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Galaxy S20 Ultra render. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Full Galaxy S20 specs leak highlighting model differentiation

Teenage leakster Ishan Agarwal has managed to get his hands on the complete spec sheet for the upcoming Galaxy S20 series of flagship smartphones from Samsung. Most of the key details have leaked in one form or another, but this i...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:34:00 +0100
The Honor V30 Pro is a hard-to-recommend camera beast

DxOMark | 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 ...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:04:00 +0100
WhatsApp will not display ads any time soon. (Source: WhatsApp)

Facebook abandons its "Ads for WhatsApp" plan

Facebook has encountered serious opposition to its intentions to use WhatsApp for ad revenue-building purposes. Now, a new report has indicated that the social media giant has ultimately dropped its efforts to achieve this aim, wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:09:00 +0100
The Realme 3 Pro is getting an important update. (Source: Realme)

Realme updates the 3 Pro to its new Android 10-based UI

The Realme 3 Pro's latest software update moves it from ColorOS to its OEM's new UI. This OS skin is also based on Android 10. However, it also offers a very different esthetic, as well as potentially improved performance.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:31:00 +0100
The EU may ultimately prove the death of the Lightning connector. (Source: Wikipedia)

The EU might force Apple to drop the Lightning port within its jurisdiction

The European Parliament has announced that it will hold a vote on a motion to write its 2014 Radio Equipment Directive into law. This would probably result in an obligation for mobile device OEMs to fit all products to be sold in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:51:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate 30 5G variants. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei insists it did better in the 5G phone market than Samsung in 2019

Huawei has released its performance for 2019 to the Chinese media. It claims it shipped approximately 240 million units in total that year, 6.9 million of which had 5G. For context, Samsung has announced that it shipped about 6.7 ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:28:00 +0100
The Pocophone F1, an ignored flagship killer? (Image source: Xiaomi)

Rumor | The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 may get Android 10 "by February"

The wait goes on for the Pocophone F1. The device is the last in Xiaomi's Snapdragon 845 arsenal to receive Android 10 builds of MIUI 11, and the company has been cagey about when the device will see Google's latest OS too. Howeve...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:36:00 +0100
A Mi Mix Alpha-inspired fan render of the Mi 10. (Image source: Unknown - via @Piunikaweb & @xiaomishka)

Nope, this is another fake Xiaomi Mi 10 leak

The latest "leak" doing the rounds about the Xiaomi Mi 10 certainly paints the picture of an exquisite-looking device, but is it real? Despite calls to the contrary, one respected leaker of Xiaomi hardware says no. We are digging ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:48:00 +0100
Our best look at a Google Pixel 4a so far. (Image source: @OnLeaks & @91Mobiles)

Do not discount the Pixel 4a XL yet: Probable new Pixel codenames appear in AOSP repository

A Pixel 4a XL may still be in the works, according to XDA Developers. The website claims to have spotted three new codenames in an AOSP repository, which may point to two new devices and potentially a development board.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:19:00 +0100
TCL Plex Review - Good Smartphone with Quad-Bluetooth and Smart Key

80% TCL Plex Review - Good Smartphone with Quad-Bluetooth and Smart Key

Group streamers. The TCL Plex offers strong features on the datasheet at a comparatively low price. Besides the triple camera and a good display surface ratio, the phone scores especially with Super Bluetooth and a configurable key. However, there are also a few stumbling blocks on the way to success.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 | Qualcomm Adreno 612 | 6.53" | 192 g
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:11:00 +0100
Huawei Mate 30 Pro Smartphone Review: A strong smartphone even without Google

89% Huawei Mate 30 Pro Smartphone Review: A strong smartphone even without Google

Spot on! Film off! With the Mate 30 Pro, Huawei is focusing on videography for the first time and has not only given its high-end smartphone the latest Kirin SoC but also a second 40 MP sensor for ultra-wide-angle photos and video recordings. Additionally, the Chinese company has stuffed all the cutting-edge technology into this smartphone, or at least that which it can get hold of, anyway.
Update: Wi-Fi test with new reference router added
HiSilicon Kirin 990 | ARM Mali-G76 MP16 | 6.53" | 198 g
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:04:00 +0100
Poco is now an independent company.

Xiaomi-owned Poco is now an independent brand in India

Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain just announced that the company's sub-brand Poco is now an independent entity. The Poco F1 made quite the impact on the market back in 2018, and that's why Xiaomi is confident that it can operate ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:13:00 +0100
Google Stadia will get over 120 games in 2020

Google Stadia to get over 120 new games in 2020, 10 of which will be exclusives

A Google Stadia spokesperson stated that the platform will be getting over 120 games in 2020, of which 10 will be exclusives. The company also promised some QoL upgrades such as 4K gaming on the web, better Google Assistant functi...
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:16:00 +0100
Meizu's New Year gift box. (Source: MyDrivers)

Meizu uses the New Year to tease its upcoming flagship phone

Meizu is a smartphone OEM that posted a "New Year gift box" at the start of 2020. It consists of rather unique desk organizers and accessories, including a clock. On closer inspection, this object may be present to hint at an upco...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:15:00 +0100
The OPPO F15. (Source: OPPO)

The MediaTek Helio P70-powered OPPO F15 is launched in India

OPPO has released the F15 to the Indian market. It is technically a new device, although it ships with an older chipset: the MediaTek Helio P70. It costs the equivalent of US$280 and will ship from January 28, 2020.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:47:00 +0100
The LG G9 ThinQ, or is it? (Image source: @OnLeaks)

LG repudiates G9 ThinQ renders

Few OEMs get involved in the work of leakers, but then LG is not just any Android OEM. The company that seems perennially behind the curve has also denounced the work on OnLeaks, specifically, his recent LG G9 ThinQ renders. This ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:04:00 +0100
Twilight Orange joins seven other colours that Xiaomi offers for the Redmi Note 8 Pro. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro in Twilight Orange appears online, as does a dismaying update

Xiaomi only announced last week that it would be releasing a new colour variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, but people have already started posting hands-on pictures of their new devices. Twilight Orange comes with 128 GB of storage ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:49:00 +0100
Image via Samsung.

Verizon will sell rugged Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro in the United States, removable battery and all

Samsung's ruggedized Galaxy XCover Pro smartphone will be coming to the United States after all. Verizon will start selling the phone, which boasts an IP68 rating and a removable battery, for $500 in the latter half of 2020.
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:49:00 +0100
PC shipments are up, but only by a small percentage. (Image Source: BusinessKorea)

2019 PC shipments were surprisingly up for the first time in 7 years

PC shipments increased by a small percentage in 2019 and this is mostly due to Microsoft discontinuing support for the venerable Windows 7 OS. 261 to 267 million PC system shipping throughout 2019 are nothing to scoff at, but thes...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:09:00 +0100
The Huawei P40 Pro in all its glory. (Image source: 91mobiles)

Rumor | Huawei P40 Pro comes into view with latest renders

The P40 Pro is set to arrive in March, and possibly in five colours. The device will sport a quad-curved display, six cameras and probably 5G connectivity too. A 52 MP main rear-facing camera has been touted among other camera har...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:51:00 +0100
Xiaomi equipped the Black Shark 2 with a 60 Hz and 1080p panel. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Rumor | The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 looks set to receive a next-generation display too

So, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 will not only have 5G capabilities and 16 GB of RAM, but also a 120 Hz and 2K display? Well, that is the latest rumor about the Chinese company's next gaming smartphone, at any rate. Would 120 Hz and 2...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:46:00 +0100
The Galaxy S20 lineup will still feature a triple-cam setup on the back, but the sensor sizes will vary among the three variants. (Image Source: PhoneArena)

Samsung's Galaxy S20 5G handheld with 12 GB RAM and Snapdragon 865 SoC spotted on Geekbench

The Galaxy S20 5G model that just hit Geekbench appears to be the most affordable variant with a smaller 6.2-inch screen, 4,00o mAh battery and 12 GB RAM. It is still powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC, so the results may be releva...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:43:00 +0100
The Xperia 5 Plus could just be one of the phones that Sony launches at MWC 2020. (Image source: Sony via GSMArena & @OnLeaks)

MWC 2020 | Sony confirms the arrival of new smartphones ahead of next month's conference

2020 could be a pivotal year for Sony's smartphone business, with sales having tanked over the last few years. The company is due to unveil multiple handsets this year and MWC 2020 is when we will see some of its new roster accord...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:06:00 +0100
Early renders of the Galaxy S20. (Source: OnLeaks)

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.
Ricci Rox, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:12:00 +0100
(Image Source: Realme)

Realme teases the new Realme UI based on Android 10, reveals update schedule

Realme has revealed more information about its upcoming update, the Realme UI that is built with user feedback in mind. Realme UI is still based on Oppo's ColorOS 7 and offers features such as Personal Information Protection, Smar...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:11:00 +0100
There will be no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones. (Source: XEETECHCARE)

Opinion | 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 ...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:51:00 +0100
The Fitbit Versa 2. (Source: Notebookcheck)

A new Fitbit software update unlocks blood oxygen tracking on several devices

A number of newer Fibit wearables were shipped with SpO2 (or estimated blood oxygen) sensors, which may not have been activated within their systems. However, the OEM has addressed this in a new update. Therefore, compatible devic...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:32:00 +0100
The Huawei P40, or a 91mobiles render of it at least. (Image source: 91mobiles)

Opinion | The P40 series is likely to be another miss for Huawei

Remember Huawei? You know, the company that released the Mate 30 Pro, the best phone that MKBHD would never recommend? Well, it is not done yet despite the lack of Google services, and the P40 series is its next set of flagships. ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:16:00 +0100
The Mi 8 Lite scored 85% in our tests last year. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite starts the new year with an underwhelming MIUI 11 update

The Mi 8 Lite was one of the first devices that Xiaomi updated to MIUI 11 last year, with it being in the first phase of its release schedule. While most devices in Phase 1 have since received Android 10, the Mi 8 Lite remained on...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:04:00 +0100
The Redmi K30: up for a rebrand? (Source: Kimovil)

Is this the next Pocophone?...or just a re-named Redmi K30?

Recently, a phone called the "Xiaomi POCO X2" has appeared on the Geekbench 5 database. It is listed as having 8GB of RAM, a 1.8GHz processor and as running on Android 10. However, suspiciously enough, there is another device with...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:51:00 +0100
The Nubia Z20. (Source: Nubia)

Deal | The dual-display Nubia Z20 gets a US$50 price-cut

With a rear panel that boasted its own display, the Nubia Z20 remains one of 2019's most innovative premium smartphones. It originally launched at a price of US$549 (or the equivalent in other currencies). Now, however, its OEM ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0100
Disney+ was far and away the most downloaded app this quarter. (Image via Disney)

TikTok and Disney+ top download charts in Q4 2019

The Disney+ mobile app has been downloaded more than 31 million times since its release in mid-November, giving a hint as to the early success of Disney's streaming service. The controversial video-sharing app TikTok came in secon...
Sam Medley, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:26:00 +0100
The Mi A3 is one of Xiaomi's few Android One-branded smartphones. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi falls short of expectations with confirmation of Android 10 for the Mi A3

A crisis of its own making? Last year, Xiaomi had promised that the Mi A3 would be one of the first devices in the world to receive Android 10, but even its predecessor has been graced by Google's latest OS before it has. There ha...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:18:00 +0100
There have been rumours that Apple could launch the iPhone SE 2 as soon as March. (Image source: Apple)

Apple iPhone SE 2: New rumour throws upcoming US$399 "budget" smartphone into doubt

If you were underwhelmed by the renders of the iPhone SE 2, then a new rumour doing the rounds may whet your appetite. How about a device the size of an iPhone 8 but with a 5.4-inch screen and Face ID, instead? Such a design would...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:15:00 +0100
The Pocophone F1 is overdue an update. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Pocophone F1's next update will probably contain Android 10

It has been over two months since Xiaomi last updated the Pocophone F1, with the device rocking the October 2019 Android security patch. While some people are rightfully dismayed by the lack of updates for the handsets, the next u...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:11:00 +0100
Chrome OS users will have a new way to get around their UI soon. (Source: Google)

Chrome OS 80 gets more like Android 10 with gesture navigation

Chrome OS' next update will add the option of gesture-based navigation. If this feature sounds familiar, it is because it is also found on many phones running Android 10. Chromebooks will also have a greater panel of quick setting...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:20:00 +0100
Motorola One Hyper

80% Motorola One Hyper Smartphone Review – Middle class with retractable camera

Peekaboo. The front camera of the Motorola One Hyper hides inside the case and only extends when needed. This gives an intact front and is also a nice gimmick. But can the mid-range smartphone convince in any other way?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 | Qualcomm Adreno 612 | 6.5" | 210 g
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:10:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Flip's latest render. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Fresh renders may show the next Samsung foldable in greater detail

The Galaxy Z Flip is currently accepted as the name of Samsung's next upcoming foldable phone. It is anticipated that it will be a clamshell device with a central punch-hole camera. New renders include further possible attributes,...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:51:00 +0100
MediaTek now offers a new line of mobile gaming SoCs. (Source: MediaTek)

Get ready for a year of budget gaming phones with the new MediaTek Helio G70 SoC series

MediaTek has announced the Helio G70 and G70T, a pair of processors that, like the G90s before them, are aimed at gaming-phone OEMs. However, the new chipsets are also intended for a lower tier of that market compared to their pre...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:14:00 +0100
Try the leaked wallpapers out Samsung Galaxy devices

Download the Galaxy S20's official wallpapers before it even launches

A source over at XDA Developers shared a number of official preloaded wallpapers and videos for the Galaxy S20. The phone hasn't even been confirmed officially by Samsung yet. However, these wallpapers may tide Galaxy fans over un...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:05:00 +0100
The Note 9 received five One UI 2.0 beta builds. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Samsung extends Galaxy Note 9 One UI 2.0 rollout

The One UI 2.0 rollout for the Note 9 is well underway, with the Android 10 update slowly making its way around the world. The update is likely the last that the Note 9 will receive besides security patch updates.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:30:00 +0100
One UI 2.0 is likely to be the last OS upgrade that the Galaxy S9 series will receive. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Galaxy S9 receives another One UI 2.0 beta update

Samsung only just rolled out a fifth One UI 2.0 beta update to the Galaxy S9, but the company has already pressed ahead onto a sixth. The new update contains a host of fixes in what may be a final push before releasing stable One ...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0100
An accurate render of the forthcoming Galaxy S20. (Source: @OnLeaks x CashKaro)

Samsung Galaxy S20 will come with a gimped 120 Hz display says leaker

The ‘will it or won’t it?’ saga of the Galaxy S20 display capabilities has taken a new twist. Samsung leakster Ice Universe has now confirmed that the Galaxy S20 line up will have a 120 Hz-capable display, but it won’t be enabled ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:09:00 +0100
Renders of the Samsung Galaxy S20. (Source: XEETECHCARE)

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...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:33:00 +0100
The TicPods 2 series. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi releases its updated, AI-powered TicPods

The TicPods 2 and 2 Pro are Mobvoi's new TWS earbuds. They look much like their predecessor: however, this series is the first to feature the OEM's new, proprietary assistant Tico. They also respond to gestures for call answering ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 23:03:00 +0100
The Red Magic 3. (Source: Nubia)

Red Magic 4: Nubia executive hints at 144Hz spec for this 2020 gaming phone

The Red Magic 3 was one of the most interesting gaming phones of 2019. Now, its OEM's president Ni Fei has posted an image on Weibo suggesting that this device's successor's refresh rate could be cranked up to 144 hertz (Hz). Howe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 21:24:00 +0100
Asus introduced a 360Hz G-SYNC display at CES 2020 (Source: Asus)

Are high refresh rate displays worth your money?

With the incredibly wide range of refresh rate displays available, 60Hz is starting to look like a thing of the past. While high refresh rate displays have numerous benefits, is it really worth it in the long run?
Loki Rautio, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:31:00 +0100
The LG G6 started receiving Android 9.0 Pie in October. (Image source: Droidlife)

LG is yet to finish rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6

It has been almost two years since LG opened a Software Upgrade Center to speed up the release of software upgrades. However, the South Korean company has still yet to finish bringing the LG G6 onto Android 9.0 Pie, with some peop...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:23:00 +0100
Xiaomi released the Snapdragon 710-powered Mi 8 SE in May 2018. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE picks up a surprising MIUI 11 update

The Mi 8 SE is seemingly one lucky smartphone. The device received MIUI 11 last year after not initially making the cut, a new update suggests it is on the verge of receiving Android 10 too.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:17:00 +0100
Samsung will unveil its next Galaxy S smartphones at Galaxy UNPACKED on February 11. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)

The Galaxy S20 and S20+ are "worth looking forward to", apparently

The Russian blue cat has gone into overdrive lately about Samsung's next flagships, originally thought to be called the Galaxy S11 series. Apparently renamed the Galaxy S20 series, the top leaker has extolled another reason why we...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:13:00 +0100

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