II was temporarily listed for pre-order on B&H with a hefty US$1200 price tag. The listing has now been taken down, and it remains unknown when the phone will make the trip over to the US. It will, however, go on sale in Japan tomorrow, May 22.
OnePlus 8 vs Mi 10: Which entry-level flagship is better for you?
The OnePlus 8 Pro and Mi 10 Pro may be the stars of the show, but their cheaper, less feature-filled siblings may be a better option for most potential buyers. OnePlus 8 versus Mi 10: Which is the device for you?
Samsung's new 50 MP sensor bests the 108 MP sensors on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Mi 10 Pro
Samsung recently unveiled its newest CMOS sensor, the ISOCELL GN1 with a 50 MP resolution, 1/1.3" physical size, and 1.2μm native pixel size. While one could assume that the 108 MP sensors on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Mi 10 Pro are better, that couldn't be farther from the truth.
Xperia 1 II: Carrier confirms release date of Sony's much-anticipated flagship
The Sony Xperia 1 II looks to be the perfect flagship for some, but three months after it was announced, it still isn't available for purchase. That's about to change, though, as the phone has now been confirmed to go on sale on May 22 in Sony's home Japan.
OnePlus 8 Pro: OnePlus confirms that it will disable the see-through color filter lens in an imminent update
OnePlus has now confirmed that it will disable the color filter camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro in an upcoming software update. The company acknowledges the privacy-violating implications of the feature and will work on it further before relaunching it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ to feature a 108 MP camera, tackle focusing issues with new hardware
The Galaxy S20 Ultra may flaunt some impressive camera hardware but the effectiveness of its 108 MP sensor has been hampered by focusing issues. Reportedly, the Galaxy Note 20+ will also sport that same sensor, but with new hardware to improve focusing.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Killer? Honor X10 to offer a Kirin 820, 90 Hz display, and a camera akin to that of the Mate 20 Pro
Huawei is set to launch its next mid-range phone shortly. Details of the Honor X10 have now been revealed, with notable features including the giant-slaying Kirin 820, a 90 Hz display, pop-up camera, and a main camera sensor based on that of the Mate 20 Pro.
The LG V40 ThinQ was the underappreciated flagship no one bought
The LG V40 had it all: three versatile rear cameras, five cameras in total, an excellent display, and competitive pricing. And yet, it never quite managed to hit the heights attained by its contemporaries; why?
The Google Pixel 5 could be a more affordable phone for the masses
The Google Pixel 4 had a number of significant flaws but the most fatal of all was pricing, as the phones didn't offer value analogous to their launch prices. Things could change with the Pixel 5, however, as a new report claims Google will focus on the essentials with its upcoming flagship.
New Microsoft Surface Duo leak paints a polarizing picture
The Microsoft Surface Duo is on the way and months after Microsoft's teaser, technical specifications of the foldable phone have now been revealed. Notable talking points include the choice of a last-gen SoC and a disappointing battery unit.
Huawei touted to release an affordable foldable phone alongside the Mate 40 Pro
The Huawei Mate X and Mate Xs are incredible pieces of hardware but carry an equally heavy price tag, with the Mate Xs costing almost US$2700. That's a bit too much for the average consumer, though, so Huawei is reportedly working on a more affordable foldable offering that could launch alongside the Mate 40 Pro later this year.
The Mi A1 will never get an Android 10 update but that isn't the end of the road
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched back in 2017 and has received its two promised major OS updates. The phone may never receive an official Android 10 update from Xiaomi, but that doesn't have to be where it ends for Mi A1 owners.
Google Pixel 4a billed to be cheaper than the iPhone SE
The Google Pixel 4a was initially expected to start at US$399, but a new leak claims the phone could be US$50 cheaper. This would make it cheaper than the iPhone SE, the biggest challenger to the Pixel 4a in the mid-range segment.
Touted Galaxy Note 20 change could massively improve user experience over the Note 10 and S10
The Galaxy Note 20 phones are less than three months away from launch at this point, and the rumor mill now grinds faster. By most indications, the phones will be an incremental upgrade on the S20 series, but one touted change is expected to significantly improve the user experience.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro to ship without Google Services as Trump extends trade ban
The Mate 30 Pro was Huawei's first flagship to be released without Google Services support, and it seems that will continue with the upcoming Mate 40 Pro, as President Trump has now extended the trade ban by an extra year.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun reportedly sniped using an iPhone, faces criticism from other users
Going by reports floating around, CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, has been caught using an iPhone on social media. The fact that this is news in the first place is a tad amusing, but it does play right into the joke of Xiaomi aping everything Apple does.
Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Redmi Note 8 Pro: Which phone offers better performance?
Redmi Note 8 Pro or Redmi Note 9 Pro? MediaTek versus Qualcomm? Xiaomi's current and last-gen mid-range offerings of choice put up impressive numbers but how do they compare to each other? Well, things aren't quite as clear-cut as one would expect.
Galaxy S20 Ultra: Nillkin's Camshield Pro Cover case offers protection for the delicate camera glass
There have been multiple reports from Galaxy S20 Ultra owners of their phones developing cracks on the huge camera glass. Some claim it happens even without dropping the phone or any such impact. While the veracity of such claims remains in doubt, Nillkin is already selling a case for the S20 series that offers a dedicated slider for the camera glass.
Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus set to debut with the vaunted MediaTek Dimensity 800 onboard
Huawei is set to launch its next mid-range phone, in the form of the Enjoy 20 Plus. The Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus will pack in a total of five cameras, but the real star of the show will be the MediaTek Dimensity 800, a 5G-capable 7nm SoC that rivals the Snapdragon 765G.
New Mi A3 update fixes shutter speed issue in Pro mode
The Mi A3 is now receiving a new update. The update further fixes the issues from previous Android 10 builds, including fingerprint and launcher problems. Most notably, though, it allows the shutter speed to be set to a max of 32 seconds like it was on Android Pie.
DxOMark: The Samsung Galaxy S20+'s "fake zoom" is better than the S10's optical zoom
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ has now been tested by DxOMark. The scores offer a few notable takeaways, including inferiority to the S20 Ultra, an overall lack of improvement over the Note 10+, and the real-world effectiveness of the S20 and S20+'s digital zoom.
Mi Mix 3 5G owners take up arms in response to Android 10 and MIUI 11 snub
The Snapdragon 855-powered Mi Mix 3 5G was launched about a year ago. Since then, it hasn't received a major OS update, and remains stuck on Android Pie with no hope for a change of status anytime soon. Even worse, the Mi Mix 3 5G hasn't gotten the MIUI 11 update either, and owners of the phone refuse to take that sitting down.
DxOMark: The Honor V30 Pro's selfie cameras raise some questions
The Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro, and Mate 20 Pro all delivered sub-par selfie cameras, and it seemed Huawei was working on that with its recent flagship phones. The Honor V30 Pro appears to be a deviation from that path, as the phone only recorded scores on par with two-year-old flagships when tested by DxOMark.
Meizu 17 Pro: The people's Mi 10 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro alternative?
Chinese manufacturer Meizu has now launched its flagship phones for the year: the Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro. The phones pack in an assortment of current-gen technology including 90 Hz AMOLED displays, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, 30 W fast wired charge, and 27 W wireless charge in a bid to compete against the Mi 10 and OnePlus 8 series.
The Mi Note 10 receives its first taste of Android 10
After months of waiting, the Mi Note 10 is finally receiving its first taste of Android 10. The update carries the version number "MIUI 220.127.116.11.QFDMIXM" and weighs a typical 2.6 GB. It's the global stable beta build, so we expect a full rollout in the near future.
LG Velvet launched: An LG G9 ThinQ replacement seemingly offering abysmal value for money
LG has now unveiled its newest device. The LG Velvet is a replacement for the company's long-running G-series, and seeks to move downmarket, keeping the V line as LG's only premium series. Sadly, though, the Velvet is looking more like a miss than a hit.
Galaxy S20 Ultra: DxOMark's review of the flagship's 40 MP selfie camera further places the effectiveness of high-res Quad Bayer sensors in doubt
The Galaxy S20 Ultra features a 40 MP sensor as its selfie camera. Bigger is supposedly better and one would expect it to be the best on the market, yes? Well, no. The S20 Ultra only finishes joint second on DxOMark's selfie chart, and more interestingly, with just one more point than the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G and its meager 10 MP sensor.
Sketchy Exynos 990-powered "Mi 10e" supposedly appears on Geekbench, and we're leery
A device listed as the Mi 10e has surfaced on Geekbench. While that's already surprising enough, the phone is shown to be powered by an Exynos 990, and actually posts scores typical of the disappointing Samsung SoC.
Android 10 for the Redmi Note 7 may ultimately come with MIUI 12, ETA unknown
A few weeks ago, new information surfaced claiming the Redmi Note 7 would receive the Android 10 update in the first half of May. We're already in May, however, and a new statement from a similar source has now indicated that Redmi Note 7 owners may have to while a while longer; perhaps till the MIUI 12 rollout.
Xperia 10 II pricing officially revealed as camera samples surface; an iPhone SE alternative for Android lovers?
The Xperia 10 II is now available for pre-order in Europe, and Sony has also confirmed its pricing in the UK. Camera samples from the phone have also surfaced, showing off the capabilities of the phone's versatile triple camera setup.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have now been relegated to quarterly security updates
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ celebrated their three-year birthdays a while ago, and Samsung has now relegated them to its quarterly update list, with support expected to end completely in a year. The S8 Active and Galaxy Note 8, however, remain on the monthly update list.
The HTC U12+ remains on Pie two years after launch, and Android 10 is still but a dream
The HTC U12+ was launched back in 2018 just like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro. While the S9 and P20 Pro have received the Android 10 update, the HTC U12+ remains stuck on Android Pie, and its prospects of getting Android 10 remain virtually non-existent.
Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20+ flops hard in gaming comparison video versus the Redmi Note 8 Pro
The Exynos 990 on the Samsung Galaxy S20 has failed just about every test it's been presented with and that trend continues. In a gaming comparison video versus the MediaTek Helio G90T-powered Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 proves yet again that it shouldn't be an option for smartphone gamers.
Haylou GT1 Plus Review: A tad more than you pay for
The Haylou GT1 Plus was one of the first cheap TWS earbuds to be powered by Qualcomm's QC3020 aptX HD-compatible chip. How good exactly is it, though, especially considering its meager US$25 MSRP?
DxOMark: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip delivers cameras unworthy of its US$1400 price tag
The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's contemporary attempt at a clamshell-style foldable phone. The phone starts at just under US$1400, and has now made the trip over to DxOMark where it posted scores akin to two-year-old flagship phones from the competition.
OnePlus 8 Pro: OnePlus confirms that the black crush issue is a hardware defect, offers replacements
Some OnePlus 8 Pro units suffer from well-documented green tint and black crush display issues. OnePlus is now acknowledging the latter to be a hardware defect, and is offering to repair, refund, or replace affected units.
Google Pixel 4a: Camera samples from Google's imminent mid-range champ offer mixed results in Redmi Note 7 comparison
The Google Pixel 4a is billed to launch later this month. The phone is expected to edge the competition with its camera performance, and one would envisage it to show an overwhelming dominance if pitted against a Redmi Note 7. Reality, however, is often disappointing.
Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro launched globally: MediaTek Helio G85 for the base model starting at US$200
Over a month after launching the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in India, Xiaomi has now brought the series to the global market. The Max model has now been rebranded as the global Redmi Note 9 Pro and is joined by a regular Redmi Note 9 featuring a MediaTek Helio G85.
Xiaomi launches the Mi Note 10 Lite: A cheaper Mi Note 10 with worse cameras
Six months after the release of the widely acclaimed camera-centric Mi Note 10, Xiaomi has launched a cheaper model: the Mi Note 10 Lite, featuring most of the same specifications of the regular Mi Note 10 at the cost of much worse cameras.
Galaxy Note 20: New leak claims Samsung's next flagship will be powered by an Exynos 992
The Exynos 990 used on the global Galaxy S20 phones has come under fire for poor sustained performance and efficiency, and it would seem that Samsung plans to ditch it. The South Korean company is reportedly working on a 6nm Exynos 992 for its next flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 20.
The Huawei P20 Pro and P20 join the Mate 10 Pro outside Huawei's security update schedule
A few months after delisting the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro from its security update schedule, Huawei has now given its other Kirin 970-powered phones, the P20 and P20 Pro, the same treatment. The devices are missing from the company's official security update bulletin for May and do not appear on either the monthly or quarterly sections.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro touted to feature a "freeform" lens for improved ultra-wide-angle camera performance
Huawei uses a massive 1/1.54" sensor on its ultra-wide-angle shooters, but has been unable to pair it with a lens that can provide an industry-competitive field of view. Things are expected to change with the upcoming Mate 40 Pro, however, as a new leak claims the phone will sport a new, innovative lens type.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 10 Youth Edition 5G, an affordable Mi 10 Pro for the masses starting under US$300
A few hours ago, Xiaomi launched the Mi 10 Youth Edition in China. The phone features a Snapdragon 765G, a 5x optical zoom periscope lens, up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Base price tag? Under US$300.
Stable Android 10 update now hitting the Mi CC9 Pro; offers hope for Mi Note 10 owners
The Mi Note 10 is branded as the Mi CC9 Pro in Xiaomi's home China, and the phone is now receiving the stable Android 10 update after months of waiting. The update carries the software version number "MIUI V18.104.22.168.QFDCNXM" and is a 2.7 GB download.
One year on, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the one for me
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series are Samsung's most ambitious devices yet, and have been painted to represent a giant leap forward. But things aren't always as they seem, and considerably better value can be found elsewhere in Samsung's own stables.
What is going on with the Asus Zenfone 7?
The positively-received Zenfone 6 was launched right about a year ago, but there doesn't seem to be much information on its successor, the Zenfone 7. In a world dominated by quad-digit-priced flagship phones, that's a right shame.
The Mi A3 receives a bug-fixing Android 10 update
The Mi A3 has already received three Android 10 updates but both were filled with bugs. Xiaomi is now sending out yet another build to the phone with the version number "V22.214.171.124.QFQMIXM", and it appears to fix most of the bugs from previous updates.
Wan Zhiqiang: Qualcomm is unlikely to release a Snapdragon 865+
Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 855+ last year as a better-performing refresh of the Snapdragon 855. There's unlikely to be a repeat with the Snapdragon 865, however, as an OEM exec has confirmed that Qualcomm will not release a Snapdragon 865+.
OnePlus 8 Pro: OnePlus' US$1000 phone may be suffering from a green tint display issue
The OnePlus 8 Pro tops out at US$1000, and one would expect a problem-free user experience. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, however, the phone seems to suffer from a green tint display issue—albeit only on some units.
DxOMark: US$1400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra fails to break into the top five
US$1400 should get you the absolute best smartphone around, one would think. Apparently not, as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has made the trip over to DxOMark and mostly disappointed, with an overall score that places it outside the top five on the website's charts.
Redmi Pad 5G: New Xiaomi tablet billed to launch on April 27, Snapdragon 765G in tow
Xiaomi's last tablet was the Mi Pad 4 that was released back in 2018. That has left fans of the series in the lurch, making Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Huawei's MediaPad lines the only viable Android alternatives. Things may be about to change, however, as Xiaomi is rumored to launch a new tablet, the Redmi Pad 5G, next week.
Poco F2 tipped to be a rebadged Redmi K30 Pro sans 5G support
The Poco F2 is coming, and it's touted to be rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. Interestingly, it's also said to eschew 5G support entirely, which could help Xiaomi keep the phone's pricing even below the already impressive Redmi K30 Pro. Perhaps, at US$400?`
Global Android 10 rollout for the Mi A2 Lite continues
Xiaomi botched the first Android 10 update to the Mi A2 Lite. A new update "V126.96.36.199.QDLMIXM" was sent out last week in an extremely limited rollout, but now appears to have headed global, with users around the world confirming receipt.
Sony Xperia 5 II: New renders of Sony's upcoming compact flagship are breathtaking
The Sony Xperia 5 II is expected to be Sony's first true compact flagship phone since the Xperia XZ2 Compact that was released in 2018. The phone is touted to sport a display in the region of 5.7", and new concept renders by Dutch outlet LetsGoDigital paint a compelling picture.
Android 10 update for the Redmi Note 7 finally gets an ETA
Xiaomi has sent out the Android 10 update to quite a number of its phones, but the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro remain on Pie. There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel, though, if new information is anything to go by.
How to improve the fingerprint reader speed of your Samsung Galaxy S20, Note 10, or S10
Since the launch of the Galaxy S10 series a year ago, Samsung users have complained heavily over the slow unlocking speeds of the in-display fingerprint readers on their phones—including the S10, Note 10, and S20 series. Here's how to make things a tad faster.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Samsung promises to fix the green tint display issue
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra have complained about a bug that makes their displays assume a green tint when brightness is reduced. It also appears to be present on the regular S20 and S20+. Thankfully, though, Samsung has promised to fix it.
Sony Xperia 1 II release date pushed further backwards
The Xperia 1 II was unveiled back in February, virtually alongside the LG V60 ThinQ and Samsung Galaxy S20 series. While those phones have since gone on sale, the Xperia 1 II is biding its time, and new information points towards the phone remaining unavailable for a while yet.
DxOMark: The Realme X2 Pro offers great bang for buck at the expense of camera performance
The Realme X2 Pro delivered an incredible performance to price ratio, but that may have come at the expense of camera performance, with the phone only managing to equal two-year-old flagships like the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X on DxOMark's charts.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are billed to receive the One UI 2.1 update
Rejoice, Galaxy S9 series owners, you may just be set to receive the One UI 2.1 update after all. A Samsung chat rep has confirmed that the Galaxy S9 Plus—and the S9 by proxy—will receive the One UI 2.1 update that has already been sent out to the S10 and Note 10 phones.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro launch in China with significantly lower prices
OnePlus has now launched the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in its home country of China. Unsurprisingly, the phones cost quite a bit less than they do in the US. Over US$130 less, to be exact. That differential can be explained, though.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite finally lands in the US starting at $650; but why does it even exist?
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has now officially made its way over the US with a not-so-insignificant US$650. Seeing it steps on the toes of the regular Galaxy S10, some may be wondering why exactly the phone exists at all, but there appears to be some logic to it.
Some Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra units may be experiencing a green tint display defect
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is undoubtedly an impressive piece of hardware. It costs a massive US$1400 and most would expect it to be perfect at that price point. Sadly, it isn't, as it still suffers from acute autofocus issues, and what appears to be a display defect only compounds issues.
Redmi launches its new US$14 AirDots S TWS buds featuring a low-latency mode for gamers
Xiaomi has now launched its new TWS earbuds, the Redmi AirDots S. The AirDots S looks to be a refresh of the first-gen Redmi AirDots and offers more of the same, with the addition of a new low latency game mode.
Magic UI 3.1 update now hitting the Honor V20, Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, Honor V30, and Honor V30 Pro
As Huawei kicks off the rollout of EMUI 10.1 to its current and last-gen flagships, its Honor sub-brand isn't forgotten. The update comes in the form of Magic UI 3.1 and is now slowly becoming available on Honor flagships like the Honor 20 Pro and Honor V20.
New Android 10 update arrives for the Mi A2 Lite
After incessant requests from owners, Xiaomi finally the released Android 10 update for the Mi A2 Lite over a month ago. The update was disastrous, however, and bricked a number of devices. The company has now released a new Android 10 build.
Android 10 for the LG G7 ThinQ is around the corner
The LG G7 ThinQ is billed to start receiving the Android 10 update in South Korea sometime this quarter. There appears to be some good news for owners of the flagship in the US, however.
Meizu 17 appears on AnTuTu, breaks the 580k mark and confirms Snapdragon 865
Meizu's next offering in its flagship line, the Meizu 17, has now surfaced and made the trip over to popular benchmark platform AnTuTu. While the phone doesn't post any groundbreaking numbers, the listing confirms that it'll be powered by a Snapdragon 865.
Xperia 5 II touted to be Sony's much-anticipated true compact flagship phone
Sony released the Xperia XZ2 Compact back in 2018, and has failed to follow it up with a truly compact flagship phone, much to the chagrin of lovers of smaller-sized premium devices. That could be set to change, however.
Sony Xperia 10 II billed to launch for US$400 - An iPhone SE 2 and Pixel 4a competitor?
The Sony Xperia 10 II was unveiled back in February but is unlikely to hit store shelves until June at the earliest. When it does, it's expected to carry a price tag in the region of US$400, which places it in competition with the upcoming Pixel 4a and iPhone SE 2.
The Google Pixel 5 could sport a custom-built 5nm Exynos SoC featuring Cortex-A78 cores
Reports a few weeks ago touted Google to eschew the Snapdragon 865 in its Pixel 5 plans. A new report has now surfaced, claiming that Samsung is working on a customized SoC for Google, built on a next-gen 5nm manufacturing node and featuring Cortex-A78 CPU cores.
Potential Pixel Buds 2 dark clouds appear as pre-orders are canceled
Google's upcoming Pixel Buds 2 are billed for a spring release. The true wireless earbuds were put on pre-order at a third-party retail store a while ago, but it would appear that all orders have now been canceled, the implications of which are unknown.
EMUI 10.1 update now hitting the Huawei P30, P30 Pro, and Mate 20 Pro
Huawei recently unveiled a slight update to its skin—EMUI 10.1—and the first build is now being sent out to the company's last-gen flagships, the P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20 pro, and other phones in the Mate 20 series. EMUI 10.1 brings a number of features including Huawei's new voice assistant, Celia.
Nokia's next flagship phone appears to have been delayed...again
One year after, we're yet to get a successor to the incredibly promising but ultimately disappointing penta-camera Nokia 9 PureView. The phone in question has apparently been delayed yet again, with Covid-19 touted as the reason this time.
A Snapdragon 765G-powered phone with a massive 192 MP sensor could be set for launch - Mi Note 11?
According to a new report, there's a new smartphone on the way, coming with a massive 192 MP sensor onboard. The phone, however, will eschew Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 865 in favor of the sub-premium Snapdragon 765G.
The Exynos 990-powered Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ appear to have a better camera than the Snapdragon 865 models
Comparison camera shots between the Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 and the Snapdragon 865-powered ones have revealed that the Exynos models take better pictures—in low light, at least. This is likely one of the few things the Exynos phones are better at.
Hands on with One UI 2.1 on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series
Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 series with an improved version of its UI—One UI 2.1. The Galaxy S10 series is now also receiving the One UI 2.1 update with all the software features that debuted on the Galaxy S20 phones.
Samsung refutes reports of performance disparities between the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865
The Exynos 990 being a significantly worse chipset than the Snapdragon 865—or even last year's Snapdragon 855—may as well be fact at this point. Samsung appears to disagree, though, for what it's worth.
Snapdragon 765G-powered LG G9 ThinQ replacement billed for May 15 launch
Going by recent reports, LG has now killed off its flagship G-series, with the LG G9 ThinQ all but officially dead in the water. According to word on the grapevine, the replacement to the G9 ThinQ has now been penned down for a May 15 launch, and is touted to feature a Snapdragon 765G, four cameras in total, and a 4000 mAh battery.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro snubbed in EMUI 10.1 update roadmap
Huawei released the Mate 10 Pro in late 2017 and the P20 Pro about two years ago. The phones have received two major updates—although the EMUI 10 rollout is still ongoing—and while one would expect them to also get the EMUI 10.1 update, seeing as it's based on Android 10, Huawei seems to think otherwise.
Who made the display on the Huawei P40 Pro? Not Samsung, apparently
The Huawei P40 Pro sports an impressive quad-curved 90 Hz FHD+ AMOLED display, but which company is responsible for producing that piece of hardware? While last year's Huawei P30's screen was made by Samsung, Huawei appears to have looked elsewhere for the P40 and P40 Pro.
Stable global Android 10 update for the Redmi Note 8 Pro removed Netflix HDR support
Xiaomi is still sending out the stable global Android 10 update to the Redmi Note 8 Pro but the update appears to have removed Netflix HDR support. Complaints have also been made over the lack of HD streaming support on Amazon Prime Video in spite of the Android 10 update bringing Widevine DRM L1 certification.
DxOMark: The Huawei P40 Pro is the best camera smartphone in the world
Popular photography evaluation website DxOMark has now reviewed the recently released Huawei P40 Pro. The phone does extremely well and continues the tradition of Huawei flagships taking the top spot on DxOMark's charts at release.
The LG G9 ThinQ may now be dead with LG touted to kill off the series in favor of a new sub-premium phone; 4000 mAh, 6.7" display, sub-$800 price tag, and a Snapdragon 765G?
Last week, there were reports claiming that LG would move the LG G9 ThinQ downmarket by pairing it with a Snapdragon 765G. Apparently, though, those reports may have been misguided. New information claims the Snapdragon 765G-powered phone won't be called the G9 ThinQ at all, with LG opting to kill off its original LG G-series entirely.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro mark the end of the era of affordable Xiaomi flagships
Yesterday, Xiaomi launched the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro globally. While the phones are solid offerings, some would consider them to be priced inappropriately, with the Mi 10 Pro carrying a hefty €999 MSRP. But are the phones overpriced? Well, the numbers seem to say so.
Kirin 820 vs Snapdragon 765G vs Exynos 980: Early benchmarks show Huawei's dominance over the mid-range
Huawei is touted to unveil the Kirin 820 in the near future, so how does it compare to the equivalent chipsets by Samsung and Qualcomm, the Exynos 980 and Snapdragon 765G. Very favorably, apparently.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi K30 Pro and Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition - The nigh-perfect flagship killers
Xiaomi has now unveiled the Redmi K30 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom Edition. The phones feature the absolute best performance hardware on the market right now, and deliver virtually everything a smartphone enthusiast could want, at an extremely affordable price point.
Huawei P40 Pro: New leak reveals more information on Huawei's upcoming flagship phones
Huawei is set to debut the next iteration in its photography-focused P-series of premium phones later this week, and a new leak has revealed even more on the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro ahead of launch.
Operation Kill Exynos: The petition asking Samsung to ditch its Exynos chipsets is gaining serious traction
A few days ago, a discontent smartphone owner created a petition requesting the company to stop using its "inferior" Exynos SoCs. The petition has quickly gained traction, accruing over 11,000 signatures within 48 hours.
Google is bringing its image processing to extreme budget phones with the new Camera Go app
Camera quality has been a major pain point for owners of Android Go phones, due to the quality of hardware the phones sport. Computational photography is Google's bread and butter, though, and the newly launched Camera Go app is expected to deliver much-improved camera performance to the extreme budget Android Go devices.
The LG V60 ThinQ 5G goes on sale today, starting at US$799
LG's latest flagship phone, the V60 ThinQ 5G, goes on sale today. The phone's price tag starts at US$799 depending on the carrier you buy from and the options selected. That's US$200 less than the regular Galaxy S20. At most, potential buyers will have to fork out US$950.
The Exynos 990-powered Samsung Galaxy S20 series is not a good choice for smartphone gamers
When shelling out up to the equivalent of US$1600 for a new phone, one would expect it to be the class-leading in performance, or at least better than last year's releases. Not the Galaxy S20, though, as a new test has shown the Exynos Galaxy S20+ getting absolutely destroyed by a Snapdragon 855-powered S10+ at gaming.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives a new underwhelming update
Owners of the Mi A3 have been waiting for the release of an Android 10 build that fixes the bugs Xiaomi's OTA last month calamitously introduced. A new update has now been released for the phone, but it appears to be rather disappointing.
Android 10 is here for the Samsung Galaxy A40 and A80
Samsung's Android 10-based One UI 2.0 rollout continues; this time with its mid-range phones, the Galaxy A40 and A80. Both phones are now receiving the One UI 2.0 update with all the typical features like system-wide dark mode and new navigation gestures.
Reports coming out of Korea point towards the LG G9 ThinQ losing its flagship heritage
LG recently unveiled the V60 ThinQ 5G. Typically, though, the LG flagship that's launched this time of the year is the G-series phone, but there's been little to no word on the G9 ThinQ.
5nm Kirin 1020 set to enter "large-scale delivery" in August
Huawei is already working on its next-gen flagship SoC. The chipset, expected to be the Kirin 1020, will power Huawei's next generation of premium phones, starting with the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro. It's apparently scheduled to enter mass production in August.
Benchmarks show the Exynos 990 on the Galaxy S20 phones to be considerably worse than the Snapdragon 865
Death, taxes, and Exynos flagship SoCs lagging behind the competition. Most of the world only has the option of the Exynos 990-powered Samsung Galaxy S20 model and they're unlikely to be thrilled by new information that shows the Exynos 990 failing to catch up to the Snapdragon 865 in both performance and efficiency.
The Android 10 rollout for the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 has been delayed
The Nokia 7.2 was originally promised to get the Android 10 update in Q1 2020. We're at the end of Q1, however, and that plan appears to have been scrapped with official confirmation that the phone will receive the update in Q2 instead.
Stable global Android 10 update finally arrives for the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
Xiaomi's Android 10 rollout slowly continues. After sending out the Android 10-based MIUI 11 update to the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Lite, the Chinese company is now providing the stable global update to the Mi 8 Pro.
A new PS4 firmware 6.20 kernel exploit is finally in the works
Rejoice, PlayStation 4 owners, a new jailbreak solution is coming your way. Popular developer @theflow0 has announced the discovery of a new vulnerability on firmware 6.20 of Sony's outgoing console, with a kernel exploit and jailbreak solution now on the cards.
Google Pixel 4a touted to offer much better performance than the Pixel 3a
Google is set to release the Pixel 4a soon. The phone is billed to offer much-improved performance over its predeccessor, the Pixel 3a, with a new leak touting faster storage, more RAM, and a more powerful SoC.
Huawei P40 Pro Premium: More details of Huawei's upcoming Galaxy S20 Ultra challenger surfaces
Move away, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra; the top dog is here. Huawei is touted to launch three new flagships this month: the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Premium. Details of the Huawei P40 Pro Premium have now surfaced, painting the image of a phone with some of the most impressive hardware the world has ever seen.
Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max launched - Specifications, differences, pricing
Xiaomi finally launched its newest devices, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, earlier today. The new Redmi mid-rangers start at an extremely affordable US$175 and offer incredible value for money as is the norm with the series.
Redmi Note 9: Not a performance upgrade over the Redmi Note 8?
Xiaomi is set to unveil the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro sometime this month. The Redmi Note 9 is expected to be powered by the new Helio G70, but there appears to be a slight issue with that: that SoC doesn't appear to be an upgrade over the already underwhelming Snapdragon 665 on last year's Redmi Note 8.
The Mi A2 Lite Android 10 update is bricking phones
After months of delays, Xiaomi finally sent out the Android 10 update to its Android One Mi A2 Lite smartphone. As has become typical of Xiaomi's Android One updates, however, the build appears to be a poisoned chalice and is bricking devices.
Android 10 is now available for the Mi A2 Lite, but you probably should wait
After months of delays, Xiaomi is finally releasing the Android 10 update to owners of the Mi A2 Lite. The Android 10 rollout for the Mi A3 has been a proper shambles, however, so the company appears to be taking some precautions this time around.
Looks like Samsung is still unable to consistently deliver great images of your pet with the Galaxy S20 phones
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series features top of the line camera hardware and generally takes great pictures. However, the phones still appear to struggle with pictures of pets, which has been an age-old criticism of Samsung's cameras.
These may be the first live images of the Google Pixel 4a
We're not that far away from the release of the Google Pixel 4a phones, and a new leak has now given us a look at what are said to be live images of the phone. Notable takeaways include a hole punch, and the absence of any secondary rear cameras.
The Exynos Galaxy S20 and S20+ don't use the same main camera sensor as the Snapdragon models
Global units of the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ don't only differ from the others by virtue of the Exynos SoC they feature. Apparently, they also use a completely different main camera sensor from the Snapdragon models.
Overpriced? The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra apparently costs just US$528 to build
The Galaxy S20 Ultra retails at an overwhelming US$1399 base price point. That's an unreasonable price tag, no? Perhaps. A new report by TechInsights has now provided some much-needed information on exactly how sensible the S20 Ultra 5G's huge MSRP actually is.
Xiaomi discontinues the Android 10 rollout for the Mi A3 after heavy bug complaints
Xiaomi released Android 10 for the Mi A3 yesterday. As is becoming a theme with Xiaomi's Android One OS updates, however, the build was extremely buggy, and the company has now chosen to pull the update entirely.
New Nokia 9.2 concept render paints an interesting picture
The Nokia 9.2 is expected to be the next Nokia-branded flagship smartphone, and a new image has surfaced online, giving a creative, conceptual look at the phone. The phone is shown sporting a quad-rear camera setup, with a completely bezel-less display housing the selfie camera underneath.
The Mi A3 finally receives the Android 10 update
After months of promises and rumors, the Mi A3 is finally receiving the much-awaited Android 10 update. The OTA weighs in as a 1.3 GB download and brings all the typical Android 10 features. The update, however, appears to be a rather buggy one, as has become typical of Xiaomi's Android One OS updates.
Stable global Android 10 update arrives for the Redmi Note 8 Pro
Rejoice, Redmi Note 8 Pro owners around the world; Android 10 is here for you! The global Android 10-based MIUI 11 update is now rolling out to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. It doubles up as the February security patch and introduces Widevine DRM L1 certification for HD streaming.
How much does it cost Xiaomi to build the Mi 10? US$440 apparently
The Mi 10 was released last week and fans may have been put off by its nigh-US$600 starting price tag. Here, we have a closer look at how much it may have cost Xiaomi to build the Mi 10, with the goal of ascertaining just how fair the phone's price tag actually is.
EMUI 10 global rollout for the Honor 8X kicks off
Slowly but surely, Huawei is now rolling out the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to Honor 8X owners around the globe, with users of the phone across Europe and Asia confirming receipt of the update. This will also be the last OS update the phone gets, making for a total of two.
Android 10 descends for the Samsung Galaxy A50s and A30
The Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30 are currently receiving their Android 10-based One UI 2.0 updates. The update to both phones double up as the February security patch, and has now been confirmed by users in Asia.
The Nexus 6P and first-gen Google Pixel settlements are now being paid out
The Nexus 6P and the first-gen Google Pixel were subjects of class-action lawsuits over bootloop issues and faulty microphones respectively. Months after the cases were decided in court, the settements for both lawsuits are now being sent out. The Nexus 6P's tops out at US$400, while the Pixel has a US$500 maximum payout.
The global EMUI 10 update rollout for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is at hand
Huawei recently delisted the Mate 10 Pro from its security update schedule page. The old flagship is set for one last hurrah, however, in the form of the EMUI 10 update, and the OTA has now been officially confirmed to start rolling out globally in March.
Budget phone cameras are about to get much better with the OmniVision OV48C and OV64C
Sony and Samsung have taken to offering bigger, more impressive smartphone camera sensors of recent, with the IMX555, IMX686, ISOCELL Bright GW1, and ISOCELL Bright HMX billed to be some of the most popular premium sensors this year. OmniVision isn't keen on being left out, and its new sensors, the OV48C and OV64C, keep up with the competition—the former, in particular, delivering an impressive 2.4μm pixel size.
The return of the headphone jack: Sony Xperia 1 II official spec sheet leaks in full ahead of launch
Sony will unveil its next flagship tomorrow and the phone's technical spec sheet has surfaced, revealing a device that competes against the Samsung Galaxy S20+ without necessarily losing. Major talking points include the return of a 3.5mm headphone jack, the same main camera sensor as the Galaxy S20 and S20+, 3x optical zoom, and a 4000 mAh battery.
What is going on with Xiaomi's Android One Mi A-series?
The Mi A1 signaled the start of major OEMs adopting Google's Android One program. While one would expect Xiaomi to build on the success of the Mi A1, it's starting to look like the series peaked with the phone. Poor updates, bad quality control, and cost-cutting decisions plague a lineup that had the potential to be the global enthusiast's smartphone series of choice.
Boombox speakers just a gimmick? DxOMark casts aspersions on the LG G8 ThinQ's audio abilities
LG is regarded as being one of the best OEMs in terms of smartphone audio. That considered, the G8 ThinQ, LG's 2019 flagship, should offer excellent audio, right? Well, the phone has now been tested by DxOMark, with some shocking results.
Don't buy the OnePlus 7T Pro over the OnePlus 7 Pro if cameras are your priority
DxOMark has now put the OnePlus 7T Pro through its camera test. The phone recorded the exact same overall score as the older OnePlus 7 Pro. That makes sense, of course, seeing as both phones feature essentially the same SoC and identical camera hardware. If cameras are your major concern, there's no point buying the OnePlus 7T Pro over the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Purported Google Pixel 5 renders may leave Pixel fans bewildered
A new leak has revealed what is supposed to be early renders of Google's next flagship phone, the Pixel 5. An extra lens looks to be added and the Soli Radar system could make a re-appearance. The real bone of contention, however, is the eccentric camera module on display.
Huawei delists the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro from its security update schedule
Huawei released the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro over two years ago and the phones may just have reached the end of their support lifespans. While EMUI 10 will eventually be released for the flagships, Huawei has now removed them from its official security update page.
Recent reports claiming Android 10 for the Mi A3 are fake, but the update is around the corner
Yesterday, reports of Android 10 hitting the Mi A3 surfaced around the nooks of the Internet. They were fake, sadly. The Mi A3 hasn't received its Android 10 update, but recent developments point towards it being potentially at hand.
Honor 9X set for stable EMUI 10 global rollout as Huawei dawdles with the Mate 20 Lite and P30 Lite
Honor has confirmed that the release of the stable EMUI 10 update for the Honor 9X is at hand. Huawei is also sending out the update to the Mate 20 Lite and P30 Lite but the rollout appears to be extremely limited at the moment.
Android Pie finally descends for the Sprint LG G7 ThinQ as Android 10 release draws closer
Almost two years after the phone was launched, owners of the Sprint model LG G7 ThinQ are finally receiving their first OS update. The Android Pie update is now rolling out to the phone, with Android 10 lingering on the horizon already.
Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact owners launch campaign for Android 10 update
Sony, for some reason, completely ignored the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact in its Android 10 roadmap. The phones ran Android Oreo at launch and have only received one OS upgrade, to Android Pie. Owners of the phones aren't taking that kindly, though, and rightfully so.
Latest AnTuTu rankings show how great the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L is
Most smartphone enthusiasts don't seem to like MediaTek chipsets. While there are solid reasons for that, performance isn't one of them anymore. For example, the new MediaTek Dimensity 1000L looks to be the most powerful SoC outside the flagship space.
3x optical zoom for the Galaxy S20 and S20+? Not quite
The Galaxy S20 and S20+ both have 3x optical zoom, right? Well, not quite. A quick look at the phones' official technical specs reveals that they likely offer just 2.5x optical zoom, with some image cropping done to reach the 3x lossless mark.
Samsung's business model change could imply three OS upgrades for the Galaxy S10 series
Instead of ending production of the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung will keep making them and selling them officially with a US$150 permanent price drop. That could have an interesting effect on the support lifespan of the phones, and their resale value.
Content-creation Juggernaut: The Mi 10 Pro debuts at the top of DxOMark's camera and audio charts
Xiaomi has just launched its newest flagship phones, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The Mi 10 Pro has also been put through the paces over at DxOMark, and posted impressive results that place it at the top of the website's photo, video, and audio leaderboards.
Galaxy S10e owners get shafted in the Galaxy S20 trade-in program
Samsung has opened up its Galaxy S20 series trade-in program for reservers and there looks to be a few issues with it. For one, owners of the Galaxy S10e get the short end of the stick.
First Poco X2 update brings camera improvements, bug fixes, more
The Poco X2 was launched just last week but is already receiving its first OTA update. The update comes as the January security patch, and brings some image processing improvements to the phone's cameras, along with a nifty bug fix.
No EMUI 10 for the Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro, Huawei confirms
About a week ago, reports surfaced claiming that Huawei was working on the EMUI 10 update for the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro, the company's flagship phone from 2016. Huawei has reportedly now confirmed those claims to be without substance.
EMUI 10 global rollout for the Mate 20 Lite and P30 Lite continues
The OS upgrade keeps rolling. Huawei has delivered the EMUI 10 to most of its premium phones worldwide, and is now rolling it out to some of its mid-range Kirin 710-powered offerings. That happens to include the Mate 20 Lite and P30 Lite.
Leaked Galaxy S20 photo samples give first look at what the S20/S20+'s cameras are capable of
The Samsung Galaxy S20 phones will be unveiled tomorrow but why wait till then to have an idea of what the phones' cameras are capable of. The first photo samples of the Galaxy S20 have now been leaked; better still, with the same shots taken on the S10 for comparison.
New update to the Honor Play may leave owners livid amidst clamor for EMUI 10
Owners of the Honor Play are campaigning for their much-deserved EMUI 10 update. The Honor Play was ignored on all of Huawei's roadmaps so far even though its powered by the same Kirin 970 on flagships like the Mate 10 Pro and P20 Pro—both of which will receive Android 10. A new update has now hit the Honor Play but is unlikely to do anything but piss owners off even more.
New LG V60 ThinQ leak surfaces amidst rumors of the LG G9 ThinQ being cancelled
LG is billed to launch the V60 ThinQ at MWC later this month. Details of the device have now leaked, with major takeaways including the presence of headphone jack, a quad-rear camera setup, and a huge 5000 mAh battery. Reports also claim that the South Korean company could be set to kill its G-series line, in an attempt to focus on the V-series.
In hindsight, the Huawei Mate 20 X was an incredibly underrated smartphone
Look away, lovers of smaller-sized phones, this one isn't for you. Huawei's Mate 20 series is almost 16 months old and here we have a look at the forgotten son of the lineup, the Mate 20 X—perhaps, the most underrated device Huawei has released in recent times.
CNET's Motorola Razr test was flawed, and the results proffer no tangible deductions
You've no doubt seen the headline: "Motorola Razr fails folding test, doesn't last up to 28,000 folds". Or something in that vein. Yes, the new Motorola Razr did perform terribly at that test, but what if the test itself was inherently unfair?
New Asus Zenfone 7 leak shows a triple camera setup, dual hole punch, LCD display
A new leak has given us our first look at the Asus Zenfone 7. The Zenfone 7 appears to feature a triple camera setup housed within a square module. The dual-selfie camera is present—in an Honor V20 Pro-esque punch-hole—and Asus appears to have opted for an LCD panel once more.
EMUI 10 update now rolling out to the Honor 10, Honor View 10, and P20 Pro
Rejoice, owners of older Huawei premium phones; your time in the spotlight is here. Huawei is currently sending out the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to the Honor 10 and Honor View 10 outside China, with the P20, P20 Pro, and likely, the Mate 10 Pro, set to follow shortly.
Big oof: The Motorola RAZR shows awful durability as it fails a folding test
Hinge noises aren’t as bad as it gets for the new Motorola RAZR. The phone was put through a folding test to see how many times it could be folded before showing damage. The results were...rather disappointing, especially in light of the phone’s US$1500 price tag.
Galaxy Buds+ to offer Game Mode for lower latency; extra microphone for improved call quality, more
Ever tried playing an online FPS on a wireless earbud? Latency galore. Samsung will attempt to cut down on latency by introducing a game mode on the upcoming Galaxy Buds+, along with a number of other major improvements over the current Galaxy Buds.
Bigger battery, faster charging, better performance for the Redmi K30 Pro
The Redmi K30 was something of a disappointment, and Xiaomi will be hoping to make amends with the Redmi K30 Pro. A new report has now shone more light on Redmi's upcoming flagship phone, and things are looking up for expectant fans.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones cost?
Going by all available information, the Galaxy S20 phones will be more expensive than their predecessors—in the US at least. While that may sound like a thoughtless move by Samsung, some context is necessary.
Huawei touted to debut 65 W fast-charging technology on the Mate Xs
Huawei's 22.5 W SuperCharge was class-leading three years ago but the company has slowly lost ground on that front. That could be set to change soon, though, as a new report claims the Chinese company could debut a new 65 W fast-charging technology on the upcoming Mate Xs.
The Android 10 rollout for the LG G8 ThinQ continues
LG looks to be getting better with software updates. The South Korean company is continuing its Android 10 rollout for the G8 ThinQ, and the latest version of the phone to receive the update is the US unlocked model. Both the Sprint and Verizon models already received the update.
Skip the Mi Note 10 Pro if you need great audio from your phone
The Mi Note 10 Pro launched to much fanfare with its penta-camera setup that offered 5x optical zoom and a 108 MP main camera. It's, by all means, a capable camera smartphone and will appeal to hobbyist photographers; but audio looks to be an entirely different issue.
EMUI 10 global rollout continues with updates to the Nova 5T, P30 Pro, and Mate 20 Pro
For some reason, Huawei is taking its sweet time with the rollout of the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update. The update is still mostly going out to Kirin 980-powered phones; ergo, last-gen premium phones including the Mate 20, P30 and Nova 5T series.
Poco makes a lukewarm return with the Poco X2, a rebranded Redmi K30 4G
Poco won our hearts with the release of its debut phone, the Poco F1, back in 2018. Eighteen months later, the Xiaomi sub-brand is back with yet another offering, the Poco X2. Sadly, this one just ain't it, chief.
New Galaxy S20 series US pricing leak makes for some hard reading
The Galaxy S20 phones are billed to be unveiled in a week. A new leak has given us pricing information for the phones across US carriers, and, well, it doesn't sound too good. The base S20 could potentially start at US$999, making it US$300 more expensive than Apple's cheapest iPhone this year, the iPhone 11.
New report delivers some good and bad news on the Redmi K30 Pro
Expectant Redmi fans must brace themselves as a new report throws more light on the upcoming Redmi K30 Pro. There's some good news...and some bad news. The good news first? The phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 865.
Samsung Galaxy S20 series touted to debut new, improved Night Mode
The Samsung Galaxy S20 phones will feature new camera hardware but that isn't worth much if the supporting software isn't good enough. Thankfully, Samsung appears to be holding down the fort in that aspect pretty well, if a new trademark filing is anything to go by.
Leaked Galaxy Z Flip hands-on video may make you want to buy one...or not
A new video has shown the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip in action, and we have a feeling public opinion on it could be divisive. The clamshell-style foldable phone will be launched on February 11, alongside the Galaxy S20 series.
New Nokia phone with codename "Captain America" leaks
A new Nokia device has been spotted in the wild. The phone, marvelously codenamed "Captain America" is said to be the upcoming Nokia 5.2, and is billed for a February 23 launch at MWC.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 receives its first taste of Android 10, its second major OS upgrade
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was released in early 2018 and is now getting its first taste of Android 10. Android 10 is the second major OS upgrade the phone will get, which is impressive for a phone that had an MSRP of just US$200. Getting it ahead of a number of flagships is icing on the cake.
Will the LG V35 ThinQ receive the Android 10 update?
The LG V35 ThinQ is the forgotten step-son of LG's recent flagships. An Android 10 update roadmap that surfaced last week completely omitted the V35, and that may have alarmed owners of the phone. We bring glad tidings, however.
Exynos 990 Galaxy S20 surfaces on Geekbench - How does it compare to the Snapdragon 865 model?
The Exynos 990 variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 has now been tested on Geekbench 5.1. The big question, of course, is how it compares to the Snapdragon 865 models. Well, your guess is probably the case.
Cybersecurity experts: Android phones may now be more secure than iPhones
iPhones are way more secure than Androids, right? Apparently not. A new report with information from forensic experts heavily points towards the reverse being the case. Androids may now be more secure than iPhones, with a Huawei flagship being surprisingly secure.
OnePlus is bringing major camera improvements to its current and upcoming phones
After receiving feedback at the Open Ears Forum last month, OnePlus has taken the time out to collate user pain points with its camera app, and confirms that it is working on major improvements that will be implemented in software updates.
Samsung will do something interesting with the telephoto cameras of the Galaxy S20 and S20+
A new leak has thrown more light on the sensor Samsung will use on the telephoto shooters of the Galaxy S20 and S20+. Sadly, all it manages to do is raise more questions, as it potentially implies terrible low-light performance when taking telephoto shots with the phones.
New leak brings some good news for expectant Huawei P40 fans
A new leak on the Huawei P40 series' pricing will likely excite fans of the series. The P40 is expected to be launched sometime in March, and will build on the groundbreaking camera performance that its predecessors offered.
DxOMark somehow thinks the iPhone 11 Pro Max takes worse selfies than most other 2019 flagships
DxOMark has now tested the iPhone 11 Pro Max's selfie cameras, and given it a score that places it below other phones like the Galaxy S10+, Note 10+, Asus Zenfone 6, and Huawei Mate 30 Pro. There's one problem with that, though—the sample shots themselves tell another story.
Huawei finally promises Android 10 for the Huawei Y9 (2019), but what about the Nova 3 and Honor Play?
Owners of the Huawei Y9 (2019) mounted a campaign against the company after it was revealed that their phones would not get the Android 10 update. That move appears to have been effective, as Huawei has now backtracked and promised the update for the phone. Sadly, that says nothing about other phones that were similarly snubbed, like the Nova 3 series and the Honor Play.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro: A gaming phone with abysmal multimedia?
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro was one of the first phones to be launched with the Snapdragon 855+. While it offers impressive performance, it would appear that the company cut corners on its audio hardware, with the phone posting terrible scores on DxOMark's audio tests.
Huawei Y9 (2019) owners up in arms after Android 10 snub
Huawei has confirmed that the Huawei Y9 (2019) will not receive the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update, and owners of the phone are, well, unhappy about that decision. Rightfully so, too, as the Honor 8X, another mid-range phone, was released around the same time and will be getting the update.
Still two years behind: The Sony Xperia 5's cameras play catch-up to the competition
For some reason, Sony continues to deliver sub-standard camera performance with its smartphones, and the Xperia 5 continues that trend. The phone was tested by DxOMark and found lacking, only managing to match two-year-old flagships from other companies.
Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S20+ or S20 Ultra and get a free pair of Galaxy Buds+
What appears to be official promotional material for the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones has surfaced, confirming the names and designs of the S20+, S20 Ultra, and Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Buds+ TWS earphones. Those will pre-order the S20+ or S20 Ultra will get a free pair of Galaxy Buds+. S20 buyers, sadly, appear to be completely ignored.
New leak reveals massive price tags for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series
For the first time, pricing details of the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones have been revealed. Going by the leak, the Galaxy S20 could share a base price tag with its predecessor, the S10, but things go downhill from there, with the most expensive device potentially costing up to US$1,699.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series could offer class-leading performance
The Samsung Galaxy S20 phones are the talk of the town, with most reports focusing on their new, improved camera hardware. Cameras are just one aspect of a phone, though, and potential buyers can rest easy with the knowledge that the phones' all-round performance will be equally impressive.
New Poco F2 information could leave expectant fans disappointed
The rumor mill for the Poco F2 grinds on and, this time, it could be bringing some less than favorable news. New information on Pocophone's upcoming device points towards it not being an entirely new device of its own, which could leave fans of the series disappointed.
New EMUI 10 global update release schedule for Huawei phones revealed
Yet another list has surfaced revealing Huawei's plans for its global EMUI 10 rollout. A total of twenty-two phones are billed to receive the update, with Kirin 980-powered devices like the Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro leading the way.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Great cameras but awful speakers?
The Mate 30 Pro packs in incredible hardware, especially in the camera department. For some reason, though, Huawei chose to completely overlook the phone's audio playback capabilities, and DxOMark's review shows it being much worse than the competition.
Google Pixel 4 caught running Android 11 ahead of Developer Preview 1 release
The first developer preview for Android 10 went live in March last year. We expect the same release timeframe for Android 11 this year, and the fact that a Pixel 4 has been found running Android 11 on a benchmark supports that notion.
The Asus ROG Phone 2's cameras are a tad disappointing
The Asus ROG Phone 2 has been hailed for its outstanding hardware. Designed to be a gaming phone, the ROG Phone 2 delivers excellent performance and user experience-enhancing features, but it would seem that its cameras don't quite match up to the rest of the package.
The Honor V30 Pro is a hard-to-recommend camera beast
The Honor V30 phones were released a few months ago. The V30 Pro, in particular, is notable for being the first non-Huawei phone to sport the huge 40 MP IMX600. That move has paid off sweetly, too, as the phone manages to deliver excellent camera performance.
Revealed details of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra paint an impressive picture
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the big bad wolf of the Galaxy S20 series, as it represents Samsung's attempt at throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the competition. Details of the device have now surfaced.
No 3.5mm headphone jack for the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones
Samsung removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10 phones last year and that decision has carried over to the company's upcoming flagships. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones will not feature headphone jacks, but what does that mean for audio purists?
Details and features of the Samsung Galaxy S20 line's cameras revealed in full
The Samsung Galaxy S20 phones are set to offer groundbreaking camera performance, and a new set of leaks has given us our clearest look yet at the camera hardware and software features of the devices, backed by hands-on images and videos.
LG V60 ThinQ leak points towards Samsung Galaxy S10-esque design
The LG V60 ThinQ is expected to be unveiled next month at MWC. What appears to be the glass back panel of the device has now leaked, giving us our first look at the South Korean company's next flagship.
Live images: This is the Samsung Galaxy S20+ in the flesh
Less than a month away from Samsung's unveiling event, live images of the Galaxy S20+ have surfaced. Notable takeaways include a quad rear camera setup, what appears to be a rear microphone, and an almost flat display.
The Mi A2 finally receives the Android 10 update
Xiaomi released the Android 10 kernel source code for the Mi A2 and Mi A3 a few days ago, and we expected the Android 10 OTA to start hitting owners of the devices shortly after. Well, Android 10 is here for the Mi A2. Sadly, it's also the last major OS update the phone will receive.
The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's second-generation foldable phone
Samsung is expected to release a new foldable phone at its Galaxy Unpacked event on February 11. Information points towards the phone sporting a Motorola RAZR-esque design, and it will apparently be called the Galaxy Z Flip.
The LG G8 ThinQ receives a surprising Android 10 update in the US
Can pigs fly? Maybe, if recent developments are anything to go by. Completely unexpectedly, LG has now sent out the stable Android 10 update to some owners of the G8 ThinQ in the US. Previous performances in this department considered, this is nigh-miraculous.
No 108 MP sensor for the Galaxy S20 and S20+ but they still get a new, impressive 12 MP camera
Samsung will debut its 108 MP sensor on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and fans of the series may have been disappointed that the cheaper S20 and S20+ wouldn't sport that same sensor. While the smaller phones won't be able to boast of a 108 MP camera, Samsung will equip them with a new, improved main sensor that's more impressive than most on the market right now.
Leaked renders of the LG G9 ThinQ reveal a potentially polarizing huge phone
The LG G8 was something of an underrated release by Samsung's local rivals, LG. The company is set to debut a direct successor, in the form of the LG G9 ThinQ, and a report has now given us our first look at the upcoming flagship. Notable takeaways include a quad-rear camera setup and a massive display that may not sit well with fans of the series.
The Android 10 update for the Mi A2 and Mi A3 is right around the corner
Owners of Xiaomi's Android One phones, the Mi A2 and Mi A3, have waited a long time for the release of the Android 10 update. New developments, however, point towards that wait being almost over.
The Huawei P40 Pro takes design cues from Samsung's past and future flagships
The Huawei P40 Pro is set to be launched soon. For the first time, we finally have a good idea of what the phone will look like. Notable takeaways include a penta-camera setup, curved edges with incredibly slim bezels, and a number of design choices which Samsung fans will find familiar.
First images of the Google Pixel 4a throw up a few surprises
The Pixel 3a was one of the best smartphone releases of the year, in stark contrast to the Pixel 4 phones. Google will be hoping to build on that success with the Pixel 4a, and a new report has now revealed more than ever before on the next-gen mid-range Pixel 4.
More details of the Xiaomi Mi 10 surface
Xiaomi's next-gen flagship phone, the Mi 10, was announced a few weeks ago but not much was revealed about the phone. A new report has done just that, however, and expectant fans will be pleased with the image of the phone painted so far.
The Sprint LG V40 gets a surprising Christmas update
Unconfirmed reports claim that there was much merriment and jubilation on the streets as owners of the Sprint LG V40 ThinQ finally received the update they'd been waiting eons for. Clap your hands and feel the power; the Pie update is here.
Benchmarks show the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L outperforming the Snapdragon 765G in both CPU and GPU
MediaTek unveiled its new Dimensity series a couple of weeks ago as its first 5G-capable SoC lineup. As is becoming typical of MediaTek chipsets, the new Dimensity 1000L manages to handily outperform its closest rival, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G.
Distress bells toll as HTC plans yet another massive layoff
HTC continues to take hit after hit. The Taiwanese company's mobile business has suffered over the past few years, and the company is set to downsize its workforce yet again, slightly over a year after it laid off 1,500 staff.
LG V60 touted for MWC 2020 launch, second screen in tow
The LG V50 ThinQ 5G was unveiled back in February and its successor is billed to come exactly a year after. Going by a new report, the LG V60 ThinQ will be announced at MWC 2020, and it will feature a second screen with an upgraded folding structure.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 could actually be the Galaxy S20
Samsung is billed to release the Galaxy S11 phones in February. The problem with that, however, is that there's a chance we won't be getting the S11, as a new tip touts a Huawei-esque naming scheme switch that will see the phones called the Galaxy S20 series instead.
The US unlocked Galaxy S10 line is now receiving the Android 10 update
A week after the carrier models received the stable One UI 2.0 update, unlocked models of the Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ in the US are now also getting the One UI 2.0 OTA.
The Huawei P40 Pro will debut with 10x optical zoom; renders and details revealed
The Huawei P40 and P40 Pro are confirmed to be billed for a launch in March. Details and renders of the devices have now been revealed, painting the pictures of two ambitious flagships set to compete against the Samsung Galaxy S11 phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 phones are set to deliver game-changing zoom abilities
Every new leak only serves to confirm that Samsung will offer unrivaled camera performance on its upcoming Galaxy S11 phones. According to a new report, the Galaxy S11 line will feature a high-res sensor—48 MP at least—as its telephoto shooter. Even better, all three phones will get such a sensor, even the S11e.
Redmi 9 leak touts a MediaTek processor and an early 2020 launch
Xiaomi's Redmi line is one of the most successful smartphone series right now, with the Redmi Note 7 phones having sold over 20 million units. The company released the Redmi 8 back in August and is set to follow it up in early 2020 with a direct successor. Details of the budget Redmi 9 have now surfaced, painting an interesting picture.
A proper Android 10 update is heading to the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro
The Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro received the MIUI 11 update a while ago but it was an Android Pie-based build. Users of the phones can rest easy, though, as they're on course to receive a proper Android 10 update in the near future.
Details of the massive 108 MP camera touted for the Samsung Galaxy S11+ revealed
The Samsung Galaxy S11 phones are two months away from launch at this point. The S11+ will feature a massive 108 MP camera and more details of the CMOS sensor, the ISOCELL Bright HM1, have now been revealed.
MKBHD's 2019 blind smartphone camera test throws up a few surprises
Last year, popular YouTube tech channel Marques Brownlee hosted a blind smartphone camera test that had some shocking results—with the US$300 Pocophone F1 finishing in second place. This year's version is just as interesting, as it threw a similar curveball.
Huawei reclaims top spot on DxOMark's rankings with the Mate 30 Pro 5G
It was about time we saw a Huawei device at the unrivaled top of DxOMark's leaderboards again. Sadly, it's not a new device this time around, but the 5G model of the Mate 30 Pro. The Mate 30 Pro 5G offers a few minor improvements over the regular Mate 30 Pro, especially in the zoom and night shots sub-categories.
EMUI 10 beta program set to open for a bunch of Huawei and Honor phones
After sending out the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to its flagships, Huawei is now focusing on its mid-range offerings. According to a new report, the company is set to open up EMUI 10 beta programs for a number of its phones.
The stable Android 10 update is now rolling out to Snapdragon Galaxy S10 models
As promised, the stable Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update is now rolling out to Snapdragon-powered, North American Samsung Galaxy S10 models. This means that Samsung has now beaten its own ETA for the update in that market.
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are currently at their cheapest ever - US$120 off!
The Pixel 3a phones are widely regarded as being some of the most recommendable devices in the market right now, especially in the US. The 3a and 3a XL have MSRPs of US$399 and US$479 respectively, but can now be had with a massive US$120 off those prices—US$279 and US$359
Looks like Samsung didn't sell a million Galaxy Fold units like reports claimed
Samsung Electronics' President Young Sohn, a few days ago, announced that the company had sold a million units of its US$2000 Galaxy Fold. Apparently, the Samsung executive was wrong. The company did not, in fact, sell a million units of the foldable phone.
The 108 MP sensor on the Galaxy S11+ will use 9-in-1 pixel-binning technology to devastating effect
The Samsung Galaxy S11+ will feature a 108 MP camera but it will not be the same one Xiaomi used on the Mi Note 10. Apparently, one major difference between the two is the fact that the sensor on the S11+ will use 9-in-1 pixel merging technology to achieve a 2.4µm pixel size, making it the most powerful sensor in the smartphone industry.
The Android 10 update will get to North American Samsung Galaxy S10 models way earlier than expected
The Samsung Galaxy S10 line is already receiving the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 OTA but the update so far is limited to Exynos-powered European models. Samsung's update roadmap says Snapdragon models won't get the update till January but a surprise is on the cards, as certain North American units will get theirs in a few days.
Huge battery touted for the Galaxy S11 as launch date leaks
The past few days have revealed more information on the Galaxy S11 phones. Most notable of the lot is the fact that the S11 will see a big upgrade in battery capacity over its predecessor. The phones' launch date appears to have been revealed, too.
The Motorola One Zoom's cameras aren't worthy of its price tag
The Motorola One Zoom is a mid-range phone by Motorola that costs US$449. Yes, it does feature a quad-camera system but versatility and numbers don't always compensate for raw quality, if DxOMark's review of the phone is anything to go by.
November AnTuTu rankings show just how far ahead of the competition the Redmi Note 8 Pro is
AnTuTu has released its leaderboards for November. The flagship chart sees the Asus ROG Phone 2 firmly nestled at the top of the pile, while the mid-range chart shows just how far ahead of the competition Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 Pro is.
Huawei kicks off the Android 10 beta program for the Honor 10, Honor View 10, and Honor 9X duo
After sending out the stable Android10-based EMUI 10 update to its Kirin 980-powered flagship phones and the diminutive P Smart (2019), Huawei is now setting its sights towards providing the update to last-gen Honor flagships and the Kirin 810-powered Honor 9X phones.
Purported Snapdragon 865-powered Sony Xperia flagship surfaces online
A new device has been spotted on Geekbench. Going by the details on the listing, the device in question is very likely to be Sony's next-gen Xperia flagship smartphone. The fact that it sports a Snapdragon 865 and copious amounts of RAM helps cement that idea.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi K30 and K30 5G - The true kings of value for money
At an event a short while ago, Xiaomi launched its latest devices, the Redmi K30 and K30 5G. Both devices offer amazing bang for the buck, with the K30 5G launching as the cheapest 5G smartphone on the planet, due to its US$285 base price tag. The regular 4G K30 is even harder to argue against, as it starts at just US$230.
Are these the first live images of the Samsung Galaxy S11?
About two months away from the launch of the Galaxy S11 phones, we're yet to get concrete, live images of the flagships. Things may have changed, though, as a new leak shows what appears to be live images of the Galaxy S11, albeit in awful resolution.
The 108 MP sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S11+ won't be the same one on the Mi Note 10
The Mi Note 10 was released last month and has the honor of being the first mainstream with a 108 MP camera. The Samsung Galaxy S11+ will also sport a 108 MP sensor but it will not be the same one on the Mi Note 10. It will be a newer, better sensor.
Huawei has finally learned how to make a good selfie camera
For a long while, Huawei found it hard to deliver a flagship that offered selfie camera performance on par with the competition. Well, starting with the P30 Pro, it would appear that tables have slowly, but steadily, turned, and the new Nova 6 5G is proof of that.
It looks like Android OEMs are getting better with OS updates
Many may have casually wondered how the speed of the Android 10 rollout compares to those of older versions of the OS. It almost feels like OEMs are sending out the OS update faster this time around. Does hard data agree with that notion? Yes, yes, it does.
Here's all we know about the upcoming Redmi K30 ahead of its launch
The Redmi K30 will be launched on December 10 and, over the past week, more and more of the device's details have been revealed. Here's all we know—and don't know—about the Redmi K30, Xiaomi's upcoming flagship killer.
New leak throws more light on the OnePlus 8 Lite, the purported OnePlus X successor
OnePlus started off making "flagship killers" at mid-range prices. The brand has slowly moved upmarket but is apparently set to offer a proper mid-range phone again, in the form of a OnePlus 8 Lite that'll be a successor of sorts to 2015's underwhelming OnePlus X.
Same old: The Nokia 7.2 flounders in DxOMark's selfie test
Nokia has developed something of a reputation for middling camera performance. The new Nokia 7.2 doesn't stray too far from the norm, either, as DxOMark's review puts its selfie camera performance on par with two-year-old flagships like the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X.
Snapdragon 865 Geekbench benchmark appearance shows it trading blows with the Exynos 9825 and Apple A13 Bionic
The new Snapdragon 865 was unveiled yesterday. The device has now been benchmarked on an outdated version of Geekbench. Recorded scores show it throwing blows with the Apple A12 Bionic, matching the Apple A13 in multi-core, while equalling the Exynos 9825 in single-core and destroying it in multi-core.
The Redmi K30 will be powered by the new Snapdragon 765
There's been conflicting information on what SoC the upcoming Redmi K30 will feature. Some say it'll be the Snapdragon 730G, while others tout the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G. New developments debunk all of those, and we're almost definitely going to see a Redmi K30 powered by the just-announced Snapdragon 765.
EMUI 10 update begins rolling out to the Huawei P Smart (2019)
Huawei has sent out the EMUI 10 update to its Kirin 980-powered premium phones, and is now setting its sights on the mid-range. Owners of the Huawei P Smart (2019) are now receiving the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update, and we expect other Kirin 710-powered devices like the Honor 8X and P30 Lite to get the update in the near future.
Xiaomi calls out yet another mouth-watering Mi Mix 4 leak as fake
Yet another leak has surfaced, painting an extremely attractive picture of the supposed upcoming Mi Mix 4. Some major touted features include a variable 120 Hz display with a QHD+ resolution, a 108 MP main shooter, quad rear camera setup, and an under-display dual selfie camera system. Sadly, dreams are just that...dreams.
10 million units in three months: The Redmi Note 8 series is outselling the Redmi Note 7 duo
Just three months after the phones were launched, Xiaomi has confirmed that it has sold ten million units of the Redmi Note 8 series. That is, the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro. This means that the Note 8 phones are actually outselling the Redmi Note 7 phones, which is incredible considering the phones’ relatively lackluster reception by the enthusiast community.
Sony is working on the Xperia Compact, a 5.5-inch phone for lovers of small devices
Be excited, ye lovers of small smartphones; be very excited. Sony is apparently working on a new compact phone. The Xperia Compact will feature a 5.5-inch display with a physical footprint smaller than that of the Xperia XZ2 Compact and Samsung Galaxy S10e.
DxOMark picks its best smartphone cameras of 2019 sorted by categories, and the Mi Note 10 Pro dominates
DxOMark has shared its thoughts on what it considers to be the best smartphone cameras of 2019, grouped into specific sub-categories. There are a few iffy choices, but one major takeaway from the list is just how impressive the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro is.
Redmi K30 leaks paint the picture of a thoroughly disappointing sequel to an excellent phone
We genuinely believe the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro—and the Mi 9T rebrands—to be the best-value premium smartphones on the market. Xiaomi is set to release a successor this month, the Redmi K30, but things aren't looking quite as exciting as one would expect.
You can snag the Samsung Galaxy Buds with wireless charging case right now for just US$99
Samsung released the Galaxy Buds earlier in the year. The AirPods competitor have an MSRP of US$129.99 but can be had for quite a bit cheaper right now. For US$99.99, to be exact—US$30 or 23% off.
Finally good value for money: Get the 108 MP Mi Note 10 for just US$466
While we're fans of the Mi Note 10, its US$610 MSRP was rather off-putting, and we recommended potential buyers to wait for a sale if they planned to buy the device. Well, here's one such deal. The Mi Note 10 can now be had for just US$466, about US$140 off its MSRP.
The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e are now receiving the stable Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update
A series of official Samsung Android 10 rollout roadmaps all cite the Galaxy S10 phones as billed to receive the stable Android 10 update in January. That isn't the case for all regions, though, as some owners of the S10, S10+, and S10e are already confirming receipt of the OTA.
The first generation Asus ROG Phone is finally receiving the Android Pie update
Over a year after going on sale, the first-gen Asus ROG Phone is now receiving the Android Pie update. Yes, you read that correctly; Pie, not Android 10. The rollout is a staged one and the OTA will get to all users of the device over the next few days.
Update Party: Official Samsung Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update roadmap surfaces
Samsung has sent out a ton of One UI 2.0 beta updates to the Galaxy S10 phones, so it makes sense that the phone will be the first to get the stable Android 10 update. The complete, official update roadmap for Samsung's Android 10-based One UI 2.0 rollout is here.
Official Android 10 update roadmap for Honor phones throws up a few surprises
Huawei and Honor began sending out the Android 10-based EMUI 10 and Magic UI 3.0 updates to their current-gen flagships. At the Honor V30 launch yesterday, Honor revealed its release roadmap for the Android 10 update and there are a few surprises in store, with just 13 devices billed to get the update.
Two years behind the curve: The Xperia 5 continues Sony's tradition of making poor camera phones
Sony makes some of the best smartphone camera sensors, so one would expect the company's flagships to offer excellent camera performance. That could not be farther from the reality of the matter, though, as Sony has consistently shown to be two years behind the competition in terms of real-world smartphone camera performance.
New leak gives first look at the penta-camera Nokia 9.1 PureView
The Nokia 9 PureView was an ambitious device that mostly fell flat on its face due to a number of factors. HMD Global is working on the successor to that device, the Nokia 9.1 PureView, and we finally have our first look at a phone that's set to walk the same path as its predecessor.
The Huawei Mate 20 X has better audio than the iPhone 11 Pro Max
If you were asked what smartphone delivers the best audio experience, you'd probably go with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, or, perhaps, the LG V50. Well, DxOMark has other ideas, and consider the Huawei Mate 20 X the true king of smartphone audio.
New leak touts the Redmi K30 to feature a 120 Hz display and 60 MP camera
The Redmi K30 phones are one of the most anticipated phones right now, as they're expected to build on the high-value performance the K20 duo offered. A new report has revealed more on the devices, with notable takeaways including a super mega camera sensor, a 120 Hz display, and possibly, a switch from OLED to LCD displays.
Xiaomi's new 100 W fast-charging technology fully charges a 4000 mAh battery in just 17 minutes
OPPO's 65 W SuperVOOC 2.0 is the current most powerful fast-charging technology in the world, as it charges a 4000 mAh battery from 0-100% in half an hour. Xiaomi has other ideas, however, and is set to debut its own 100 W charging technology that will charge almost twice as fast as OPPO's solution.
Should you buy the Xiaomi Mi Note 10?
Xiaomi launched the Mi Note 10 a few weeks ago and the phone's impressive camera hardware has suddenly put it close to the top of many prospective buyers' shopping lists. Most are unsure about the purchase decision, however, so why not clarify things a bit for them? Is the Mi Note 10 really a good buy right now?
The Google Pixel 4 XL is a performance beast but it runs super hot
A few weeks ago, in spite of its SoC disadvantage, the Google Pixel 4 XL destroyed the OnePlus 7T in a resource-intensive transcoding test designed to reflect real-world performance. In a longer, more brutal test, the Pixel 4 XL is pitted against the LG V50, Asus ROG Phone 2, and OnePlus 7T. The results are...well, interesting.
The Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, P30, P30 Pro are now receiving the Android 10 update globally
Huawei has now beaten Samsung to the punch, as the Chinese OEM is currently sending out the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to its flagships around the world. The list of devices to have received the update include the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X, P30, P30 Pro, and a few others.
Official Sony Android 10 update roadmap confirms that the Xperia XZ1 phones have now been abandoned
Sony has now released its official Android 10 update roadmap. The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 will receive the OS update before the year runs out, while other phones will follow next year. Sadly, the Xperia XZ1 phones are missing from the list, which means they've been abandoned after getting just one OS update, and that's a shame.
Forget the Mi Note 10, Xiaomi reportedly has an even more impressive camera phone in the works
Xiaomi's newly released Mi CC9 Pro and Mi Note 10 phones have received plenty of praise for their impressive camera performance. According to a new leak, however, that isn't as good as it gets, with the Chinese company touted to be working on an even more impressive camera phone.
Motorola's Black Friday deals bring even more value to smartphone buyers
Black Friday deals typically bring more value to the table, and Motorola's offerings this time will likely be enticing to most, with discounts of up to US$320 being on offer, starting November 24.
The Huawei P30 Pro is now receiving the stable Android 10-based EMUI 10 update
Huawei launched the EMUI 10 beta a while ago, and has now started sending out the full, stable Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to its current-gen flagship device, the P30 Pro. The OTA comes in as a heavy 4.99 GB download, though.
The Exynos 990 is actually the Exynos 9830, and it will debut on the Galaxy S11
It's been fiercely debated which SoC would be on Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S11 flagships. Most claimed the newly launched Exynos 990 would have the honor, while others expected Samsung to launch another SoC, the Exynos 9830. Apparently, though, the Exynos 990 and Exynos 9830 are one and the same.
Who made the display on the Mi Note 10?
The Mi CC9 Pro and Mi Note 10 are, perhaps, Xiaomi's most ambitious devices of the year. They sport a beautiful curved AMOLED display, but it's been unknown which company actually provided the panel. Until now.
New information points towards the lack of a compact Galaxy S11e model
The Samsung Galaxy S10e was a fan favorite of sorts, as it was one of the select few premium compact devices in the market. New information has now surfaced pointing towards a complete non-existence of what would have been the S10e's successor, the S11e.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 phones are gearing up to be quite attractive
The Galaxy S11 phones are expected to be launched in February next year, and a set of leaks have surfaced, painting an image of what will undoubtedly be one of the most attractive flagship phones of 2020.
Xiaomi launches the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro, but they won't come cheap
Xiaomi has just unveiled its newest devices in Europe, the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro. Sadly, both devices are unlikely to be as attractive as fans of the company expected. For one, both feature mid-range SoCs, while being rather expensive—the Mi Note 10 Pro sporting a hefty €649 MSRP.
The Google Pixel 4 XL goes through JerryRigEverything's stress test and fails woefully
Google's new Pixel 4 phones have been faced with numerous challenges since they were launched a few weeks ago. Further compounding issues, the larger Pixel 4 XL just made its way to popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, where it failed rather painfully.
DxOMark: The Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition is the best camera phone in the world
The Mi CC9 Pro was launched today and the launch event saw a huge focus on the phone's penta-camera setup. The new device has now made its way to DxOMark and impressed, but DxOMark scores are never to be taken as gospel at the end of the day.
Xiaomi launches the Mi CC9 Pro with a 108 MP camera for just US$400
We've had a flood of Mi CC9 Pro leaks and rumors over the past week and the device has now been launched. The Mi CC9 Pro offers amazing camera hardware, battery, fast-charge and display at an absolutely delightful price point.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 is expected to feature a new 108 MP camera sensor
The Samsung Galaxy S11 is shaping up to be a gem, and a new leak touts the upcoming flagship to feature a massive 108 MP camera sensor. That, of course, also raises a few questions. One of which is: Will using a bigger sensor translate into improved real-world performance?
The Asus Zenfone 6 is now receiving the Android 10 update
Last week, Asus sent out the Android 10 beta update to last year's Zenfone 5Z. Asus's current flagship, the Zenfone 6, however, is now receiving the stable Android 10 update, with users in the US confirming receipt of the OTA.
Not quite light: New Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite leak paints an interesting picture
The past few weeks have seen the influx of rumors pertaining to the supposed Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite. A "Lite" phone sounds great, since we all want more capable, no-nonsense premium phones. The problem with all of this, however, is that the "S10 Lite" doesn't sound Lite at all.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T are now receiving the stable Android 10 update
Two weeks ago, OnePlus released the Android 10 beta update to the OnePlus 6 and 6T. Both devices are now receiving the stable Android 10 OTA, however. The OnePlus 5 and 5T are expected to follow suit next year.
Revealed Mi Note 10 details point towards an almost perfect sub-premium phone
It's becoming increasingly apparent that the much-anticipated Mi CC9 Pro will actually be sold as the Mi Note 10 in the global market. A new report has revealed just about everything about the device, and it's starting to look like the Galaxy Note 10 alternative we never knew we needed.
New Samsung Galaxy S11 leak touts huge performance improvements over the S10
The rumor mill for the Samsung Galaxy S11 phones is starting to pick up, and code in the One UI 2.0 beta has revealed a few major details of the devices. They will be powered by the Exynos 9830 and Snapdragon 865, depending on region. UFS 3.0 storage and LPDDR5 RAM will also make an appearance on the phones.
Xiaomi officially announces the Mi Note 10 with five cameras and a 108 MP shooter
Now there are two of them. Just yesterday, we received word of the Mi CC9 Pro, with the upcoming phone confirmed to sport five rear cameras, one of which will be a 108 MP sensor. Xiaomi has now announced yet another device, the Mi Note 10, with similar camera specifications.
Peak disappointment: New OTA update will leave Sprint LG V40 users fuming
If you're a user of the Sprint model LG V40 who's been expecting the Pie update...well, look away; today's just not your day. A new OTA update is now rolling out to the last-gen flagship but therein lies disappointment, despair, and misery.
Get ready for the incoming flood of juicy Samsung Galaxy S11 leaks
We're less than four months away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S11 phones. According to popular leakster Ice Universe, all major design and hardware elements of the phones have now been finalized, and that puts us bang right at the start of prime leak season. So, what do we know about the S11 at this point?
Mi CC9 Pro: This is Xiaomi's new camera beast with 5x optical zoom, a 108 MP sensor, and five rear cameras
There have multiple reports of an upcoming Xiaomi device with a 108 MP camera and 5x optical zoom. Well, that device is here now. The just-confirmed Mi CC9 Pro features a whopping five rear cameras and promises to be an affordable photography beast. Live images and details of the details of the device have now been revealed.
Oh So Slow: Google Pixel 4 XL shown to be a laggy mess
Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has posted a video showing his Pixel 4 XL taking ages to open the Settings and Spotify apps. Video recording on the phones also appears to be less than stellar, with obvious stutters at the start of the video. So much for being the smoothest Android device.
Will the Mi A1 get the Android 10 update? Apparently not
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was released back in 2017 and has already received two major OS updates: Oreo and Pie. Owners of the phone have been curious about their chances of getting the Android 10 and, well, there's bad news for them.
The Nokia 9.1 PureView has reportedly been delayed, could be DOA
The Nokia 9 PureView was plagued by several launch delays that saw it finally released earlier this year, with an outdated SoC. Its successor, the Nokia 9.1 PureView, has apparently been hit with a similar delay.
Motorola is working on a proper flagship phone: Finally a true Moto Z2 Force successor?
Motorola hasn't delivered a proper flagship in the last two years. That may be set to change in the near future, however, as a new report claims the company has its sights on a true flagship device that will sit above the sub-premium Moto Z line.
Upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo touted to feature killer cameras
The foldable market stands at the very peak of the premium smartphone segment, and cameras are a rather important feature in that price bracket. It's no surprise, then, that Microsoft has announced its intent to provide the upcoming Surface Duo with brilliant camera performance.
Best smartphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack you can buy in 2019
Phones with a headphone jack are becoming unicorns, especially in the premium segment of the market. After the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 duo, lovers of the 3.5mm jack now have their work cut out for them in the search for impressive phones with the ever-elusive port, so why not make things a tad easier for them?
Apparently, the new Exynos 990 will not power the Galaxy S11
Samsung announced a brand new SoC, the Exynos 990, yesterday. The chipset's support for 120 Hz displays and 108 MP cameras may have led the public to believe it would be the SoC powering the Galaxy S11 phones but that will apparently not be the case.
New evidence points towards the Pixel 4 phones originally having 4K60 video recording
The Pixel 4 phones have caught a lot of flak for being unable to record 4K video at 60 fps. According to a discovery, however, it would seem that the devices were originally able to do that but the feature ended up not making it to release software.
iFixit's Pixel 4 XL review shows the flagship's poor repairability, reveals important hardware details
iFixit has now published its Pixel 4 XL teardown, with the new Google phone earning a 4/10 repairability score. The report also reveals some previously unknown details of the phone's hardware, most notable being that of the 90 Hz QHD+ AMOLED display.
The Asus Zenfone 5Z is now receiving the Android 10 beta
Asus has now joined the list of OEMs to send out an Android 10 build to their smartphones. The Taiwanese OEM is currently rolling out the Android 10-based ZenUI 6 beta build to users of last year's flagship, the Zenfone 5Z. The Zenfone 6's rollout is expected to follow soon.
Huawei has already beaten its 2018 smartphone sales record
Huawei has faced more than its fair share of troubles this year but the company's sales figures are completely unaffected and have even grown. The Chinese company has now confirmed that it has sold 200 million devices this year, over two months earlier than when it hit that same milestone last year.
Realme is set to adopt a stock-ish Android skin
Realme makes good value for money hardware but are usually panned by enthusiasts for their software. The company has identified that flaw, however, and is set to shake things up by adopting a new skin said to be similar to stock Android.
Details of the Snapdragon 735 revealed - An incremental upgrade on the Snapdragon 730?
The Snapdragon 735 will succeed the Snapdragon 730, and details of the SoC have now surfaced, giving us our first look at Qualcomm's next-gen sub-premium chipset of choice.
The new Meizu 16T packs in great hardware at an almost unbelievable price point
Meizu is slowly developing a reputation for offering good premium hardware at mid-range price points, and the newest device out of the company's stables, the Meizu 16T, continues that trend. A Snapdragon 855, Super AMOLED display, triple rear cameras, and a 4500 mAh battery. Price tag? US$280.
DxOMark Pixel 4 Camera Review: Great but not the best
DxOMark has now published its Google Pixel 4 camera review. Going by the website's test criteria, the Pixel 4 is overall a worse camera phone than the OnePlus 7 Pro and Honor 20 Pro. On the flip side, it's somehow the the joint best phone when it comes to videos.
Super optimized! Series of performance tests touts the Google Pixel 4 as the fastest Android phone in the world
A series of tests have shown the Google Pixel 4 XL hilariously outpacing the OnePlus 7T in real-world, resource-intensive processing tasks. The fact that the Pixel 4 XL has less RAM and a weaker SoC than the 7T makes it all the more impressive.
Google explains the rationale behind the Pixel 4's lack of 4K60fps video recording
The Google Pixel 4 phones don't have support for shooting 4K60fps videos even though Android phones have been able to do that for well over a year. Google has now explained the rationale behind the decision but it's woefully unconvincing.
The Honor Play will not receive Android 10, and that's unfair
The Honor Play was released just over a year ago and has received one major update: Android Pie. That will apparently be the end of the road for the device, which is unfair to owners of the Kirin 970-powered phone. Even worse, though, is Huawei's justification for the decision.
The Google Pixel 4 still feels like an overly elaborate joke
It's been almost a week since Google unveiled the Pixel 4 phones in New York but it's still baffling just how poor the phones are—the smaller Pixel 4, in particular. In fact, some choices by the company were so off the mark that one could almost be led to believe that the entire thing was a joke.
Revealed Android 10 update roadmap hints towards Sony abandoning the Xperia XZ1 phones
A carrier-provided list of Sony Xperia devices billed to get the Android 10 update has surfaced, and will be sure to leave owners of Sony's older flagships infuriated, as apparently, the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact will not get Android 10.
The Mi 10 could be Xiaomi's first true camera monster
Xiaomi is taking the camera performance of its phones seriously and could be set to push the envelope with its upcoming devices. New reports allude towards sumptuous camera features like 8K video recording, 5x optical zoom, and a 108 MP sensor debuting on the Mi 10.
The OnePlus 6 and 6T are now receiving the Android 10 beta update
OnePlus has once again shown its dedication to providing timely software updates, as it's now sending out the Android 10-based Oxygen OS 10 beta build to the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. The build is exclusive to factory unlocked, non-carrier models.
Who made the display on the Google Pixel 4 XL - Samsung or LG?
The Pixel 4 XL's 90 Hz QHD+ AMOLED display has been hailed for its impressive quality, even winning DisplayMate's "Best Smartphone Display" award. That raises a few questions, of course, the most important being: who exactly made the phone's display?
No Snapdragon 730G: New Redmi Note 8T leak will leave expectant fans disappointed
A leak a few weeks ago claimed that Xiaomi was set to release a Snapdragon 730G-powered Redmi Note 8T. A new report counters that, though, and while a Redmi Note 8T may actually be on the way, fans of the company are unlikely to be thrilled about what it will offer.
This is what the OnePlus 8 Pro will look like
The OnePlus 7T Pro was just launched and a new leak has now revealed all the major design information from the next device in the series, the OnePlus 8 Pro. The leaked images reveal a quad-camera setup and a punch-hole selfie camera design.
Xiaomi celebrates Redmi Note series sales milestone that shows its dominance in the mid-range segment
Since the launch of the first-gen Redmi Note back in 2014, Xiaomi's Redmi Note series has consistently offered the best value for money in the mid-range segment. The company has announced that it has now sold a hundred million Redmi Note phones, with the Redmi Note 7 duo accounting for a fifth of that figure.
Google's Pixel 4 trade-in program is laughable
If you own a Pixel 3 and were about to use the Pixel 4's trade-in program to get Google's latest device for significantly cheaper, think twice. You see, Google seems to be of the opinion that the 128 GB Pixel 3 XL is worth a measly US$295, and that's a load of nonsense.
The Google Pixel 4 XL's AMOLED display sets new records in DisplayMate's test
The new Google Pixel 4 phones may have their issues but the quality of their displays isn't to be questioned—that of the bigger Pixel 4 XL, at least—if DisplayMate's latest review is anything to go by. The new flagship has won the Best Smartphone Display Award while smashing records along the way.
LG is set to beat the competition to the punch with its Android 10 rollout
LG has earned a bad rap for its awful software update policies. The South Korean company may be looking to shake things up, though, as it's announced that the G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ will get early builds of Android 10 this month.
New Moto G8 Plus leak will leave fans of the series breathless
Recent offerings in Motorola's Moto G mid-range series may have felt a bit stale but the company appears to be looking to put the lineup back on the map. The latest Moto G8 Plus leak is sure to leave fans of the series excited, with notable features including much improved performance, a big battery, an interesting camera setup, and a couple other tidbits.
This is why Xiaomi opted for the weak Snapdragon 439 on the Redmi 8
Xiaomi fans may have felt confused when the Redmi 8's spec sheet was released, as the device features a Snapdragon 439—the same SoC on the cheaper Redmi 8A, and a much weaker chipset than the Snapdragon 632 on the Redmi 7. Xiaomi had a reason for it, and it's not a completely unreasonable one, either.
The Redmi K30 is on the way with a Galaxy S10 Plus-eque punch-hole design
Xiaomi is set to release a successor to the immensely successful Redmi K20 Phones. The Redmi K30 is on the way and it will feature both 5G support and a dual selfie camera setup reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
DxOMark: The Mi 9T Pro delivers capable cameras albeit with a few flaws
The Mi 9T Pro is a rebranded Redmi K20 Pro for the global market, and can be purchased for under US$350. As such, it's a tad surprising to see the device do so well in DxOMark's test, matching last-gen flagships like the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XR. Of course, though, there were a few issues with the phone's overall camera performance.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro now receiving the Android Q-based EMUI 10 update globally
Just two months after the release of Q, Huawei is now sending out the stable Android Q-based EMUI 10 update to owners of the Mate 20 Pro outside China. The OTA weighs in as a heavy 4.42 GB download.
Details of the Honor View 30 revealed - Two phones, OLED, 5G, and a monstrous 60 MP camera
The Honor View 30—or V30 depending on where you buy it—will be Huawei's next premium phone. A short while ago, the first image of the device leaked. This time out, though, details of the phone have surfaced. Notable takeaways include 5G support, a suprising Pro model, and what looks to be a brand new, powerful 60 MP sensor by Sony.
Sony unveils the Xperia 8 but it's just so...disappointing
Sony has unveiled another device, the Xperia 8. The Xperia 8 is a mid-range phone that raises more questions over the logic in Sony's naming scheme while simultaneously managing to offer an overwhelmingly disappointing package at a ridiculous price point.
New leak details the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL but there's a slight issue
The Google Pixel 4 phones are just about a week away from their official launch event. A new leak has revealed some previously unknown details about the phones and a particular specification of the smaller Pixel 4 may just leave fans seething.
DxOMark: The Asus Zenfone 6 is a US$500 device with extremely competitive cameras
The Asus is, perhaps, the best value Snapdragon 855-powered device on sale in the US. The device costs just US$500 but that price tag has no negative connotations on the phone's camera performance, as the Zenfone 6—going by DxOMark's latest review—trades blows with the best camera phones in the world.
Surprise! It turns out we could be getting the Mi Mix 4 after all
The highly anticipated launch of the Mi Mix 4 has been something of a wild ride so far. Fans expected a launch event last month but were left disappointed. Since then, though, it's been multiple conflicting reports on the existence of the Mix 4, and the latest one will leave rekindle the flames of hope in fans of the series.
PUBG Mobile faces stiff competition as Activision's Call of Duty: Mobile launches in full
After months of beta testing, Activision and Tencent Games' latest offering, Call of Duty: Mobile is now live and available worldwide. While not quite as feature-packed as its biggest competitor, PUBG Mobile, it does seem to be a more refined game.
Updates for all: Official EMUI 10 update roadmap surfaces
Huawei has released its official update roadmap for the Android Q-based EMUI 10 update. All of the company's two-year-old flagships will receive the update and even year-old mid-range phones like the Honor 9X are set to get their second major updates.
Xiaomi confirms that there will be no Mi Mix 4 after all
The Mi Mix 4 has been a rollercoaster so far. The flagship was hyped up to high heavens but it turned out that most of those rumors were for the Mi Mix Alpha concept phone instead. A recent leak may have led Xiaomi fans to keep faith in the future launch of the Mix 4 but Xiaomi has now doused the flames of those hopes in brutal style.
Kirin 990-powered Honor V30 set to feature Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus-esque punch-hole
The Honor V30 will be the successor to last year's Honor V20, and will—hopefully—be rebranded as the View 30 for international markets. The V30 has been sighted for the first time, giving us our first look at what will be an affordable sibling to the Huawei Mate 30.
A Snapdragon 865-powered Sony Xperia flagship is in the works
Sony recently launched the Xperia 5 and is already working on a new flagship phone. This device, likely to be the Xperia 2, will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 865, and has now appeared on the company's official servers.
September update makes night mode on the Samsung Galaxy S10 line more useful than ever before
Samsung has steadily improved night mode on the Galaxy S10 phones over the past few months. The latest update allows users to use night mode on all of their phones' cameras. And yes, that includes the selfie camera.
More The Last of Us 2 news surfaces following release date reveal
Following the reveal of the release date of the much-awaited PS4 exclusive, the Last of Us 2, new information has surfaced about the game itself, and not all fans will be pleased.
Not the Mix Alpha: The Mi Mix 4 is said to still be on the cards, with a 108 MP camera onboard
Xiaomi recently released the Mi Mix Alpha and that may have led some to believe that the Mix 4 was dead in the water. Apparently not, if new rumors are anything to go by. The Mix 4 is touted to be on the way, and it could come with the same 108 MP sensor we saw on the Alpha.
Snapdragon 730G-powered Redmi Note 8T said to be in the works
A while ago, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro but the duo never quite hit the heights of their predecessors. The company is apparently set to release a more attractive device in a purported Redmi Note 8T, and it will be powered by the Snapdragon 730G.
Huawei Mate 10 line set to receive tantalizing Android Q update
One could be led to believe that Huawei would be abandoning its devices but they'd be wrong. Very wrong. The company is preparing to send out the Android Q to its two-year-old flagships, with the EMUI 10 beta-testing program now open for the Mate 10 line phones.
Updates galore: MIUI 11 global update roadmap surfaces
Xiaomi recently unveiled the latest version of its skin, MIUI 11. The company is set to send out the MIUI update to its devices and a list has surfaced online showing which device will be eligible and when they'll receive the OTA. It's an impressive list, too, with the oldest device on it being three years old already.
Details of the Redmi 8 surface but the cheaper Redmi 8A looks a better buy
The Redmi 7 was launched about six months ago and Xiaomi is set to release a direct successor. The Redmi 8 brings several tangible improvements over its predecessor but the SoC is a downgrade in terms of performance, and potential buyers may just be better served looking at the cheaper Redmi 8A.
Galaxy S11 phones set to finally feature the camera hardware Samsung flagships deserve
Samsung has been unable to compete with Huawei in the camera hardware department but tables may be set to turn with the Galaxy S11, as a new report touts some monstrous camera hardware for the upcoming Samsung flagships.
The new Redmi 8A is a sub-US$100 budget device that redefines value for money
Less than six months after the release of the Redmi 7A, Xiaomi has launched a successor, the Redmi 8A. The Redmi 8A offers a tangible upgrade over the 7A, with a bigger battery, fast charging, and a very interesting main camera being the biggest talking points, while still managing to keep its sub-US$100 pricing.
The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro will launch with Android Q
The OnePlus 7T will be launched tomorrow, and OnePlus has confirmed that the device will run Android Q straight out of the box. That would make it the second device to launch with Android Q, behind the Huawei Mate 30.
Samsung's new 43 MP ISOCELL Slim GH1 sensor could change the selfie game
Samsung has launched a new smartphone camera sensor. The ISOCELL Slim GH1 is a 43 MP camera designed to have a small physical footprint, making it perfect for use as a selfie camera. It uses Tetracell technology to output 10.9 MP images and supports 4K video recording, PDAF, EIS, and HDR.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 is now officially on sale in the US
The Asus ROG Phone 2 may be the most impressive mass-production smartphone in the world, hardware-wise, and it has finally made its way to the US, months after it was launched. Oh, and it will set buyers back a whopping US$900.
Apparently, portrait shots on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro phones are as bad as ever
Apple's iPhones have consistently been some of the best camera phones on the market. There seems to be a recurring issue over the past few generations, though: messy portraits. The new iPhones still manage to have that niggling fault, with portrait shots taken by the phones showing poor edge detection.
One whole year after launch, a host of LG V40 users are still on Android Oreo
LG launched the V40 about a year ago as a Galaxy Note 9 competitor. That sounds good on paper and the hardware does compete, but all of that falls apart when one realizes that a host of V40 users are still on Android Oreo, the same version of Android the device was released with.
OnePlus will match Google's update record with three years of updates on the OnePlus 5 and 5T
Google has the best software update policy of all the Android OEMs right now, as it provides three major OS updates to its devices. OnePlus is catching up, however. The Chinese company is promising to deliver Android Q to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, the third major update the devices will receive.
The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro receive the Android Q update
Google only just released Android Q eighteen days ago and OnePlus is already sending out the update to its current devices, the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. The update introduces OxygenOS 10 and will be a staged rollout over the next couple of days.
Official Asus website page confirms the imminent launch of the ROG Phone 2 in the US
The Asus ROG Phone has one of the most impressive specification sheets we've ever seen on a smartphone, and it looks like the device could be making its way to the US soon, as it's now been listed on the Asus US website. Even better is the fact that it comes with adequate LTE band support.
It would seem that the OnePlus 7T Pro will not make it to the US after all
OnePlus has a launch event scheduled for September 26 in the US, and it's looking more and more like the company will only release the OnePlus 7T for the region. The OnePlus 7T Pro will be sold in Europe, however.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL confirmed for October 15 launch
Just like recent leaks claimed, the Google Pixel 4 phones will be launched at an event in New York on October 15. There's not much we don't know about the phones' hardware at this point, so we're a lot more interested in the software Google will showcase at the event.
The Mi Mix 4 gets an official launch date, and it will come with a host of goodies
The Mi Mix 4 promises to be one of the most impressive devices of the year and we finally have a launch date. The company has now confirmed that it will release the flagship on September 24, and it could come with a host of impressive features including a QHD+ AMOLED display, 108 MP camera, and 5x optical zoom.
Global smartphone sales numbers show the new Samsung Galaxy A series with absolute dominance in the Android space
Samsung revamped its budget and mid-range segments this year with the launch of the Galaxy A line. That move appears to have paid off exceedingly well, as three devices in the lineup were in the top seven best-selling Android devices of H1 2019.
Leaks point out a few expected deficiencies with the Pixel 4's cameras and all-round performance
The Google Pixel 4 phones are set for launch next month and a set of leaks have revealed even more about the upcoming flagships, with a focus on some of the deficiencies the devices may come saddled with, as is customary with Google's flagships.
New leak details the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro in their entirety, and the 7T Pro may just be DOA
The OnePlus 7T are billed for launch in the very busy month of October. A new leak has detailed the two phones but things aren't looking up for fans of the company who've been patiently waiting for the OnePlus 7T Pro.
Rather surprisingly, LG's upcoming G Pad 5 tablet will be powered by the three-year-old Snapdragon 821
Android tablets are a dying breed and LG is doing its best to beat that fact into our heads. The South Korean company is apparently set to release a new tablet, the G Pad 5. It will feature a 10.1-inch display, LTE support, and rather bizarrely, a Snapdragon 821.
Hits and Misses: An in-depth comparison of all the Galaxy Note 10 rumors and their accuracies
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones were released almost two weeks ago but before then, they were preceded by an incessant in-flow of leaks and rumors. Here. we review those leaks to see which ones turned out to be true or, well, utter tripe.
Samsung's new devices are a poor joke and the base Note 10 is the punchline
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 10 phones a few days ago and the devices have received mixed reviews, most notably for the lack of a headphone jack and the...well, the general existence of the Note 10.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 accessories are already on sale in Australia
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 range is still only up for pre-order but unusually a number of official Samsung accessories have already reached retail channels. Australian consumer electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi has been spotted by Notebook Check selling new cases for the Galaxy Note 10 as well as the new Wireless Charger Stand with Fast Charging 2.0 tech up to 15W.
Samsung gives its reason for removing the 3.5mm jack on the Galaxy Note 10 phones but it's as dumb as you'd expect
Samsung removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10+ phones, the first time it's ever done that on a flagship. The company has stated its reasons for the removal but they all sound like, well, bullshit.
Xiaomi teases the 64 MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1
Instead of launching the Redmi Note 8 as we hypothesized last week, Xiaomi held a conference and showcased its camera tech. Most notably, the 64 MP Samsung GW1 that will feature on an upcoming Redmi Note 8.
New hands-on leak claims the Galaxy Note 10+ will feature a OnePlus 7 Pro-esque display
A new leak has surfaced, claiming that at least one of the Galaxy Note 10 phones will feature a 90 Hz display. The OnePlus 7 Pro was the first phone to bring that feature to the mainstream market, and it would seem that Samsung has also adopted it.
Xiaomi teases imminent release of MediaTek Helio G90T-powered gaming phone
Going by our calculations, Xiaomi has two devices in the works for imminent launch. One could be the Redmi Note 8 with the new 64 MP Samsung GW1, while the other will be a gaming phone powered by the new MediaTek Helio G90T.
The Asus Zenfone 6 finally goes on pre-order in the US with a US$500 price tag
The Asus Zenfone 6 is finally set to hit the US, almost three months after it was launched. The device is now on pre-orders at B&H, with a base price tag of US$499.99.
Xiaomi to launch a 64 MP camera phone on August 7, possibly the Redmi Note 8
Samsung unveiled its 64 MP sensor a while ago but it hasn't been adopted by any OEM yet. That will change this week, though, as word on the grapevine claims Xiaomi will release a new smartphone with that sensor on August 7. Even more interesting is the theory that it could be the Redmi Note 8.
Almost four years after launch, LG reaffirms its commitment to providing updates for the LG V10 and G5
The LG V10 and G5 were released well over three years ago, so it's something of a surprise to see them listed on LG's service bulletin as being eligible for updates. It's even more surprising when one remembers that this is LG, a company notorious for awful software support.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro promises to push the envelope of smartphone photography
Huawei will launch the Mate 30 phones in the coming months and a new leak touts the Mate 30 Pro to continue the trend of pushing the envelope with progressively impressive camera hardware. Apparently, the Mate 30 Pro will feature two massive 40 MP sensors alongside a 5X optical zoom telephoto lens.
Galaxy Note 10 phones confirmed to feature a brand new SoC as pricing details leak
Samsung has confirmed that it will release a new SoC on August 7, alongside the Galaxy Note 10 phones. That SoC is expected to be the Exynos 9825 and will power the upcoming flagships. New information also claims that the regular Note 10 could be cheaper than the S10+.
Realme will debut the world's first 64 MP camera phone on August 8
OPPO's sub-brand, Realme, will debut a new device on August 8. The phone will feature a quad-camera setup with the main shooter being a 64 MP sensor, the first of its kind on a smartphone. We expect the sensor in question to be the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1.
4.8 million Nokia smartphones were shipped in Q2 2019, a 20% YoY growth
HMD Global shipped 4.8 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2019, 800,000 more than it managed over the same period last year. That will likely be considered a big success by the company at a time when public perception of the brand isn't at its finest.
Samsung is being touted to almost completely revert to Exynos SoCs on the Galaxy Note 10 phones
Samsung has generally offered its flagships in two flavors: Snapdragon in North America, Latin America, and China, and Exynos for the rest of the world. The Note 10 could see a paradigm shift, as word on the grapevine claims all Note 10 models, bar the Verizon ones, will be powered by an Exynos SoC, likely the Exynos 9825.
New report shows that premium phones are getting more popular in India
The Indian smartphone market as a whole saw some growth in Q2 2019 but it's the premium segment of the market that really offered a surprise, with sales of devices in that segment rising by 33% year-on-year. That growth was likely due to the immense success of the OnePlus 7 phones, and deals on the Galaxy S10 and iPhone XR.
Leaked Huawei Android Q roadmap brings good tidings for Mate 10 and P20 users
A leaked image on Reddit has revealed Huawei's supposed update roadmap for Android Q. Last-gen phones like the P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro are billed to get the update, but devices in the Nova 4 and Nova 5 range are suspiciously missing.
The Honor 20 Pro finally makes its way to the UK with a healthy £549 price tag
The Honor 20 went on sale in the UK last month, and it's finally set to be joined by its more impressive and expensive sibling, the Honor 20 Pro. The Honor 20 Pro will go on sale in the UK today with a £549 price tag that sees it compete against the OnePlus 7 while being a better device by most metrics.
New Galaxy Note 10 leak corroborates FHD+ display rumors but there may be improved water resistance to make up for it
New information on the grapevine has corroborated rumors that the regular Galaxy Note 10 will, in fact, be saddled with a FHD+ display. The leak also claims that Samsung will debut IP69 certification on the phones, but we're not sure how much practical sense that makes.
Xiaomi launches the Black Shark 2 Pro, Snapdragon 855+ in tow
Just four months after Xiaomi released the Black Shark 2, the company has now launched a refresh of the gaming phone. The Black Shark 2 Pro features Qualcomm's new flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855+ and comes with a few other improvements over the Black Shark 2. Prices start under US$450.
All publicity is good publicity: Despite Trump's ban, Huawei's smartphone sales actually grew 23% YoY in H1 2019
Huawei was hit with a trade ban that saw it effectively unable to do business with American companies. The media response after that may have led one to believe that all Huawei owners were tossing their phones in the bin and that the company's smartphone division was set to go under. Turns out, that couldn't have been farther from the truth.
Exynos 9825-powered Galaxy Note 10+ 5G hits Geekbench, outperforms the Snapdragon 855+
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 10 phones are expected to be powered by the Exynos 9825 and the Note 10+ 5G has finally hit Geekbench, posting scores that could very well make the devices the fastest Android phones on the planet. Yes, even ahead of the new Snapdragon 855+.
Breakthrough: The Nintendo Switch can now run Android
The Nintendo Switch has been extremely receptive to mods so far and the good folks over at XDA-Developers have taken things up a notch with a new release that allows Switch users to flash an Android 8.1 ROM on their consoles.
The Nokia 9.1 Pureview is on the way with 5G support and more badass cameras
Over six months after the Nokia 9 PureView was launched to mixed reactions, HMD Global will bring a refreshed flagship with upgraded internals. The Nokia 9.1 PureView will feature 5G support and sport improved cameras while trying to fix the issues the original Nokia 9 had.
Galaxy Note 10 buyers will be able to get up to US$600 in trade-in value
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be launched on August 7, and the company has now opened reservations for purchase of the flagship in the US. The terms of the trade-in program have also been released, with potential buyers being able to trade in their flagship phones and get up to US$600 off the price of the Galaxy Note 10 phones.
Huawei launches the Nova 5i Pro and it may just be our first look at the Mate 30 phones
Huawei has released the new Nova 5i Pro and it bears a striking resemblance to two of the company's current flaships: the Honor View 20 and the Mate 20 Pro. Design aside, the Nova 5i Pro packs some impressive hardware and isn't excessively priced either. It also manages to give us our first look—of sorts—at the Mate 30 phones.
Google says it has doubled sales of its Pixel phones over the past year
According to Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, the company saw over 100% year-on-year growth in sales of its Pixel phones. That success is almost definitely due to the launch of the mid-range Pixel 3a phones in May.
The new Moto E6 is a budget phone that would be completely ignored outside the US
Motorola announced the release of its latest device, the Moto E6, today. The E6 is positioned under the Moto G7 Play at the bottom of Motorola's pecking order. There's one big issue with the E6, though: it costs US$150, and at that price point, it'd be laughed at anywhere outside North America.
Super EMUI 9.1 update hits a bunch of Huawei and Honor phones
Huawei sent out its new EMUI 9.1 update to current-gen flagships like the P30 and Mate 20 phones a while ago. Older Huawei and Honor phones got the beta a few weeks ago and are now receiving the stable version of the software.
Shafted: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could feature an underwhelming FHD+ display
The Note 10 will be a cheaper, smaller sibling to the Note 10+. We already have our misgivings as to the actual value provided by the smaller of the duo, and a new report claiming that it will feature an uninspiring FHD+ display does little to allay our fears.
New update brings major improvements to the Asus Zenfone 6 ahead of highly awaited US release
Since launch, the Asus Zenfone 6 has received a number of OTAs geared towards smoothening out the kinks in the phone's software and improving the overall user experience. Yesterday, the flagship received another one such update, making the Zenfone 6 even more attractive right before it hits the US officially.
Honor 9X and 9X Pro launched - Worthy successors to the Honor 8X
At an event in China a few hours ago, Honor announced the launch of its two newest devices, the Honor 9X and 9X Pro. Notable features include pop-up selfie cameras, a triple rear camera system, fast-charging, and the Kirin 810, Huawei's new mid-range SoC which outperforms the Snapdragon 730. Prices start at US$200.
Save US$300 on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL cost US$799 and US$899 at launch nine months ago. Both devices can now be had for much less, though—US$300 less, to be exact—and now offer more value than ever before to admirers of the Pixel series.
Details of the Asus ROG Phone 2 revealed - Most powerful Android phone at launch?
The launch of the second-generation Asus ROG gaming phone draws closer and details of the device have now been revealed. Notable takeaways include a humongous 5800 mAh battery, 120 Hz AMOLED display, and the new Snapdragon 855+.
DxOMark: The Pixel 3a's camera is just as good as that of the Pixel 3
The Pixel 3a's major selling point is its camera performance, as it was marketed as being on par with the more expensive, flagship Pixel 3 phones in that regards. Thankfully, DxOMark seems to agree.
In spite of Trump's ban, Huawei is being touted to ship 260 million smartphone units this year
Huawei shipped close to 60 million smartphones units in the first quarter of the year but was hit with a trade ban by the US government that negatively influenced sales in Q2. Analysts expect the company to hit 260 million shipments this year—a figure that would represent a hefty 25% year-on-year growth—but we're leery.
The OnePlus 7 Pro only costs $324 to build - Comparison with the Galaxy S10+
According to a new report, the OnePlus 7 Pro only costs US$324 to build. That figure is non-inclusive of R&D, logistics, and marketing costs, of course. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ costs US$420 to build, and here we compare the cost of components on the two devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may be yet another step in the wrong direction for the smartphone industry
Every year, OEMs increase prices on their new devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones will be no different, as a new leak claims that the Note 10 could start at US$999. That's the same MSRP the Note 9 launched with but the main problem is that the Note 10 may as well be a "Lite" phone. The Note 10+ is the true premium device here, and that one is expected to cost north of US$1100.
Details of the Xiaomi Mi A3 revealed in full - Weaker performance than the Mi A2
Xiaomi is set to unveil its newest Android One phone, the Mi A3, soon, and details of the device have now been revealed in full. Notable takeaways include a 32 MP selfie camera, 48 MP main rear shooter, and an SoC that looks to a worse performer than the chipset on last year's Mi A2.
June update introduces camera focusing bug to the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones
The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones have received a number of updates, with most improving on the few flaws the devices had at launch. The June OTA appears to be doing the opposite, however, as a number of users have reported a new focusing bug after installing the update.
Excellent community development for the Asus Zenfone 6 makes an already great phone even better
The Asus Zenfone 6 was released a few months ago and is widely considered to be one of the best value flagships on the market right now, competing against the Mi 9 and OnePlus 7. Asus appears to have gotten the gist of the matter, as the Zenfone 6 is seeing some really good community development support right now, with major pros for the device including a Google Camera port, LineageOS 16 ROM, and a custom kernel.
Previously debunked feature now said to be coming with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung will release the Note 10 and Note 10+ next month. As the date draws closers, leaks reveal more differences between the devices, and the latest is on the kind of fast-charge the devices will feature. The Note 10+ will feature Samsung's new uber-fast charging technology, while the regular Note 10 will make do with the same fast-charge seen on the Galaxy A70.
It's time we all came to terms with the fact that the Galaxy Note 10 phones will not feature headphone jacks
We're exactly a month away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones, and it's become increasingly obvious that the early leaks were right: the flagship duo will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. How that influences your potential purchase decision is entirely up to you.
New Google Pixel 4 leak brings sad news for ultra-wide angle camera lovers
The Pixel 4 phones are expected to debut in October. An official teaser a few weeks ago confirmed that the devices would feature two rear shooters and the argument until now has been about what kind of secondary shooter Google would use. New information indicates a telephoto lens, though, leaving lovers of ultra-wide angle lenses in quite the pickle.
Xiaomi's upcoming Mi Mix 4 promises to push the boundaries of smartphone photography
Xiaomi will release the Mi Mix 4 in the coming months and a company executive has confirmed that the upcoming flagship will feature a class-leading camera sensor. Not Samsung's 64 MP GW1 but something "better".
Google officially announces the death of the Pixel C
The Pixel C was released back in 2015 and received two major updates and about four years of software support in total. Starting this month, July 2019, though, Google will stop sending out security updates to the tablet. This comes after reports a few weeks ago that Google is planning to kill off its tablet business completely.
The Honor 9X is coming on July 23 - Finally a worthy challenger to the Redmi Note 7 Pro?
The Redmi Note 7 Pro was launched a few months ago and has been hailed as the indubitable best-value mid-range option in the markets in which it's sold. Huawei's sub-brand, Honor, is a rival to Xiaomi on many counts and the company's upcoming Honor 9X may finally dethrone the Redmi Note 7 Pro as king of the mid-range.
Samsung Galaxy S10 range dedicated night mode update with major camera improvements finally hits the US
A month ago or so, Samsung sent out the dedicated night mode update to the Exynos Galaxy S10 models. That update has finally hit the US, too, and it brings camera improvements across the board that will allow the device compete against the Pixel 3 in low-light conditions without losing.
Redmi has already sold a million K20 phones
Redmi's K20 phones were always going to be best-sellers. The devices, in about a month since they went on sale, have done impressively on the market, with the company confirming sales of a million units. This is even more astonishing when one considers that the K20 Pro is currently exclusive to China, and the regular K20 has been rebranded as the Mi 9T in Europe.
Subverting expectations: Sprint LG V40 users wake up to find a surprising OTA update
The LG V40 started receiving the Android Pie update last month. Since then, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and even unlocked models of the device have all received their taste of Pie. Not Sprint, though, and users of the Sprint model will likely have been annoyed when they received a new OTA that still didn't bring Pie.
In-display fingerprint readers are set to hit cheaper phones with BOE's new LCD panels
Until now, under-display fingerprint readers have come with the prerequisite of AMOLED displays. Chinese display maker BOE is set to break the wheel, though, as it has confirmed the production of LCD panels that support the under-display sensors.
Motorola cancels plans to release Pie for its last true flagship, the Moto Z2 Force
Motorola has indefinitely shelved its plans to release the Pie update to most users of the Moto Z2 Force in the US. The Z2 Force can be said to be Motorola's last true flagship and it's a shame that the company appears to be showing complete disregard for users of the device.
There are two Snapdragon 855-powered Samsung Galaxy A-series phones on the way
Samsung has released a bunch of A-series phones this year and is set to crown the pile with the ultimate Galaxy A device. "Devices" is the right word, actually, as there will apparently be two of them. Both are expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 and will feature brand new technology.
If you like the OnePlus 7 Pro's 90 Hz display, you can now get something similar from the Xiaomi Mi 9
The OnePlus 7 Pro stands out in the crowd for its display—a groundbreaking 90 Hz, QHD+ AMOLED panel. A new mod for the Xiaomi Mi 9 has surfaced that brings the Xiaomi flagship's display into close territory, though.
There's a new super Sony Xperia flagship on the way
The highly anticipated Sony Xperia 1 only just went on sale last week, so it's a tad surprising that Sony apparently already has another flagship on the way. Launch is billed for July 9, and the device is expected to feature both a triple rear camera setup and a Snapdragon 855.
Holding strong: Huawei has already shipped a million Honor 20 units
Huawei's sub-brand, Honor, launched the Honor 20 phones in China two weeks ago. Only the regular Honor 20 has been on sale in that market since, though, and the company has confirmed that it has already shipped a million units of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ are suddenly US$200 cheaper
The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones are without a doubt the best flagships on the market right now. The three devices ship with top of the line hardware and Samsung's new One UI ensures that things are great on the software side, too. Pricing may have been the biggest issue with the devices but all three are now suddenly US$200 cheaper.
Tantalizing update brings dedicated night mode to the Samsung Galaxy S9 range
The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones debuted with Samsung's new night mode feature, Bright Night. That feature is now making its way to the Galaxy S9 phones and it apparently performs just as well as the newer S10 phones.
Some Galaxy Note 10 Pro rumors were false after all
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones may very well be the most anticipated phones of the year. The devices have received plenty of media attention and have been the subjects of numerous rumors and supposed leaks. Some of those have substance to them; others, not so much.
One to watch out for: Details of the sub-premium Huawei Nova 5 revealed
Huawei's Nova series is positioned behind the P and Mate lines in the company's hierarchy. The next device in the series, the Nova 5, is on its way, and a new leak has given a clear image of what to expect. Notables include a Kirin 980, three rear cameras, and an in-display fingerprint reader.
Against all odds, HTC is set to release a new smartphone
One could be forgiven for completely forgetting about HTC. The Taiwanese company's mobile division has been in quite the quagmire and looks certain to not even release a flagship phone this year. The company has something in the works, though, and we'll be getting it this week.
This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro in all its glory
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is without a doubt the talk of the town. A few days ago, we had our first look at the Note 10 and now, the more expensive, bigger Note 10 Pro has leaked in all its glory. It will be the biggest Samsung flagship the world has ever seen and packs hardware that more than justifies its "Pro" title.
Two holes, one phone: ZTE patents a phone design with two punch-hole cameras
ZTE has recently filed a new patent for a smartphone design sporting two punch holes. This isn't a pill like the S10's either; it's literally two different holes that will house separate selfie cameras.
Huawei launches the Maimang 8 - Triple rear cameras, Kirin 710, US$275
Huawei has released its latest mid-range phone, the Huawei Maimang 8. The Maimang phones are usually rebranded as the Mate Lite offerings, but the Maimang 8 appears to be a deviation from that trend.
The LG G7 ThinQ is now receiving the Android Pie update globally
The LG G7 ThinQ was released about a year ago on Android Oreo and has been stuck on that version of Android. Until now, that is, as users of the device around the world are now receiving the update to Android Pie. And yes, that includes the US.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro could launch a lot earlier than expected
The Huawei Mate flagships have traditionally been released around October but new developments could mean that the company launches the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro quite a bit earlier than is expected.
New Redmi ad campaign takes bold shots at the OnePlus 7 phones
OnePlus have traditionally been the holders of the "flagship killer" title, although most would claim they lost the rights to it with the continuous hikes in prices. The Redmi K20 Pro is, without a doubt, the new flagship killer on these streets, though, and Redmi is happy to let OnePlus know as much in a new ad campaign.
New information points towards an imminent US release for the Samsung Galaxy A50
The Samsung Galaxy A50 was released a while ago for the global market but is yet to make its way into the US officially. That will likely change in the coming weeks, as there has now been semi-official confirmation of an imminent Galaxy A50 launch in the US.
Motorola may have finally quit the business of making flagship phones
Motorola launched the Moto Z4 a few days ago and has now confirmed that it has no plans of releasing any other Moto Z devices this year. This is bad news, as it could mean that the company has given up on releasing flagship phones.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now US$200 cheaper
With the recent launch of the Pixel 3a phones, Google is now shaving US$200 off the MSRPs of the Pixel 3 flagships, making them a lot more attractive to potential buyers. At US$599 and US$699 for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL respectively, there are still better value options but it's now a lot more reasonable.
Hope for the masses as Huawei gets a number of its recently lost smartphone licences back
Following the ban by the US on Huawei, the Chinese company lost a number of its certifications, leaving it unable to use technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and SD cards on its future device. The company has now been reinstated by the relevant bodies, however, and is now also back on the official Android Q Beta page.
Details of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy M40 surface
The Samsung Galaxy M40 is expected to be launched in India on June 11, and details of the device have now surfaced. Major takeaways include a triple rear camera, AMOLED display, and a camera punch hole.
Redmi unveils the new RedmiBook 14 with 8th-gen CPUs and an MX250, starting at US$580
Yesterday, Xiaomi's high-value sub-brand, Redmi, unveiled its first notebook. The RedmiBook 14 is a 14-inch notebook that offers a fine package for those looking for a sleek, well-designed laptop with excellent specifications and great bang for the buck.
The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro - All you need to know about Xiaomi's bonafide flagship killers
Redmi, yesterday, unveiled its two newest premium phones, the K20 and K20 Pro, reminding the world once more that flagships don't have to cost a million bucks. Here's all you need to know about the duo, including the subtle differences between them.
The Asus Zenfone 6 shows that hardware is increasingly counting for less
The all-new Asus Zenfone 6 recently made its over to DxOMark and was judged to be the best selfie camera phone in the world. That sounds great on paper, and without any context, but we find ourselves very unimpressed.
The HTC U11 is finally receiving the Android Pie update, U11+ and U12+ to follow
HTC failed to send out the Android Pie update to its devices for a long time but is finally making amends, with the HTC U11 currently receiving the Pie update. The U11+ and U12+ are expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
Samsung is allowing owners of Huawei devices to trade in their phones for up to US$550
Huawei’s recent ban by the US government is certain to have caused unrest in the hearts of users of the company’s phones. Rivals Samsung are cashing in with style, though, as the South Korean company is now heavily advertising premium trade-in values for Huawei devices.
Dracarys: Huawei troubles compounded as Mate 20 Pro goes up in flames
While the world of tech still battles with the shocking news of Huawei being hit with a trade ban by the US, the company will likely be a tad annoyed by an incident that saw a Mate 20 Pro go up in flames at a theatre a few days ago.
The OnePlus 3 and 3T are now receiving the Android Pie update - The third major OS update they'll get
The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were released three years ago, back in 2016. Both devices were launched running on Android Marshmallow but are now officially receiving the update to Android Pie. That means they have now received three major OS updates, which has to be a record in the Android space.
LG V40 ThinQ users finally have cause for joy as the Pie update arrives
LG is notorious for being late with software updates and it's been the same story with the Pie rollout. The company is actually keeping to its promise this time around, though, as the LG V40 ThinQ begins to receive the Android Pie update. The V30 and V20 are expected to get theirs in the coming months.
More details of the Redmi K20 revealed in new leak
Xiaomi's high-value sub-brand, Redmi, is set to release its two flagship phones in the coming weeks: the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro. Details of the regular K20 have now surfaced, painting an image of an extremely attractive sub-premium device.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is now receiving Android Pie globally
We were big fans of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 when it was released a year ago, mostly because of its high performance to price ratio. Asus is keeping it alive for one more year, too, with users of the device around the globe currently receiving the much-anticipated Android Pie update.
Incredible Mi Mix 4 leak hints towards a potential Samsung Galaxy Note 10 competitor
A new leak on the Mi Mix 4 has revealed a mouth-watering specifications sheet that would see the Xiaomi flagship compete against traditional flagship giants like the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Features start with a 2K AMOLED 120 Hz display and get a lot crazier.
The Honor 20 Pro is set to storm DxOMark in grand style
Honor will unveil its two new flagships, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro, at an event in London on May 21. The Honor 20 Pro, in particular, is gearing up to be a photography monster, and Honor has enough confidence in it to make it its first device to be evaluated by DxOMark.
The Realme X brings an AMOLED display, 48 MP camera, and in-display fingerprint reader for just US$220
OPPO's high-value sub-brand, Realme, has unveiled its newest device, the Realme X. The Realme X is an improvement over the Realme 3 Pro that was launched a short while ago. It comes with an AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint reader, 48 MP Sony IMX586, and popup selfie camera. Prices start at US$220.
Huawei P20 Lite (2019) leaks: Punch-hole selfie camera and quad rear camera setup
Months after releasing the P30 Lite, Huawei is on course to launch another P-Lite phone. The company is set to launch the P20 Lite (2019) in the coming months, as a refreshed version of last year's P20 Lite.
Google gives its reason for including a 3.5mm jack on the Pixel 3a phones, and it's flimsy as hell
In an interview a few days ago, Soniya Jobanputra, Product Manager at Google, revealed the reason behind the company's inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack on the new mid-range Pixel 3a phones...while that same feature is missing on the Pixel 3 flagships. We don't buy it.
Redmi officially announces its new flagship, the Redmi K20 - Details leaked, could also be the Poco F2
Xiaomi's high-value sub-brand, Redmi, has officially announced its new flagship. The device will be named the Redmi K20, with "K" standing for "killer", perhaps due to how effectively the device is aimed at killing off the competition. Details of the K20 have also surfaced.
New Asus Zenfone 6 leak hints towards a nigh-perfect flagship
Asus is set to unveil its new flagship, the Zenfone 6, later this month, and a new leak gives us more information than ever on the device. Asus's flagships aren't the most popular but this one looks to be one of the strongest flagships of the year, with just about no weaknesses on paper.
The HTC U11, U11+, and U12+ are finally set to receive Android Pie
The HTC U11+ was released over eighteen months ago and has yet to receive a single major OS update. In fact, the company's 2018 flagship, the U12+, hasn't received a major update either. The Taiwanese company has finally published concrete information on its plans to update those devices, though.
The Redmi flagship is on the way and it will come with a host of goodies
Redmi will unveil its first flagship in the near future. The device will attempt to fill the boots of older Mi flagships by offering premium specifications at an extra-affordable price point.
Details of the Honor 20's cameras surface: RYYB sensor brings stunning lowlight performance
Details of the upcoming Honor 20's cameras have been revealed. The phones, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro, are said to feature camera hardware similar to the Huawei P20 Pro and the new P30 Pro. The big, RYYB and RGB sensors are also joined by telephoto and ultra-wide angle lenses.
New leak claims the OnePlus 7 Pro will cost over US$800
OnePlus will launch its new OnePlus 7 phones on May 14. This will be the first time the company launches a Pro model and it looks increasingly like an attempt to move upmarket, as the top trim OnePlus 7 Pro is now being touted to have an MSRP north of US$800.
The LG V35 ThinQ is now receiving the Android Pie update, LG V30 to follow soon
The LG V35 ThinQ is now receiving the Android Pie update in certain markets. The device, alongside the V40 ThinQ and V30 were scheduled to receive Pie this quarter, and we expect the two of them to get their share of Pie in the coming weeks. Users of the V20 will, of course, have to wait until Q3.
Meizu 16s launched - Excellent hardware at a competitive price point
Underdogs Meizu have finally unveiled their newest flagship that will take on the Mi 9, Honor View 20, and Huawei P30. The device features a slew of competitive hardware feature while being priced appropriately. There's also the fact that it eschews the notch and punch-hole in favor of incredibly slim bezels.
The Nokia 9 PureView's fingerprint sensor can apparently be unlocked by just about everything - including chewing gum
The Nokia 9 PureView's in-display fingerprint reader has been the subject of many a debate, and the company has sent out OTAs that were supposed to improve it. A new video, however, shows a Nokia 9 PureView being unlocked by an unregistered fingerprint, and a packet of chewing gum afterwards. And no, we're not making this up.
Doing it with or without you: Huawei shipped 59 million smartphones in Q1 2019
Huawei may be having troubles with a few governments but sales are stronger than ever. The company shipped 59 million smartphone units in the first quarter of the year, a hefty 50% year-on-year growth. This all but ensures that Huawei takes back its position as the second-largest smartphone manufacturer, ahead of Apple. It's even more impressive that the company has done this without being able to sell its devices officially in the US.
New Moto Z4 leak corroborates previous rumors: Snapdragon 675, 48 MP camera, in-display fingerprint reader
A new leak has revealed more details of what appears to be the upcoming Moto Z4. Major takeaways include a 25 MP selfie camera, a single 48 MP rear camera, a teardrop notch, and an in-display fingerprint reader.
Apple had the most smartphone activations in the US in Q1 2019
A new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has thrown light on the state of the US smartphone market in Q1. Apple had a tenuous dominance over the market, with the company's devices accounting for 36% of device activations in the first quarter of the year. Samsung is second with 34%.
The highly anticipated camera update for the Samsung Galaxy S10 range doesn't do anything special
A few days ago, there were reports that the Galaxy S10 phones would receive a camera update that would improve their night modes. The update was sent out yesterday and it's turned out that it doesn't actually do much.
The Huawei P30 Pro actually features AMOLED displays made by LG
Rumors claimed the Huawei P30 phones would feature OLED displays made by Samsung. Information disproving that idea has surfaced, though, and it looks like the P30 Pro actually opts for LG-made panels, with some units sporting BOE-made ones, just like the Mate 20 Pro did.
The Honor 20 Pro could feature the P30 Pro's 5x optical zoom while costing significantly less
A new leak has shown the upcoming Honor 20 Pro's rear camera setup and it looks like it will feature the same 5x optical zoom that debuted on the Huawei P30 Pro. Of course, the real win here is the fact that it will also be much cheaper than the US$1000 Huawei flagship.
Masterstroke! Samsung's Galaxy A-series rebrand is already paying off
A while ago, Samsung announced that its A series would be replacing the old Galaxy M line in the company's pecking order. That move appears to be paying off in style, as the new devices are selling very well.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is now the joint best camera smartphone in the world
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G with its menacing quad-rear camera setup has been deemed by DxOMark to be the joint best camera smartphone in the world, alongside the Huawei P30 Pro. In fact, the S10 5G is top dog in both the video and selfie categories but loses out in the still photography section due to the P30 Pro's outrageous zoom abilities.
Official launch date for the much-anticipated Honor 20 phones revealed
The Honor 20's launch date has now been officially confirmed. Going by previously established information, there could be a Pro model. The devices are expected to share camera hardware with the Huawei P-series flagships and will deliver excellent camera performance.
Purported pricing details of the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL surface
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are expected to be launched next month. Pricing details have been mostly elusive until now but a new leak has given us a good idea of how Google plans to price the mid-range phones.
Eighteen months after launch, the HTC U11+ has yet to receive a single major OS update
HTC unveiled the U11+ about eighteen months ago. Since then, though, the flagship has yet to get a single OS update. In fact, bar Android One phones, no HTC device has received the Pie update, and that's a list that includes devices like the U12 Plus—a flagship that was launched less than a year ago.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 may get the Android Q update after all
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was released back in 2017 and has received the two major updates it was promised. According to a new report, though, the device could get a third OS update that will see it enjoy Android Q and all the features it brings when it's released later in the year.
New leak reveals more on the four Samsung Galaxy Note 10 models
For the first time ever, we're set to get four new Samsung Galaxy Note devices. The Galaxy Note 10 is expected to come in four flavors, with one of the three said to be a cheap, smaller model, not entirely unlike the newly released Galaxy S10e.
Against all odds, the Samsung Galaxy S7 could be set to receive the Android Pie-based One UI update
The Samsung Galaxy S7 was released over three years ago, and has received its two promised major OS updates—Nougat and Oreo. According to new information, however, the device could be set for one last hurrah, with Samsung apparently working on an Android Pie-based One UI update for the phone.
More details of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL surface
The first concrete set of information on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL has surfaced, giving us a better idea of what to expect from the Google flagships when they’re launched later in the year. What’s more, there could also be a third hitherto unknown device in the series.
The Realme 3 Pro is scheduled for an April 22 launch, will be able to run Fortnite at 60fps
Realme has confirmed that its next device, the Realme 3 Pro, will be launched on April 22. The Realme 3 Pro is expected to contend against the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and apparently has hardware powerful enough to run Fortnite at 60fps.
After years of debate, Sony is now allowing PlayStation users to change their PSN IDs
After years of pleading, PlayStation users can now change their PSN IDs, a useful feature considering most users registered during their more juvenile ages and may have opted for obnoxious IDs. Like with all things Sony, however, the new feature comes with a few caveats.
The Lenovo Z6 Pro confirmed for an April 23 launch - Snapdragon 855 and a massive 100 MP camera?
Lenovo has confirmed that its next flagship phone, the Z6 Pro, will be launched in China on April 23. Much remains to be known about the device but it will feature a Snapdragon 855 and, perhaps, a massive 100 MP camera.
Live video of the Redmi flagship leaks - Three rear cameras, Snapdragon 855, and a distasteful punch-hole
A live video showcasing what is said to be the upcoming Redmi flagship has surfaced. The device has been touted to be powered by a Snapdragon 855, and the video shows it sporting a triple rear camera setup, and a terribly distasteful camera punch-hole in its display.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 is now official: Triple rear cameras, 4500 mAh battery, 32 MP selfie shooter
Samsung has launched yet another Galaxy A device at an event today. The Galaxy A70 features a big 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, three rear cameras, a powerful SoC, and a 4500 mAh battery with Samsung's new 25 W charging technology keeping things snappy.
The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL may be quite a bit cheaper than expected
Google is currently testing its next devices, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, in India. Interestingly, the two devices have import valuations that are less than what one would expect, which is, perhaps, a sign that they could sell for cheaper than most have claimed.
Realme has sold six million smartphones already
Realme released its first device just under a year ago as a means for OPPO to sell cheaper devices towards a younger demographic. Since then, the company has sold six million smartphone units and is celebrating that milestone with a number of discounts.
Details of the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro surface - 48 MP Sony IMX586, 40 MP Sony IMX600, OLED, in-display sensor
Huawei's sub-brand, Honor, is set to release yet another premium device in the coming months. In fact, if rumors are to be believed, the company could actually release a pair of flagships—the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro—that promise to deliver excellent camera performance at sub-premium price points.
More details of the purported Galaxy A90 surface - Slider mechanism, triple rear cameras
Samsung could be set to unveil its next sub-premium device in the coming months. The Galaxy A90 is expected to feature a sliding mechanism that allows its triple camera setup to also be used for selfies.
You can trade in any working Android or iOS device and get US$200 off your Samsung Galaxy S10 purchase
Samsung's trade-in program for the new S10 flagships has been mostly limited to older Samsung flagships, with total trade-in value topping out at US$550. The company is eager to ship as many units of the S10 phones as possible, though, and is now allowing buyers to trade in any smartphone and get US$200 off. There are a few conditions, however.
Nokia X71 launched with triple rear cameras and a punch-hole - Will be rebranded as the Nokia 8.1 Plus
HMD Global, a few days ago, unveiled its newest device. The Nokia X71 features a Snapdragon 660, a triple rear camera setup that includes a 48 MP sensor and a wide-angle lens, a 16 MP selfie camera, and a 3500 mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Note FE have been relegated to a quarterly security patch schedule
The Samsung Galaxy S7 phones were released three years ago, and have now entered their last year of software support. The flagships received two major updates as promised and have now been relegated from the monthly update schedule to a quarterly one.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now officially out of stock
Eighteen months after Google launched the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the company has now pulled the old flagships off from its store shelves. Both devices saw massive discounts over the past three months, but it would appear that Google is getting set for its upcoming releases, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
Xiaomi shipped 1.5 million Mi 9 devices in just one month
Chinese OEM Xiaomi released the Mi 9 and MI 9 SE about a month ago. Since then, the company has shipped a million units of the Mi 9 worldwide, and half-a-million units of the Mi 9 SE—a device that's currently exclusive to the Chinese market.
Details of the purported Xiaomi Mi A3 surface - 32 MP selfie camera, Snapdragon 675, triple rear cameras
Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 last year and could be set to follow it with this year's iteration, the Mi A3. The Mi A3, an Android One device, is expected to be based on a regular MIUI phone, and details of that device have now surfaced.
The Nokia X71 is scheduled for an April 2 launch - Triple rear cameras, 48 MP, punch-hole
HMD Global has confirmed that it will launch its next device, the egregiously-named Nokia X71, on April 2, at an event in Taiwan. The X71 will be positioned directly below the Nokia 9 Pureview and will feature a punch-hole display and, perhaps, a triple rear camera setup with one of the sensors being a 48 MP unit.
The Huawei P30 Pro is the new king of smartphone cameras - Groundbreaking zoom and improved selfies
A year after the P20 Pro stunned the world with its cameras and snatched the top place on DxOMark's leaderboards, Huawei is back with a successor. The P30 Pro is better than all other smartphones in the still photography department, and holds an almost ridiculous advantage in zoom quality due to its 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. Selfies also see a huge improvement.
The Samsung Galaxy Note FE is now receiving the Android Pie-based One UI update
Samsung is currently sending out the Android Pie update to users of the Galaxy Note FE. The Note FE wasn't included in the company's Pie update roadmap, so this is a pleasant surprise. The update doubles up as the March security patch and also brings Samsung's new One UI.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE will have a global version; the Redmi Note 7 Pro will not
The Mi 9 SE has been spotted on Xiaomi's Global Compliance page, which alludes heavily to the device being set for a global launch. On the flip side, Redmi has confirmed that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will not join the regular Redmi Note 7 on the global stage, and will instead remain exclusive to India and China.
Woes compounded: A Nokia 3.1 has exploded in a user's hands
HMD Global may have come out of the storm of the Nokia 7 Plus's case with data violations relatively unscathed but the company will not be able to breathe a sigh of relief, as yet another Nokia device has been caught up in an unfortunate incident. According to reports, a Nokia 3.1 has exploded in the hands of a user in Europe.
The Sony Xperia XZ3 is more proof of Sony's woeful camera performance
The Sony Xperia XZ3, a few days ago, made the trip over to photography benchmark website DxOMark, where it failed woefully, continuing the trend of Sony flagships being unable to catch up to the competition.
The Honor 8X is now receiving the stable Android Pie-based EMUI 9 update
The Honor 8X was released last year on Android Oreo but is now receiving the stable Pie update. The update weighs in at a humongous 3.14 GB and is one that takes the device's software to Huawei's EMUI 9.0 skin.
The Sony Xperia 1's display has a full-time 4K resolution
The Xperia 1 features a 4K OLED display and, unlike the XZ Premium and XZ2 Premium that only rendered in 4K while viewing content of that resolution, the Xperia 1 will be a full-time 4K display. Yes, even when in system apps like Gallery and Settings.
Nokia's official response on the case of user data violations
HMD Global has come up with an official response on the issue of its devices sending sensitive user data to Chinese servers. While the company's reasoning appears sound, it's still a tad appalling that something of this sort is associated with the Nokia brand, especially considering the hardware and software issues the company's devices have been accused of having over the past year.
Xiaomi is working on two Android One phones that will feature in-display fingerprint readers
References to three new Xiaomi devices have been discovered, with two of them being bonafide Android One phones. We could be looking at the Mi A3, A3 Lite, and Mi 7X, perhaps? Interestingly, all three phones will have in-display fingerprint readers and massive 32 MP selfie cameras.
Some Nokia devices have been clandestinely sending user data to China
Some users of the Nokia 7 Plus have reported that their phones are sending data to Chinese servers without permission, a direct violation of GDPR laws. This data includes IMEI's, serial numbers, and location, all of which are considered personal data and can be used to track and identify users. HMD Global has confirmed the claims.
Samsung hopes to win back the Chinese market with the Galaxy S10 phones
Samsung released the S10 phones a few weeks ago and is hoping to use the devices as a tool in a bid to claw back its lost market share in China. It appears to be working, too, with sales said to be already twice that of the Galaxy S9 phones.
Norwegian retailer leaks the Huawei P30 Pro in full
The Huawei P30 phones are billed to be launched on March 26, next week, but a Norwegian retailer has revealed all we could hope to know about the P30 Pro. Notable features include a triple rear camera setup and a ToF sensor, a 4200 mAh battery, and a curved display.
Renders of the Moto Z4 surface - Just one rear camera on board
The Moto Z3 was something of a flop last year, and Motorola will be hoping to make up for that with the Z4 this year. Renders of what appears to be the Moto Z4 have surfaced, showcasing the device with a waterdrop notch and, rather bizarrely, just one rear camera.
The Sony Xperia 4 could be a disappointing successor to the Xperia Compact flagships
Sony is set to launch a new Xperia device, the Xperia 4, in the coming months. The Xperia 4 is said to be a replacement for the Xperia Compact flagship line, but it's looking more and more like a poor one.
Details of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL surface - AMOLED, 64 GB, and an iffy camera app
The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are set to be launched in the coming months, and a new report has now given us our clearest view yet of the smaller of the devices, the Pixel 3a. Notable features include Active Edge, an AMOLED display, 64 GB of storage, and a 3000 mAh battery.
Q4 2018: Xiaomi's smartphone division sees 28% drop in revenue
A new report has detailed Xiaomi's sales numbers for the fourth quarter of 2018. The company managed to beat its profit estimates for the quarter but also suffered from a heavy quarter-on-quarter drop in revenue from smartphone sales.
The new Blackview A60 is an Android Go phone with a big 4080 mAh battery
Blackview's latest offering is one for those looking for a cheap phone with decent software and adequate battery performance. The A60 features a 6-inch HD display, dual rear cameras, and a beefy 4080 mAh battery.
Samsung launches the Galaxy A40 in Europe - Exynos 7885, 25 MP selfie camera, One UI
Samsung is on a roll. The company released the Galaxy A20 in Russia yesterday and has now launched another device, the Galaxy A40, in the Netherlands. The A40 sports a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display, dual rear cameras, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage.
Redmi 7 launched - Snapdragon 632, 4000 mAh, US$105
Xiaomi's sub-brand, Redmi, yesterday, launched its latest device, the Redmi 7, in China. The budget phone features a 6.26-inch display, dual rear cameras, a Snapdragon 632, and a massive 4000 mAh battery. Prices start at US$105.
First ZTE Axon S leak - Five cameras, side slider, 5x optical zoom, UD fingerprint reader
ZTE could be set to push the innovation envelope in the coming months. The company is said to be working on a flagship, the Axon S, which will feature 5G support, a side sliding mechanism, a 95% screen to body ratio, and five cameras in total.
Geekbench listings of the Poco F2 and Poco F1 Lite were just social experiments after all
A number of recent Geekbench listings alluded to the existence of two new Pocophone devices: The Poco F1 Lite and Poco F2. We were skeptical in our coverage of both stories and it turns out were right to be, as it was all just a ruse by the enthusiast community to see how the media would handle the false information.
Huawei confirms that it has built its own proprietary mobile OS...just in case
There have always been rumors that Huawei was working on its own OS. Those have now been confirmed by the company, with Huawei CEO Richard Yu affirming that the Chinese monolith has a working mobile OS all geared up and ready to go, just in case.
New Geekbench listing teases a purported Poco F1 Lite
A few days ago, a Geekbench listing showed what appeared to be a Poco F1 Lite running on Android Pie with 4 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 660. We are leery of the whole thing, though.
Remember the mid-range Pixel phones? They could be sold as the Pixel 3a and 3a XL
Until now, we'd been led to believe that Google's upcoming mid-range devices would be called the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. Apparently not, as Google code points towards the devices being named the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy S10e, in fact.
Xiaomi's upcoming foldable phone will cost half the price of a Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X foldable phones may rightfully dominate the headlines but they come with the caveat of outrageous prices. Xiaomi is set to join the foldable race in the coming months and will, in typical fashion, offer a product that heavily undercuts the competition in price.
The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will feature OLED displays made by Samsung
The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will be launched on March 26, and while the devices' selling points remain photography, both will still feature top of the line displays—in the form of Samsung-made OLED panels.
First Pixel 4 XL leak alludes to dual rear cameras and a punch-hole akin to that of the Galaxy S10+
The first leak on the Google Pixel 4 devices have surfaced, in the form of a sketch of what is said to be the Pixel 4 XL. Going by the leak, we could be set to get a pill-shaped punch-hole, dual rear cameras, and an in-display fingerprint sensor on Google's next flagship.
The Sony Xperia 1 is now listed on Amazon US with a hefty US$999 price tag
The Sony Xperia 1 has now been listed on Amazon. The device is listed with a US warranty, so it's almost definitely the unlocked model for the US market. Sadly, it also comes with a US$999 price tag, and apparently doesn't ship until...December 31.
WhatsApp is now banning users of third-party apps - GBWhatsApp, WhatsApp Plus
Over the past week or so, WhatsApp has taken to enforcing its strict anti-third-party policies. The company considers third-party versions of the messenger a security risk and is now banning users of such apps. GB WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus are examples.
Huawei launches the Nova 4e, a Huawei P30 Lite for the Chinese market
Huawei has launched its latest device, the Nova 4e, in China. The mid-ranger features a Kirin 710, 3340 mAh battery, triple rear cameras, 32 MP selfie camera, up to 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. It will be sold as the Huawei P30 Lite in other markets.
A bunch of Xiaomi phones are set to receive Android Pie
Going by information released on Xiaomi's official forum, the company plans on sending out the Pie update to a host of devices over the next couple of months. The Redmi Note 5, for one, is expected to get the update before this month runs out.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro could ditch the selfie camera in favor of a rear secondary display
A new patent filed by Huawei may have given us our first look at the Mate 30 Pro. Going by the details of the patent, the device could eschew a selfie camera in favor of a rear secondary display. A triple camera setup may be located at the back of the device, including a periscope lens.
Rumor roundup: Huawei P30 Pro visits benchmarks, 10x zoom showcased in camera samples
Huawei will launch the P30 phones on March 26 at an event in Paris and more details of the devices have been revealed, as they make their way across multiple benchmarks. Camera samples of the P30 Pro have also surfaced, giving us our first look at the flagship's powerful zoom capabilities.
New Sony compact phone in the pipes - Xperia 4, Snapdragon 710, 21:9 display, 2800 mAh, no jack
Following the launch of the Xperia 1, Xperia 10, and Xperia 10 Plus a few weeks ago, Japanese OEM Sony is set to unveil yet another device. The device, said to be the Xperia 4, will be a compact sub-premium phone featuring a Snapdragon 710, dual rear cameras, and Sony's new 21:9 display.
Unlocked and Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 9 models are now receiving the stable Pie-based One UI update
Samsung is now sending out the stable Pie update to its Verizon and Unlocked models in the US. Unlocked Samsung models are usually the last to receive updates, so this means that all Note 9 users in the US have now received the Pie-based One UI update.
The March security update is now rolling out to the Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9 in certain regions
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 received the Pie update in certain regions last month and Samsung is also now sending the March security to those models. Note 9 users in certain markets are also getting the security patch, interestingly, even ahead of the new Galaxy S10 phones.
Redmi 7 billed for March 18 launch, retail box teased
Xiaomi's Redmi sub-brand is set to launch its fourth device this year, the Redmi 7, at an event in Beijing on March 18. The budget device will feature a Snapdragon 632, dual rear cameras, and up to 4 GB of RAM.
The Huawei P30 Pro's stunning promotional zoom photos were taken with a DSLR after all
Huawei released a bunch of promotional images for the P30 Pro last week. These images all showed incredible zoom and the public may have been fooled into believing them to be a display of the P30 Pro's purported 10x hybrid zoom. Well, those images were taken by a DSLR.
Eighteen months after the merry-go-round, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus are finally receiving the Oreo update
Motorola promised Oreo for the Moto G4 Plus when it launched in 2016 and went back on its word a year after. Media outcry over that betrayal forced the company's hands, making them promise Oreo as initially agreed. It's been eighteen months since then, though, and the Moto G4 phones are only just starting to receive the Android Oreo OTA.
In just five months, Huawei has sold 10 million Mate 20 phones
Huawei's Mate 20 phones may have given up their position as the best flagships on the market to the Samsung Galaxy S10 devices, but they've already sold in massive quantities. According to Huawei CEO Richard Yu, the company has shipped 10 million units of the devices, barely five months after they were launched.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone is coming, details revealed in listing
Xiaomi doesn't plan on giving up on its Black Shark gaming phone series anytime soon, and the company is set to release another iteration, the Black Shark 2. The Black Shark 2 appeared on AnTuTu a few days ago, with the listing giving us a better idea of what to expect from the third-gen device.
Restricted no more - Qualcomm's new SoCs have support for 192 MP sensors
Older Qualcomm SoCs were so limited most couldn't even support camera sensors with resolutions of more than 40 MP or thereabouts. The new Snapdragon chipsets don't have that weakness, however, and instead have ISPs powerful enough to support up to 192 MP.
March update messes up the Google Camera app, leaves Pixel users in the lurch
After the March security update, users of the Pixel 3 phones are reporting stability issues with their camera apps. The app apparently lags heavily and tends to completely glitch out during use. This, of course, begs the question of what exactly the Pixels are good for if their cameras are unreliable.
Apparently, Samsung Galaxy S10 sales are off the charts
Samsung's newest flagships, the Galaxy S10 trio, were some of the most anticipated devices before they were launched. It would appear that such interest has translated directly into sales, with the devices breaking pre-order records around the world.
Details of the Redmi 7 revealed, Snapdragon 632 in tow
Xiaomi's new budget sub-brand, Redmi, has released three devices since it was formed earlier in the year. The company's fourth device, the Redmi 7, is on the way, and all the details of the budget phone have now been revealed.
Huawei P Smart+ launched - Kirin 710, triple rear cameras, ultra-wide angle lens
Huawei has launched its newest mid-range phone, the P Smart+ (2019). The P Smart+ shares a lot of hardware with the regular P Smart that was launched a few months ago, the major difference being the triple rear camera setup, with one of the cameras being a 16 MP wide-angle lens.
New AnTuTu rankings released, Xiaomi Mi 9 tops
AnTuTu has released its Android rankings for the month of February, with Xiaomi's new flagship, the Mi 9, sitting comfortably in first. Rather surprisingly, the Huawei Mate 20 places fourth.
Patent further corroborates rumors of the Essential PH-2 sporting an in-display selfie camera
Time after time, information continues to allude to the potential release of a second-generation Essential Phone. While nothing is certain, we could be set to get a PH-2, and a patent filed by Essential points towards an in-display selfie camera on the device.
By all indications, the Nokia 9 PureView's cameras were not designed with the average user in mind
HMD Global released the Nokia 9 PureView a few weeks ago, and the first batch of camera reviews from various outlets are finally in. While photos taken by the flagship's five rear cameras are excellent, it’s become painfully obvious that the phone's cameras weren’t designed for the average smartphone user.
Details of the Honor 20 surface - 48 MP, triple rear cameras, Kirin 980, 108 DxOMark score
Huawei's high-value brand, Honor, is set to launch its next premium device in the coming months. Details of the Honor 20 have now surfaced, throwing light on a device with a specification sheet that mirrors the Huawei P20 Pro's.
The Meizu 16s is coming, and we're pretty excited about it
Chinese underdogs Meizu are set to release their flagship for the year next month. The Meizu 16s is expected to feature a Snapdragon 855, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a 48 MP camera. It will also ignore the punch-hole, notch, and slider in favor of incredibly slim bezels. Most importantly, it will cost under US$500.
New leak details the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A60 in style
Samsung appears to be giving a lot of attention to its new Galaxy A sub-line, The company released the A10, 130, and A50 last week, and is set to follow them up with a number of devices. One of those will be the Galaxy A60, a sub-premium phone sporting a triple rear camera setup, a Snapdragon 675, a 32 MP selfie camera, and a 4500 mAh battery.
Realme unveils the new Realme 3 budget phone with a big 4230 mAh battery
OPPO's budget sub-brand, Realme, has unveiled the latest device straight from its stables. The Realme 3 features a 6.2-inch HD+ display, a 13 MP + 2 MP dual rear camera setup, a 13 MP selfie camera, and a 4230 mAh battery. Prices start at US$125.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ costs just US$420 to build
According to Tech Insights, Samsung's new flagship, the Galaxy S10+, cost US$420 to build. That represents a US$40 increase over the manufacturing cost of last year's S9+, while the devices' MSRPs show a massive US$160 differential.
The pentalens Nokia 9 PureView is coming to the US today, $100 off for the first week
The Nokia 9 PureView was unveiled last week at MWC and is now available in the US starting today. The device's selling point is its penta-lens camera setup that has been shown to take photos with incredible depth and details. The Nokia 9 has a US$700 MSRP but those who hit the buy button this week will get an extra US$100 shaved off.
Samsung launches the mid-range Galaxy A10, A30, and A50 in India
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A30 and A50 at MWC last month, and the devices have now made the trip over to India, with the A50 starting at US$280. The duo will be joined by the A10 later in the month.
The Razer Phone 2 is now available for US$500
Razer's second-generation phone is currently on sale for significantly less than its MSRP. The gaming phone features dual rear cameras, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, IP67 certification, and a Snapdragon 845.
Huawei's new 55W SuperCharge will not be coming to the company's smartphones anytime soon
Huawei debuted a new form of its SuperCharge on the Mate X. The 55W fast-charging technology charges the Mate X's 4500 mAh battery from 0-85% in just 30 minutes, which is unparalleled in the industry right now. Sadly, the company doesn't plan on bringing the technology to any of its upcoming flagship phones.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro redefines value for money - Snapdragon 675, 48 MP Sony IMX586, US$200
Xiaomi's Redmi sub-brand, today, launched its new mid-range phone. The Redmi Note 7 Pro features a dual rear camera setup, with the main sensor being Sony's 48 MP IMX586—also seen on the Honor View 20 and Mi 9; Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 675; and a 4000 mAh battery.
The OnePlus 7 will not feature wireless charging
According to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, wireless charging is considerably slower than Dash Charge, and the company will not be implementing it on its smartphones. Prospective buyers who need wireless charging will have to look past the upcoming OnePlus 7.
Samsung launches the new Galaxy M30, triple rear cameras and 5000 mAh battery in tow
Samsung has launched its new device, the Galaxy M30, in India. The mid-ranger delivers a slew of impressive features including an AMOLED display, triple rear cameras, and a 5000 mAh. Quite the enticing package especially considering its US$210 base price.
The Asus Zenfone 6 is unlikely to be revealed at MWC; billed for May launch instead
The launch dates of the Zenfone 5 last year may have led some to believe that the Zenfone 6 would be unveiled this week at MWC. This is unlikely to be the case, though, as a new advert has touted the Asus flagship to be launched in May instead.
Samsung unveils the Galaxy A30 and A50 for lovers of sub-premium phones with massive batteries
Samsung's new Galaxy S10 phones may have a monopoly of the headlines at the moment but the company's new A30 and A50 are also interesting releases in their own right. The devices feature premium camera setups, Super AMOLED displays, and beefy batteries for power users.
The Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus are the newest kids on the mid-range block
Sony generally has a reputation for releasing disappointing mid-range devices. The company's new Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus attempt to cast off that label and while we won't be quick to claim them successful, the phones are undoubtedly an improvement on last year's models.
Pricing details of the Mi 9 revealed - Big jump when compared to the Mi 8
The Mi 9 will offer a mouth-watering specifications sheet including an AMOLED display, IR blaster, triple rear cameras, a Snapdragon 855, and up to 12 GB of RAM. All of that comes with a caveat, though: Prices also see a massive hike.
The Mi 9 could feature an unmatched 20 W wireless charging and 27 W wired fast charge
Xiaomi is set to unveil its newest flagship, the Mi 9, in a few days. The Mi 9 is said to feature wireless charging—the first time a Mi flagship will have that honor—and will further take things up a notch with 20 W wireless charging support. Wired fast charge comes in at a massive 27 W.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro with a 48 MP Sony IMX586 is expected to launch after the Mi 9
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is expected to feature a Snapdragon 675 and Sony's 48 MP IMX586 sensor, the same module used on the Honor View 20. Initial reports claimed the Note 7 Pro would be launched in February but that's looking increasingly unlikely, and new information touts a March release instead.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now receiving the stable One UI Android Pie update
Samsung rolled out the Android Pie-based One UI update to the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 a while ago. The latest device to receive the update is the Galaxy Note 8, the company's last-gen flagship.
The Nubia Red Magic Mars is a Pocophone F1 alternative for the US
The Pocophone F1 has been lauded for the high price to performance ratio it brings to the table. Sadly, Xiaomi's high-value magnum opus isn't sold officially in the US. ZTE's Nubia is now offering something almost as good, and it's actually available in the US.
The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 will settle for 1080p displays
According to new reports, Huawei's upcoming flagships, the P30 and P30 Pro will feature 1080p displays. Both devices are expected to have some impressive specifications sheets, and the listed display resolutions are somewhat disappointing.
Pocophone F1: Still the best value option
Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 has been hailed for offering incredibly high value for money. The device was tested by DxOMark, and managed to impress, outperforming devices like the Galaxy Note 8 in certain departments.
The Honor 7X could get Android Pie after all - its second major OS update
The Honor 7X was launched on Android Nougat and received the update to Oreo last year. The device is currently receiving the Pie beta in China, with other parts of the world billed to get theirs later this year. Pie would be the second major update the phone receives, which is impressive considering it launched with an MSRP of just US$200.
Over a year after promising Oreo for the Moto G4 Plus, Motorola is yet to do so
Motorola released the Moto G4 Plus back in 2016 and promised it would receive two major updates. A while later, the company went back on its word and claimed the mid-range phone would not get the update, prompting a media outcry which forced it to once again promise to deliver Oreo. It's been 16 months since then, though, and the G4 Plus is still on Nougat.
After a series of delays, the Nokia 9 PureView finally gets an official launch date
Since early last year, there have been rumors of HMD Global's plans to launch a flagship phone with five rear cameras. The rumor mills may finally stop grinding, though, as the company is set to unveil the device next month in Barcelona.
The Meizu M9 Note is billed to launch in mid-February, Snapdragon 675 and 48 MP camera on-board
Chinese underdogs Meizu are set to launch a high-value budget device next month. The Meizu M9 Note will feature a 48 MP Samsung sensor and will be powered by a Snapdragon 675. These, coupled with a US$150 price tag, ensure that it competes effectively against the Redmi Note 7.
Mi A2 users have reported multiple cases of bricked phones after installing the January update
Xiaomi sent out the January update to the Android One Mi A2 earlier this week, and there have now been multiple reports of bricked devices after installing the OTA. Unpolished updates may be becoming a theme of Xiaomi's Android One phones.
Mysterious Snapdragon 855-powered Google device appears on Geekbench, could be the Pixel 4
A new Geekbench listing has revealed what appears to be Google's Pixel 4, running on Android Q and sporting both 6 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 855.
Here are the first live images of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus: Headphone jack present!
For the first time, live images of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have surfaced, revealing two visually stunning flagships. Notable features include a triple rear camera setup on the two phones, dual selfie shooters on the S10+, and a headphone jack on both. An in-display fingerprint reader is also alluded to.
More Huawei P30 details surface: Headphone jack, OLED display, new 38 MP Sony sensor
A new leak has revealed even more information on the upcoming Huawei P30. The P30 is expected to sport an OLED display which could house an in-display fingerprint reader. It will also feature a triple rear camera setup, and a headphone jack.
The Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro's rear cameras may be excellent but their selfies are poor
DxOMark introduced a new camera score this week: one that evaluates selfies. The Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hold top spot, but the most surprising result belongs to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro. Both top the charts in the rear camera section but posted sub-par scores in the selfie test.
Honor launches its new Honor View 20 flagship for the global market - A OnePlus 6T alternative?
Honor, today at an event in Paris, launched its new flagship. The Honor View 20 comes equipped with ample memory and storage, a Kirin 980, a 48 MP sensor with impressive photographic performance, and a brilliant design.
New images of the Sony Xperia XZ4 reveal an ultra-long display that discourages one-handed usage
Images of the Sony Xperia XZ4 have been revealed, showing the device with an incredibly long 21:9 display ratio that ensures that users with smaller hands will have a hard time using the phone one-handed. The XZ4 will also run on Android Pie out of the box.
Pricing details of the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones revealed, fully-loaded model could cost almost US$1500
Samsung is set to unveil its Galaxy S10 phones on February 20. For the first time yet, information on the pricing of the phones has surfaced, revealing massive increases in prices across the board, with the fully-specced S10 Plus set to ship with an MSRP in the region of US$1500.
Prices and images of the Galaxy M10 and M20 surface
Samsung is billed to release its new Galaxy M phones on January 28. Images and more concrete details of the device have now been revealed, with touted pricing information giving the impression of devices offering excellent value for money.
LG backtracks on its stance, promises Pie for the ignored LG V20
A short while ago, it was revealed that LG had ended future software support for the V20, ensuring that the flagship would be stuck on the only major OS update it received: Oreo. It would appear that LG has made a U-turn on that decision, and the V20 could receive Pie after all.
The LG G7 ThinQ is now receiving the stable Android Pie update
The LG G7 ThinQ was launched back in May and now has the honor of being the first LG device to receive the stable Pie update. The update download weighs in at 1.35 GB, and a global rollout is expected soon.
Smartphone releases we are looking forward to in 2019
In a world where some believe innovation in the smartphone industry to have plateaued, 2018 managed to give us a number of brilliant smartphones. Here we take a close look at the devices we just cannot wait to see in 2019, with a focus on what makes them so interesting.
DxOMark: The Mate 20 Pro's cameras aren't better than those of the P20 Pro
The Mate 20 Pro was hyped to the high heavens at launch, with rumors claiming it would be by far the highest rated device on DxOMark. The device was benchmarked yesterday, however, and only managed to match the P20 Pro, with the older flagship having the advantage in several departments.
Purported LG G8 renders surface and are promptly debunked by LG
Popular tipster OnLeaks revealed renders of what was said to be the upcoming LG G8. LG has come out to deny those claims, however, and it's a lot more likely that those images are of another premium LG phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones will feature Samsung's traditional slow fast-charge
A few weeks ago, a leak rumored that the S10 phones could feature new fast-charging technology. New information, however, indicates that the reality of the matter could be different, and S10 owner may have to put up with Samsung's good old 15W fast charge.
Redmi Note 7 Pro: 48 MP Sony IMX586, Snapdragon 675, US$200
Xiaomi is set to build on the success of the Redmi Note 7 with an improved, more powerful Pro version. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is said to feature Sony's 48 MP IMX586 sensor and the new Snapdragon 675. Prices could start at just over US$200.
TrendForce: Apple expected to decline even further in 2019
Analytics platform has revealed its projected shipment figures for the big players in the smartphone market this year. Samsung and Apple are expected to see declines in sales, while Huawei and Xiaomi could see even more growth.
Details and renders of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy M phones revealed
Samsung is set to unveil its new line of devices, the Galaxy M series. The company is expected to kick off the series with three devices, and specifications and official renders of the devices have surfaced.
The Redmi Note 5 is set to get Android Pie soon
The Redmi Note 5 was launched a year ago and received the update to Oreo in some parts of the world. The device has now been confirmed to also be set to receive the Android Pie update, with a Q1 rollout on the cards.
After two years and just one major OS update, LG gives up on the LG V20
27 months after the LG V20 was released, LG appears to have finally ended all software support for it. The device ran on Android Nougat out of the box and only received the Oreo update almost a year after launch. This marks a sad end for a device widely regarded as the last truly great Android flagship.
Xperia XZ4 news: Compact model ditched, 3.5mm headphone jack missing
The Sony Xperia XZ4 is set to be released at MWC next month. The company's Vice President of Marketing, however, has alluded to the fact that the company may not launch an XZ4 Compact. Also, new information claims the XZ4 will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack after all.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ will be slimmer than the S9+ while also featuring a bigger battery
Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S10 phones next month. The biggest of the three, the S10+ will apparently be only 7.8mm thick, which would make it the slimmest phone ever with a 4000 mAh battery. In comparison, the S9+ with a 3500 mAh battery was 8.5mm thick.
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 675 makes a Geekbench appearance, outperforms the Snapdragon 710
The Snapdragon 675 will likely be the most popular sub-premium SoC this year, as it's one of the select few SoCs that support Sony's 48 MP IMX586 sensor. The chipset made its way over to Geekbench and AnTuTu and managed to outperform the Snapdragon 710, an SoC that logically should be more powerful.
There's another Redmi Note 7 phone coming, but this one will feature a more powerful camera sensor and SoC
The Redmi Note 7 was launched yesterday but word on the grapevine claims the company is set to release another phone, but this time with a more impressive camera sensor and SoC.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 7 with a teardrop notch, 48 MP Samsung sensor, and Snapdragon 660
A few months after launching the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi has now launched the Redmi Note 7, although this new device will carry the Redmi crest instead of a Xiaomi one. The mid-ranger features a Snapdragon 660, a massive 48 MP rear camera, and a Type-C USB port. Price begin at US$150.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with a slider is now on sale in Europe
Three months after it was released in China, Xiaomi has finally brought the Mi Mix 3 to Europe. The device features a capable dual rear camera setup, an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 845 and a bunch of interesting specifications. MSRP is €549.
LG launches the LG Q9, a mostly premium phone albeit with an SoC from 2016
LG released its "new" LG Q9 yesterday. The device packs in a number of premium features including IP68 water resistance, a QHD+ display, and LG's Boombox speakers. Of course, in typical LG fashion, it also makes a few surprising hardware choices.
The new Meizu Note 9 is coming, Snapdragon 6150 and 48 MP camera in tow
Meizu's CEO, Jack Wong, has teased the pending launch of a new device, the Meizu Note 9. The Note 9 will be powered by the yet unreleased Snapdragon 6150—likely to be called the Snapdragon 655—and will feature a 48 MP camera sensor.
Huawei releases Android Pie kernel sources for its flagship phones
Huawei has released Android Pie kernel sources for its devices running on the Kirin 970 and Kirin 980 SoCs. This will enable community developers to work on the devices more effectively, although the lack of official bootloader support makes the whole thing almost pointless.
Renders and 360-degree video of the Huawei P30 surface, headphone jack present
New renders of Huawei's upcoimg P30 flagship have surfaced, revealing a device with a triple rear camera setup, a glass back with a gradient finish, a circular notch, and no visible fingerprint reader. Oh, and there's a headphone jack present too.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite will be a proper flagship in its own right
There’s always been some trepidation that the S10 Lite would be a badge-engineered mid-range phone but hopeful buyers can put those fears to rest now, as word on the grapevine claims the cheapest S10 phone will also be equipped with flagship specifications.
Battery capacities of the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones revealed
Details of the display sizes and battery capacities of the upcoming Galaxy S10 phones have surfaced. The S10+ is the most notable entry of the trio, as it will be as big as the Note 9, while also having the Note's huge 4000 mAh battery.
European pricing details of the Honor View 20 revealed
The Honor V20 was released in China a few weeks ago. The device will be making its way to the global market on January 22 as the Honor View 20, and a new report reveals that it will also come with a shocking increase in MSRP for the European market.
Xiaomi is working on a new Android One phone, could be the Mi A3
Traces of a new Android One device have been discovered in Xiaomi's MIUI 10 firmware. The phone could be the Mi A3—or something completely unexpected. It will apparently also have support for NFC, which would make it the first Xiaomi Android One phone to do so.
Renders of the Moto Z4 Play surface, in-display fingerprint sensor and waterdrop notch major takeaways
The Moto Z3 Play was something of a disappointing release, and Motorola will be hoping to spice things up a bit with the Z4 Play this year. Renders of the device have now surfaced, teasing a waterdrop notch and, possibly, an under-display fingerprint reader.
Redmi is now Xiaomi's high-value sub-brand, will set sail with a new 48 MP smartphone
Yesterday, Xiaomi announced that its Redmi series of phones would no longer just be a line of phones and will now be a sub-brand of its own, a move that mirrors the relationship between Huawei and Honor, or OPPO and Realme.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro could stun with five rear cameras
The Huawei P20 Pro started the triple rear camera revolution last year, and the Mate 20 Pro all but perfected it. Word on the grapevine claims the upcoming P30 Pro will feature four rear cameras, and Huawei could go one step further with the Mate 30 Pro by equipping it with a penta-lens setup.
Initial rumors of the Samsung Galaxy A50 surface
According to a new report, Samsung is gearing up to release a new mid-range phone, the Galaxy A50, sometime this year. The device will feature the Infinity-O display expected to be seen on the upcoming Galaxy S10 phones, and will be powered by Samsung's 10nm Exynos 9610.
The Moto G6 Plus officially gets its slice of Pie
Motorola has officially confirmed the start of the Android Pie update rollout to its Moto G6 Plus mid-ranger. There’s no word on when the cheaper G6 phones, the G6 and G6 Play, will receive their own updates, though.
Here is the Nokia 9 Pureview with five rear cameras, an under-display fingerprint sensor, and no notch
A new leak has surfaced, giving us our closest look so far at the Nokia 9 Pureview. Notable features include a massive penta-lens setup at the back, what appears to be a dual selfie setup at the front, an under-display fingerprint sensor, and the absence of a notch.
The Essential PH-2 may be in the works after all
After Essential officially declared that it would no longer be selling the PH-1, a cryptic tweet by the company's Head of Research and Development has once again stoked the flames, and fans of the company may now share a lingering hope in the existence of an Essential PH-2.
Smartphone OEMs and the curious case of false advertising
Competition in the smartphone industry has led to sketchy advertising practices, especially in China where such shenanigans are almost encouraged. Fake camera samples, technically correct claims, and a circus of intentional crookery.
New Huawei P30 Pro leak surfaces, corroborates quad rear camera setup rumors
More renders of the Huawei P30 Pro have surfaced, revealing its vertically stacked quad rear camera setup that is touted to be capable of 10x zoom, an industry first. The P30 Pro will likely be launched in Q2 2019 and will be powered by the company's top of the line SoC.
The Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20, and P20 Pro finally start receiving the stable Pie update
Months after sending out the Pie beta update, Huawei has finally begun the rollout of the stable Android Pie update. There’s a slight issue with that, though: Honor flagships aren’t part of the initial rollout.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 will feature three rear cameras and a Snapdragon 855
Xiaomi 2019 flagships are touted to be the Mi 9 and Mi Mix 4. Both devices will be powered by the Snapdragon 855. They will also both sport three rear cameras, with the Mi 9 expected to be the first Xiaomi device with that feature. The Mi Mix 4 could also feature a unique lens technology.
Sony releases new 46.5W USB-PD charging brick
Sony has released a new wall charger. The brick is USB-PD-compliant and supplies just under 40 W at its peak, and a total power output of 46.5 W. The fast charger will work on all devices with USB-PD support, which makes for a rather long list.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) spotted running on Pie, could get its third major OS update?
According to word on the grapevine, Samsung could be testing out Android Pie on the Galaxy A5 (2017). Not particularly noteworthy until you realize that the A5 was released on Marshmallow, and a Pie update would be the third major OS it receives.
More design clues of the Nokia 9 leak, billed to land next month
More renders of the upcoming Nokia 9 have surfaced, revealing a device without a notch on its front, and with a massive penta-lens array on its back. The Nokia 9 is expected to be unveiled next month.
The mid-range Pixels are expected to be released in spring 2019
Google’s upcoming mid-range phones have leaked extensively over the past few months. A new report claims that the two devices, the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite, are billed to be launched in spring 2019.
Honor sees 27% YoY growth in shipment figures
George Zhao, President of Huawei’s Honor sub-brand has revealed that the company saw a 27% year-on-year rise in shipment numbers across the first three quarters of the year, a figure that was likely helped along by the releases of popular devices like the Honor 7X and Honor 10 this year.
Huawei launches its new Kirin 980-powered Honor V20 flagship, prices start under US$450
Honor has announced the launch of its new premium phone, the Honor V20. The device is powered by Huawei’s top of the line Kirin 980 SoC, and features a punch-hole camera design. There's a dual camera setup that includes a 48 MP sensor at the rear, a 25 MP selfie shooter at the front, and a 4000 mAh battery. All for under US$450.
The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T receive their stable Pie updates
OnePlus has begun sending out the stable Pie update to its last-gen flagships, the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. The devices were launched on Android Nougat, and this will likely be the last major update they receive.
Huawei's next-gen flagship SoC, the Kirin 990, is already in development
Huawei only just launched its new Kirin 980 flagship SoC a few months ago, but the company is already working on its successor, the Kirin 990. This comes amidst rumors that the Kirin 990 may be a mid-cycle release in Q1 2019.
Xiaomi launches the new budget Mi Play, dual rear cameras in tow
Xiaomi has launched its new budget smartphone, the Mi Play. The device features dual rear cameras, a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, an unwieldy circular notch, and a 3000 mAh battery.
Xiaomi launches its new lightweight 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air, a significantly cheaper MacBook Air alternative
Xiaomi has launched its new budget, lightweight laptop, the 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air. The laptop manages to be lighter than the 12-inch MacBook Air and comes with a sub-US$600 price tag.
The Galaxy A10 could be the first Samsung phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor
Samsung's current generation Galaxy A sub-premium phones are obviously being used a testing bed for technology that will be seen on the next-gen S10 and Note 10 flagships. According to word on the grapevine, the company will debut its in-display fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Galaxy A10.
The Huawei Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, P10, and P10 Plus are billed to receive Pie in March 2019
After the start of the global Pie rollout for the Mate 10 and P20 phones, Huawei is set to send out the Pie update to older flagships like the Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, P10, and P10 Plus. Of course, that won't be until March next year.
The OnePlus 6T manages to slightly outdo the OnePlus 6
DxOMark reviewed the OnePlus 6T and the flagship did well, managing to slightly better the OnePlus 6's score while keeping up with last-gen phones like the iPhone X and Mate 10 Pro.
Honor V20 spotted on Geekbench, to feature new liquid cooling technology
Honor's upcoming premium phone, the View 20, has been spotted on popular benchmark platform Geekbench, with it achieving scores consistent with other Kirin 980-powered phones. The phone is also touted to come equipped with a new liquid cooling technology.
A closer look at the Pixel 3's DxOMark review
Google’s relatively new Pixel 3 finally made the trip over to DxOMark and earned an overall score most would consider to be lacking. Here, we take a closer look at the Pixel 3’s review with a focus on elements that may have contributed to it being ranked below unassuming devices like Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3.
Renders of the entire Moto G7 lineup surface
More renders of all four of Motorola’s upcoming Moto G7 phones have surfaced, giving us a clearer image of what to expect from the next set of the devices in one of the best-value midrange smartphones lines available in the US.
Honor V20 to cost under $500, could be best value flagship of the year
According to new reports, the Honor V20 will ship for just over US$400. Honor phones have become synonymous with offering incredible bang for the buck, but the Honor V20 may very well push that to the absolute limit. It's expected to feature a triple rear camera setup, a camera hole, a 4000 mAh battery, and a Kirin 980.
The Nokia 8 receives its stable Pie update but it's quite half-baked
HMD Global sent out the Android Pie update to the Nokia 8 a few days ago. This is the second major OS update the device has now received and will likely be the last. The update itself leaves a lot to be desired, however, with a few major Pie features found missing.
The Redmi Pro 2 may just be Xiaomi's upcoming Snapdragon 675-powered phone
Remember the touted Snapdragon 675-powered Xiaomi phone? Well, rumors say it could be the Redmi Pro 2, a direct successor to 2016's Redmi Pro. The Redmi Pro 2, if released, would be the top of the line Redmi phone.
Chinese OEM Gionee declares bankruptcy after CEO gambled away US$144m at a casino
Chinese company Gionee has finally filed for bankruptcy and is set for liquidation. The company is said to owe over US$3 billion to banks and suppliers, a situation compounded by reports of CEO Liu Lirong squandering over US$140 million at a casino last month.
The new HTC Desire 12S is HTC's latest uninspiring release
HTC has released a new phone, the Desire 12S, the latest in a brief list of smartphones to come out of the company's stables this year. Like the Desire 12 duo that was released at the start of the year, though, the Desire 12S doesn't get quite a few things right.
In spite of its troubles, Huawei is set to hit a record 200 million unit shipments this year
Huawei may have found stiff opposition from a number of governments since the new year but the company's smartphone division is definitely on the up. The company has confirmed that it will have sold 200 million smartphones this year by Christmas, a massive 30% increase from last year's 153 million figure.
Huawei unveils the new Nova 4 with a camera hole and 48 MP camera
Huawei, earlier today, launched its new sub-premium phone, the Nova 4, in China. The device features a Kirin 970, a triple rear camera setup including a 48 MP sensor, a camera hole, and a 3750 mAh battery. Prices start at $450.
Renders and retail box of the Honor V20 surfaces
More renders and a live image of the upcoming Honor V20's retail box have surfaced. The Honor flagship is expected to be launched in China next week and will come with a 48 MP camera.
The OnePlus 6T has outsold the OnePlus 6 by 249% in the US
OnePlus launched the OnePlus 6T a few months and, for the first time ever, sold the device under the umbrella of a US carrier. That move has apparently paid off in style, with the company confirming that the OnePlus 6T has outsold the OnePlus 6 by 249% in the US.
Huawei launches the Huawei Enjoy 9, Snapdragon 450 and 4000 mAh battery in tow
Huawei has announced the launch of its new budget Enjoy 9. The phone will sport dual rear cameras, a Snapdragon 450, and a big 4000 mAh battery. A fingerprint reader is missing, however, and there may just be better value options on the market.
For the first time, Samsung has ditched the headphone jack
Samsung announced the new Galaxy A8s in China yesterday and while the device's Infinity-O camera hole may be the biggest talking point, an even bigger point of contention is the fact that the phone lacks a 3.5mm jack. This will be the first time Samsung has removed the headphone jack from a mainstream phone.
The Honor V20 is coming with a single rear camera, a 48 MP absolute unit
Huawei is set to unveil its new premium phone, the Honor V20, on December 26. The device will feature a single rear camera, albeit a 48 MP one.
Renders of the Pixel 3 Lite XL surface
The Pixel 3 Lite has leaked extensively over the last month, and it's almost surprising to learn that there's a bigger Pixel 3 Lite XL. The less is said about that name, the better.
The upcoming Xiaomi phone with a 48 MP camera will likely be a mid-range offering
Xiaomi spokesperson Lin Bin recently teased a new Xiaomi phone featuring a 48 MP camera. Initial reports claimed it could be a flagship of sorts but new information shows that is rather unlikely, as the device is said to be powered by the new mid-range Snapdragon 675.
DxOMark: The iPhone XR proves that more cameras aren't a precursor for excellent performance
The iPhone XR made the trip over to DxOMark and shone, earning the highest score ever for a device with a single rear camera, and showing up other flagships with more complicated camera setups.
Sony could be the first OEM to bring back the headphone jack after removing it
The headphone jack began its mass exodus away from flagships last year, with Sony ditching it on the Xperia XZ2 phones. For the first time, though, we could see a company bring back the much-wanted port.
This is the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite with a flat display and side-mounted fingerprint sensor
With how much attention the Galaxy S10 and S10 have received, you could be forgiven for forgetting that Samsung also plans on releasing an S10 Lite. Details of the S10 Lite have been scarce but renders have finally surfaced.
HMD Global has sold 70 million phones in two years
Since the company's conception two years ago, HMD Global has sold 70 million phones. Of course, that figure also includes feature phones, and we expect the number of Android smartphones sold to be in the ballpark of 25 million, which is still impressive, all things considered.
Interview with HMD Global reveals new information on the company's goals and state of affairs
HMD Global spoke with Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de yesterday, and the latter has now revealed a few takeaways from the interview, including the company’s commitment to the mid-range and plans for the Nokia 9.
There's a 5G OnePlus phone coming, and it could cost US$300 more than normal
The Snapdragon 855 was unveiled a few days ago, and one of the biggest talking points was its 5G modem. Most companies will release 5G phones in 2019 and OnePlus is billed to be among the first, although the device could very well come with an MSRP in the region of US$800.
The Mi A1 receives the Android Pie beta
The Xiaomi Mi A2 received the Android Pie beta last month and got the stable update just about a week later. The last-gen Mi A1 has now received its Pie beta, and there's a chance it gets the final, stable update before the year runs out.
HMD launches the Nokia 8.1 - Snapdragon 710, 3500 mAh battery, Android Pie
At an event in Dubai yesterday, HMD Global launched the new Nokia 8.1, featuring a Snapdragon 710, dual rear cameras with OIS, a 20 MP selfie camera, and a 3500 mAh battery. Impressively, it also runs on Android Pie out of the box.
Apple's iPhone XR has outsold both the XS and XS Max since launching
Sales-wise, Apple's current generation of devices may be the most lukewarm the company has put out in the recent past, and the fact that the cheapest device of the lot is the best-selling is unlikely to be considered a positive by the company's executives.
Here are the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ in all their glory
Even more renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ have surfaced. The devices can be seen with circular cutouts at their top right corners—in the case of the S10+ two circles overlapping to form a pill of sorts.
Initial rumors of the Moto G7 revealed - Snapdragon 632, dual rear cameras, teardrop notch
The Moto G7 will be bang right in the middle of the next-gen Moto G lineup. The device is expected to feature a 6.24-inch display with a teardrop notch, dual rear cameras, and a 3000 mAh battery.
Samsung nabbed passing off DSLR shots as camera samples of the Galaxy A8 Star
Months after getting caught using DSLR shots as camera samples for the Galaxy A8, Samsung has been nabbed doing the exact same thing with the Galaxy A8 Star. Companies like Huawei and Xiaomi have also been caught in similar acts of crookery in the past.
Initial details of the Moto G7 Plus revealed - Snapdragon 660 in tow, wireless charging a possibility
The Moto G7 Plus will be the most powerful and expensive of the upcoming Moto G7 phones, and its specifications sheet says as much, as it's set to feature a Snapdragon 660, and maybe, just maybe, wireless charging support.
Official Samsung Twitter account caught sending tweets with...an iPhone
Huawei ambassador Gal Gadot was revealed to have been tweeting with an iPhone a long while ago and if you thought that was bad, you'd be shocked, as an official Samsung account was caught parading the streets of Twitter with an iPhone in tow.
The Honor V20 and Honor 11 are coming next year
Honor's current-gen mainstream premium phones are the Honor V10 and Honor 10. The successors to the duo are expected to be the Honor V20 and Honor 11, but while the former should be out by now, it would appear that it is still in development.
There have been multiple reports of bootlooping LG G7 ThinQ units
Bootloops may as well be LG's calling card at this point, as the company has a long line of devices that have displayed that behavior at certain points. The G7 ThinQ may join that special group if recent reports are anything to go by, but it would appear that it mostly isn't even LG's fault this time out.
MediaTek's new flagship Helio P90 is likely coming on December 13 - What should you expect?
MediaTek has been conservative with its SoC releases of recent but could be set to release something truly competitive in the sub-premium market in the near future, with reports of a looming Helio P90 launch surfacing.
Purported official product details of the Nokia 8.1 surface ahead of December 4 launch
HMD Global is set to launch the Nokia 8.1 on December 4. The device is a slightly modified version of the China-specific Nokia X7, so most of its specifications are already known, with a Snapdragon 710 and a capable dual rear camera setup being the biggest talking points.
Details of Lenovo's upcoming K5X mid-ranger surface
Lenovo tends to release a number of devices that fly under the radar in the western market, and the upcoming Lenovo K5X will likely be one such phone. The mid-ranger is expected to feature a Snapdragon 636, dual selfie cameras, and a 4050 mAh battery.
The Moto G7 Power will go all out with a humongous 5000 mAh battery
Motorola will apparently release a new model in the Moto G7 series next year. The device, the Moto G7 Power, could be powered by a Snapdragon 632 and also sport a huge 5000 mAh battery.
Details of the Samsung Galaxy A8s revealed - Snapdragon 710, three rear cameras
The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones are still months away from an official announcement, so Samsung is set to sate the desires of its expectant fans with the upcoming Galaxy A8s, a sub-premium phone with an impressive specifications sheet.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 could feature a mind-boggling 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage
According to word on the grapevine, the Samsung Galaxy S10 could feature up to 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage, both of which have never been seen before on a smartphone. It's unknown what model of the device will boast of such firepower, though.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro enters India with a US$1,000 price tag
Two days ago, Huawei finally brought its Mate 20 Pro flagship to the Indian smartphone market. The device is billed to go on sale on December 4, and with an MSRP that translates to just under US$1,000.
More images of the Pixel 3 Lite spotted in the wild, specs revealed, confirmed to share camera hardware with the Pixel 3
More images of the Pixel 3 Lite "Sargo" have surfaced, showing the mid-range Google phone sitting right next to popular devices like the iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and Google Pixel 3 XL.
Details of the Samsung Galaxy S10's cameras surface - S10 Plus to feature five cameras in total
Samsung is determined to make its 2019 S10 flagships some of the most impressive Android devices in recent times, and that determination shows in the camera hardware the phones are said to sport, with the S10+, for example, touted to feature five cameras in total.
The penta-lens Nokia 9 Pureview will likely not be unveiled on December 4 after all, could be DOA
The Nokia 9 Pureview could be the most interesting device to come out of the stables of the Finnish OEM but its launch has apparently been delayed once again. That isn't a bad thing by itself but circumstances effectively make the Nokia flagship DOA, just like the Nokia 8 Sirocco was at the start of the year.
Xiaomi sold 600k Redmi Note 6 Pro units on the very first day of sales
The new Redmi Note 6 Pro went on sale in India across the weekend. Xiaomi sells its phones in the region using flash sales, and the first of such sales saw over 600,000 units of the mid-range phone sold.
The Honor 8X receives the Android Pie beta
Huawei's Honor 8X mid-range phone is currently receiving the Android Pie-based EMUI 9 beta update in China. The Honor 8X has been confirmed for a US launch, and we expect a late December event.
Details of the Snapdragon 8150 leak - How does it compare with the Kirin 980?
Details of the core clusters on the upcoming Snapdragon 8150 have surfaced, throwing more light on what we should expect from the next-gen Qualcomm SoC, performance-wise. We also take a look at how the flagship SoC stacks up against its rival Kirin 980.
Two new Google Pixels are on the way and no, we're not talking about the Pixel 4
Google's newly launched Pixel 3 phones are mostly incremental upgrades over their predecessors. Google could very well make a comeback with some exciting devices next year, as word of two more devices surface in the wild.
Details of the Huawei P Smart (2019) surface - Teardrop notch and Kirin 710
Huawei is set to release the successor to last year's Huawei P Smart. Details of the Huawei P Smart (2019) have surfaced, showing a mid-ranger with a teardrop notch, dual rear cameras, and a Kirin 710.
Despite HTC's struggles, the company still has new phones lined up for 2019
HTC's mobile division has been on a downward path for the past few years but the company has soldiered on till now. According to reports, the Taiwanese company is set to keep fighting till its very last breath, and still plans to release smartphones next year.
The productivity-focused Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is coming on December 11, three rear cameras in tow
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 may have been egregiously named but it scratched an itch no other device on the market could, with its solid performance, humongous battery, and low price tag. Asus is set to build on the success of that device with a direct successor.
Initial renders of the Galaxy A8s give us a clearer look at next year's Galaxy S10
Renders of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A8s have surfaced, showing a device with three rear cameras and a notch solution that we will likely also see on the Galaxy S10 next year.
The Snapdragon 8150 will be unveiled on December 4
Qualcomm's next-gen mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 8150 is billed to be unveiled on December 4. The system-on-chip is said to be built on a 7nm process and will feature Cortex-A76 cores.
Nokia to ditch the notch after the Nokia 8.1
Nokia has a launch event scheduled for December 5. While it remains unknown what devices will be unveiled on that day, it's almost certain that the Snapdragon 710-powered Nokia 8.1 will be one of them. Word on the grapevine also claims that the sub-premium phone will be the last Nokia smartphone to sport a notch.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is likely going to India next week
The Mate 20 Pro is in contention for flagship of the year. The device was launched in Europe and China a while ago, but is only just about to make the trip over to the world's second-largest smartphone market, India.
One of the best value flagships this year, the OnePlus 6, is now available for US$100 less
The OnePlus 6 is currently on sale with US$100 off its MSRP. A Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, dual rear cameras, and a headphone jack is an incredible package for just US$429. Buyers in Canada also get 130 CAD shaved off the device's regular retail price.
There's a triple selfie camera phone coming, and it could very well be made by Xiaomi
Huawei introduced the tri-rear camera to the world earlier this year and has since been copied by Samsung and LG. No company has attempted to implement three selfie cameras, though, but we could see one such device in the near future, one produced by an unlikely OEM.
Huawei Mate 20X users are unlikely to face any green hue issues
While the Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20X both feature AMOLED displays—as opposed to the regular Mate 20's LCD display—new information shows that Mate 20X users can rest easy, with their phones unlikely to suffer from the green hue issues found on the Mate 20 Pro.
Camera samples of the purported Pixel 3 Lite surface
The Google Pixel 3 Lite looks increasingly probable with each passing day. A new leak showcases what it claims to be photos taken by the Pixel 3 Lite "Sargo". The shots themselves, while not bad, aren't mindblowing or anything of the sort.
Almost four years after it was launched, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is still receiving security patches
While we're usually vocal about Samsung's unimpressive update roadmaps, we're also impressed by the company's treatment of the Galaxy S6, a device launched close to four years ago, and still receiving security updates.
Multiple Android One phones receive Android Pie
So far, only a few OEMs like OnePlus, HMD Global, and Sony have sent out the stable Pie update. Thankfully, the Android One program exists to combat that, and it's been rather effective so far, with a number of Android One phones receiving the update to Android Pie last week.
Huawei to introduce quad rear camera phones next year, eschew Android One in favor of EMUI
Huawei executive Walter Ji has teased the company's plans of launching a device with up to four rear cameras, and 10x zoom. The Huawei man also confirmed that the company has no plans of releasing an Android One phone, which means that Huawei fans will have to make do with EMUI for the foreseeable future.
The Mi Mix 3 with a manual slider is likely coming to Europe on December 1
The Mi Mix 3 was one of the most interesting device launches this year, with its manual slider possibly ushering in a new trend. The Xiaomi flagship has remained in China for the past couple of weeks but, if word on the grapevine is anything to go by, it could be coming to Europe on December 1.
If you dislike notched phones, you'll detest Sharp's new Aquos R2 Compact that sports two notches
While we're still coming to terms with the distressing fact that notches may be a long-term feature in smartphones, Japanese OEM Sharp has gone the extra mile by including two notches on its new flagship. And no, that is not a joke.
The Snapdragon 8150 makes its way to AnTuTu, outperforms Apple's A12 Bionic
The Snapdragon 8150, Kirin 980, A12 Bionic, and a few other SoCs were intensively tested on AnTuTu, with the results showing the Snapdragon 8150's overall dominance. The A12 Bionic managed to hold the high ground in a few departments, though.
Samsung unveils its new Exynos 9820 with 8nm LPP process and Cortex-A75 cores
Samsung has unveiled its new premium SoC, the Exynos 9820. The chipset will be used on devices like the much-awaited Galaxy S10 and Note 10. It is built on Samsung's 8nm node and features the new Mali-G76 GPU found on the Kirin 980.
Nokia confirms that the Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will receive Pie
HMD has sent the Pie update out to the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7 Plus. The company has now reaffirmed its commitment to providing steady software updates by confirming that the last-gen Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will also all receive the Android Pie update.
Xiaomi officially launches the Pocophone F1 in South Korea
Xiaomi's launched its enthusiast-oriented Pocophone F1 a few months ago in Europe and India. The company is set to bring the device to South Korea on November 19, and it will be sold locally by SK Telecom, LG Uplus, and KT.
Xiaomi enters the UK and is immediately caught up in a sales scandal
Last week, Xiaomi opened up shop in the UK. The triumphant entry into the market was marked by a flash sale, the likes of which have almost become a Xiaomi trademark. Sadly, participants of the sale noticed a few irregularities and have cried foul.
The Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 will not receive Android Pie this year
Samsung's Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 may be some of the highest profile devices of 2018 but the company will not be sending the Android Pie update to users of those devices until next year.
Pie update roadmap for Xiaomi devices surfaces
A new leak detailing Xiaomi's plans for the release of Android Pie has surfaced. According to the sources, devices like the Mi Mix 2 and Mi 8 phones are all set to receive the Pie update before the year runs out, while offerings like the Mi Note 3 will have to wait till Q3 2019 next year.
Huawei to begin the Pie rollout for all its current flagships tomorrow
Huawei will begin sending out the stable Android Pie update to its current-gen flagships tomorrow. The update comes in the guise of an EMUI 9.0 update, the same software on the newly launched Mate 20 phones.
WhatsApp VP confirms that the messenger will soon start displaying ads in-app
Till now, WhatsApp has remained mostly free of the advertorial trappings of its parent company Facebook. All of that is set to come to an end, though, as a WhatsApp executive has confirmed that the messaging app will soon start displaying ads. How the data needed for such targeted ads will be collected remains a mystery.
The Poco F1 receives Android Pie, confirmed to also receive Android Q
Xiaomi's Poco F1, a few days ago, received the stable update to Android Pie. The company has also confirmed that the device will, at least, also receive the Android Q update next year. The F1 is marketed as a enthusiast-focused phone, so this is a welcome piece of information.
The Nubia X is the latest flagship on the block and it ditches the front-facing camera
In certain corners of the Internet, there has been a crowd of enthusiasts calling for the removal of the front-facing camera. While that request isn't exactly viable, Nubia has only just gone and done it, with the new Nubia X ditching the selfie camera entirely.
Red Dead Redemption 2 smashes global sales records, has the biggest opening weekend of any entertainment product ever
Red Dead Redemption 2 has been the talk of the town since it was released last week. All of that talk translated into hard cash for Rockstar Games, though, as the game sold over US$725 million in retail over its first three days.
The Nokia 7.1 makes its way to the US with a $350 price tag
HMD Global launched the Nokia 7.1 at the start of October. The mid-ranger, as promised, is now on sale in the US, with a US$350 price tag granting buyers ownership of a 5.84-inch FHD+ device with dual rear cameras and a Snapdragon 636.
The Asus Zenfone 6 leaks in grand style, unconventional notch in tow
The next-gen Asus Zenfone 6 was leaked in all its glory a short while ago, showing a device with a never-before-seen notch and three rear cameras.
DxOMark: The $500 Mi Mix 3's cameras are every bit as good as any on the market right now
Xiaomi's new Mi Mix 3 made the trip over to DxOMark just after launch and impressed, delivering performance figures on par with devices carrying twice its price tag. The Chinese flagship may be far from the priciest on the market, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a phone with better cameras, according to DxOMark.
DxOMark: Nokia cameras continue to underperform with the Nokia 8 Sirocco
The Nokia 8 Sirocco was extensively tested on DxOMark and came out of it beaten, with the device achieving relatively poor scores across the board, a continuation of the refreshed Nokia brand's trend of poor camera performance.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ could feature a hefty 4000mAh battery
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ will be the most impressive device in the upcoming Galaxy S10 lineup. It will also get a bigger battery to power all of that new technology, with sources touting an increase to 4000 mAh.
Apparently, DxOMark hasn't published the Mate 20 Pro's camera review because the device's scores would cause havoc
The Mate 20 Pro was released a short while ago but its DxOMark review is yet to be seen. Sources claim that the report hasn't been published yet because the Mate 20 Pro's scores were just too high and Huawei believes releasing that information to the public would do more harm than good.
Samsung hit with massive fine for slowing down devices with updates
Samsung was nabbed slowing down devices with its software updates and has been hit with a $5.7m fine in Italy. This comes after Apple was caught doing the same thing earlier in the year, although the American company did have plausible reasons—unlike Samsung.
October Android distribution numbers are in but Pie is still nowhere to be seen
Android distribution statistics for the month of September showed that pretty much no one was on Android Pie at the time. It's been a month since then and, well, things haven't changed.
OnePlus continues to dominate India's premium smartphone segment
OnePlus may not be a big player in the global smartphone market but the company has continued its dominance over the premium segment of the Indian smartphone market, with the OnePlus 6 being the best-selling premium phone in India in Q3.
The Pixel 3 XL may use a Samsung display but the smaller Pixel 3 sports an LG one
Last year, the Pixel 2 was hailed for its Samsung display while the Pixel 2 XL was heavily criticized for its LG panel. This year, though, it would appear that tables have turned, with the more expensive phone opting for the traditionally better display.
Sony announces exact dates for its Android Pie rollout
Sony sent out the Pie update to the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact and has gone a step further by announcing exact dates for the XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XZ2 Premium and XA2 phones' Android Pie rollout.
The Pixel 3 XL features a Samsung display after all
Long before the Pixel 3 devices were launched, rumors had it that the 3 XL would sport an OLED display made by LG. The device was released last week and reviews of its display have been extremely positive, all of which now makes sense as it's been revealed that the Pixel 3 XL sports a Samsung-made display, not an LG one as previously thought.
The ZTE Axon 7 finally receives Android Oreo but it's a mess
ZTE, a few days ago, finally released Android Oreo for the Axon 7. The update is an Android 8.0 one that also doubles up as the July security patch, both of which are only the first in a long line of things wrong with the OS update.
First live video of the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone surfaces as launch looms
Over the past few weeks, word of Xiaomi's rumored Black Shark 2 gaming phone has made its way across the internet. A live video and a poster teasing the device's launch has surfaced, and we may be closer to a release than ever.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is set to be significantly more expensive than its predecessor
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is set to be launched on Tuesday, October 16. The device will be one of the biggest flagships of the year and will make a number of improvements on its predecessor, the Mate 10 Pro, most notable of which could be price.
The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact receive Android Pie but there are a few features missing
Sony, a few days ago, made good on its promise to send out the Android Pie update to its devices by October. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact kicked off the Pie rollout, although users have claimed that a few major features are yet to be implemented.
HMD announces ambitions to make Nokia a top three smartphone brand by 2022
The Nokia brand's growth has been phenomenal since it returned to the playing field at the start of 2017. The company has much grander ambitions, though, and plans to be among the top three smartphone brands in the world within the next couple of years.
Samsung releases the Galaxy A9 (2018), the first quad-rear camera phone
At an event today, Samsung announced the launch of its new camera-centric phone, the Galaxy A9 (2018). The A9 comes equipped with a mind-blowing four rear cameras, a 24 MP selfie camera, a Snapdragon 660, and a 3800 mAh battery.
Nubia's next device will feature two displays
Nubia has made a name for releasing catchy devices with great designs and the next device to trot out of the company's stables will be no different, with it said to feature two displays—and no selfie camera.
The Huawei Mate 20X could be Huawei's flagship gaming phone
Gaming phones are the order of the day and Huawei looks set to join that trend with the upcoming Mate 20X, a gaming device that could come with a big battery, liquid cooling system, and, possibly, a larger than normal display.
Xiaomi celebrates sales landmark for two of its devices
Xiaomi has announced that its Mi 8 flagship has sold 6M units worldwide, with the budget Redmi 5A that was launched about ten months ago having sold 10 million units in India alone. The first achievement ensures that Mi 8's are temporarily cheaper in China due to a 200Y price slash.
Mi A1 explodes while owner sleeps beside it
A user on Xiaomi's MIUI forums has reported that their Mi A1 went up in flames while they were sleeping beside it. Xiaomi is yet to respond.
The iPhone XS Max - Excellent but a notch below the best (DxOMark)
The iPhone XS Max was recently unveiled with one of the heftiest price tags we've ever seen on a production smartphone. Thankfully, it offers a matching camera performance, but one still a touch below the absolute best. According to DxOMark, anyway.
Remember the mid-range Pixel phone? It could be on its way soon
Think the Google Pixels are great devices with slightly mortifying price tags? You may be interested in the new device Google is said to be working on, as it will most likely be a cheaper Pixel alternative.
Three rear cameras are for casuals: There's a quad-rear camera phone coming
While the market still lingers on dual rear cameras, some OEMs may be making the step up to a quad-rear camera setup.
Details of the Samsung Galaxy S10's triple rear cameras surface
The Galaxy S10 will be the biggest smartphone launch after the iPhone X that was released a year ago, in part due to the triple rear camera setup the device will feature. Details of those three cameras have now surfaced.
Details of the upcoming Sony Xperia XA3 surface - Dual rear cameras, side-mounted fingerprint reader, USB Type-C
Initial CAD renders of Sony's upcoming Xperia XA3 mid-range phone have surfaced. The device will sport dual rear cameras, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a clean, eye-catching design.
First renders of the upcoming Moto G7 spotted in the wild
The Moto G7 may be quite a while away from launch but renders and details of the device have surfaced, showing us a device with one of the most distasteful front designs we've seen this year.
Almost two years after launching its first device, HMD finally provides support for bootloader unlocks
Nokia devices have had impenetrable bootloaders for a while now, especially after the unofficial blackhat method was patched last month. HMD has finally remedied that, though, by launching its bootloader unlock program.
Huawei launches the Huawei Y9 (2018), Kirin 710 and dual selfie cameras in tow
Huawei has launched its latest device in a long line of nigh-indistinguishable mid-rangers. The Huawei Y9 (2019) comes equipped with a big 6.5-inch FHD+ display, dual selfie cameras, dual rear cameras, and a Kirin 710.
First renders of the Razer Phone 2 surface
The Razer Phone appealed to a large enough crowd that Razer has confirmed it will be releasing a successor to the gaming device. Renders of the Razer Phone 2 surfaced a short while ago, showing a device that looks identical to its predecessor bar a few changes.
Almost two months after the release of Android Pie, pretty much no one is on it yet
It's been almost two months since the release of Android Pie and one would expect the latest version of the Android OS to have made its way into a decent number of devices. Apparently not.
More details of the OnePlus 6T surface
The OnePlus 6T is one of the high-profile smartphones billed for an October release and details of the device have made their way across the media. Here's all we know about OnePlus's next flagship.
The budget Honor 8C is coming on October 11
Huawei's Honor sub-brand is dedicated to providing high-value devices, and will continue that tradition with the launch of the budget Honor 8C, a device officially confirmed to be billed for an October 11 launch.
Xiaomi's Black Shark 2 gaming phone surfaces on TENAA
Xiaomi is set to release a direct successor to its Black Shark gaming phone soon, and the device surfaced on TENAA a short while ago carrying three rear cameras and otherwise similar hardware to the original Black Shark.
Man's Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge explodes, Samsung replies
Only a week after a woman in New York claimed her new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 went up in flames, a Redditor's S7 Edge has also exploded, and this time the user has substantial proof.
The Meizu 16X may just be the ideal sub-premium smartphone
Meizu finally released its latest device, the Meizu 16X, earlier this week. The device features a 6-inch notch-less FHD+ Super AMOLED display, dual rear cameras, a Snapdragon 710, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Nokia 7.1 Plus may be coming on October 4
HMD has reportedly postponed the launch of the flagship Nokia 9 so the company's teased event on October 4 will likely see the launch of the Snapdragon 710-powered Nokia 7.1 Plus.
The LG V40 launches on October 3, five cameras in tow
LG officially announced a while ago that its next flagship, the LG V40, will be launched on October 3 at an event in New York.
Motorola will only release two Moto G devices next year
Motorola has taken to releasing a trio of Moto G-series devices in the recent past but the company is reportedly said to be set to trim the line down to a duo next year.
HMD reportedly kills plans for a Nokia 9 release this year
HMD has failed to release a true flagship this year, the Nokia 8 Sirocco that was launched at MWC receiving a mostly lukewarm reception. The Nokia 9 was slated to be the flagship for the year but we may not be getting it this year at all.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack
Just like we saw last year, the more expensive Mate 20 Pro will ignore the 3.5mm headphone jack. The cheaper Mate 20 will sport the much-appreciated port, though.
Honor Magic 2 touted to feature an AMOLED display and a yet unmatched screen-to-body ratio
Huawei is set to release the Honor Magic 2 before the end of the year, with the device touted to feature a Kirin 970, a mechanical slider, and, possibly, a 40W fast-charging system.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 explodes inside woman's purse in New York
The Note 7 was recalled two years ago for a default that made the devices go up in flames. The new Note 9 may be set to follow the path its predecessor made, though, as a woman in New York has filed a case against Samsung, claiming her new Note 9 exploded in her purse.
DxOMark: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9's cameras are better than the Pixel 2's but not quite as good as the Huawei P20 Pro's
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 is a US$1000 device but, according to DxOMark, it still fails to catch up to the significantly cheaper Huawei P20 Pro in the still photography department.
The Nokia 9 and Nokia X7 are on their way, and they will ditch the notch
Display panels supposedly belonging to the Nokia 9 flagship and Nokia X7 sub-premium device have surfaced, with a major take being the absence of notches on both devices.
Purported Redmi Note 6 display panel surfaces, huge notch in tow
A display panel allegedly belonging to the upcoming Redmi Note 6 has surfaced, giving us what could be our first look at the next iteration in Xiaomi's best-selling mid-range series.
Spiderman becomes the fastest-selling PS4 title of the year in the UK as New Game+ looms
Spiderman was released a few days ago and has done extremely well in the UK market, with it selling double the number of God of War units over the same period in their sales cycles on its way to becoming the fastest-selling game of the year.
OnePlus 6T officially confirmed to feature an in-display fingerprint reader
OnePlus has officially confirmed that its next device, the OnePlus 6T, will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. We expect the technology to be Synaptics' ClearID that has been seen on numerous OPPO and Vivo devices this year.
HTC could be working on a flagship with 5G support
HTC is said to be working on a successor to its U12+ flagship. The device will reportedly be powered by a Snapdragon 855 and will boast of 5G capabilities.
Xiaomi set to unveil two new devices in the Mi 8 series
Xiaomi could be set to unveil two new devices in the premium Mi 8 lineup, the Mi 8 Youth Edition and Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint representing taking up opposite ends of the price-feature spectrum
Complete details of the LG V40 revealed
LG's V -series has given us some of the most innovative smartphones we've ever seen, and the upcoming LG V40 is set to continue that tradition—in penta-style, too.
Xiaomi puts users through the ringer in bootloader unlock merry-go-round
Xiaomi may have a patchy history of providing kernel source codes but the company's bootloader unlock policies have always been fair—at least compared to that of other OEMs. Until last week, that is, when the Chinese company decided to stir up the muddy waters.
Honor to temporarily allow bootloader unlocks
Huawei, and Honor by extension, ended support for bootloader unlocks a few months ago. However, Honor has re-opened the window for unlocks, but with a number of extremely limiting conditions.
Smaller is better - Complete details of the compact Pixel 3 surface
Details of the upcoming Pixel 3 have been sparse but we finally get a look at Google’s next compact flagship, with all available information giving it the appearance of a more compelling offering than the Pixel 3 XL that leaked earlier this week.
Mi Mix 3 could be coming next month with some of the slimmest bezels the world has ever seen
Word of the Mi Mix 3 has been scarce but there's a chance we get it sometime next month. There's also been word of another Snapdragon 710-powered Xiaomi device in the works.
Huawei may be bricking modded devices in an attempt to kill community development
Huawei ended support for bootloader unlocks a few months ago but, apparently, that isn't where the company ends its battle against community development.
Xiaomi executive nabbed promoting the new Poco F1 with fake camera samples
Xiaomi’s new Poco F1 may be a great device but the company has gone the extra mile to make us all appreciate that fact, by advertising the F1 using pictures taken by the flagship Mi Mix 2S.
The Meizu 16X is a sub-premium device you may want to watch out for
We’re massive fans of the Meizu 16 devices and the company has something even more interesting in the works. The Meizu 16X is billed to be a slightly less powerful version of the Meizu 16, while being offered with a mid-range price tag.
The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is an underwhelming successor to the Axon 7 devices
ZTE has unveiled its new Axon 9 Pro at IFA. The device isn’t a particularly bad offering by the embattled OEM but certain details on its specifications sheet are sure to leave fans of its predecessor, the Axon 7, underwhelmed.
The Blackberry KEY2 LE is a midranger with a physical keyboard
Blackberry has launched a cheaper model of the Blackberry KEY2 that was released a few months ago. The KEY2 LE features a weaker SoC, smaller battery, worse cameras, and less memory than its pricier sibling.
The Honor Play makes its way over to Europe
Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, has launched its Honor Play gaming phone for the European market. The device is the cheapest Kirin 970-powered smartphone on the market and its price tag puts it directly against Xiaomi’s new Poco F1.
The Honor 8X is coming on September 5, alongside a plus-sized sibling
Huawei is set to unveil the new Honor 8X next week, The device will be launched alongside a bigger Honor 8X Max, a direct competitor to Xiaomi’s Mi Max 3.
The Google Pixel 3 XL - Everything we know
Google's latest Pixel devices are billed to be launched on October 9. Here's everything we know about the 3 XL.
The new Meizu 16 and 16 Plus are the best flagships you'll never buy
A short while ago, Meizu released its two new flagships, the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus, with both devices looking an awful lot like what most of us would expect from an ideal flagship. On paper, at least.
Two years after launch, the LG V20 receives its first major OS update
The LG V20, G6, and Q6 are finally receiving their Oreo updates. It's only taken the V20 two years to receive its first major update, so LG must be applauded. And yes, that is, indeed, sarcasm.
Huawei Mate 20 Lite spotted in the wild
The Mate 20 Lite has been listed on a Polish retail website, with hands-on reviews also giving us a clearer image of Huawei's next unassuming mid-ranger.
The Poco F1 is set to hit Europe but it will leave its "flagship killer" title behind in India
The Poco F1 that was launched in India last week combined performance, essential features, and price into an unbeatable package. The device will make its way to Europe this week but will leave one of those features behind, making it a relatively uninteresting release.
There's a new HTC device coming on August 30
HTC is set to unveil yet another device in a few days. It's unknown what device the company has lined up but there's a chance it's the U12 Life, or a special edition of the U12 Plus.
Huawei records excellent growth in Europe
The name Huawei may not be a fan favorite in the US but you'd be wrong if you thought the company was just another upstart unknown Chinese OEM. According to IDC, Huawei overtook Apple to become the second-largest smartphone brand in Europe last quarter.
The LG V40 ThinQ is coming with a notch and tri-rear cameras
According to reports, the LG V40 may be coming on November 16 with a rectangular notch, tri-rear cameras, two front-facing cameras, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The much-expected ZTE Axon 9 devices could be on their way soon
Word of ZTE's upcoming flagships has surfaced once again, and it would appear that we will be getting an Axon 9—and a Pro model—soon, perhaps even sooner than one would expect.
The Huawei Mate 20 will feature a weird rear camera design and a notch
A new report has detailed Huawei's upcoming flagship, the Mate 20, with notable takeaways including the presence of a notch, a single selfie camera, a headphone jack, and a slightly inebriated tri-rear camera design.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on course to outsell the S9
According to market analysts, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently on course to outsell the S9. What's more, it would appear that most buyers prefer shelling out over US$1000 for the premium model.
The Android One Motorola One Power is on its way but we may have seen it before
New details of Motorola's new device have surfaced, and there's a chance we may be dealing with the Moto P30 Note, a device initially listed alongside the Moto P30 that was launched last week.
HMD patches bootloader unlock exploit, enthusiasts reply with petition
Before now, users of Nokia devices have been able to unlock their bootloaders via an unofficial channel. Sadly, that will no longer be possible, as a new update has closed off the vulnerability by changing the unlock algorithm.
OnePlus finally brings Treble support to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T
The new Oxygen OS 5.1.5 update sent out to the OnePlus 5 and 5T has finally granted the devices their very own Treble powers. The update weighs is a heavy 1.69 GB download and will be rolled out gradually.
Here's all we know about the upcoming Vivo X23
Vivo's next premium device, the Vivo X23, is set to be launched within the coming weeks. It will be powered by the new Snapdragon 710 and will feature up to 8 GB of RAM.
Huawei caught using DSLR shots as camera samples in an ad for its new smartphone
Huawei has been caught passing off DSLR shots as camera samples of its smartphone. While the company has something to say in its defense, this wouldn’t be the first time something of this sort has happened, as similar crookery was discovered two years ago with camera samples of the Huawei P9.
HMD launches the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus
HMD Global has launched the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus in India—and the global market—today at an event in New Delhi. The devices are Android One offerings and will receive three years of security updates.
The Mi 8 is set to hit India next month
The Mi 8 was launched in China back in May and is finally set to make its way over to India, and with an accompanying price tag that translates to around US$420. That would make it effectively the cheapest mainstream flagship in that market.
This could very well be the OnePlus 6T
OnePlus devices have always drawn inspiration from OPPO’s offerings and the OnePlus 6T will likely be no different when its released in a few months. There’s a high chance we get a device with tri-rear cameras—a la Huawei P20 Pro—and a spanking new design.
Currently listed at just over US$200, the Essential PH-1 is at its cheapest since launch
The Essential PH-1 went on sale for just US$280 a few days ago, but is now listed for even less. Surely there aren’t any brand new devices that can compete at this price point?
Sony releases Android Pie update roadmap
Sony has released its update roadmap for Android Pie. The company is set to continue its tradition of being one of the first OEMs to send out major updates to its devices.
New report claims the HTC U12 Life will...not be made by HTC
HTC's mobile division has failed at picking itself up from its dire straits and word on the grapevine claims that the company may be unable to handle production of its next device by itself.
The Huawei P20 Pro is the phone of the year, EISA declares
EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) has announced its picks for the best smartphones of the year across different categories, with Huawei and Nokia being the biggest winners.
Huawei is working on its Android Pie updates
Huawei is supposedly testing the new Android Pie on four of its devices. The company is likely to rollout out the Android P-based EMUI 9 in the near future.
Details of the Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Mate 20 Lite revealed in full
Details of Huawei's upcoming Mate trio of devices have surfaced, showing devices with five cameras, wireless charging, and huge batteries.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 expected to outsell its predecessor
Market analysts claimed sales of the Samsung Galaxy S9 was one of the worst ever in the series but Samsung has other ideas, and also believes the new Note 9 will outsell the Note 8.
One of the best value flagships on the market, the Asus Zenfone 5Z, is coming to the US on August 13
Asus' main flagship for the year, the Zenfone 5Z is finally making it over to the US. While currently unavailable, it's said to be on pre-order at the moment and will go on sale on August 13 with a bargain price tag of US$499.
OPPO launches the new OPPO F9 with a dashing notch
OPPO has unveiled its new F9 sub-premium device. The F9 is a solid offering on paper, and continues the new trend of innovative design factors with one of the best notch implementations we've ever seen.
Motorola launches the Moto P30, Moto E5 Plus, and Z3
Motorola has launched three new devices in China. The E5 Plus and Z3 are known quantities, so the main arrival is the Snapdragon 636-powered Moto P30.
Xiaomi launches the Android One Mi A2 for the Indian market
Xiaomi released the Mi A2 in India last week, with the device being, for the most part, an Android One rebrand of the Mi 6X. It also fails at being a worthy successor to the popular last-gen Mi A1.
The Snapdragon 710-powered Mi Max 3 Pro is dead in the water, Xiaomi executive confirms
Xiaomi's Director of Product Marketing, Zhi Zhiyuan, has confirmed that the company has no plans of releasing an Mi Max 3 Pro. Previous word claimed that the Pro variant of the newly launched Mi Max 3 would be powered by a Snapdragon 710.
God of War breaks yet another PlayStation sales record as PS4 sales hit cresecendo
God of War was released back in April and it has recorded some fantastic sales numbers on its way to becoming the fastest-selling PlayStation release ever.
The new Honor Play is the cheapest Kirin 970-powered device ever
Huawei has now launched its latest device in India. The Honor Play is notable for being the cheapest device to be released with Huawei's flagship Kirin 970 SoC.
Blackberry launches the Evolve and Evolve X but they may just be overpriced
Blackberry released a new duo of devices, the Evolve and Evolve X, a few days ago, and while they're solid devices on paper, we can't seem to shake off the feeling that they're irresponsibly priced.
Android One Motorola One in the works, could be coming on August 2
Apparently, Motorola has two mid-range devices in the works. One is the Motorola One, and the other is the Motorola One Power. Both are Android One devices but it remains unknown what actually separates them.
Eighteen months after releasing its first device, HMD joins the ranks of the top ten smartphone brands
The biggest headline from Counterpoint Research's newest report on the smartphone market may have been Huawei's dethroning of Apple to become the second-largest smartphone company in the world, but equally impressive is HMD's showing in the global market.
Sony releases quarterly sales numbers - Mobile division takes hit, PlayStation sales stay strong
Sony has released its sales numbers for the first quarter of its fiscal year. According to the report, the company's PlayStation division saw sizeable rises in income and profit but the reverse was the case for the floundering mobile division.
Nokia could be expanding operations to the US soon
HMD may be set to open up shop in the US, with the Finnish OEM said to be sending out ads for a number of job positions based in the US. This move may mean we get to see more of the company's high-value devices in the US soon.
Samsung Galaxy A, J, C devices may not be getting the Oreo update till December
Samsung may be the biggest smartphone brand in the world but the company's policy on software updates is far from the best. According to a notice sent to users of Galaxy devices, a number of Galaxy A, J, and C smartphones will not receive the Oreo update till December—four months after the release of Android P.
OnePlus knocks out Samsung and Apple to become biggest premium smartphone seller in India
OnePlus overtook Samsung and Apple to become the biggest smartphone brand in India's premium smartphone segment, with the OnePlus accounting for 30% of sales of premium devices in Q2.
HTC closes down operations in India
HTC's smartphone sales have floundered globally over the past two years, and the company has finally closed shop in India. This is only relevant for smartphone sales, though, as the company's VR division still holds strong.
Meizu 16 spotted on AnTuTu, billed for August 8 launch
Meizu's upcoming Meizu 16 flagship has made its way over to popular benchmark platform AnTuTu, and recorded some pretty impressive numbers in the process.
Xiaomi and Samsung hold down the Indian smartphone market with massive combined 60% market share
Counterpoint Research and Canalys have posted their quarterly reports on the business standings of the Indian smartphone markets, with both agreeing that Samsung has rebounded brilliantly in Q2 after a slump in the first quarter of the year.
Details of the Honor Note 10 revealed in full
The Honor Note 10 has, over the past week, made appearances on certification websites and retail outlets, giving us a clearer idea of what we'll be getting from Huawei's next premium device.
DxOMark: The Oneplus 6's cameras push the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 to the limits
The OnePlus 6 made its way over to DxOMark yesterday and achieved scores placing it on par with traditional juggernauts like the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, and Huawei Mate Pro. Of course, it's a lot more impressive when you consider the fact that the OnePlus 6 is a current-gen device and costs significantly less than its peers.
The Snapdragon 632 makes its Geekbench appearance, outperforms the Snapdragon 636 and 630
The Snapdragon 632 was released a few weeks ago and has made its way to Geekbench, with it recording scores that would make it the company's most impressive mid-range SoC, even ahead of the Snapdragon 636.
The Huawei Mate 20 to feature BOE-made AMOLED panels, Kirin 980, and five cameras
More details of Huawei’s upcoming flagship, the Mate 20, have surfaced. According to the reports, the device will feature OLED panels made by Chinese company BOE, and not Samsung as previously touted. It could also ship with five cameras.
Mi 8 Explorer likely not vaporware after all, could be coming on July 24
Some Xiaomi fans have always had a feeling that the Mi 8 Explorer was nothing but a concept showpiece by Xiaomi. They may be proven wrong soon, though, with reports claiming that the device could go on sale on July 24.
ZTE finally back in the game as company pays US$1.4 billion fine to the US government
ZTE has paid off the huge US$1.4 billion fine issued by the US government over a month ago. This means that the Chinese company is finally back in business and can now negotiate deals with US companies.
Honor has sold three million Honor 10 units in just over two months
According to Honor, three million units of the Honor 10 have been shipped. The device was released in the last week of April, so this is an impressive figure—one that comes amidst a plethora of other successes recorded by the company.
Samsung Galaxy S10 to adopt two different fingerprint sensor approaches
While it's still early days yet, more details of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 phones have surfaced, throwing more light on what we should expect from the trio of devices.
Android One Mi A2 and A2 Lite listed online ahead of touted July 24 launch
Xiaomi's upcoming Android One Mi A2 was listed on a Polish retail website yesterday alongside a smaller Lite variant. The listings give us a better idea of what to expect from the devices, with the A2 Lite looking to be a rebranded Redmi 6 Pro.
Live images of the Honor Note 10 surface
Purported live images of the upcoming Honor Note 10 have surfaced, showing a device with a gigantic screen and, thankfully, no notch. The device could be launched sometime towards the end of the month.
Samsung Galaxy S9 sales have stalled, currently the worst selling device in the series since the Galaxy S3
After a successful first month, sales of the Samsung Galaxy S9 devices have flatlined. Going by the current trend, sales of the duo are expected to peak at an underwhelming 31 million shipments, making them the worst-selling Galaxy S devices since the Galaxy S3 that was released back in 2012.
HTC's June figures show a brutal two-year low in revenue
HTC’s fall from grace continues without hitting terminal velocity. The company released its June sales numbers, with the figures showing a 68% year-on-year drop in revenue.
The Sony XA2 Ultra's camera is a decent mid-range performer at best, DxOMark says
Sony’s Xperia XA2 Ulta mid-ranger made the trip to popular photography benchmark platform DxOMark last week, and recorded a set of bang average results in the process.
Xiaomi set to enter the US by 2019
Xiaomi’s growth has been meteoric. The company made advances into Europe last year and is set to pay the US a visit in 2019, if company Vice President Wang Xiang’s words are anything to go by.
List of devices to receive MIUI 10 surfaces
A post of Xiaomi’s MIUI forums has revealed what devices will receive the MIUI 10 update. Of course, only a select few of those devices will receive a MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo.
HTC makes first step towards closure with workforce downsize in Taiwan
HTC is set to lay off 1500 workers from its Taiwan manufacturing unit by September. The company has seen a consistent drop in sales figures over the past year or so, and it’s about time we came to terms with the fact that the Taiwanese company could close shop soon.
The LG G6 finally receives Android Oreo
The LG G6 is currently receiving its Oreo update. This is an update to Android 8.0 and, considering how long it’s taken to be sent out, will likely be the only major update the last-gen flagship receives.
The Redmi Note 5 has shipped five million units in four months
According to Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 5 devices have sold five million units in the four months following their launch back on Valentine's day. For some perspective, it took the Redmi Note 4 six months to achieve this.
The Snapdragon 845-powered Meizu 16 is one to watch out for
Meizu released the Meizu 15 devices and we were massive fans of the device. Or, well, its hardware at least. The company is set to follow it up with the Meizu 16 phones that will feature top-of-the-line hardware and a set of features without any particular compromises.
Purported Kirin 980-powered Huawei mate X coming with 40 + 20 MP rear cameras and no notch
According to certain sources, Huawei has an unexpected Mate device in the works. This device will, like the Mate 20, feature the upcoming Kirin 980. It will also forego a notch in favor of a more traditional bezel-less design.
Images and videos of the upcoming Pixel 3 devices paint a completely uninteresting picture
High-res factory-based CAD renders of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have surfaced. The latter sports an egregious notch, and both feature dual selfie cameras, a single rear camera, and a traditional fingerprint sensor at the back. It all just feels like an unmotivated refresh by Google, really.
Nokia device with Snapdragon 845, in-display fingerprint reader, and LG-made OLED panel on the way
Nokia is said to be working on a flagship device that could very well be the much-expected Nokia 9. The device is codenamed "A1P" and will feature a Snapdragon 845, an in-display fingerprint reader, and possibly a penta-lens camera setup.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 officially confirmed for August 9 launch
Samsung has officially confirmed the launch date of its upcoming Galaxy Note 9 phablet. The device will be launched on August 9 at a currently unspecified venue.
Qualcomm silently introduces the Snadragon 429, 439, and 632
Qualcomm has silently unveiled three new SoCs for the budget and mid-range segments, in the forms of Snapdragon 429, Snapdragon 439, and Snapdragon 632.
The Alcatel 1 is an Android Go device that costs just US$89
Alcatel has unveiled its newest device, the Android Go Alcatel 1. The device features a 5-inch 480x960 display, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, an MT6739, and a US$89 price tag.
The Huawei MateBook D with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U is now available in the US
The Huawei MateBook D was refreshed a few weeks ago at Computex to include a Ryzen 5 2500U and a Vega 8. The 14-inch laptop is now available in the US and offers excellent value for money as is usual with devices in the series.
The LG V40 will sail uncharted waters by featuring five cameras
Word of the LG V40 has surfaced, with the device touted to feature a notch, facial recognition, and grand sum of five cameras. Life is Good but more isn't always better.
OPPO Find X apparently not coming to the US after all
There was word last week that OPPO's new Find X was billed to be sold in the US. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to be the case, as OPPO isn't interested in going through the hurdles of selling the device in the US just yet. The Find X will be available in Europe, though.
Mi Max 3 Pro with Snapdragon 710 onboard spotted online
The Mi Max 3 Pro has been spotted on Xiaomi's official website with a Snapdragon 710, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a 5400 mAh battery, and a 6.9-inch display. A July launch is confirmed.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 checks in for certification
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has made the journey to FCC for certification. While the listing doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know, it could be an indication of the device being set to launch earlier than normal.
Development plans for the Samsung Galaxy S10 revealed
The Samsung Galaxy S10 may still be nine months away but word from reputable sources have given us a better understanding of what to expect from Samsung’s milestone device. The S10 is expected to come in three models, the cheapest of which will be a 5.8-inch device with a flat screen. There's also a model expected to feature three rear cameras a la Huawei P20 Pro.
The Blackberry KEYone's Oreo update is finally around the corner
The Blackberry KEYone received a maintenance update prepping it for Android Oreo a few weeks ago, and now a document has been revealed that shows the device penned down to start receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update on June 28.
Nokia 3.1 to go on sale in the US on July 2 with $159 MSRP
HMD has announced that its new entry-level device, the Nokia 3.1, is coming to the US on July 2. The device will be on sale on Amazon and BestBuy and will come with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a US$159 price tag.
Although a sliver of doubt remains, it's about time we all took Xiaomi seriously
Xiaomi has grown in eight short years to become the fourth-largest smartphone brand in the world. While the company may have its fair share of issues, it has also managed to smoothen out a lot of the creases on its lapels—and it's about time we took the Beijing-based OEM seriously.
The Moto One Power is the spiritual successor to the original Moto Z Play
The Moto Z Play was loved by enthusiasts when it was released two years ago. Sadly, the company failed to live up to expectations with its successor, the Moto Z2 Play. Fans of the Moto Z Play may have a reason to smile now, though, as details of the upcoming Moto One Power surface.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi 6 Pro, a disappointing sequel to the Redmi 4 Prime
Xiaomi has unveiled its new Redmi 6 Pro. The device is a natural successor to the Redmi 4 Prime, and shockingly is powered by the same Snapdragon 625, almost two years after the latter was released.
Xiaomi introduces the Mi Pad 4, Snapdragon 660 in tow
Xiaomi has announced the launch of its new Mi Pad 4 tablet. The device comes with a base price tag of US$170, which makes it the cheapest device powered by a Snapdragon 660.
Xiaomi sold over a million Mi 8 devices in just eighteen days
Xiaomi has announced that it sold a million units of the Mi 8 devices in just 18 days. Considering how many devices the company has in its portfolio, and the fact that its talents lie in the mid-range and budget market, this number can only be chalked down as a massive success.
New update affects the OnePlus 6's battery performance, and not in a good way
The OxygenOS 5.1.6 and 5.1.8 updates to the OnePlus 6 has caused a number of users to experience weird battery behaviors, with some claiming their devices now offer half the regular screen-on time.
The Huawei P9, P9 Plus, and Honor 8 may not get the Oreo update after all
Huawei's customer support has announced that the Huawei P9 will not get the update to Android Oreo. This comes after the company sent out beta updates to users of the devices in China last month.
Samsung to ditch the iris scanner on the Galaxy S10
With the recent rise of both 3D facial recognition technology and in-display fingerprint sensors, Samsung is set to ditch the iris scanner on the Galaxy S10 in favor of something more mainstream.
Purported Kirin 1020 to end the current Snapdragon dominance
Huawei is said to be working on an SoC that will end Qualcomm's reign over the Android SoC market. The chipset, supposedly the Kiirin 1020, is touted to offer twice the performance of the current Kirin 970.
The Blackberry KEY2 goes on sale in the US on June 29
Blackberry's new device, the KEY2, was launched a short while ago. The device will be go on presale in the US on June 29, and will hit shop shelves on July 13–with a base price tag of US$649.99.
The new LG Stylo 4 is a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note devices
LG has launched its new Stylo 4 phablet. The device comes with a Stylus Pen for productivity, and a US$179 price tag that makes it a hard pass for those seeking a Galaxy Note device in a much cheaper form.
Nokia 5.1 Plus listed on TENAA
HMD's upcoming device, the Nokia 5.1 Plus, has stopped by at TENAA with a 5.86-inch HD+ display, a notch, dual rear cameras, and what looks an awful lot like a Helio P22.
The Mi Max 3 could feature a Snapdragon 636, a 3.5mm jack, and no notch
The Mi Max 3 popped up on TENAA a few days ago, throwing some more light on what we should expect from the device. Some highlights include an IR blaster, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 5400 mAh battery, and a notchless 6.9-inch display.
New update brings EIS to the Honor 10 and Honor V10
The Honor 10 and Honor View 10 are great camera devices by their own rights but didn't come with any form of image stabilization out of the box. Both devices are currently receiving a security update that brings that feature, however.
Xiaomi OS update roadmap revealed - Redmi Note 4 to remain on Nougat
Xiaomi launched the new iteration of its skin, MIUI 10, a short while ago. While most devices will receive the skin update, it doesn't guarantee an OS update to Oreo.
LG Android One device in the works, could be exclusive to T-Mobile
The LG Stylo 4's kernel source code has revealed the existence of an Android One device made by the company. This will be the first of its kind from LG, and could very well be a T-Mobile exclusive.
Samsung said to be working on producing its own mobile GPUs
Samsung is said to be working on producing its own in-house GPUs. Till now, Exynos chipsets have been paired with ARM's Mali GPUs. This move will bring Samsung one step closer to challenging Qualcomm in the SoC market.
Huawei sold over 6 million P20 devices in three months
According to an official statement, Huawei has sold six million P20 smartphones. The device became available for purchase about three months ago, so this is surprisingly good returns for the company.
The Meizu 16 devices are coming, Snapdragon 845 in tow
Meizu CEO Jack Wong has confirmed that the company will build on the success of the recently released Meizu 15 devices with a pair of direct successors in the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus. One of the devices will feature a Snapdragon 845.
OPPO Find X flagship launched, coming to the US with US$1,000 price tag
OPPO unveiled the Find X yesterday at an event in Paris. A solid flagship, the Find X features a never-before-seen sliding camera mechanism. It will likely make its way to the US in the coming months, and could come with price tag of over US$1000.
Redmi 6 Pro, Mi Pad 4, and Mi Max 3 on the way
Xiaomi is set to unveil three new devices in the coming weeks. The Mi Pad 4 and Redmi 6 Pro are confirmed for a June 25 launch and will be followed by the Mi Max 3 shortly after.
The new Asus Zenfone Ares is a sleeping high bang-for-buck device
Last week, Asus released its Zenfone Ares device. The AR-centric smartphone serves as a cheaper alternative to the Zenfone AR that was released last year, and offers incredible bang for buck in the process.
Android One Mi A2 spotted online, Snapdragon 660 in tow
The Mi 5X was rebranded to become the Android One Mi A1 last year and, with the launch of the Mi 6X two months ago, most have come to expect the existence of a Mi A2, a direct successor to the Mi A1. Those dreams may become reality soon, as such a device has been spotted.
Security vulnerability discovered in the new OnePlus 6
A fatal vulnerability has been discovered on the new OnePlus 6, one that allows the flashing of unsigned boot images on the device even when the bootloader is locked.
LG's new Q7 devices go on sale in Korea as the quintessential overpriced midrangers
LG has finally begun sales of its new mid-range devices, the Q7 and Q7+. While not particularly underwhelming smartphones, both devices come with less than enticing price tags.
The Last of Us has sold 17 million copies worldwide
Sony’s first-party studio, Naughty Dog, has announced that its game, The Last of US, has sold 17 million copies, making it one of the best-selling games of all time. The game was released back in July 2013 and a sequel is in the works.
Samsung still biggest smartphone company in the world as Xiaomi goes after Huawei's place
A comprehensive report has shown Samsung’s dominance over the global smartphone market in Q1 2018, Xiaomi’s almost palpable growth, and the extreme competition in the Asian smartphone market.
Details of the OPPO Find X revealed
A document detailing OPPO’s next flagship, the OPPO Find X, has surfaced. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 845, and will come with most of the features you’d expect to find on a current-gen mainstream flagship.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to get huge battery upgrade
According to new information, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will see a massive bump in battery capacity this year. Of course, nothing is official at the moment, but it’d be surprising to not see something of the sort when the device is unveiled in a few months.
The upcoming Mate 20 could sport a gigantic 6.9-inch AMOLED display
According to new reports, Huawei has sourced AMOLED panels from Samsung for the Mate 20. Of more surprise is the fact that these panels are apparently 6.9-inch ones, which likely means a size hike for the next Huawei flagship, bringing it eerily close to tablet territory.
Mysterious Honor V12 checks in for certification
A device with the Honor V12 moniker has appeared on the FCC and TENAA websites for certification. One would expect it to be a successor to last year’s Honor V10 flagship but the listed specifications and renders give us other ideas.
Xiaomi launches the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A in China
Xiaomi has announced the launch of its two new entry-level smartphones, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A. The previous offerings in the series were best-sellers, so these new ones have rather large boots to fill. Of course, there’s the pesky little issue of the devices featuring MediaTek processors.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 finally receives Android Oreo
Earlier this week, Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge finally made its way to users on AT&T and Verizon. This will be the last major update the devices receive, with support set to end completely in Q1 2019.
Huawei finally brings the MediaPad M5 tablets to the US
Huawei has officially launched its new MediaPad M5 tablets for the US market. The devices come in three variants and bring some much-needed life back to a dying tablet scene. Prices begin at just over US$300.
Renders of the Nokia 5.1 Plus surface as HMD makes plans for Snapdragon 710-powered device
Renders of the upcoming Nokia 5.1 Plus have surfaced. Going by the images, the device will feature a notch, making it the second Nokia device to do so, after the Nokia X6 that was released a short while ago.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro sees a temporary price cut
The Mate 10 Pro remains one of the best devices on the planet, and is currently available for US$550 on multiple retail outlets, a significant price drop from its US$800 launch MSRP. The model on sale is unlocked, comes with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a US warranty.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 devices were the best-selling smartphones in the world in April
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 devices have been said to be numerical improvements over the S8 devices but you wouldn’t think that if you saw their sales numbers. The flagships finally overtook the iPhone X and iPhone 8 pair to become the best-selling smartphones in the world in April, although there’s an obvious reason for that.
Details and pricing of the Vivo NEX surface ahead of launch
The Vivo NEX is billed to be unveiled today. Details of the device have surfaced already, however, throwing more light on a device that’s regarded by most to be one of the most radical smartphones in recent times.
Chinese police now installs surveillance software on tourists' phones
A user on Reddit has narrated the tales of their trip into China, which saw the country’s border police accost them and install what was almost definitely surveillance software on their Android devices.
HTC continues to bleed money - May sales numbers as bleak as ever
HTC released its sales numbers for the month of May, with the company recording close to a 50% drop in revenue from the same period in 2017. Revenue for the first five months of the year was equally distressing, though things are likely to pick up as the U12+ goes on sale this month.
A year after launch, Essential gives users of the PH-1 a 3.5mm jack...and makes them pay for it
Essential has announced the release of its new Audio Adapter HD. The small adapter can be attached to the PH-1 and allows users to plug in a 3.5mm cable for an MQA-certified audio experience.
Revealed images of the Pixel 3 XL leave nothing to the imagination
Live images of the prototype of the upcoming Pixel 3 XL have surfaced. The device appears to keep most of the form of its predecessor but will feature a notch. There's also only one rear camera.
Ulefone announces the launch of the archetypal iPhone X clone, the Ulefone X
iPhone X clones are a dime a dozen, and the latest device to join that hallowed list is the subtly-named Ulefone X. The new device may be a shameless clone but it does look good on paper, which is more than can be said for a few other devices in that niche.
ZTE to pay US$1.4 billion fine as penance for its sins
Following Trump's intervention, ZTE has finally been granted a lifeline out of its current dire straits. The Chinese company has been ordered to pay a massive US$1.4 billion fine for its misdemeanours that saw it hit with a trade ban a few months ago.
Nubia Z18 spotted online with a fine design
Live images of Nubia's upcoming flagship, the Nubia Z18, have surfaced, revealing everything the device has to offer. Slim bezels, a chin, and a notch are some of the biggest talking points.
Motorola unveils the new sub-premium Moto Z3 Play
Motorola has finally unveiled its latest device, the sub-premium Moto Z3 Play. The smartphone is definitely solid on paper but its five hundred dollar price tag may be off-putting to some.
All released Nokia devices will receive Android P
HMD has proclaimed its dedication towards providing steady updates for its devices. The company has promised that all of its devices will receive the update to Android P when it's released—yes, even devices like the sub-$100 Nokia 1 and Nokia 2.
Complete details of the BlackBerry KEY2 revealed - Solid mid-ranger with unagreeable price tag
Tipster Evan Blass has revealed the complete specifications sheet of the upcoming BlackBerry KEY2. The device makes a number of improvements on its predecessor but also comes with a price tag one would expect to find on a flagship.
The Acer Aspire E 15 with a Core i5-8520U, MX150, and 256 GB SSD is currently available for less
The Acer Aspire E 15 is an Amazon bestseller, and with good reason. The updated version of the notebook—with an i5-8520U, MX150, and 256 GB SSD is currently going for under MSRP.
Google is set to release a Snapdragon 710-powered mid-range Pixel device
Google is said to be working on a new mid-range Pixel device. The device is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 710, and could have a slight touch of Xiaomi on it.
The Lenovo Z5 has been unveiled and it turns out Lenovo has been lying to us all
Over the past month, Lenovo carried out a subtly engaging media campaign for its upcoming device, the Z5. That device was unveiled yesterday, however, and it would seem that most of the company's claims were pure hogwash.
PlayStation 4 firmware 5.05 jailbreak released
The kernel exploit for the PlayStation 4's firmware 5.05 was released earlier in the week. While it isn't stable right now, it's the most recent jailbreak for the console and supports a number of recent releases.
Development plans for the Pixel 3 XL revealed
According to Roland Quandt, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are set for an August/September launch. Both devices are also going to built by Foxconn, the Taiwanese company most known for manufacturing iPhones.
Xiaomi launches the mid-range flagship Mi 8 SE, Snapdragon 710 in tow
Xiaomi, yesterday, released a trio of devices in its Mi 8 lineup. The Mi 8 SE is the cheapest and least powerful of the devices but still manages to offer unbeatable value, especially considering its sub-$300 price tag.
Vivo launches the Y83, the first Helio P22-powered smartphone
Vivo has unveiled its latest device, the Vivo Y83. While mostly unspectacular, it will go down as the first device to be powered by MediaTek's mid-range Helio P22 SoC.
Leaked image gives first glimpse into the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Images of the supposed screen protector of the Pixel 3 devices have surfaced, throwing more light on what we should expect from the devices, including a notch and dual selfie cameras.
LG V30S ThinQ sees temporary price slash
The LG V30S was unveiled back in February and went on sale in the US a short while ago. Its MSRP of US$930 was always a tad ridiculous, so it's no surprise that it's price has currently dropped down to US$680—which still isn't a very attractive proposition.
The Lenovo Z5 will be Lenovo's next flagship, and it will feature both a bezel-less display and no notch
Lenovo Vice President Chang Cheng has, once again, teased the company's upcoming device on Weibo. This time, he clarifies that the device will be named the Lenovo Z5. The teaser paints the picture of a device with absolutely no bezels—and no notch.
Xiaomi Mi 7 spotted online carrying an extremely attractive price tag
Xiaomi's upcoming flagship, the Mi 7, has been spotted online. The device is expected to feature a Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, 3D facial recognition, and wireless charging...and all of that could come with a US$450 price tag.
The Asus Zenfone 5Q finally hits the US
The Zenfone 5 Lite was launched a few months ago and has finally made its way to the US as the Zenfone 5Q. It's the only Zenfone 5 device to not sport a notch, and it features a Snapdragon 630, dual rear cameras, and a 20 MP selfie camera. Not a bad deal for US$300.
The HTC U12+ ditches the headphone jack and yet doesn't ship with a 3.5mm to Type-C adapter
HTC has confirmed that its newly released U12+ flagship will not ship with a 3.5mm to Type-C adapter, and that is wrong for all sorts of reasons.
Last year's promising smartphone OEM, Maze Mobile, may just have gone under
Maze was one of the upcoming smartphone companies in 2017. The company released devices like the Blade and Alpha and while both had their issues, they also offered great value for money. Sadly, it would seem that we won't be getting anything else from Maze, with the company appearing to have kicked the bucket.
Huawei announces decision to permanently end support for bootloader unlocks
Huawei has announced its decision to end official support for bootloader unlocks. Devices released after May 24 will not be eligible for unlocks, while those already released will have that option closed to them in 60 days.
PS4 FW 5.05 kernel exploit finally set for release as Sony reveals launch date for the PlayStation 5
A new PlayStation 4 jailbreak exploit is in the works. The exploit is for the console's firmware 5.05 and is highly anticipated due to its compatibility with newer titles like God of War.
DxOMark: The HTC U12+ offers better camera performance than the Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S9+
HTC's latest flagship, the U12+, made the trip over to DxOMark this week, with the device impressing—and earning a photo score that puts it above competitors like the Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9+.
Grammarly update brings UI revamp and more features
The popular Grammarly web app saw a UI revamp a short while ago. While the new minimalistic design does look better, that may have come at the expense of a slight hit to the user experience.
MediaTek unveils the new Helio P22 for the mid-range
MediaTek has unveiled its new SoC, the Helio P22. The chipset is built on a 12nm manufacturing process and will offer stiff resistance to SoCs like the Snapdragon 450 and Kirin 659.
HTC U12+ unveiled in style
HTC has finally unveiled its new device, the U12+. The flagship sports a 6-inch QHD+ Super LCD display, a Snapdragon 845, IP68 certification, a quad camera setup, and a host of other features that make it one of the most impressive devices so far this year—on paper at least.
The Meizu 6T will go against the Redmi S2 for the crown of best budget camera device
Meizu is set to unveil its next device, the M6T, at an event in China, on May 29. The device will sport a dual rear camera setup and 18:9 device, and will go against Xiaomi's recently released Redmi S2.
The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is set for a July launch
CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, has announced that the company's Mi Max 3 will be unveiled in July. Details of the device remain unconfirmed but it's expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 660.
HMD executive confirms global launch of the new Nokia X6
Chief Product Officer at HMD, Juho Sarvikas, has confirmed that the Nokia X6 will be launched for the global market soon. The device was released in China last week, and is likely to be sold as an Android One device when it makes its way outside the country—whenever that is.
Xiaomi's Redmi 5A overcomes the Galaxy S9 devices to become the best-selling Android device in Q1
According to data by Counterpoint Research, Xiaomi's Redmi 5A clinched top spot as the best-selling Android device in the world. The device, by its lonesome self, accounts for 1.8% of all smartphones sold in the world in March. This dominance extends all through Q1.
LG rebrands the G6 as the G6 ThinQ but it's just a nominal change
LG is apparently now selling its older devices like the G6 and V30 with a ThinQ branding. Quite amusingly, the ThinQ-branded devices are exactly the same as they were at launch—there is nothing to differentiate them from the regular model.
Xiaomi allegedly caught gaming promotional material for the upcoming Redmi Y2
According to a report by OnPhones, Xiaomi may have been using fake camera samples for its Redmi Y2 promotional content. This wouldn't be the first an OEM does something of the sort.
The Asus Zenfone 5 is a mid-range device that competes with the top dogs, DxOMark says
The Asus Zenfone 5 has made its way over to DxOMark, with the camera evaluation platform placing it alongside devices like the iPhone 8 and HTC U11. That's quite impressive for a US$400 mid-ranger.
Samsung open to selling its Exynos SoCs to ZTE
ZTE may have found a way out of its current troubles, as word claims that Samsung is willing to sell its Exynos SoCs to the company, in a bid to expand its ARM processor business.
Details of the HTC U12+ revealed in full
A tweet by tipster Evan Blass has revealed the official specifications sheet of the upcoming HTC U12+. The device will sport a 6-inch Quad HD display, dual cameras on both the front and back, IP68 certification, and a 3500 mAh battery.
The successor to the Nokia 3 is in the works
A tweet by tipster Roland Quandt has touted the existence of a successor to the Nokia 3. The Nokia 3.1 is said to be on the way and will be one of HMD's budget offerings for the year.
New leak details the LG V35 ThinQ
LG unveiled the G7 ThinQ a short while ago. That device will not be carried by AT&T, though, with the carrier said to be signed up for an LG flagship that will be exclusive to it, in the form of the V35 ThinQ.
Dubious list of upcoming Xiaomi smartphones surfaces
An image showing a list of upcoming Xiaomi devices have surfaced. While there are items on the list that make some sense—Redmi Note 6, Redmi Note 6A, Redmi 6 Plus—a few others cast doubt on the veracity of the entire thing.
iPhone SE 2 billed for September release
The iPhone SE 2 has been in the headlines for a few weeks now. The successor to the pint-sized, cheaper iPhone released two years ago is on its way, and could very well be released sooner than expected, in September.
Nokia X6 officially unveiled - Snapdragon 636, dual rear cameras, 3.5mm jack
HMD has unveiled its new device, the Nokia X6. The X6 is positioned between the Nokia 6.1 and the Nokia 7 Plus in the company's lineup of devices and comes with a brilliant design, powerful processor, and capable cameras.
Canalys: Samsung dominates African smartphone market, Tecno in second
A report by Canalys has shown Samsung's dominance over the African smartphone market. The company shipped 3.4 million smartphone units in Q1 2018, up 42% from the same period in 2017. Tecno puts the pressure on from second place.
Canalys: Xiaomi recorded stunning 1500% year-on-year growth in Indonesia
While Xiaomi's worldwide growth has been worthy of accolades, the 8-year-old company's expansion in certain markets has been even more impressive. Case in point is the Indonesian market, where the company recorded a shocking 1500% year-on-year growth in shipment figures.
LG is offering the G7 ThinQ with a free 43" 4K TV in Canada
LG is currently offering its latest flagship, the G7 ThinQ, on pre-order with a free 43-inch 4K TV. The deal is available from May 18 to May 31, and is exclusive to the Canadian market.
Honor 10 launched globally
Honor released its latest flagship at an event in London yesterday. The device, the Honor 10, will be available across Europe—unfortunately not in the US—and offers a premium package at a mid-range price point.
Huawei Mate SE receives full Oreo update
Huawei sent out the full, stable Oreo update to users of the Honor 7X a few weeks ago. The next device on the list is the Huawei Mate SE, an upgraded Honor 7X designed for the North American market.
Live image of the Nubia Z18 shows it redefining the term "bezel-less"
A new live image of the upcoming Nubia Z18 shows the device having no side bezels at all. Nubia's design game has been excellent in the past and we expect the Z18 to be the company's latest attempt at taking it up a notch.
Details of the Snapdragon 710 and 730 revealed
Details of Qualcomm's upcoming SoCs have surfaced. The company launched its 700-series at MWC a few months and is set to kick off the line with the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 730, the latter of which will be built on a 8nm manufacturing node.
The Mi 7 may actually be the Mi 8
According to a new report, Xiaomi is likely to skip the name "Mi 7" entirely and launch its next flagship as the Mi 8 instead. This device is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Evan Blass: The Moto Z3 Play comes in a stunning Deep Indigo
Motorola is set to release the successor to the Z2 Play in the coming weeks. More renders of the device have surfaced, showing it in a brilliant, unconventional indigo colorway.
BQ unveils the Android One Aquaris X2 and X2 Pro, Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660 in tow
BQ has unveiled its new mid-rangers in the guise of the Aquaris X2 and its Pro variant. Both devices are identical but one opts for a Snapdragon 636 and the other a Snapdragon 660. Prices start at US$370.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite could be set for May 21 launch
Renders of Samsung's next smartphone, the Galaxy S8 Lite have surfaced. The S8 Lite is said to be set for a May 21 launch and will feature a Snapdragon 660. Going by the renders, the device's design is nigh-identical to the S8's, but will likely be much cheaper.
Xiaomi Redmi S2 released - Snapdragon 625, dual rear cameras, $160
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest budget device, the Redmi S2. The S2 offers features like dual rear camera, EIS, and a Snapdragon 625...and comes with a US$160 base price tag. It could also be rebranded to be an Android One device in the near future.
5.7% of Android users now on Oreo, data shows
Google Play analytics for the month of May have been released. Going by the data, the percentage of users on Oreo has grown to 5.7%, nine months after the version of the OS was released. Quite surprisingly, the Nougat user base also saw slight growth.
HTC's trip down the spiral continues as company records 55% drop in revenue
HTC's latest revenue figures show the company falling deeper into a pit of bad sales numbers. Revenue for April spelled a 55% year-on-year decline, which is impressive considering how bad 2017 already was for the company—sales-wise.
Mysterious black dot message crashes Android and iOS apps
A body of text running around the Internet a few days ago put the fear of all things holy into Android users, as it froze—and sometimes crashed—applications with maximum impunity.
MediaTek given go-ahead by Taiwan government to trade with ZTE as latter files for suspension of US trade ban
Last week, the Taiwanese government announced that ZTE would have to take permission before embarking on any business partnerships with a Taiwanese company. That permission has been granted now, though, allow ZTE to do business with MediaTek.
Juho Sarvikas: Stay tuned for the Nokia 5's successor
HMD Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has all but confirmed the company's plans of releasing a successor to the first-generation Nokia 5. This device will likely be the Nokia 5 (2018)—or the Nokia 5.1.
Nubia Z18 spotted online, said to come with 90% screen-to-body ratio
Nubia CEO Ni Fei has claimed that the company's upcoming Nubia Z18 will have a full-screen more impressive than the 90.36% screen-to-body ratio on the Nubia Z17s. There's a problem with that, though: The Nubia Z17s has an 81.5% screen-to-body ratio.
Budget king Xiaomi Redmi S2 detailed in AliExpress listing
Xiaomi's upcoming Redmi S2 has been spotted on an AliExpress listing. The seller is a reputable store, so details of the device have been all but confirmed now.
Xiaomi "Valentino" to be powered by phantom Snapdragon 638
A mysterious Xiaomi device has been spotted on Geekbench. The device is listed as being powered by...a Snapdragon 638, whatever that is.
Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Honor 8, and Honor 6X now receiving Oreo beta updates
Huawei is currently sending out Oreo beta updates to users of the Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Honor 6X, Honor 8, and Honor Note 8 in China. The Oreo update will likely be the final update these devices receive.
Details of LG's next flagship, the V35 ThinQ, surface
New reports have claimed that AT&T will not bear the new LG G7 ThinQ under its banners. The carrier apparently has other plans, though, as LG's next flagship, the V35 ThinQ, is expected to be an AT&T exclusive. Renders of the V35 ThinQ have surfaced, showing a notch-less device.
IDC: Xiaomi ends Q1 2018 as the fourth-largest smartphone brand in the world
Xiaomi ended 2017 with a bang and has carried that fine form into the new year. According to a report by IDC, the company shipped 28 million smartphone units in Q1 2018, ending the quarter as the fourth-largest smartphone company in the world, ahead of OPPO.
Huawei P20 devices now available in Canada
The Huawei P20 devices may not be coming to the US but they will make the trip over to Canada. Carriers Rogers and Fido currently have the P20 and P20 Pro on pre-order. The P20 Lite is, of course, duly ignored.
The Android One Nokia 6.1 is coming to the US on May 6
HMD's new device, the Nokia 6.1, will go on sale in the US on May 6. The Android One device will be the first, and potentially the only, HMD smartphone to do so this year.
Hands-on images of the OnePlus 6 surface
Live images of the upcoming OnePlus 6 have surfaced, shining some more light on what we should expect from OnePlus's upcoming flagship killer. There's a notch present but the bezels are slim and there's also a headphone jack, so it's not all bad.
HTC U12+ set for May 23 launch as live images leak
A cryptic tweet by HTC USA has touted the launch of a new device on May 23. The device is expected to be the upcoming HTC U12+, which is likely to be the only flagship HTC releases this year.
The successor to the Blackberry KEYone is coming, and it will be called...the KEY2
The successor to the BlackBerry KEYone is coming soon, if reports are to be believed. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 and will feature dual rear cameras and, of course, a physical keyboard.
There are two Android One Xiaomi devices on the way, one of which will feature the Snapdragon 660
A firmware teardown by XDA-Developers has revealed the existence of two new Android One Xiaomi devices. The first of those will be powered by the Snapdragon 660, while the other will feature a Snapdragon 625 and will likely be a budget Redmi device.
LG G6, G5, V20 set to receive Oreo updates
LG is set to send out The Android 8.0 Oreo update to the LG G6. Considering the fact that the G6 is the current LG flagship in that series, an Oreo update by this time is rather shambolic. The G5 and V20 are expected to receive theirs in a bit, too.
Honor 7X to receive stable Oreo update today
The Android Oreo OTA update rollout for the Honor 7X begins today. While users of the mid-ranger will get their full taste of Android Oreo today, there's still no specific date for the Oreo update rollouts of the Honor 8, Huawei Mate SE, Honor 6X, and Huawei P9.
The Redmi S2 will battle for the throne of the budget segment
A firmware teardown by XDA-Developers has revealed the details of the Redmi S2, a device that looks to be Xiaomi's next budget king. The S2 features an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras with EIS, and the trusty Snapdragon 625. Update: Further details and live images of the Redmi S2 have surfaced.
Xiaomi and TSMC working together on new 16nm Surge S2 SoC
Xiaomi has apparently reached a "top secret" agreement with Taiwanese semiconductor company TSMC that will see the latter produce Xiaomi's upcoming in-house Surge SoC on its 16nm manufacturing process.
The PlayStation 4 has now shipped 76 million units, set to overtake PS3 sales by year end
Sony's PlayStation 4 remains one of the company's biggest revenue sources. The console sold 2.5 million copies in the first quarter of this year to extend its all-time sales to a massive 76 million. That figure is expected to rise across all coming quarters of the year, with new games like God of War, and the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spiderman.
China woes intensify as local smartphone market sees massive 21% decline in Q1, Xiaomi overtakes Apple, more
Canalys's latest report provides valuable information on the state of the Chinese smartphone market at the end of Q1 2018. Going by the data, the market saw a whopping 21% YoY drop in shipments, with companies like OPPO, Vivo, and Samsung all seeing dwindling sales numbers.
The Meizu 15 Plus offers a perfect blend of great hardware and poor, shackling software
Meizu launched the Meizu 15 Plus a few days ago. The device offers a lot of features that would thrill Android enthusiasts—a 16:9 display, slim bezels, no notch, etc—but is ultimately let down by its less than spectacular software.
Moto Z3 Play renders spotted in the wild
Renders of Motorola's upcoming Z3 Play mid-ranger have surfaced. The images show the device with a dual rear camera setup, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and no headphone jack.
HTC U12 accidentally listed on Verizon website
The HTC U12 has appeared on Verizon's Open Development page. The listing claims the device will sport a 6-inch Super WQHD LCD display, a 3500 mAh battery, and IP68 certification.
Hands-on user reviews of the Huawei P20 Pro claim the device's cameras may not be as good as critics say
The Huawei P20 Pro rocked the smartphone world when it was launched a month ago. The device's tri-rear cameras and impressive image processing has seen critics hail it as debatably the best camera smartphone on the planet. However, some end users seem to think otherwise, and actually provide evidence pleading their cases. Updated.
Xiaomi launches the Mi 6X in grand style - Snapdragon 660, Quick Charge 3.0, no headphone jack
Xiaomi has announced the launch of its new mid-range device, the Mi 6X. The Mi 6X will succeed the Mi 5X that was released last year and could very well be repackaged as an Android One Mi A2 later in the year.
Samsung set to release the Galaxy S8 Lite and A8 Star
Rumors of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini have been rife of recent but a new source has claimed that the device is, in fact, the S8 Lite—a mid-range device exclusive to the Chinese market. It will be joined by the A8 Star.
The touted Nokia X will actually be the Nokia X6, and it's a midranger with a powerful processor
The Nokia X6 will be Nokia's next device. The device is reportedly billed for an April 27 launch and is positioned between the Nokia 6 (2018) and the Nokia 7 Plus in the company's hierarchy of smartphones.
Xiaomi still kings of the Indian smartphone market with a 31% market share
A report by Canalys has disclosed the current standings in the Indian smartphone market. The world's second-largest smartphone market belongs to Xiaomi, with the company boosting its stock over the first quarter of 2018 to reach an outstanding 31% market share.
Meizu unveils the Meizu 15 and Meizu 15 Lite, partners with Google to release new Android Go phone
Meizu, a while ago, launched its new 15-series devices. The devices offer fine hardware while sticking with some of the traditional features of Android phones—16:9 display, 3.5mm headphone jack, and no notch.
The Huawei P20 devices are on their way to Canada
Huawei's battles with the US government has ensured that the company's new P20 devices will not be sold in the country. Those in Canada can rest easy, though, as the devices will make their way over, and will be sold by all major carriers.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 launched - Snapdragon 636, 5000 mAh battery, stock Android, US$200
Asus has launched a new device. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 may have a sizeable name but it manages to cram in a slew of features into a package that comes with an extremely attractive price tag.
The upcoming Leagoo S10 is a shameless attempt at cloning all the major flagships at once
According to a leak, Leagoo is set to release a new flagship device—the Leagoo S10. Going by renders, this device, eh, borrows its design elements from smartphones like the Galaxy S9, Essential PH-1, and P20 Pro. An archetypal case of the saying: "Fake it till you make it."
HMD releases kernel sources for some of its devices but it's still not all rosy
HMD has finally released kernel sources for some of its devices. The Nokia 1, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 get to enjoy better community development, although there's something of a catch to that right now.
Xiaomi is set to bring Android One to the budget Redmi line
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has confirmed that the company will launch Android One Redmi devices in the near future. The company's Redmi line is widely regarded as offering excellent value for money, and the allure of stock Android on its devices would make them no-brainers in their price brackets.
The Razer Phone is now available for just $600
The Razer Phone is now available for slightly cheaper than it cost at launch. The device launched with an MSRP of US$700 but potential buyers can now get it for $100 less. The deal has been on for the past two days but will end on April 24.
The Essential PH-1 sees a price slash to $400
The PH-1 is currently available on Amazon for US$400. This is the lowest the device has been officially sold at since it was launched but it's already a last-gen flagship for the most part, so it really shouldn't come as a surprise. The deal is available on both Amazon and Best Buy. Update: The device is now listed for $350. A mid-range price tag for arguably the best-looking device in the world is quite the decent deal.
The Ulefone Power 5 is now official and it comes with a bewildering 13000 mAh battery
The Ulefone Power 5 is Ulefone's new battery monster. The device gets its running juice from a nigh-unparalleled 13000 mAh battery. It also features quad cameras, wireless charging, OIS, and a slew of features you wouldn't expect to find on a device that could very well power a house.
The Meizu 15 Plus appears on multiple benchmarks, QHD display and Exynos 8895 in tow
The Meizu 15 will be one of Meizu's flagships for the year. The company has deviated from its Mediatek ways of recent and the Meizu 15 will continue on the new path, as it is powered by the Exynos 8895, Samsung's flagship SoC from 2017.
God of War officially released but it's still not available on Amazon
The new God of War game on the PlayStation 4 has finally been released. The game currently ranks as the second best PS4 game of all time on Metacritic, but its launch is, perhaps, marred by a dire unavailability on Amazon.
8 months after the release of Android Oreo, less than 5% of users have received the update
Developer metrics for the month of April have been released. The data released shows the dominance of Android Nougat in the market, with 30% of users being on that version of the OS. Android Oreo still has an utterly woeful market share, coming in at 4.6%.
Huawei's decision to keep its Kirin SoCs exclusive leaves ZTE in the lurch
At an event in Shenzhen, China, Huawei has announced that it will not be selling its Kirin SoCs to any third-party OEMs. This comes as bad news for ZTE after the latter was hit with a ban that will see it unable to use components made by American companies, Qualcomm included.
The Nokia X is Nokia's next device, and it will be unveiled on April 27
An ad in China has revealed what appears to be HMD's next device, the Nokia X. Details of the device aren't in circulation at the moment, and rumors claim it will be a mid-ranger instead of the flagship its name tag implies
We've been bamboozled yet again - There will be no Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini
Recently, there have been reports of what appeared to be a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini. More details of that device have been revealed and it would seem that we've been bamboozled yet again, with the device apparently a Galaxy S9 variant designed exclusively for the Chinese market.
God of War reviews point towards a Game of the Year contender
The new God of War game has come with all the bell and whistles associated with games in the series. Reviews have been exceedingly glowing, and the game currently ranks second on Metacritic. Sadly, like all other God of War games, it's a PlayStation exclusive.
9% of Facebook users in the US have deleted their accounts over the past few weeks, study claims
A study by Tech.pinion has shown Facebook's ever-dwindling fortunes in the eyes of the public. According to the study, 17% of the population has deleted the app from their smartphones since the details of the recent privacy violation case were brought to light a few weeks ago. A further 9% has deactivated their accounts altogether.
The OnePlus 5T is no longer available in Europe and India
OnePlus' official store in North America ended sales of the OnePlus 5T a few weeks ago, citing a depletion of stock intended for the region. The company's web stores in Europe and India are also saying the same, which could be evidence of just how well the device has done commercially.
Details of the Mi 6X revealed - Snapdragon 660 on show, headphone jack missing
A firmware teardown by XDA-Developers has revealed details of Xiaomi's upcoming device, the Mi 6X. The Mi 5X—also the Mi A1—was an immensely popular device but the Mi 6X could fail to match its success, with what appears to be a downgrade in battery capacity, and the lack of a headphone jack.
The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are now available on pre-order
Sony's new flagships are finally hitting the US. The devices, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are now on sale on Best Buy. Potential buyers can now pre-order, with shipping estimated for April 20. The flagships will make their way to brick-and-mortar stores by May 6.
Moto E5 Plus makes the trip to Geekbench
The Moto E5 Plus has made the trip over to Geekbench. The budget device will be powered by a Snapdragon 430, which is an improvement over the MT6737 on the Moto E4 Plus.
Xiaomi promises to release kernel sources for its devices but there's a catch
Xiaomi has a terrible history with releasing kernel sources—a direct violation of the General Public License. The company looks to have seen the light, with a company spokesperson declaring that devices will now have their sources released to the public, albeit with a slight caveat.
Details of the new Snapdragon 710 surface - to be featured on two Xiaomi devices this year
The Snapdragon 710 (SDM710) will be Qualcomm's first SoC in its new Snapdragon 700-series. The chipset will feature two A75 cores and six efficient A55 cores. It will also see likely see its first use on two Xiaomi devices that will be released later in the year.
Dell's marketing for its new laptops blatantly encourages PUBG cheating
According to PCPowerPlay, Dell's marketing for its new laptops in China involves hailing the ability of the devices to enhance cheating in PUBG. Players in the region have become notorious for their blackhat gameplay, so this isn't surprising. Update: Dell has issued an official statement on the issue.
GTA V has made over US$6 billion, more than any entertainment product ever
GTA V was released back in September 2013. In that time, it has sold over 90 million copies, making its production company over US$6 billion in sales—more than any commercial entertainment product ever.
Purported specifications sheet of the HTC U12 surfaces online
A leak detailing HTC's upcoming flagship has surfaced. Going by the leak, the device will feature a 5.5-inch QHD+ display, quad cameras, OIS, IP68 certification, 8 GB of RAM, and Quick Charge 4+ support.
Kirin 980-powered Huawei Mate 20 makes shock AnTuTu appearance, outperforms the Snapdragon 845
An AnTuTu listing of the next-gen Mate flagship has surfaced. The device is expected to be powered by the Kirin 980, HiSilicon's next-gen premium SoC. The Mate 20 impressed on this listing, showing a significant 30% advantage over the new Snapdragon 845.
Honor 10 confirmed for April 19 launch, not May 15 as previously thought
Huawei has sent out invites for an event where the upcoming Honor 10 will be officially unveiled. Not much is known about the device itself but it will be powered by a Kirin 970, and could sport a notched 5.8-inch FHD+ display.
Apparently, Xiaomi and Google are working together on a new smartphone
According to supposedly reliable sources, Xiaomi and Google are working together on a smartphone for the US market. This device is said to be neither an Android One smartphone nor a Pixel, which leaves us a bit stumped as to what both companies have in the works.
Redmi Note 5 Pro kernel sources released
Xiaomi has released Nougat kernel sourced for the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This will be yet another device that Xiaomi has released sources for over the past few months, which could be an indication of a change in the company's stance on community development.
The Nokia 6 (2018) is now on sale in India
The Nokia 6 (2018) was launched in China months ago. The device, one of the few to be launched with a 16:9 aspect ratio this year, has finally gone on sale in India. It can be purchased at Nokia’s online store for a token of INR 16,999.
Facebook will soon allow you to delete your drunk texts
Facebook will allow users to delete/unsend their messages soon. This "feature" was unlikely to be released anytime soon but the company has promised to do so after it was revealed that company executives have had the ability to unsend messages in their private conversations for a while now.
Essential promises to do better with the PH-2
The Essential PH-1's camera has been panned by both critics and users for being a major letdown. While the company has attempted to fix things with software updates, the camera still doesn't hold up to those on its flagship rivals.
Xiaomi on course to sell 100 million smartphones this year
Xiaomi has taken its exceptional form of 2017 into the new year. The company has apparently averaged over 10 million smartphone shipments over the first three months of the year. The company leapfrogged Vivo to become the fifth-largest smartphone brand in the world by the end of Q4 2017. If current sales numbers remain steady, Xiaomi could go fourth.
Months after reaching the end of its life, the Blackberry Priv receives an update
The Blackberry Priv has received yet another update. The company officially ended support for the device a few months ago but promised that patches would be sent out in the event of a vulnerability being found. This appears to be one of such events.
Honor 10 set for May 15 launch
Huawei has sent out invites for an event that will take place on May 15 in London. There are no exact details as to what device will be unveiled on that date but a few clues make us believe we could be looking at the Honor 10's launch.
The Honor View 10 is now on sale for just US$470
Honor is offering a number of its devices on a two-day deal. The flagship Honor View 10 is on sale for $470, the Honor 6X for $150, and the Honor 7X for just $1. Yes, you read that right. All deals end on April 8.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 running on stock Android gives users the best of both worlds
Project Treble support on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ ensures that both devices are able to run fully-loaded AOSP ROMs without any issues. Stock Android on Samsung hardware, surely life doesn't get much better than that?
The Huawei Mate RS featured OLED panels made by LG
Huawei's new Mate RS features technology that hasn't been seen on smartphones before, which is about par considering its hefty $2000 price tag. The device also uses OLED panels made by LG—particularly noteworthy after the issues with the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL's displays.
Motorola G6 devices set for April 19 launch
Motorola is set to announce the launch of its new G6 series devices, the G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play, at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil—on April 19.
The Huawei Honor View 10 has finally been listed on Amazon
The Honor V10 was launched globally months back in December. The device has taken its sweet time to make its way across the pond, though, going on sale via Honor's website a while ago. Potential buyers who prefer doing their shopping on Amazon can finally rest easy, with the device getting listed.
Roland Quandt: The Snapdragon 710 is on its way
According to Roland Quandt, the first SoC in Qualcomm's new 700-series is on its way. The chip, the Snapdragon 710 (SDM710), is one we believe to be the same as the Snapdragon 670 that was touted a while back.
The OnePlus 6 is said to come with a $700 price tag but we're leery
The OnePlus 6 is about due for an announcement. There have been reports that the device will launch with an MSRP of US$700 for its highest-specced variant. We are, of course, not at all convinced.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 flagships say, "So long, and thanks for all the fish!"
The S6 was released in April 2015. The device has had its time out in the sun but that is at an end, with Samsung officially ending support for the device. The S6 Edge, S6 Active, and S6 Edge+ also get the same treatment, with the Note 5 set to follow in a few months.
Nokia users can now unofficially unlock their bootloaders but the methodology is as sketchy as it gets
A developer on XDA has devised a means of unlocking bootloaders of the Nokia 2, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8. While testers have confirmed the fact that it does work, the methods involved may not be the safest.
The UMIDIGI A1 Pro features the new MT6739 SoC and costs just US$99
UMIDIGI's latest device is the A1 Pro. The device will be powered by the new MT6739 SoC, and will feature dual rear cameras, an 18:9 HD+ display, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. The presence of a USB Type-C port is, perhaps, the biggest surprise on this.
The Mi TV 4S is a 55-inch 4K HDR TV with a sub-US$500 price tag
Xiaomi's new Mi TV 4S will be an improved refresh of the Mi TV 4 that was launched last year. The TV features a 55-inch 4K HDR display, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a quad-core Cortex A53 SoC clocked at 1.5 GHz, a Mali-450 MP5 GPU, and a 28W audio output setup.
Huawei apparently has no plans of giving up on the US market
Huawei may have struggled in its bid to get into the US smartphone market, facing disappointments from all prospective partners. The company will not be giving up on that particular venture, though, according to CEO Richard Yu.
Huawei Mate 10 Lite now listed on Amazon
Huawei launched the Mate 10 devices towards the end of 2017. While the Mate 10 Pro is being sold in the US officially, the base Mate 10 and Mate 10 Lite never made the trip over. The latter is currently listed on Amazon, though, with a US$310 price tag.
Xiaomi has MediaTek Helio P60/P70 chips lined up for its 2018 devices
Xiaomi's last device with a MediaTek SoC was the Redmi Note 4. The MediaTek Redmi Note 4 never attained the critical acclaim of its Snapdragon sibling but it would seem the Chinese company is set to make a return to its old MediaTek ways.
Huawei's 2017 sales numbers are in - massive growth across the board
Huawei has released its sales figures for 2017. The company's total revenue for the year stood at US$92.5 billion, a 15.7% rise from 2016. 153 million smartphone shipments accounted for US$36.4 billion of that number.
The Huawei P20 devices will not be coming to the US
The new Huawei P20 and P20 Pro have been hailed as game-changing camera smartphones and are already in the running for best flagships of the year. The US, sadly, will never get to enjoy the devices, with Huawei apparently not ready to make another attempt at selling its smartphones in the US.
There's another Nokia flagship on the cards, and this one will come without a notch
HMD kicked off 2018 with something of a bang. The Finnish OEM apparently still has a number of releases lined up for the rest of the year, including two flagships. Of those two devices, one will be cheaper and, thankfully, not feature a notch.
The Mi 6X pays TENAA an early visit
A device that appears to be the Mi 6X has made a surprise appearance on TENAA. It isn’t a full listing, though, so all this tells us is that the device will sport a design similar to the Mi 5X's but with an 18:9 display and vertically aligned dual rear cameras.
The Xperia XZ1 Compact is now available for US$399.99
The Xperia XZ1 Compact was the only true compact flagship of 2017. The device launched with an MSRP of US$600 but is currently available for just US$399.99. Not a bad deal for a last-gen flagship with excellent cameras, Android Oreo, and a headphone jack.
The HTC U12 Life is set to feature a notch
A tweet by Evan Blass has touted the upcoming HTC U12 Life to feature a notch. Notches have been a divisive topic since the start of the year, and it would seem that HTC is keen on moving with the flow of the market, dwindling sales numbers duly disregarded.
Official specifications sheet and pricing details of the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite revealed
The Huawei P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite are set to be launched tomorrow in Paris. Specifications and pricing details of the devices have leaked, with the P20 particularly looking like a fine balance of features and price.
Facebook has been swiping call and text data from Android users for years
A teardown of Facebook's user data archive has revealed the fact that the company collects private user data including well-detailed call logs and text metadata. The company has been involved in a number of cases pertaining to privacy issues, and this is just another icing on the cake.
OnePlus will no longer sell the OnePlus 5T in North America
OnePlus has announced that it will no longer sell the OnePlus 5T in North America. The 5T was released in November, just four months ago, so this could go down as the shortest sales cycle of any device ever. It, of course, also means that we’re close to the release of the OnePlus 6.
The Blackview P10000 Pro features an...11000 mAh battery
Blackview is set to debut yet another battery monster in the P10000 Pro. The device will feature an 11000 mAh battery, USB Type-C, and 25W fast charge that’s said to charge the device full in slightly over two hours.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could feature a in-display fingerprint sensor
Vivo pioneered the in-display fingerprint technology on the Vivo X20 Plus UD at CES a while ago. The technology hasn't been featured on any other device so far but there are reports that the next Samsung flagship will ship with it, albeit with different mechanics.
HTC's new Desire 12 and 12+ embody the company's recent failures in the smartphone market
HTC has announced the release of its two new budget devices, the Desire 12 and Desire 12+. Considering how much of a part the Desire series played in the journey of Android, it's a tad surprising to see the latest devices in the series fall so flat on their faces.
Huawei P9, Mate 8, and Honor 6X set to receive Oreo updates in a bit
The Huawei Honor 6X was released back in 2016 on Android Marshmallow. It received the update to Nougat a few months later and is set for one final blaze, with confirmation on Huawei's forums touting a May 2018 Oreo rollout for the device.
Huawei's plans of developing a presence in the US takes another major hit as Best Buy ends business partnership
Best Buy has pulled out of its partnership with Huawei. This means that the Chinese OEM will no longer be able to sell its smartphones via the retail store. Best Buy was Huawei's major channel of selling smartphones in brick-and-mortar stores, so this kills the company's hopes of making any headway in the US.
The Meizu E3 is a device with powerful cameras and a price tag under $300
Meizu has announced the release of the next device in its mid-range E-series. The E3 features a Snapdragon 636, a powerful dual rear camera setup, 6 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of storage, and fast charging technology.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro can now be updated to Android 8.1, Treble support in tow
The Indian Redmi Note 5 Pro launched on Android Nougat, while its Chinese variant ran on Oreo out of the box. The latter enjoys Treble support, and a discovery has shown that users of the Indian model can flash the Chinese Oreo build on their devices with TWRP, granting them Treble superpowers.
Lenovo S5 announced, Snapdragon 625 in tow
Lenovo has announced the launch of its new mid-ranger, the S5. The S5 features a 5.7-inch FHD+ display, a 13 MP + 13 MP dual rear camera setup, a Snapdragon 625, 3000 mAh battery, and USB Type-C. All of that at a price point just above US$150 makes the device an extremely attractive proposition.
PUBG Mobile is now available worldwide, and it sure delivers on the hype
Tencent Games released its mobile port of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds a while ago in China. The game was launched in Canada earlier in the week, and has finally been made available globally. Coming in as a free 700 MB install, PUBG Mobile may just represent the future of mobile gaming.
Official images of the Mi Mix 2S finally released
Xiaomi has released an official teaser for the upcoming Mi Mix 2S. The device is showing sporting minimal bezels and no notch. All things considered, it looks exactly like the Mi Mix 2. The device will feature a Snapdragon 845 and could also sport some sort of iris scanning technology and also wireless charging.
This is the OPPO R15 which likely also doubles up as the OnePlus 6
OPPO has announced its two new devices, the R15 and R15 Dream Mirror, in China. If history's anything to go by, the upcoming OnePlus 6 will share a lot of similarities with these devices, including a notch and a 3.5mm jack.
The Razer Phone is the only device in the world with Quick Charge 4.0 support
Qualcomm released Quick Charge 4.0 back in November 2016 and followed it up with an improved Quick Charge 4+ seven months later. Both versions of the technology don't look to have a lot of takers, though, with the list of supported devices standing bare.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally receiving its stable Oreo update
Seven months after the release of Android Oreo, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally receiving the stable update to Android 8.0. Users in the US on Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile have gotten updates, with the story being similar in Australia.
Xiaomi has released Oreo kernel sources for the Mi A1
Xiaomi has released Android 8.0 kernel sources for the Mi A1. The device's Nougat sources were released a few weeks ago, so this is rather unexpected from Xiaomi. A surprise, but a welcome one to be sure.
A year after its release, Nier: Automata has sold 2.5m copies across all platforms
Platinum Games' Nier: Automata celebrated its one-year birthday on PC yesterday. Over that period, the game has sold 2.5 million copies across all platforms, which we think is impressive for a niche JRPG.
After a lackluster 2016, ZTE recorded a whopping US$736 million profit in 2017
ZTE was hit with a massive US$892 million fine by the US government back in 2016, a fine that led to the company posting a massive US$377 million net loss for that year. All looks to be well with the Chinese electronics giant now, though.
Costs of OLED production are why the LG G7 will sport an LCD display
LG, a while ago, was said to be set to use an OLED display on the G7. That device is currently being redeveloped, apparently, and it would seem the company has decided to make a return to its tried and trusted LCD panels, after the failure that was the V30's OLED display.
Samsung releases kernel sources for the S9 and S9+
Samsung has released kernel sources for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, just weeks after the devices were announced. The combination of kernel sources and Project Treble support should ensure that the devices get excellent community development.
Honor 7X receives Oreo beta, Treble support in tow
The Honor 7X is currently receiving its first Oreo beta. The update brings a number of UI changes and the much-expected Project Treble support that will allow the device enjoy the community development it has lacked so far.
Rumors of a mysterious Xiaomi device with the phantom Snapdragon 632 allude to vaporware
Word of a device powered by a "Snapdragon 632" has surfaced again, and just like the first time out, we're leery. There doesn't look to be any such SoC in the works, and the source information is as wonky as it gets.
Spotify finally available in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam
Spotify has announced the launch of its services in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. This makes South Africa the first African country to receive official Spotify support, with users in other African countries having to use VPNs. Meanwhile, Indians will have to make do with alternatives like Apple Music and Amazon Music.
The first day of Samsung Galaxy S9 sales in Korea show it lagging behind the S8
A report by a Korean outlet has estimated the S9 day-one pre-order sales numbers to stand at 180,000, down 31% from the S8's 260,000 figure. It's about expected, though, as the S9 doesn't actually offer a substantial upgrade over its predecessor.
The Mi 7 is likely being re-developed, will now feature a notch
A while ago, a report by XDA-Developers detailed the Mi 7 using information gleaned from a new firmware file. According to a new report, though, the Mi 7 may have gone through significant changes over the past few weeks, with alterations to its battery capacity and a wild appearance of what seems to be a notch.
Samsung finally releases official roadmap for Oreo release
Samsung Canada has released a roadmap for the rollout of Android Oreo. The S8 and S8+ will receive their updates on March 19, and the Note 8 about a week later. Users of other new Samsung devices will, of course, have to wait till much later in the year.
Fortnite Battle Royale has come to mobile devices, cross-play support in tow
Fortnite Battle Royale's popularity has skyrocketed of recent, and it's sure to grow even further, with Epic Games confirming that the battle royale shooter is coming to both iOS and Android, and with cross-play support across all platforms.
The PS4 update to FW 5.50 is now available to all, kernel exploit patched
The update to firmware 5.50 on the PS4 is finally open to the general public. The update brings supersampling mode to owners of the PS4 Pro, and parental controls that allow you to monitor hours logged by your kid on their console.
The upcoming Huawei P20 devices will feature vertically-aligned rear cameras - Live images and hands on video leaked
Press renders and live images of the Huawei P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro have shown them all sporting vertically aligned rear cameras—tri-rear cameras in the case of the P20 Pro. This comes after a video by Huawei teased a horizontal alignment on the devices a week ago.
The Hi 9 Air will be Chuwi's newest gaming tablet
Chuwi's upcoming Hi 9 Air will push the limits of the gaming tablet space, with the device to feature the deca-core Helio X20 SoC, Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage, all packed into a slim 8.2mm-thick frame.
Upcoming ZTE Nubia devices will ship with stock Android
Reports claim that the next batch of ZTE Nubia devices will ditch the company's Nubia UI for good and make the switch to stock Android. There's a chance both the Axon and Nubia lines share the same "Stock UI" that has been reported.
The Kirin 670 is Huawei's response to the Snapdragon 636
The Kirin 670 will be Huawei's response to the new Snapdragon 636 and Exynos 7872 SoCs. The hexa-core chipset will feature a Neural Processing Unit for AI capabilities and a Mali-G72 MP4 GPU. It will also be built on a 12nm manufacturing process.
The OnePlus 6 will take things up a notch, also feature glass back
A new leak has confirmed that the OnePlus 6 will, in fact, feature a notch. This comes just weeks after OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei denied similar rumors on Twitter. The device will also feature a Snapdragon 845, a rear fingerprint reader, and dual rear cameras.
HTC's February numbers show a 13-year low in revenue
HTC has posted revenue figures for February. Keeping with the theme established over the past few months, the numbers are nothing to gloat about, as they show a 13-year low in income for the Taiwanese company.
Bar the Nokia 6 (2018), no new Nokia device will be coming to the US
HMD CEO Florian Seiche has confirmed that the company will not be selling its new retinue of devices in the US. The Nokia 6 (2018), however, will make the trip later in May, but not under the banners of any carrier.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 doesn't offer better battery performance over its predecessor
Samsung's battery specifications sheet for the S8 and S9 show similar performance numbers across the board, with both devices posting the same numbers in the video playback, talk time, and Internet tests.
PS4 jailbreak scene picking up steam with new firmware 4.55 exploits
The PS4 was released back in 2013 and has finally been jailbroken, allowing users of the system to run custom applications, game backups, and even install Linux. It's exclusive to users on the 4.55 firmware, though.
Xiaomi devices receive Oreo, Treble support, and have kernel sources released
The Mi 6 was Xiaomi's flagship device for 2017. The device has had its Oreo update in the beta stage for weeks but has finally received a full, stable update. The Mi 6, Mi Mix 2, and Redmi 4X have also all had their kernel sources released by Xiaomi, with the Mi 6 also receiving Treble support via unofficial channels.
The award-winning PS4 exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn, sold over 7.6 million copies in its first year
Horizon Zero Dawn has been hailed as one of the best video games of this generation, and it certainly is putting up the sales numbers worthy of the hype. The game celebrated its first year anniversary this week and has already sold over 7.6 million copies since it was launched.
The Nokia 1 takes on the extreme budget market, alone and unarmed
Nokia has released the Nokia 1 at MWC. The device, the very definition of an extreme budget smartphone, looks to offer excellent bang for buck, especially since it trudges forward under the banner of Google's new Android Go. Here, we have a look at what makes the Nokia 1 a device you may want to have a look at, and other devices that could potentially offer you more value for your money.
Report shows Honor may have ran a campaign against the new Redmi Note 5 on social media
A detailed report by Onphones has shown proof of Honor India running a subtle, clandestine social media campaign against Xiaomi's new Redmi Note 5 devices on Twitter.
The Mi Mix 2S is coming on March 27
The Mi Mix 2S has finally been confirmed to be official and on its way. It will be launched on March 27, which, quite interestingly, is the same day the upcoming Huawei P20 is billed to be unveiled.
Here are the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, 3.5mm jacks inexplicably missing
Sony has released its new pair of flagships, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, at the ongoing MWC in Barcelona. Both devices are, of course, powered by the new Snapdragon 845, and sport new blazing designs. The company sticks to a single rear camera on both, however, but still impresses in that department, with both devices having the ability to shoot 1080p videos at 960fps.
2018 devices being launched on Nougat epitomize everything wrong with the Android ecosystem
Over the last few weeks, devices like the Nokia 6 (2018) and Redmi Note 5 have been launched. Fine devices they may be, but the fact they run on Android Nougat out of the box—six months after the release of Oreo—leaves a sour aftertaste.
Alcatel announces the release of its new 3-series devices
Alcatel has announced the release of three new devices in its 3-series line. The Alcatel 3 will retail for €149.99, the 3V for €189.99, and the 3X for €179.99. All three devices share similar features, with slight, cosmetic differences across them.
ZTE introduces the Blade V9 and V9 Vita in grand style
ZTE has announced the release of its two new devices, the Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita. The V9 will be powered by a Snapdragon 450, while the V9 Vita opts for the less powerful Snapdragon 435. Both devices feature 18:9 displays, with the V9 showcasing a 5.7-inch FHD+ display, and the V9 Vita going with a 5.45-inch HD+ one.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance rocks the gaming world, sells a million copies in its first week
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the latest AAA game to grace our monitors, courtesy of Warhorse Studio. The game has been lauded for its dedication to historical accuracy and a rare take on the RPG genre. That praise looks to have translated into sales figures, with Warhorse Studio CEO Martin Frývaldský confirming that the game sold a million copies within its first week, across all platforms.
The Android 8.1 update for the Redmi Note 5 Pro will likely bring Treble support
A teardown of the Redmi Note 5 Pro's firmware has revealed the famous “ro.treble.enabled" line in its build.prop, one that points towards the presence of Project Treble support in the build. MIUI is certainly divisive, so Treble support will boost the device's community support and enhance its overall package.
Details of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact revealed - Devices to feature single rear cameras, Snapdragon 845, and new 18:9 full-screen displays
The XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be launched much earlier this year than they traditionally have been. Both devices will feature 18:9 "full-screen" FHD+ displays, a Snapdragon 845, and a single rear camera that supports 4K HDR recording.
Moto G6 makes surprise Geekbench appearance, Snapdragon 450 in tow
Motorola's upcoming budget device, the Moto G6, has made the trip over to Geekbench. The device, powered by the Snapdragon 450 and running on Android Oreo, recorded benchmark scores typical for that SoC.
Details of the Moto G6 Plus revealed
The Moto G6 Plus will pick up from where its predecessor, the G5 Plus, left off. We're massive fans of the G5 Plus and the G6 Plus looks to build on the things it did well. The G6 Plus will sport an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras, and a metal and glass body.
Mi Max 3 to support wireless charging, feature iris scanner
A teardown of the upcoming Mi Max 3's firmware has revealed details of the device's admittedly impressive features. The plus-sized device will feature an iris scanner and wireless charging, both features that have never been seen on any Xiaomi device till now.
Firmware files of the Mi 7 throw some more light on what we should expect from the Xiaomi flagship
The Mi 7 will be Xiaomi's next device in its premium Mi product line. A teardown of what appears to be the device's firmware has revealed some more information about it. Files on the firmware point towards the presence of features like an OLED display, EIS, a 3170 mAh battery, and NFC support.
The Meizu X2 is coming, and it will be powered by the Snapdragon 845
Meizu Vice President Li Nan has confirmed that a new device is in the works. The device, the Meizu X2, will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 and will likely ship with a price tag in the $450 range when it is launched much later in the year.
The ZTE Blade V9 and Moto G6 Play pay a quick visit to Geekbench
The Blade V9 has made the trip over to Geekbench, Snapdragon 450 in tow. It's joined by the Moto G6 Play, Motorola's upcoming budget device which features the less impressive Snapdragon 430.
Nokia 4 to be powered by the Snapdragon 450
The Nokia 4 will be one of HMD's budget releases for the year. The device is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 450—Qualcomm's new 14nm SoC that records performance figures similar to those of the Snapdragon 625.
Huawei P20 to feature 3320 mAh battery, P20 Plus to come with sizeable 4000 mAh unit
A firmware file has revealed the battery capacities of the upcoming Huawei P-series flagships. The larger P20 Plus will sport a 4000 mAh unit, while the regular P20 will come with a smaller 3320 mAh battery.
The Moto Z2 Force makes an uneventful trip to DxOMark
The Moto Z2 Force stopped by at DxOMark last week and mostly underachieved, with its video score, in particular, doing its best to remind us of 2015 flagships.
Xiaomi could become the second largest Chinese smartphone brand by Q2 2018
A report by analytics firm Digitimes has projected Xiaomi to overtake OPPO and become the second biggest Chinese smartphone brand in the world, just behind Huawei.
Images of the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus surface
A new leak by tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) has detailed the forms of the upcoming Nokia 1 and 7+. The Nokia 7 Plus is particularly interesting, as it spots dual rear cameras, and will be an Android One device.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will not feature an under-display fingerprint sensor
Reports last year claimed that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 would be the first Samsung device to feature an under-display fingerprint so. That has become extremely unlikely, however, as a new report claims the device will feature a rear-mounted sensor like with the Note 8.
HMD sold 4.4 million smartphones in Q4 2017, more than OnePlus, Sony, or Google
Data by Counterpoint has hailed HMD as being the 11th largest smartphone brand in the world right now, ahead of traditional giants like Sony, HTC, and Lenovo.
A year after launching its first device, HMD is yet to release kernel sources for any of its smartphones
HMD, perhaps only second to Google in terms of software updates, has failed to release kernel sources for any of its devices so far. Users are also stuck with locked bootloaders, which makes any attempts at community support futile.
List of Xiaomi devices to receive MIUI 10 surfaces
The next version of Xiaomi's MIUI skin, likely to be named MIUI X, will be released to all recent devices. We expect a rollout in the second half of the year.
HTC's struggles continue as company sees yet another drop in revenue
HTC released its sales numbers for the month of January, with revenue showing a steep decline across the board.
Huawei P20 confirmed to feature tri-rear cameras
The Huawei P20 is Huawei’s upcoming flagship. The company has sent out invites for a launch event scheduled for March 27, with the invite teasing the presence of three cameras at the rear of the device.
The ZTE Axon 7 receives its Oreo update in the guise of an MiFavor 5.2 OTA
Users of the ZTE Axon 7 in China are currently receiving updates to the company's MiFavor 5.2 skin, an OTA that also doubles up as a boost over to Android Oreo 8.0.
ZTE Blade V9 set for MWC launch
The ZTE V8 offered fine value for money when it was launched last year. Its successor, the V9, is set for an MWC launch later this month.
The Mi Note 3 is currently available for under $300
The Mi Note 3, one of our top value picks of 2017, has seen yet another price slash—one that takes the price tag of its base model below the $300 mark.
Live images of the Meizu E3 surface
The Meizu E3 will be Meizu's next mid-range device. Purported live images of the smartphone have surfaced, with the device shown featuring dual rear cameras, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and an 18:9 display.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 is coming soon
A tweet by Three Ireland's official account has claimed that the Xperia XZ2 is coming soon. That may mean, however unlikely, that we could have the device as soon as next month.
HTC has an entry-level 18:9 device in the works
The new 18:9 aspect ratio has mostly been reserved for the more expensive devices. HTC, however, is said to be set to release an entry-level device with that form factor.
Life isn't all good for LG as company makes silent exit from Chinese smartphone market
LG's smartphone division has struggled of recent and the company has finally decided to cut its losses in the Chinese smartphone market.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 will set you back $850
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set for a February 25 launch, and word on the grapevine claims it will be launched with an MSRP of $850, $100 more than its predecessor.
Moto Z2 Play now available for $349.99
The Moto Z2 Play is currently available for just $349.99, $150 off its MSRP.
Global smartphone sales figures for 2017 released - Samsung still kings, Xiaomi now fifth-largest brand
Reports by Strategy Analytics and IDC have provided data that gives a clearer idea of the state of the global smartphone market over 2017. Samsung rests cozily at the top, Apple follows steadily, and Xiaomi sees incredible growth.
DxOMark awards the LG V30 a disappointing score of 82, and we're leery
The LG V30 has made its way over to DxOMark. The device manages a rack up a total score of 82, with an underwhelming score of 73 in the video department making us leery of the entire evaluation criterion.
List of Samsung devices to receive Android Oreo revealed, Galaxy S6 missing
A list of Samsung devices to receive the Android Oreo update has been gleaned from firmware files of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Most devices listed are no-brainers but the Galaxy S6 is a notable absentee.
The Honor 7X is now being manufactured locally in India
The Honor 7X, one of our best value picks of 2017, is now being manufactured locally in India, at a Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai.
Huawei P11 to be launched on March 27
The Huawei P11, or P20 depending on who you ask, has been confirmed to be set for a March 27 launch, at an event scheduled to hold in Paris.
HTC U11 sees temporary $100 price slash in the US
The HTC U11, starting today, will see a price slash that shaves $100 off its regular retail price. The deal ends on February 15.
5-inch Xperia device pulls up at FCC, 18:9 display a distinct possibility
An unknown Sony Xperia device has made its way over to FCC with a 5-inch display and measurements that point towards an 18:9 display ratio.
OnePlus releases report for 2017, company sees explosive rise in revenue
OnePlus has released a report that points towards a significant growth in its sales numbers, with smartphone shipments seeing a 55% year-on-year growth and revenue said to have doubled.
The Ulefone T2 Pro will be the first device to feature the new Helio P70 SoC
The Helio P70 made a huge splash in the waters last week when it was benchmarked. It looks like we'll be getting a device powered by the SoC as early as next month, as an announcement by Ulefone claims the company's upcoming T2 Pro smartphone will feature the chipset.
The next Xperia flagship could sport OLED panels made by LG
Sony has apparently struck a deal with LG, one that will see future Xperia flagships feature LG's OLED display panels.
Live images of the Meizu 15 Plus have surfaced
Live images of Meizu's upcoming 15 Plus have surfaced, showing a device with nigh-nonexistent bezels and what appears to be a lack of a visible fingerprint sensor.
Verizon unlikely to go ahead with partnership with Huawei
AT&T backed out of a deal with Huawei last month, one that was supposed to see the carrier sell the company's smartphones in the US. The company was said to have set its sights on a deal with Verizon but that also looks to be dead in the water.
The Mi Mix 2S could be the first Snapdragon 845 device
Xiaomi may be set to announce the launch of the Mi Mix 2S, an update to the Mi Mix 2 that was released back in September, and it could be the first device to feature the new Snapdragon 845.
The Vivo Xplay 7 will sail uncharted waters with a massive 10 GB of RAM on deck
Vivo's upcoming flagship, the Xplay 7, could be the first device to feature 10 GB of RAM. That's impressive, by all means, by we're not sure how useful it would actually be.
Study in China shows age demographic of smartphone users
A study by Chinese analytic firm Jiguang has provided data that throws some light on the demographical userbase of Xiaomi and Huawei smartphones in China.
The updated Xiaomi Notebook Air 13.3" features Kaby Lake-R CPUs, and costs almost $1000
Xiaomi has released an update to its 2017 Mi Air 13.3" offerings. The updated model of the notebook will be powered by the 8th-gen Intel CPUs, with an accompanying price tag close to the $1000 mark.
Mi 7 to snub MWC launch, cost north of $450
The Mi 7, Xiaomi's next premium device, is set for a post-MWC announcement. The device has also been touted to launch with a price tag close to the $500 mark.
Purported real images of the Xiaomi Mi 6X have surfaced
The Mi 6X will succeed the Mi 5X that doubled up as the Mi A1 last year. A new leak with live images of the supposed device has surfaced online.
Nokia 7 Plus spotted on Geekbench, Snapdragon 660 in tow
A few weeks ago, a camera app revealed that the Nokia 7 Plus would be on HMD's lineup of smartphones for 2018. The device has made its way over to Geekbench, with the benchmark listing showing it powered by a Snapdragon 660, and running on Android Oreo.
The Helio P70 makes a visit to Antutu, trades blows with the Kirin 960
The Helio P70 has made its way over to AnTuTu and it shines, with scores showing the chipset giving the Kirin 960 a run for its money.
Essential Phone now available for just $435
The Essential PH-1 was one of our picks for best value smartphone of 2017, and it's cheaper right now, as Amazon has it listed at US$435. Not a bad deal for a device with a QHD display, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 835.
Data shows Xiaomi are now kings of the Indian smartphone market, Samsung refutes claims
Data by Canalys and Counterpoint Research point towards Xiaomi's new position at the top of the Indian smartphone market. Samsung has gone out of its way to refute that, though, claiming that it still has a tight lead at the top of the world's second-largest smartphone market.
The HTC One M9 is billed for a surprise Oreo update
The HTC M9 was released way back in 2015, so it's something of a surprise to learn that it will be receiving the update to Oreo. An early March rollout is expected.
The Honor 7X is now on sale on Amazon US
The Honor 7X was one of our value picks of 2017 and it has finally gone on sale on Amazon US. The device itself may cost just $200 but tax and handling fees bring the total up to $225.
Moto G4 Play explodes during charge
Another device has exploded, this time a Moto G4 Play in Brazil. This would be the second case of this kind in recent times, as a Moto G4 also took the fiery route last month.
The next Huawei P-series device could be the P11 after all
Huawei's upcoming P-series device was said to be the P20 but that may not be the case as a document showing the "Huawei P11" moniker as trademarked by the company has surfaced.
Users of the LG G6 in Europe will receive Oreo just before Android P is released
The LG G6 was launched on Android Nougat just over a year ago, and LG has confirmed that the European model of the device will receive its update to Oreo in June.
The Meizu M15 Plus will take the bezel-less life to the extreme
The Meizu 15 Plus will be Meizu's next flagship and it will feature top of the line features and a killer design.
Nine released Honor devices to run on Oreo: Honor 8 a surprise inclusion, Honor 6X snubbed
An Honor representative on Huawei's official forums has confirmed the list of Honor devices that will run on the Oreo-based EMUI 8.0, with the Honor 8 and V8 surprise inclusions, and the Honor 6X apparently set to miss out.
Here's all you need to know about Xiaomi's upcoming Surge S2 SoC
The Surge S2 will be Xiaomi's second attempt at creating an in-house SoC. Details of the chipset have leaked and it looks rather interesting, with performance values that we expect to trade blows with the Snapdragon 821.
Another one bites the dust - next Xperia device to ditch 3.5mm headphone jack
A Sony device, a few hours ago, made its way to FCC's certification bus stop, and there's reason to believe it will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is currently available on eBay for just $225
The Mi A1, one of our best value picks for 2017, is currently on sale on eBay at a nigh-unpassable price point of $225, $50 off its price on Amazon.
Honor 8 users petition company for Oreo update
The Honor 8, Honor’s flagship of 2016, was confirmed to not be eligible for an Android Oreo update, and users of the device do not take kindly to that, apparently.
Purported images and details of the Mi Max 3 surface
The Mi Max 3 will be Xiaomi’s phablet for the year and leaks of the device are already pouring in. The latest one details a 7-inch unit with dual rear cameras, an 18:9 FHD+ display, a Snapdragon 660, and a 5500 mAh battery. All for a killer price of $230.
The Meizu M6s does a lot of things right for just $150
Meizu’s new budget device is one that takes on the world. It features the impressive Exynos 7872 and a slew of praise-worthy features at a high-value price point of just $150.
Samsung's new Exynos 7872 brings class to the budget segment
The Exynos 7872 was released a few days ago, and we’re impressed, especially by its performance.
Details of the Moto X5 revealed, device to feature a notch
The Moto X4 was one of our picks for best value smartphones of 2017, and its successor looks to continue that fine form. The X5, according to a leak, will feature an 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and also what appears to be a notch at the top of the display,
The Samsung Galaxy S9 will ship with a 3000mAh battery, go on sale on March 16
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will keep the same battery capacities as their predecessors, with the smaller sibling to house a 3000mAh battery, and the plus-sized variant to opt for a 3500mAh one.
The Honor 8 will not receive Android Oreo, and that's a shame
The Honor 8 was released barely 18 months ago, so it's something of a surprise to hear that it won't be receiving the update to Oreo.
The Kirin 970 is better than the Snapdragon 835, Master Lu declares
Master Lu, a popular Chinese benchmark, has revealed performance scores for the top SoCs in the business, with the Kirin 970 edging out Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 to first place.
Meizu in decline as company registers just 20 million smartphone shipments in 2017
Meizu VP Yang Xun has, at a press briefing, announced that the company recorded a total of 20 million shipments in 2017, a slight decline from 2016's total.
HTC U11 EYEs launched with dual front cameras
The HTC U11 EYEs has just been launched and will be sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China with price tags in the US$500 price range.
The Nokia 8's camera belongs in 2015, DxOMark report reveals
The Nokia 8 made its way to DxOMark over the week, with the first-gen HMD flagship registering camera scores that wouldn't look out of place on a device straight out of 2015.
The U11 EYEs will be yet another overpriced device by HTC
The U11 EYEs will be HTC's next mid-range offering. It'd be a solid device if it were priced as a mid-ranger but rumors point towards a price tag above the US$500 mark.
The Mi A1's Android Oreo update has been suspended due to concerns over performance issues
The Mi A1, against all apparent odds, received its stable Oreo update on the last day of 2017. The company has pulled the update, though, after feedback from users showed a number of bugs. Probably should have kept this one in beta for a while longer, but hindsight is 20/20.
The Xperia XZ1 is available at the moment for just over US$540
The Xperia XZ1, one of Sony's flagship devices for 2017, is currently available on Amazon at an enticing price point of just $543.
Honor 9 Lite to be sold exclusively via Flipkart in India
The Honor 9 Lite will opt out of the recent trend of Amazon exclusives, with the budget device billed to go on sale in India via Flipkart's channel only.
Huawei P20 benchmark appearance reveals 18.7:9 display, possible proof of the presence of a notch
The next Huawei P-flagship billed to be named the Huawei P20, made its way over to a HTML browser benchmark, with the listing showing a resolution in the mold of an 18.7:9 display ratio.
OnePlus caught swiping user data again, only this time also sending it to China-controlled servers
OnePlus has been caught manhandling user data again, with a OnePlus 3T user on the OnePlus forums showing proof of his clipboard app sending data to an Alibaba-controlled server.
Unlocked Huawei Mate 10 Pro makes its way over to the US
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be making its way over to US, albeit not under any carrier. While it's welcome news, we're not so sure of how accommodating the device's price tag is.
The Honor 7X has finally been listed on Amazon US
The Honor 7X, our pick for best value budget smartphone of 2017, has finally been listed on Amazon, and will go on sale on January 25.
There are at least two Blackberry phones in the works for 2018
Blackberry devices will make their way all over the world again in 2018, with a Blackberry Mobile executive confirming that there will be at least two Blackberry-branded smartphones released in 2018.
Samsung saw a whopping 83% jump in profits in 2017
Samsung has released a report on its sales numbers for the last quarter of 2017, with the company registering a massive 83% year-on-year growth in operating profits.
Xposed beta for Android Oreo now available
Xposed for both Android 8.0 and 8.1 has been released, and although the current version is just a beta, it's reportedly stable enough for regular use.
The LG G7 will not be announced at MWC as previously thought
The name of the next LG flagship is currently still up in the air but its launch date is a lot more certain now, with multiple sources claiming a March announcement, and an April launch.
The Doogee V will copy the iPhone X's frontal design, the Galaxy S9's rear, and also feature an under-display fingerprint sensor
There are lots of iPhone X clones out there but it's not every day you see a device that manages to copy both the iPhone X and an upcoming Samsung flagship, while also featuring tech none of those companies have been able to offer. A modern-day wonder, some would say.
HTC's Q4 2017 sales numbers are in, and things aren't looking rosy
HTC has released a report on the business side of things, with numbers showing a continuing decline in revenue.
World's first under-display fingerprint sensor smartphone to be launched by Vivo at CES
The world's first smartphone with an under-display fingerprint reader may be set to grace our screens this week, with Vivo teasing the announcement of a device with that feature.
Smartphone app market saw 35% growth in 2017
Data by app intelligence platform Sensor Tower has shown Apple's dominance over Google in the smartphone app market. The iOS App Store, for example, recorded close to twice what the Google Play Store did, with the combined revenue of both services closing in on US$60 billion in 2017.
Nokia 7 set for global rollout this month
HMD announced the Nokia 6 (2018) a few days ago, but the older device is still yet to find its way outside China. Reports claim the mid-ranger could go on sale in India this month, with a global rollout to come after.
Nokia 6 (2018) gets Android Oreo on first boot, and that may just be a diabolical ploy by HMD
There are reports that the Nokia 6 (2018) receives an Oreo update on first boot. Sounds great until you realize that Oreo was released almost five months ago. It also just reeks of a ploy to avoid Treble implementation.
Purported Snapdragon 670 benchmark scores show it trading blows with the Snapdragon 835
The Snapdragon 670 will be Qualcomm's next sub-premium SoC. A Geekbench listing has shown the SoC delivering performance scores that actually compete with last year's Snapdragon 835.
Details, images, and pricing of the Nokia 6 (2018) revealed
Full details of the Nokia 6 (2018) have been revealed. The device will be powered by the Snapdragon 630 and while it doesn't feature dual rear cameras, its price tag makes it an extremely attractive proposition.
Snapdragon 625 vs Kirin 659: Battle of the mid-range heavyweights
Ever wondered how the new Kirin 659 compares to the Snapdragon 625? So have we! Hop in to find out which one comes out on top in the battle of mid-range players.
LG set for G-series naming scheme overhaul
Amidst rumors that Huawei’s upcoming P-series device will see a random name switch to the P20, LG may also be set to do something similar with the upcoming G-series flagship.
There are apparently a number of 7nm MediaTek SoCs on the cards
MediaTek's ambitions for 2018 get grander as the days go by. The Taiwanese company is set to announce the 12nm Helio P40 and P70 soon, and word on the grapevine claims there may also be three 7nm SoCs on the cards this year.
Xiaomi Mi 7 to support Qi wireless charging
The Mi 7 may just be 2018's killer device. The Xiaomi flagship has been confirmed to offer wireless charging functionalities that, when coupled with a Snapdragon 845, facial recognition, and a sub-$500 price tag makes the device one to watch out for.
LG G6 set for Oreo update in February
The LG G6, released at the start of 2017, may be set to get its stable Oreo update, months after users in China received their betas.
Samsung sets objective for 2018 at 320 million smartphone shipments, company to focus on higher profit margins
Samsung has reportedly set its target for smartphone shipments for the year at 320 million, just about the same figure the company achieved in 2017. This is said to be the first step in a transition to a business model focusing more on profit margins.
Nokia 4 and 7 Plus to be released in 2018
A Nokia camera app archive has been extracted to reveal files that point towards a Nokia 4 and Nokia 7 Plus. We expect the Nokia 7 Plus to be powered by the Snapdragon 660.
Phantom Redmi Note 5 to be powered by the "Snapdragon 632"
The Redmi Note 5 was said to be a confirmed no-show a few weeks ago, so it's a bit surprising to hear of a rumor claiming that a Redmi Note 5 with a mysterious Snapdragon 632 will be launched in the second half of 2018.
Details of the upcoming Helio P40 and P70 released
It's SoC week. Details of Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 640 and 670 surfaced a few days, so it's quite convenient that the specifications of MediaTek's major offerings for 2018, the Helio P4O and P70 have also been revealed.
Qualcomm are undisputed kings of the SoC market
Qualcomm's place at the head of the SoC-manufacturing table is unchallenged, with the American company boasting of a massive 42% market share in Q3 2017.
Notebookcheck's best value smartphones of 2017
Value for money. 2017 saw massive advancements in design, hardware, and, unfortunately in the case of flagship phones, price. Here we attempt to pick out the devices in each price segment that offer you the most bang for your buck.
Details of the Meizu 15 Plus revealed, Snapdragon 835 in tow
Meizu's next premium device, the 15 Plus, will uncharacteristically be powered by a Snapdragon SoC. The Snapdragon 835, in this case. Considering a March launch is expected, an 835 is just a tad underwhelming. Better late than never, some would say.
Nokia 6 (2018) listed on TENAA, Snapdragon 630 a possibility
Details of the Nokia 6 (2018) have surfaced on TENAA, with the listing showing a device that keeps most of the features of its predecessor while offering what we believe to be a significant boost in SoC power.
Huawei shipped 153 million smartphone units in 2017
Huawei's Rotating CEO, Ken Hu, has announced that the company recorded a grand total of 153 million shipments this year, a significant 10% growth from the 139 million seen in 2016.
Details of the upcoming Snapdragon 670, 640, and 460 leaked
Details of Qualcomm's upcoming SoCs, the Snapdragon 670, 640, and 460, have surfaced. While they all look rather impressive, we're not confident they'll see much use in 2018.
Oreo update said to bring fast charging to the Mi A1
The Mi A1 received its first Oreo beta update last week and a user has claimed that his phone now charges faster after updating.
Xiaomi to snub under-display fingerprint sensor on the Mi 7, opt for facial recognition instead
Xiaomi's Mi 7 is shaping up to be a flagship truly worthy of the headlines, with the company said to be working on implementing a facial recognition system on the device, while still keeping the regular fingerprint sensor.
Nokia 1 to be acolyte under new Android Go program
The Nokia 1 will be HMD's most low-end device, and there's word that it may come under the umbrella of Google's new Android Go Program.
Man dies while playing a VR video game in Russia
A 44-year-old Russian man has been reported dead after he crashed into a glass table and suffered significant wounds while playing a VR video game in his apartment.
The ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS gets a $300 price slash
The 17.3" Asus ROG Strix GL702VS with the 8 GB GTX 1070, Intel i7-7700HQ, and 75 GHz G-Sync display is currently available on Amazon for US$1399.99, US$300 off its regular price.
Honor has sold 40 million Honor X devices till date
Honor is gearing up to be heavy competitiors in the mid-range segment. The company has announced the achievement of the 40 million shipments for devices in its X-series, starting with the Honor 4X released in 2014.
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to feature 7-inch display, 5500 mAh battery, Snapdragon 660
The Mi Max series offers large devices with hefty batteries, so it's no surprise that the next device in the series, the Mi Max 3, will turn the dial to the extreme, with a larger display, bigger battery, and a SoC upgrade.
OnePlus 6 to feature under-display fingerprint sensor
OnePlus' next device, the OnePlus 6, may just feature the much-heralded under-display fingerprint sensor, and sources claim the phone could be released early as March 2018.
Android One Moto X4 receives Oreo
The Moto X4 was initially launched as an Android One phone, which guarantees timely updates due to its affiliation with Google. Users of the device received Oreo updates a few days ago.
Honor 9 Lite launched, quad cameras in tow
Honor has released the Honor 9 Lite, with the device featuring four cameras, while shipping with a price tag as low as US$180.
ZTE Axon 7 to receive Oreo by April 2018
The ZTE Axon 7 was a fan favorite, as it offered flagship features at a mid-range price point. Users of the device will enjoy the perks of Oreo, too, although they'll have to wait for a few more months.
The Moto Z2 Force receives Oreo update, soak test for Moto Z begins
Motorola has sent out Oreo beta updates to Moto Z2 Force users in Brazil, with the posted Release Note pointing towards a full rollout in the coming days.
HMD sold 21 million phones in Q3
A report by IDC has estimated HMD's total mobile phone sales for Q3 to sit at the 21 million shipments mark. That figure, of course, accounts for both feature phones and smartphones.
Mi 6X to feature iPhone X-esque dual rear camera placement
Xiaomi's Mi 5X was overshadowed by the Mi A1, even though both devices were, for all intents and purposes, the same. A leak has surfaced that suggests that the Mi 5X's successor, the Mi 6X, will adopt the same vertical dual rear camera placement seen on the iPhone X.
Honor will bring its retinue of bang for buck devices to Latin America next year
Huawei's sub-brand, Honor, recently launched its smartphones in the US, India, Europe, and the Middle East. The next region to get the company's attention will be Latin America, with the Honor 7X slated to be sold in that market for just US$199.
Nova Launcher Prime now available for $0.99
Nova Launcher, one of the best launchers for Android, is currently on sale for just US$0.99.
Images of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ revealed, S9 to feature just one rear camera
Rendered images of the Samsung Galaxy S9 have surfaced, showing the S9 with a single rear camera, the S9+ with a dual rear camera setup, and both with a new fingerprint sensor placement.
Samsung and Xiaomi to release ARM-powered Windows 10 devices next year
Asus recently announced the release of the new ARM-powered NovaGo. Lenovo is said to be working on a competitor already, and it looks like Xiaomi and Samsung may be joining the game soon, with both companies reported to be working on their Windows-on-ARM offerings.
Lenovo Zuk Z2 and Z2 Pro get Android Oreo beta
The Lenovo ZUK Z2 and Z2 Pro have received Oreo betas, which is an impressive feat as both were launched on Marshmallow and got updates to Nougat months after. Too bad there's little to no chance the world will ever see a ZUK Z3.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL get sizeable discounts
The second generation Pixels, debatably the best smartphones on the planet right now, are currently getting discounts, with US buyers getting up to a $75 price slash, and potential purchasers in the UK having the chance to snag them for up to £100 less than their RRPs.
Samsung market share expected to see 10% drop in 2018
Samsung may be the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world but analytics claim the company's dominance is set to see a decline next year, with experts expecting a 10% decline in market share.
Samsung Galaxy S9 to be unveiled at MWC in February
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to be announced on February 27, at the Mobile World Congress that will hold in Barcelona. This is plausible, of course, as previous Galaxy S devices have usually been launched within a three-week window of that specified date.
Xiaomi and Huawei set to make entry into the US market
Huawei and Xiaomi are two of the top six smartphone manufacturers, a noteworthy feat considering their dire lack of presence in the US. Both companies look set to remedy that, however, with reports claiming that there are deals on the cards that will see both sell devices in the US under different carriers.
Blackberry finally abandons the Priv
Blackberry released its first Android device two years ago in 2015. The company has finally announced that it will be withdrawing software support for the device—one that cost $700 at launch and only received one major update to Marshmallow.
The Blackview P6000 will ship with a 6180 mAh battery
There's a new Blackview device on cards. The smartphone, marketed as a heavyweight business device, will feature a large 6180 mAh battery.
Details of the Honor 9 Lite revealed
Honor has sent out invites for the launch event of a yet unnamed device. The event will take place on December 21, with the device expected to be the Honor 9 Lite.
Android OS version metrics for November released, Oreo sees pitiable climb to 0.5% market distribution
Google has released data on the current market distribution of the various versions of Android. The ranking stays the same as it was last month, with Marshmallow in first, Lollipop in second, and Nougat in third. Oreo remains irrelevant, as it only just matched Ice Cream Sandwich’s 0.5% distribution, a disturbingly unprogressive rise from its 0.3% figure last month.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ set to receive Oreo in January 2018
A member of Samsung's UK Oreo beta team has confirmed that the S8 and S8+ will receive final, stable Oreo updates in January, with the Note 8 to follow immediately after.
Huawei Enjoy 7S set for December 18 launch, details revealed
Huawei is set to announce the launch of the new Enjoy 7S at an event in Xi An, on December 13. The mid-ranger shares a lot of similarities with the Honor 9 Lite. So much, in fact, that we're tempted to claim that they're the same device in slightly different packages.
Xiaomi to launch Mi 7 and Mi 7 Plus together, both to feature full-screen displays
Xiaomi's flagships are usually among the first to be released in the year, and it looks like the next-gen offering, the Mi 7, could be launched within the next few months. The device is touted to launch alongside a plus-sized version, with both coming with tasty price tags and top of the line features.
Honor President confirms that the Honor 7X, 8, 8 Pro, 9, and V9 will get Oreo
Honor's President, George Zhao, has confirmed in an interview that the brand's current devices like the 7X, Honor 8, Honor 9, Honor 8 Pro, and Honor V9 will all get updates to Android Oreo. The 7X, in particular, is of interest, as there's a significant chance that it gets Treble.
The Nokia 6 (2018) hits TENAA
The Nokia 6 (2018) has made its way over to TENAA, with the listing on the Chinese agency's website showing images of what we should expect from the mid-ranger with the model number "TA-1054".
Nokia 5 receives Oreo beta, 6 to follow
The doors to the Nokia 5's beta program have finally been thrown open, with users of the devices able to sign up and receive the beta update.
Motorola is offering great deals on its smartphones that give you even more bang for your buck
In the spirit of the holiday season, Motorola is currently offering a number of great deals on its smartphones. Devices like the Moto X4, Moto G5 Plus, Moto Z2 Play and others currently benefit from this, which means you can nab any of them on the cheap right now.
New Honor device with quad cameras to be launched on December 13
There's another Honor device on the cards, as the company has announced its intentions to hold another launch event on December 13. Nothing is known about this device except for the fact that it will feature quad cameras.
Honor announces plans to take over Indian smartphone market by 2020
Honor President George Zhao has declared the company's intentions to rule the Indian smartphone market by 2020, a goal it hopes to achieve by releasing bang-for-buck devices under the Rs 10,000 price point.
First rumors of the Nokia 6 (2018) surface
The Nokia 6 was released way back in January, which means we're about set for the launch of its successor, the Nokia 6 (2018), possibly at MWC in February. Details of the device have surfaced online, painting the picture of a rather enticing device.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 scored an impressive 90 points on DxOMark
The Mi Note 3, Xiaomi's new mid-ranger, made the journey over to DxOMark, with the device recording a score of 90, which places it in the same bracket as devices like the first-gen Google Pixel and the iPhone 7 Plus. Not bad for a two-month-old device that currently goes for as low as US$300.
Andy Rubin returns to Essential after absence over misconduct case
Andy Rubin, founder of Essential and creator of the Android OS, went on a leave of absence at the tail end of November over a case of perceived misconduct during his time as an executive at Google.
Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 leaked
The Samsung Galaxy S8 received its Oreo beta weeks ago, so it's a bit surprising that Note 8 users have been left in the lurch. Only until now, though, as what looks like a stable internal Oreo build for the flagship has finally surfaced, with users testing it out and confirming its validity.
The Huawei P11 will adopt the iPhone X's notch
Firmware files of an unnamed Huawei flagship device, which we expect to be the Huawei P11, has revealed details pointing towards the presence of a notch at the top of the display, much like what we've seen on the Essential PH-1 and iPhone X.
Images of a full-screen Sony phone spotted in the wild
Live images of an unknown Sony Xperia device, which may be the Xperia XZ1 Premium, have surfaced, with the device featuring a unique design form that is sure to keep fans of the Japanese electronics giants on the edge of their seats.
OnePlus users petition company for Treble support
Users of OnePlus devices have created an online petition asking the company to implement Treble support on its devices. This comes days after the company staff, in an AMA, vehemently expressed its refusal to provide Treble support on any OnePlus device, even on the newly released OnePlus 5T. Update: 07/12/17
LG V30+ set for December 13 Indian debut
The LG V30 looks to be the first device in LG's V series to move away from the content creator-cum-enthusiast demographic. While the device looks incredibly good, issues with its display have marred its success commercially.
Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro set for stable Oreo release
The Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro had their Oreo beta testing programs opened a few months ago, so it comes as no surprise that both devices are finally getting stable Oreo rollouts, with the P10 and V9 to follow soon.
Samsung has no place in the Chinese smartphone market, data shows
A report by Kanta World Panel has shown the state of the Chinese smartphone market, with figures indicating Huawei's lead, Apple's growth, and Samsung's almost palpable irrelevance.
HMD executive confirms that current Nokia devices will not get Treble
There was word a while ago that the Nokia 8 would have Treble implemented on the final build of its Oreo update but that is not to be, as company CPO Juho Sarvikas has confirmed the lack of Treble on any Nokia device, much like we saw from OnePlus a while ago.
Nokia 3 to make jump to Oreo
The Nokia 3 had issues getting the update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat due to its MediaTek heritage. HMD CPO Juho Sarvikas, however, has confirmed that the entry-level device will make the jump directly to Android Oreo, assuaging the fears of users of the device.
Xiaomi Mi A1 set to begin beta testing for Oreo update
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched under the Android One program, which makes steady software updates a certainty. The device was slated to receive its Oreo update in December and there's a slim chance that deadline may actually be met, as beta testing for Oreo has finally kicked off.
Honor V10 launched globally, goes on sale in January
The Honor V10 has been confirmed, at a launch event in London today, to be available all over the world, including the US, UK, and India. The Honor flagship also comes with an attractive price tag.
Honor 7X released for American market and it may just be the king of mid-rangers
The Huawei Honor 7X is finally available in the US. It's predecessor, the Honor 6X, was an immensely successful offering, and the 7X looks set to build on that, as it offers excellent specifications at a nigh-unpassable price point.
Oreo for the Moto Z2 Force coming in a bit
The Moto Z2 Force is set to get its first taste of Oreo in the coming weeks, with the company sending out a teaser to users of the device a few days ago.
LeEco's final death may be at hand as the company puts up headquarter building for sale
LeEco's woes don't look like stopping anytime soon, as the company has finally put its headquarters building in China up for sale. The property, with a massive 20,000 square meters of space, comes with an asking price slightly over US$200M.
No phone charges faster than the OnePlus 5T, tests reveal
Ever wondered how fast some of the best devices in the world right now charge? Pretty fast, if you consider the results of a test conducted on the OnePlus, LG, Apple, Google, and Samsung flagships for 2017. The LG V30, for example, was able to build up 53% worth of battery juice in just 30 minutes of charge time, and it still wasn't the fastest.
Details of a possible Xperia XZ1s surface
Some details of Sony's next premium device have been revealed on a user agent profile online. Not much is confirmed at the moment but listed data points towards a 16:9 display, which is, perhaps, proof of Sony's obstinacy in the design department.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro may have a fingerprint sensor vulnerability
A user on Reddit has claimed that his new Huawei Mate 10 Pro shipped with a faulty fingerprint sensor that could be unlocked by anyone.
LG V30 Oreo update to have Treble, unlocked version now available
The Oreo beta update for the LG V30 that was sent out a few days ago was confirmed to not have Treble implemented. A customer rep, however, has claimed otherwise, which may mean that future builds get Treble support.
Indian Intelligence Bureau calls out smartphone apps sending data to China
The Indian Intelligence Bureau has directed its border troops to format their smartphones and delete a number of specified apps, citing the reason as a discovered data trail leading from these apps to China.
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus has a worse camera than its predecessor
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus made its trip over to popular camera benchmarking platform DxOMark over the week, with the Chinese flagship putting up numbers that failed to match what we saw on its predecessor while being significantly worse than any other flagship released this year.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Android
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly referred to as PUBG, may be the hottest thing in the gaming industry right now, with the MMO reaching a Steam record of close to three million peak players.
Oreo rollout begins for unlocked HTC U11 Life
HTC's VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, has confirmed that the U11 Life will receive Android Oreo starting today. Only unlocked versions of the device will receive it now, though, as was the case with the U11.
LG V30 and V30+ receive Oreo beta
The LG V30 and V30+ were released a few months ago, with both devices running on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Users in South Korea, however, have started receiving Oreo beta updates. We expect an international rollout soon.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus to launch on December 7
Xiaomi has released a post on Chinese platform Weibo that specifies the launch date for the upcoming Redmi 5 and its plus-sized sibling. Considering how close the launch date is, it's quite surprising that actual details of the devices are anything but confirmed at the moment.
A Snapdragon 625 on the Redmi Note 5 may be the biggest mistake Xiaomi ever makes
Leaks surfacing last week point towards the next-gen Redmi Note 5 shipping with the Snapdragon 625, a thought that is sure to ring sour in the minds of Xiaomi fans across the globe.
The fight for Net Neutrality is on...you should take action today
The US Federal Communications Commission is set to cast a vote that will repeal the Net Neutrality laws that keep the Internet fun for everyone. American or not, it's time you had a say in this matter. Let your voice be heard today.
The Xperia XZ Premium is available for $550
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is currently on sale on Best Buy and Amazon for just $550, $150 off its launch price, which is an incredible bargain for one of the few Android devices with a 4k display.
Nokia 8 gets Oreo update, 5 and 6 to follow
HMD has sent out a final, stable Oreo update to the Nokia 8, effectively making them the third OEM to do so—impressive no matter how you look at it—with the Nokia 5 and 6 to follow suit in the coming weeks.
The Xperia XZ and XZs receive Oreo
Sony has sent out Oreo updates to the Xperia XZ and XZs, keeping up its good form of sending updates out on time. We expect the Xperia X phones—X, X Performance, and X Compact to receive their updates in the coming weeks.
The Moto Z2 Force is up for grabs for under $400
The Moto Z2 Force is currently available on T-Mobile, with prospective buyers having the option to pay it off at once for just US$375, an impressive 48% discount off its regular retail price of US$720.
There's a chance the OnePlus 6 copies the iPhone X's design
Images of the upcoming OPPO R13 have surfaced online. The device could very well pass off as an iPhone X. Considering the relationship between OPPO and OnePlus, we wouldn't be surprised to see the OnePlus 6 take the same form.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 may just receive Android Oreo
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is way over two years old, so it comes as a pleasant surprise that Samsung service representatives have confirmed that the device will receive Android Oreo in the near future.
You can snag an LG G6 for a smidgen over £360 in the UK
The G6, LG's flagship released earlier in the year has seen a massive price slash over the months from its launch price of £649. Prospective buyers in the UK can get one on the cheap right now for just £363.
Apple are kings of the UK smartphone market
Data by Counterpoint has shown Apple's position as the kings of the UK smartphone market, albeit with a nigh-intangible advantage over rivals Samsung. Alcatel, surprisingly, finds a spot in the top five—just below Huawei, and above Motorola.
A generic AOSP ROM booting on the Mate 9 may be the biggest milestone in recent Android history
The Huawei Mate 9 was updated to support Project Treble on its Oreo beta. A user on XDA-Developers has successfully installed and booted a generic version of AOSP Android on the device in what may just be a groundbreaking event in the history of Android.
Xiaomi kicks off Oreo beta program for the Mi 6
Xiaomi has kickstarted its closed Oreo beta-testing program, with selection currently ongoing and expected to last for a few weeks. The open beta is expected to begin by January 2018.
No Treble for the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus confirms
In an AMA on OnePlus forums yesterday, company staff confirmed that no current OnePlus device—5T inclusive—will be updated to support Google's new Project Treble.
Live images of a possible Huawei Nova 3 and the Honor V10 spotted in the wild
Images of an unknown device carrying the "Aurora" brand name have surfaced, and we have reason to believe the device in question is the Huawei Nova 3. It's either that, or the Huawei P11.
Blackview offering a number of discounts for potential European buyers
Blackview is offering a number of discounts on its smartphones on Amazon today, with buyers in the UK, Spain, and France getting the chance to snag these devices on the cheap.
Released details of the Honor V10 point towards a nigh-perfect flagship
Final specifications of the upcoming Huawei Honor V10 have surfaced, and the Chinese flagship looks to be one of the best in its space, for the year. On paper, at least.
The Ulefone Power 3 will come with a hefty 6100 mAh battery
The Ulefone Power 3 is set for a December release, with the device expected to feature a 6100 mAh battery and an 18:9 display. More importantly, it's said to run on Android 8.1 out of the box, which would be an impressive feat for an OEM in Ulefone's weight class.
The BV9000 Pro is Blackview's next rugged premium device
The BV9000 Pro is expected to launch sometime next week, according to our sources, with the rugged device offering a number of improvements over its predecessor that was released a few months ago.
Multiple deals for Huawei and Sony
Update: Huawei has set out a series of impressive deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hop in to find out which one catches your fancy.
The OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo by the end of the year
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo beta updates by the end of the year, with the full, stable update to come in early 2018. The Oreo beta program for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been opened for months.
You can snag a Nokia 8 for under $500
The Nokia 8, one of the few no-nonsense flagships currently on the market, is currently available on Amazon US for just a bit over $470, and on Amazon UK for £380.
Meizu set to snub US market
Meizu's Head of Global Marketing, Ard Boudeling, has confirmed that the Chinese manufacturers will not be attempting to sell their devices in the US anytime soon, although other American markets are still game.
You can snag an Xperia XZ1 Compact for less than $500
The Xperia XZ1 Compact is currently on sale on Best Buy at a bargain price of $499.99, $100 off its MSRP of $600. The XZ1 Compact is the only true compact premium phone this year, and lovers of smaller devices may want to jump on this deal.
Gionee M7 Plus spotted in the wild, Snapdragon 660 in tow
Gionee's upcoming M7 Plus has been spotted on a few benchmarks, with the mid-range device making a few improvements on the M7 that was released in September.
Essential PH-1 now equipped with Treble
A user on Essential's Reddit community has discovered the presence of Google's new Treble API on their PH-1 after updating to the Oreo beta that was released yesterday.
You can snag a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for under $800
A reputable seller on eBay currently has the Samsung Galaxy Note 8—brand new, unlocked, 64 GB—on sale for a bargain price of US$790. Pretty great deal when you consider the fact that its rival, the iPhone X, goes for US$200 more.
Redmi Note 5 listed online
The Redmi Note 5 has been listed on JD.com, which may be a sign that we're set to get the mid-range killers in the coming weeks. Details of the device are unknown at the moment but we expect to see either the Snapdragon 630 or 636 on it, which would make for a delightful package, especially at the prices touted.
Global smartphone market sees rise in Q3
Average smartphone prices have seen a 7% rise over the course of the last year, and that's undoubtedly a product of the market's growth, with shipments for 2017 expected to total 7.4% more than what we saw in 2016.
Marshmallow still most popular version of Android with 31% market distribution
Google has released Google Play install statistics which show that Marshmallow is still the most widely used version of Android with a 30.9% market distribution. Oreo comes in dead last—yes, even worse than Gingerbread—with just 0.3%.
Qualcomm unequivocally rejects Broadcom's advances
Following Broadcom's unsolicited proposal to buy out Qualcomm a few days ago, the Qualcomm Board of Directors has reached a unanimous decision to reject any such advances.
Apple expected to topple Samsung in Q4
Analytics firm TrendForce has released a report on the smartphone market, with Samsung, Apple, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi having the top six spots, in that order. The report predicts a decline in Samsung shipments in Q4, however, and a rapid rise in Apple's that would give the American giants the top spot.