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Realme's new X3 SuperZoom campaign. (Source: Realme Indonesia)

The Realme X3 SuperZoom will launch in Indonesia, and also possibly India, soon

Realme Indonesia has announced that its latest premium phone, the X3 SuperZoom, will arrive in this market on June 16, 2020. Meanwhile, other leaks suggest that this device is also headed to India, perhaps with some additional var...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 21:52:00 +0200
The Poco F2 Pro does not start at €499. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Poco F2 Pro: Xiaomi may have been misleading customers with its "flagship killer pricing"

Xiaomi fans may have had a rude awakening when purchasing the Poco F2 Pro on Mi.com. Proudly announced for the "flagship killer price" of €499, it turns out that Xiaomi never intended to sell the Poco F2 Pro for that price at all....
Alex Alderson, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 21:08:00 +0200
The Kirin 985 5G chipset is based on a 7nm manufacturing process. (Image source: Honor)

Kirin 820 and Kirin 985 smartphones storm the latest AnTuTu midrange device chart but it's still the Dimensity 1000L in the OPPO Reno3 5G that commands

The Kirin 820 and Kirin 985 chips from Huawei have stormed into the AnTuTu best-performing midrange smartphone chart for May, with five out of the 10 smartphones listed featuring one of these Kirin SoCs. However, the MediaTek Dime...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 20:21:00 +0200
EMUI 10.1 will be available in Europe soon

EMUI 10.1 roadmap for Europe revealed; rollout to start in June

The EMUI 10.1 and Magic UI 3.1 update is expected to arrive in Europe starting June. The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will receive it first in June, followed by Mate 20, Mate 20 X, Huawei Nova 5T and Mate 20 Pro, which will get the soft...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 20:05:00 +0200
The OnePlus 8 Pro costs from US$899. (Image source: OnePlus)

OPPO Find X2 Pro leads BBK Electronics-dominated AnTuTu flagship smartphone chart as the OnePlus 8 Pro makes its first appearance

AnTuTu has revealed its fastest flagship smartphone chart for May and there are three OPPO devices in the top four positions, headed by the OPPO Find X2 Pro. The new OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone has found a place in the BBK Electronic...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:43:00 +0200
The camera module now looks different, but otherwise there are only minimal changes in the P Smart 2020.

Huawei P Smart 2020: Can a smartphone with a single camera still keep up?

The Huawei P Smart 2020 only brings a single camera lens, and with Android 9, the operating system is also not current anymore. Is the makeshift update of the s...
HiSilicon Kirin 710 | ARM Mali-G51 MP4 | 6.21" | 163 g
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:33:00 +0200
Xperia 10 II: Sony's new mid-range smartphone is surprisingly repairable. (Image source: Sony)

Xperia 10 II: Sony's new mid-range smartphone is surprisingly repairable

The Sony Xperia 10 II is here after months of waiting. The device, which features a 6.0-inch display and a Snapdragon 665 SoC, has been shown to have more modular and repairable parts than many of its peers.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:50:00 +0200
Business-grade phishing poses business-grade risks. (Source: Pixabay)

The rate of mobile phishing aimed at businesses grew by 37% by the end of March 2020

The security group Lookout has released the results of its latest study of fraud that targets phones or tablets owned by enterprises. It found that the number of such incidents grew by 37.1% between the last quarter of 2019 and th...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:01:00 +0200
The Epic Games Store is coming to mobile devices

Epic Games Store coming to Android and iOS soon

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny said in an interview that the company plans on bringing the Epic Games Store to Android and iOS soon. The Fortnite launcher on Android has been rebranded as the Epic launcher, implying that its release co...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:51:00 +0200
OnePlus Z hits Geekbench with a Snapdragon 765G and 12 GB of RAM. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @91Mobiles)

OnePlus Z hits Geekbench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and 12 GB of RAM

A possible OnePlus Z has appeared on Geekbench, complete with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset and 12 GB of RAM. OnePlus is expected to launch the OnePlus Z next month for around US$500.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0200
Vivo had a reportedly excellent 1Q2020. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo shipped 24.8 million phones in the first quarter of 2020: new research

Based on a new report released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), Vivo now claims it is the #5 smartphone OEM in terms of market share and shipment volumes. It attributes this success to recent launches such as the S1 Pr...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:10:00 +0200
The Mi 9. (Source: Xiaomi)

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 numb...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:08:00 +0200
The Exynos 850 is Samsung's latest SoC

Samsung releases new Exynos 850 SoC for low-cost smartphones

Merely a week after it released a 5G-ready Exynos 880, Samsung has released a new Exynos 850 SoC. The 8nm chip consists of eight ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, comes with a Mali G-52GPU, and supports a single 21MP or dual...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:44:00 +0200
One of Huawei's new patents. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)

Huawei patents what look like flagship phones with under-display cameras

Selfie cameras that can hide under display panels are probably the natural evolution of the current punch-hole trend in smartphones. Huawei has reportedly filed patents for devices with this technology. Their similarity to the cur...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:17:00 +0200
It is not yet clear in what colours Apple will offer the iPhone 12 series. (Image source: ConceptsiPhone)

A concept video shows how stylish the Apple iPhone 12 Pro could look in Navy Blue

Plenty is already seemingly known about the so-called iPhone 12 series. One element that remains unknown, at the least, for the time being, is in what colours Apple will offer its next flagships. A concept designer has sought to a...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:26:00 +0200
The new Xiaomi Type-C 65 W PD fast charger has a foldable pin. (Image source: JD.com)

Xiaomi's new Type-C 65 W PD fast charger will fully charge a MacBook Pro 13 in under two hours and costs just 99 yuan (US$14)

Xiaomi has released a new USB Type-C 65 W PD fast charger that can be used with a diverse range of products from the Dell XPS 15 through the Nintendo Switch to the Redmi K20 Pro. Xiaomi claims the 99 yuan (US$14) product can fully...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 19:22:00 +0200
Nokia is working on a low-cost 5G phone powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 800 chip

A MediaTek Dimensity 800 powered Nokia mid-ranger is reportedly in the works

Nokia is reportedly working on a 5G-ready smartphone that is powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 800 series of chips. However, the mystery device will only be unveiled by Q1 2021. In the meanwhile, Nokia has other 5G phones in the pip...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:53:00 +0200
The OPPO Reno4 series may look like this. (Source: Weibo)

OPPO sets a launch date for the Reno4 series as a possible 12GB variant leaks onto Geekbench

OPPO has announced that the Reno4 series of smartphones will launch on June 5, 2020. This line is currently thought to have vanilla and Pro variants. One of them may have found its way onto Geekbench 5, which reveals it may have 1...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:34:00 +0200
OLED screens, like the one used in the iPhone 11 Pro Max, may soon be usurped by microLED. (Image via Notebookcheck review)

Apple considers $330 million investment in Taiwanese microLED factory for future iPhones and MacBooks

Apple is considering a large US$330 million investment in a microLED manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The investment would be a joint venture with Epistar and AU Optronics. This investment could lead to the use of microLED displays ...
Sam Medley, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:40:00 +0200
The ZTE Axon 11 SE 5G delivers 5G connectivity at under US$300 (Image source: Gizchina)

ZTE launches its cheapest 5G smartphone yet, the ZTE Axon 11 SE 5G: Mediatek Dimensity 800, 48MP primary shooter, and a 4000 mAh battery at US$280

ZTE just launched the ZTE Axon 11 SE 5G, its cheapest 5G smartphone yet at US$280. The budget device features the Mediatek Dimensity 800 SoC, along with a triple camera setup and a hefty 4000 mAh fast charging battery.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:39:00 +0200
The Vivo X50 Pro+ features a Snapdragon 865 SoC.(Image source: Vivo)

Vivo X50 Pro+ launched: a new camera flagship in the making?

Surprise, surprise. Vivo has announced a Pro+ edition of the X50, just as Huawei did with its P40 series. Featuring a Snapdragon 865, a new 50 MP camera sensor, and Google services, will the Vivo X50 Pro+ be the P30 Pro successor ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:31:00 +0200
The Honor Play 4 purportedly offers an innovative temperature measuring feature (Image source: Gizchina)

The Kirin 990 and Dimensity 800-powered Honor Play 4 series will feature a contactless, infrared body temperature scanner, potentially aiding COVID-19 detection efforts

The US$420 Honor Play 4 Pro will feature a contactless, infrared body temperature scanner. The technology, which works like a forehead gun thermometer, should help in COVID-19 detection efforts. The series will likely include a Pr...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:28:00 +0200
This particular wallpaper can potentially soft-brick your Android smartphone. (Image Source: Ice Universe on Twitter)

PSA | Cursed wallpaper soft-bricks several Android phones: Details and possible workarounds

It has been found that a certain wallpaper can soft-brick several Android phones particularly newer Samsung phones and Google Pixels. Apparently, this is due to Android's SystemUI not being able to handle the higher Google Skia co...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:46:00 +0200
The Huawei P40 Pro+. (Source: Huawei)

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 anot...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:40:00 +0200
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro. (Source: Slickdeals)

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...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 09:42:00 +0200
The Nokia C5 Endi. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia launches the C5 Endi via Cricket Wireless

Nokia has conducted a new budget phone debut via Cricket Wireless in the US. The C5 Endi is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, has 3GB of RAM and triple rear cameras. It is joined by new SKUs of the C2, which have dual rear ca...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 31 May 2020 21:50:00 +0200
Disney+ has skyrocketed in recent months. (Source: Disney)

Disney+ is now the 4th most popular streaming service in the US: new study

Disney launched its own streaming services only about 6 months ago. Despite this, a new study has found that 25% of its US-based respondents have already subscribed to it. This puts it in the top 5 of such apps alongside more esta...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 31 May 2020 21:03:00 +0200
Huawei has confirmed that up to 13 devices are now eligible for EMUI 10.1. (Image source: Huawei via ITHome)

Huawei confirms that up to 13 devices are now eligible for EMUI 10.1

Huawei has confirmed that a host of its devices are now eligible to be upgraded to EMUI 10.1. The same applies to several Honor devices, too. Huawei's latest OS introduces several changes and is called Magic UI 3.1 for Honor smart...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 31 May 2020 18:55:00 +0200
The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro have started receiving EMUI 10.1 in Europe. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Huawei begins the global rollout of EMUI 10.1 for the P30 and P30 Pro

Owners of Huawei's last Google-certified flagships have started receiving EMUI 10.1, putting the P30 and P30 Pro on software parity with the P40 series. The OS update brings plenty of small improvements and also upgrades the two d...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 31 May 2020 17:51:00 +0200
One UI is a brilliant skin by all metrics. (Source; Samsung)

Opinion | 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'...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 31 May 2020 16:16:00 +0200
The Redmi 9A is expected to succeed the Redmi 8A pictured here (Image source: Mi)

Redmi 9C, Redmi 9A, and Redmi 9 specs and pricing leak: Mediatek G70 and 5000 mAh battery under US$200

Tipster @Sudhanshu1414 recently revealed specs and estimated pricing for the entire Redmi 9 series. The Mediatek Helios-powered Redmi 9, the Redmi 9C, and the Redmi 9A are expected soon in India and international markets at a stic...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 31 May 2020 16:08:00 +0200
Don't expect the immediate successor to the Exynos 990 to be a complete overhaul. (Source: Samsung)

Why the Exynos 992 is unlikely to get ARM's new Cortex-A78 or Cortex-X1 cores

A few sites have been reporting that Samsung’s new Exynos 992 chipset that could feature in the Galaxy Note 20 line will incorporate ARM’s new Cortex-A78 cores and in-house custom team Cortex-X1 cores. However, given both the mino...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 31 May 2020 10:45:00 +0200
The Vivo iQOO 3 is currently the cheapest Snapdragon 865 device on the Indian market (Image source: Flipkart)

Cheapest Snapdragon 865 phone in India: Vivo iQOO 3 gets discounted to just US$423, 25 percent cheaper than OnePlus 8

A special discount offer makes the Vivo iQOO 3 the cheapest Snapdragon 865 phone available on the Indian market right now. Undercutting the OnePlus 8 by 25 percent, the discounted iQOO 3 offers remarkable value for money with an 8...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 31 May 2020 09:56:00 +0200
A potentially more durable Galaxy Fold successor? (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Galaxy Fold Active? Samsung patents a waterproof version of its first foldable phone

Samsung has filed a patent for a foldable phone with a "waterproof housing". The document's images depicts this device as similar to the Galaxy Fold, but with a tougher-looking, possibly thicker, chassis. However, the internal tab...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 30 May 2020 23:07:00 +0200
Purported Xperia 5 II renders. (Source: @NodSikharulidze)

Rumor | 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 prem...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 30 May 2020 22:07:00 +0200
The new Samsung Money card. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches its own Apple Card-esque service in the US

Samsung Money is a new partnership between this OEM and SoFi that offers a new type of Mastercard-issued debit card. It also extends benefits such as a fee-free account and potentially increased interest on savings. This new arm o...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 30 May 2020 20:42:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 8. (Source: Xiaomi)

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...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 30 May 2020 09:54:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

May 2020 Update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:31:00 +0200
How good is the 108 MP camera of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro with the Google GCam?

88% Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro review: GCam port vs. stock camera – Serious differences to some extent

There's still a lot of potential in the Xiaomi phone. We compare photos taken with the stock camera app of the Mi 10 Pro with a current port of the Google camera app (GCam) for the Xiaomi smartphone. In our camera comparison you'll find out how big the differences are and if the GCam port solves the camera problems of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 | Qualcomm Adreno 650 | 6.67" | 208 g
Marcus Herbrich, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:25:00 +0200
There will be no more McLaren themed phones from OnePlus

McLaren confirms that it is no longer working with OnePlus

McLaren has just acknowledged that its partnership with OnePlus has ended. The company doesn't explicitly state why the nearly two-year-old endeavor came to an end and hopes that it can work with OnePlus in the future. OnePlus sti...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:23:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

May 2020 Update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:22:00 +0200
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Compact Smartphones

May 2020 Update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:15:00 +0200
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

May 2020 update. Upper class. Up until a few years ago, high-end smartphones were usually in the price range of between 500 and 600 USD/Euros, but this segment is now occupied by upper class models and older high-end smartphones. The latter might not be new anymore, but are still good alternatives.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 20:06:00 +0200
The Motorola One Vision Plus apparently looks like this. (Source: Google)

A new leak may spill the Motorola One Fusion Plus' internal specs

Motorola may launch a phone called the One Fusion Plus soon. Its existing leak appears to show that it will, unlike its immediate predecessor, have a display with a waterdrop-style notch. Now, it seems to have surfaced on Geekbenc...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 29 May 2020 19:53:00 +0200
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

May 2020 Update. Smile please! Here you will find the best smartphones for digital photography including a big picture comparison. Our list of the best camera smartphones is regularly updated, maintained, and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 19:52:00 +0200
Top 10 Smartphones under 160 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 160 Euros

May 2020 Update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 160 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 18:42:00 +0200
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

May 2020 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 29 May 2020 18:41:00 +0200
Does not take advantage of its 108-MP camera: the Xiaomi Mi 10

Xiaomi Mi 10: Without good software, a lot of megapixels won't help

Xiaomi advances into new megapixel spheres with its Mi models. But the manufacturer forgets an important point for good smartphone photos: the software.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 | Qualcomm Adreno 650 | 6.67" | 208 g
Mike Wobker, Fri, 29 May 2020 17:54:00 +0200
Apple is selling refurbished iPhone XRs on its website

Refurbished iPhone XR units are now available for sale in the US on Apple's website

Refurbished Apple iPhone XR models are now available for purchase on Apple's website. The 64GB version costs $499, while the 128GB and 256GB variants retail at $539 and $629, respectively. Apple says that all phones come with a ne...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 29 May 2020 17:34:00 +0200
The Galaxy Note 20 may feature a 5 nm SoC. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @Pigtou_)

Galaxy Note 20: 5 nm Exynos 992 or Snapdragon 865 and a 4,300 mAh battery for Samsung's next flagship?

Rumour has it that the Exynos 992 is headed to the Galaxy Note 20 series and that it will be manufactured on a 5 nm process. Apparently featuring new ARM Cortex-A78 and Mali-G78 cores, the Note 20 has been spotted with a 4,300 mAh...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 29 May 2020 17:33:00 +0200

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