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These new photos match the renders released by OnLeaks earlier this year. (Image source: OnLeaks)

Rumour | OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro appear in hands-on images

OnePlus is slated to release its new trio of smartphones soon, rumoured to be the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite. While leaks and renders of the devices have already been posted online, someone seems to have gotten th...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 23:22:00 +0100
Some private WhatsApp group invite links may be searchable. (Source: WhatsApp)

App researchers report that WhatsApp group invites are searchable online

WhatsApp sets a lot of store by the privacy in messaging it supposedly offers. However, allegations that links that invite new users to private groups are searchable online have recently emerged. This is due to the fact Google has...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 23:14:00 +0100
The Sony Xperia 1 II. (Source: Max Weinbach)

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...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 18:18:00 +0100
Future Samsung phones may have a waterfall display. (Source: Vivo)

Samsung patents its take on the waterfall display

Samsung has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) for a kind of display that, despite curving down around the sides of the phone, can also have physical buttons. This, in effect, is a new kind of punch-ho...
Deirdre O\\\\\\\'Donnell, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 15:03:00 +0100
The Mi A-series peaked with the Mi A1. (Source: Mi)

Feature | 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 q...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 09:20:00 +0100
The LG G8. (Source: LG)

Opinion | 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 ...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 22 Feb 2020 09:30:00 +0100
Samsung's new VI line in South Korea. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's most advanced factory is up and running

Samsung's newest production line is unique among the OEM's fabricators in that it is dedicated to the extreme UV lithography (EUV) process. This means that it is capable of making chipsets of the up-to-date 7-nanometer (nm) variet...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 23:14:00 +0100
Say what you will about the iPhone notch, it's great for the TOF market. (Source: Apple)

The time-of-flight (TOF) sensor market may hit nearly US$7 billion in 5 years

Time-of-flight (or TOF) sensors became a hallmark of flagship phones as of 2018. They may enhance 3D perception in these devices for photography or even biometrics purposes. However, they are also now projected to become important...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 21:53:00 +0100
The Galaxy A71 5G may be here soon. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is now a certified Wi-Fi device

The Galaxy A71 may be a convincing upper-mid range device; however, several leaks suggest Samsung has decided it would be improved with a 5G variant. This phone - the SM-A7160 - has now appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance certification...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 21:06:00 +0100
Bestsellers: The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro will be available in new batches until February 28. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are back in stock, but only in batches

The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are in high demand at the moment, with the first two batches of handsets selling out almost instantly. After selling around US$28.5 million worth of units in under a minute, Xiaomi has now announced ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:53:00 +0100
This is the LG V60 ThinQ. Image via Android Headlines.

Renders of LG V60 ThinQ leak, showing few design changes from V50 ThinQ and G8X ThinQ

A leaked render posted by Android Headlines shows off the upcoming LG V60 ThinQ. The flagship phone retains much of the design language from the G8X and V50 ThinQ, including a waterdrop notch and a dedicated Google Assistant butto...
Sam Medley, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:44:00 +0100
Xiaomi may also upgrade the rear cameras with a 64 MP sensor. (Image Source: XiaomiToday)

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 gaming phone specs leak out

3C spilled the beans about the 5G certification and the inclusion of a 65 W charger, then Xiaomi confirmed the 65 W fast charging feature also revealing that the Black Shark 3 includes a 5,000 mAh battery that can be fully charged...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:32:00 +0100
The Xperia L4, what was Sony thinking? (Image source: Sony)

Sony limps into 2020 with the Xperia L4

So, Sony has announced its first Xperia smartphone of 2020. Do not get your hopes up, though. The L4 retains the 21:9 display of recent Xperia smartphones, along with the underwhelming 2-year old chipset that powered its predecess...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:00:00 +0100
The Mi A2 started receiving Android 10 last month. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Rumour | Xiaomi may have pulled the Android 10 update for the Mi A2 again

While the Mi A3 continues its wait for Android 10, its predecessor received its final OS upgrade last month. The upgrade path to Android 10 for the Mi A2 has not proven straightforward though, with it being possible that Xiaomi ha...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:50:00 +0100
The OnePlus 7T Pro. (Source: OnePlus)

DxOMark | 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 id...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:57:00 +0100
Reliance Jio has introduced a new plan in India.

Reliance Jio's Rs. 2,121 plan has you covered for 336 days with 1.5 GB of data per day, and more

Reliance Jio has announced its Rs. 2,121 ($30) plan that gives subscribers 1.5 GB of mobile data per day along other benefits such as 12,000 minutes of talk time for other networks, and access to Jio apps. The announcement comes s...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:49:00 +0100
Apple will let users set third-party apps as the default.

Apple might let users set third-party apps as defaults in a future version of iOS

Apple may soon let you set third-party apps as the default on iPhones. Currently, users are forced to use Apple's offerings as the default app for opening links, emails, navigation, etc. The feature is expected to make its way alo...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 01:12:00 +0100
Nubia has discounted the Red Magic 3. (Source: Nubia)

The Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone gets a price cut

The Red Magic 3 was the first phone to launch in 2019 with a 90 hertz (Hz) refresh rate in its AMOLED display. Now, its maker Nubia has announced a new discount for the phone. But is it worth holding out until its next generation ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:59:00 +0100
Verizon says it will keep selling the Pixels of the future. (Source: Amazon)

Verizon refutes a report that it will not sell the Pixel 5

Verizon has provided Google's own-brand phones through its stores since their first generation. However, the latest leak on this subject alleged that the carrier would not continue on with the Pixel 5. The company has refuted thes...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:58:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro should go down as a classic. (Source: Huawei)

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 ...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:56:00 +0100
These OPPO phones now have an Android 10 beta program. (Source: Twitter)

OPPO announces an Android 10 beta program for the Find X and R17 series

OPPO has announced new beta programs to help bring the latest version of Color OS (based on Android 10) to some of its 2018 phones. These are the flagship Find X, the R17 and its Pro variant. Places in these programs are available...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 21:21:00 +0100
The ZTE Blade A7 2019. (Source: GearBest)

ZTE will refresh its Blade A7 for 2020 soon

The ZTE Blade A7 was a decent budget smartphone prospect in 2019. Now, new FCC documentation indicates that its name will be applied to a new device this year. This refresh, unlike its predecessor, will have triple rear cameras an...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 20:49:00 +0100
This is just a fan render of what the Redmi K30 Pro could look like. (Image source: Slashleaks)

Opinion | No, this is not the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro

The Redmi K30 Pro may have just passed through the CCC, but this is not what Xiaomi's next flagship will look like. Posted on Slashleaks as a render of the K30 Pro, it is nothing more than a fan render.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 20:46:00 +0100
The Redmi K30 5G has plenty of high-end features, not least a 120 Hz display and 5G connectivity. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Redmi K30: Xiaomi brings 64 MP cameras, 5G connectivity and 120 Hz to the mid-range

The Xiaomi Redmi K30, also sold as the POCO X2 in India, offers more than most contemporary mid-range smartphones. Not only does the device have a 64 MP main re...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G | Qualcomm Adreno 620 | 6.67" | 208 g
Alex Alderson, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:30:00 +0100
The Mi A3 is now slated to receive Android 10 in March. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is not receiving Android 10 this month, after all

The release of Android 10 for the Mi A3 is bordering on farcical. Hyped by Xiaomi as one of the first devices that would receive Android 10, the Android One device is still languishing on Android 9.0 Pie. The end may now be in sig...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:09:00 +0100
The Redmi K30 Pro 5G will likely feature the same design as the Redmi K30. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro 5G models appear on CCC

The Redmi K30 5G impressed us during our recent review, and now the Redmi K30 Pro 5G has reared its head again. This time on the Compulsory Certification of China (CCC), Xiaomi has certified two models, which are likely to be rock...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:09:00 +0100
The Vivo iQOO 3 will launch in India of February 25th.

iQOO 3 5G specs leaked ahead of launch; will pack a quad-camera setup, Snapdragon 865 and more

The upcoming Vivo iQOO 3's specs have been leaked just five days before its February 25th launch. It will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel that has a refresh rate of 90Hz and a 4,400 mAh batter...
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:13:00 +0100
The Android 11 preview has appeared. (Source: Google)

Google releases the first Android 11 Developer Preview

Google has made the Developer Preview page for the next version of Android live. This build is now available to download onto certain devices, Pixel phones included. It exhibits changes such as new security measures, privacy safeg...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:33:00 +0100
A 6.7-inch display, quad-cameras and a 4,500 mAh battery, the Galaxy A71 has a lot going for it. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy A71: An XXL smartphone with quad cameras and unrivalled battery life

The Galaxy A71 is a mid-range smartphone, but that does not mean that Samsung has done things by halves. On the contrary, the company has included a 6.7-inch Su...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 | Qualcomm Adreno 618 | 6.7" | 179 g
Alex Alderson, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 22:17:00 +0100
Can the Realme X2 still reach 65% charge after 30 minutes? (Image source: Realme)

Rumour | Realme handicaps the charging speed of the Realme X2

30 W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 is one of Realme's main selling points for the Realme X2, with the company boasting that the device can reach 65% charge in just 30 minutes. However, that may longer not be the case following a new updat...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:15:00 +0100
Anyone for some Galaxy Note 20 series concept renders? (Image source: Windows United)

Rumour | Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Plus and Note 20 Ultra renders show a boxy design and a taste of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung may have only just released the Galaxy S20 series, but people are already speculating about what the successors to the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus will look like. Imagined as the Note 20, Note 20 Plus and Note 20 Ultra, all r...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:12:00 +0100
The Pocophone F1 started receiving Android 10 in January. (Image source: AndroidPIT)

Not received Android 10 on your Pocophone F1 yet? You're not alone

While Xiaomi started pushing Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 to the Pocophone F1 last month, many handsets are yet to receive the OS upgrade. Now the General Manager of POCO India has weighed in on the matter, and his response has se...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:07:00 +0100
Pokemon GO's anti-cheating features have reportedly turned on TWRP. (Source: XDA)

Pokemon GO reportedly blocks players using Android custom recovery or backup methods

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) is a popular alternative recovery used by those who like to root and modify their Androids. A new thread on Reddit asserts that Pokemon GO will not work if it detects signs of it in a device's stor...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:23:00 +0100
TSMC may be prevented from selling chipsets to Huawei soon. (Source: TSMC)

Huawei faces chip supply disruptions in new trade war-related twist

Numerous chipset foundries, TSMC included, use equipment from US-based firms to make their products. Now, the same nation's current administration may be able to leverage this fact in order to stop the supply of silicon to Huawei....
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:38:00 +0100
It could have gone better for the Z Flip at iFixit. (Source: YouTube)

The Galaxy Z Flip may be more fragile than Samsung would like you to think

Samsung's second-generation foldable phone was launched along with claims that the OEM had made some strides in keeping this form-factor clear of potentially destructive dust and debris. A new video by teardown specialists iFixit ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:13:00 +0100
3x optical zoom for the Galaxy S20 and S20+? Not quite

Update | 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 l...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:23:00 +0100
The 108 MP sensor is almost as big as four telephoto sensors. (Image Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro teardown pics and benchmarks pop up online

Xiaomi did not want to wait until review sites post meticulous teardowns of the Mi 10 Pro, so it went ahead and posted an official disassembly video highlighting all the small wonders packed inside the powerful flagship. The first...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:00:00 +0100
A new Realme X50 Pro 5G teaser. (Source: Realme)

The Realme X50 Pro 5G will launch in India and Europe at about the same time

Realme has announced that it will add an Indian event to its date for the X50 Pro debut's live-stream from Madrid, Spain. This new show will take place on 14:30, February 24, 2020, or about 30 minutes before the European stream st...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:57:00 +0100
The LG G7 ThinQ. (Source: LG)

The LG G7 ThinQ is spotted running Android 10 on Geekbench

LG's G7 ThinQ is a flagship phone that is still less than 2 years old; despite this, the OEM is yet to provide it with a stable Android 10 upgrade. However, there are now signs that it is progressing in beta form, at least. It com...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:21:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's display is "Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect".

DisplayMate awards the "Best Smartphone Display" title once again, this time to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

DisplayMate has concluded that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's display is "visually indistinguishable from perfect" and has awarded no less than 12 awards to the phone. The publication gave the Galaxy S20 Ultra's display an A+ rati...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:47:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup to get display-related software update

WQHD+ 120 Hz software update allegedly coming soon to the Galaxy S20 series

Currently limited at full HD resolution due to battery life-related concerns, the 120 Hz display refresh might soon become available for the Galaxy S20 lineup since Samsung is reportedly working on a software update that will brin...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:27:00 +0100
The leaked Galaxy A71 5G scores are markedly better than the vanilla A71 (Image source: Samsung)

Leaked Galaxy A71 5G Exynos 980 results surface on Geekbench: Midrange 5G SoC pips the Galaxy S8

A new 5G variant of the Galaxy A71 was recently spotted on Geekbench. Sporting the Exynos 980, Samsung's first 5G-integrated SoC, the Galaxy A71 5G delivered better single and multi-core scores than the vanilla Galaxy A71.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 10:32:00 +0100
Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G

82% Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G Smartphone Review: A 5G smartphone with a 120 Hz screen at a bargain price

Buttery smooth. The Redmi K30, sold as the POCO X2 in India, relies on high-end features like 5G connectivity, a 120 Hz panel and the new Sony IMX686 image sensor. It starts at around 250 Euros (~$270) though, undercutting even a significant portion of most current mid-range smartphones. There are downsides though, as our review will discuss.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G | Qualcomm Adreno 620 | 6.67" | 208 g
Marcus Herbrich, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 10:14:00 +0100
The Mi A3. (Source: Mi)

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 ha...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 07:54:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite: Recommended for bargain hunters

At first glance, the Note10 Lite appears to be a normal phablet with support for pen input. However, Samsung has now reduced the price compared to past devices ...
Samsung Exynos 9810 | ARM Mali-G72 MP18 | 6.7" | 199 g
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 21:12:00 +0100
The Redemption ANCs and their charging case. (Source: House of Marley)

House of Marley launches its first ANC pair of TWS earbuds

House of Marley has released its second-gen TWS earbuds, called the Redemption ANCs. Unlike their predecessors, they resemble Apple AirPods, albeit ones finished in sustainable bamboo. They also have a 4-mic system for voice calls...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 20:29:00 +0100
Microsoft's new mobile app icon. (Source: Google Play Store)

Microsoft consolidates multiple services into its new Office for Android app

Microsoft has restructured its apps for the Android platform, mainly by combining all of them into one. It is now called Office on the Play Store, and allows access to OneDrive as well as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. However, it is...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:57:00 +0100
The Honor 9X. (Source: Honor)

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.
Ricci Rox, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:00:00 +0100
The LG V50 ThinQ with its Dual Screen case. (Source: LG)

The LG V60 ThinQ may have shown up on Geekbench

LG may launch a successor for its flagship phablet, the V50 ThinQ, soon. A device with a model number that might conform to this device has appeared on the Geekbench 5 database. It has the Snapdragon 865 and runs Android 10, and h...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:16:00 +0100
Leaked renders of the OnePlus 8 Pro. Image via OnLeaks and 91Mobile.

Full specs of OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8 Lite leaked

A listing on the Giztop web store (now removed) revealed the full specifications of the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8 Lite. While the listing should be taken with a grain of salt, the specs coincide with prior rumors and...
Sam Medley, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:53:00 +0100

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