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Google's new Activity Bubbles tool. (Source: Google)

Spend too much time on your phone? Google has new apps to fix that

Phone addiction or dependency is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in the developed world. Google has set up its Creative Lab for users who want to address this. Its latest experiments consist of 3 apps which may act as d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:29:00 +0100
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a 3.5mm jack, but the Note 20 might not. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 may not have a headphone jack

A new patent reportedly accepted by an Indian authority may kick off speculation about the Note 10's successor. It shows a case design with a cut-out that matches the usual placement of an S Pen, and that suggests a rear-camera mo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:40:00 +0100
The Mate 30 Pro. (Source: Expert Reviews)

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 wors...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:03:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Flip might look like this. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

No 108MP camera for the Galaxy Z Flip: new leak

Samsung's next upcoming foldable phone may be called the Galaxy Z Flip. The prolific leaker Ishan Agarwal claims to have uncovered some more of its specs. It will apparently have a main screen measuring 6.7 inches. Furthermore, it...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:36:00 +0100
Huawei Mate X is not as reliable as expected according to users

Post-release failure: The Huawei Mate X turns out to be just as bad as the Galaxy Fold

After selling more than 100,000 Mate X units, Huawei is already headed towards the release of its second iteration. Sadly, the display of this innovative piece of technology seems to be just as frail as that of its main competitor...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:22:00 +0100
The ROG Phone 2. (Source: Asus)

DxOMark | 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 quit...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:27:00 +0100
The OnePlus 6 that might have been. (Source: OnePlus)

A OnePlus designer shows off what the 6 could have looked like

Hao Ran, a OnePlus employee, has shared one of its designs for its early 2018 flagship. It exchanges the glass rear panel normally found on this phone (the 6) for a more original backing made of wood. This render's non-optical fin...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:19:00 +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
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
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
The hands-on video gives us our best look at the S20 Plus yet (Image source: XEETECHCARE)

Galaxy S20 Plus hands-on video leaks

An XDA Developers source leaked a 15-second hands-on video of what is presumably a Galaxy S20 Plus. Apart from the video, the leaker confirmed a number of other rumors about Samsung's upcoming device.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 20:29:00 +0100
OnePlus continues to support older flagships with regular software updates (Image source: OnePlus)

New OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T Open Beta 4 update announced

OnePlus recently announced the release of OxygenOS Open Beta 4 for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. The new beta upgrade offers incremental bug fixes as well as new Reading Mode functionality.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:44:00 +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
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 V60 ThinQ favors a horizontal camera layout over the trending left-placed rectangular module. (Source: Slashleaks)

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.
Ricci Rox, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:18:00 +0100
A render of a Galaxy S20 promo based on this new report. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

The Galaxy S11 actually IS the Galaxy S20, according to a Samsung “insider” tip

Recently, a prominent leaker claimed that Samsung was to disrupt its long-held flagship-naming convention with a possibly 2020-themed re-brand. Now, another media source claims to have heard that this is in fact the truth. It has ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Jan 2020 21:38:00 +0100
Smart assistant activation can result in embarrassing situations. (Source: The Manifest)

Up to 64% of users have activated a smart assistant by accident

A new study of those who use voice-activated searches have found that 64% of this group set the assistant in question off by mistake during December 2019. An accidental press of a hardware button was found to be the culprit in 49%...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:46:00 +0100
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

January 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, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 23:10:00 +0100
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

January 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, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 23:06:00 +0100
MediaTek intros new 5G smartphone processors. (Source: MediaTek)

CES 2020 | MediaTek debuts the Dimensity 800 line SoCs for premium mid-range 5G phones

MediaTek has expanded the range of Dimensity processors with the new 800 series. They are 8-core chipsets designed to power phones with up to 4 cameras, 90Hz displays and sub-6GHz 5G. The new 800s also feature "flagship-grade" GPU...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:58:00 +0100
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

January 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, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:57:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

January 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, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:46:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

January 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, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:38:00 +0100

No periscope lens for the Huawei P40, according to a new leak

A tip just posted to Weibo purports to have captured the housing for the Huawei P40's rear cameras. This component exhibits just 3 circular cut-outs, suggesting that the P30's successor will have this number of main shooters. A fu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Jan 2020 19:02:00 +0100
The "extendable" phone. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

TCL may be working on a phone with an extendable display

TCL is an OEM most likely to be familiar for its TVs. However, it also makes other display-based devices, phones included. A patent attributed to this company shows such a device with a screen that can be 'unfurled' due to its fle...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 18:14:00 +0100
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is real. (All images via Samsung)

Samsung officially unveils Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite smartphones today. Both phones have similar FHD+ screens and run flagship-level SoCs. Both phones also sport triple-camera arrays, though the shooter setup d...
Sam Medley, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 16:46:00 +0100
Despite facing international headwinds, Huawei's Mate 30 line appears to have sold well

12 million Huawei Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro units sold, Sina Mobile reports

Sina Mobile reports that Huawei managed to ship 12 million Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro units. The Chinese tech giant managed to ship these high volumes despite having been blacklisted by the US government. This raises questions about ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 08:34:00 +0100
Foldables might make the Alpha's unique design obsolete before it even releases (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha delayed: no release date currently in sight

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi stated that it does not have an expected release date for its Mi Mix Alpha concept phone. The limited edition device, featuring a wraparound display panel, looks less and less likely to launch as attenti...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 18:22:00 +0100
In-display fingerprint sensors really took off in 2019. (Source: Medium)

More mid-range phones could upgrade to under-display fingerprint scanners in 2020

In- or under-display fingerprint sensors are becoming more and more common among mobile devices. However, they are also mostly confined to AMOLED panels, which means getting this spec is likely to entail spending more on a new pho...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 19:13:00 +0100
Visionox has allegedly agreed to supply Huawei with flexible displays. (Source: Visionox)

Huawei and Honor devices with foldable or wrap-around displays are now potentially on the cards

A new report published by a Chinese media outlet asserts that the flexible-display maker Visionox has agreed to supply its displays to the OEM Huawei. This agreement will apparently take effect from early 2020. Therefore, this bra...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:17:00 +0100
OPPO announces its new beta for the F11 series. (Source: Twitter)

OPPO unveils an Android 10 beta program for the F11 and F11 Pro

OPPO has announced that there is now a "Trial Upgrade" of ColorOS 7 for the F11 smartphone series. This OS is based on Android 10, and is the first version to become available for these devices. Their users can apply to join this ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 31 Dec 2019 18:08:00 +0100
10.3.0 offers a stable(er) Android 10 experience (Image source: Gearbest)

Update | OxygenOS 10.3.0 update promises better camera performance for Oneplus 6, 6T owners

OnePlus recently released a stable OxygenOS 10.3.0 update for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. The update fixes a number of bugs and introduces improvements to camera and fingerprint scanner performance.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 30 Dec 2019 23:12:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate X. (Source: T3)

The 2nd-gen Huawei Mate X may support 65W charging

The Huawei Mate X's successor, thought to have the code-name of "Tahiti", may have been certified as a phone in China. The leak in question also shows that the device in question can charge at a top rate of 65 watts (W). This tech...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 19:55:00 +0100
The biggest 4K MP4 files that can fit on a Pixel 4. (Source: XDA)

Android may be able to increase the maximum size of its video files in the future

Currently, there is a limit to the size of an MP4 file that can be saved on non-Apple phones, and it is typically 4GB. However, further development on this issue may have resulted in the ability to multiply this by up to 4X. It ma...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:57:00 +0100
Does the Mate X repeat the Galaxy Fold's mistakes? (Image source: CNET)

Weibo video indicates that Mate X might be another fragile foldable

A video on Weibo raises concerns about the durability of the Huawei Mate X. A plastic display coupled with an outward-folding design imply that the Mate X might be just as, if not more fragile than, the Galaxy Fold.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 19:38:00 +0100
The Galaxy Fold. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung is to release the Galaxy Fold in Taiwan soon

Samsung reportedly plans to release its first-gen foldable phone to the Taiwanese market soon. It is slated to do so in January 2020, and is said to cost well over US$2000 in this new region. The device already features on the OEM...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 19:33:00 +0100
The LG V50. (Source: LG)

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 upgrade...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 10:21:00 +0100
A 2020 Galaxy M phone may have leaked out. (Source:

The Samsung Galaxy M31 may have popped up on Geekbench

A phone called the Samsung SM-M315F has appeared on Geekbench. It may be a successor to the Galaxy M30, although it seems to have the same chipset as the M30s and A51. Should this be the case, there may be little to differentiate ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Dec 2019 18:07:00 +0100
The ROG Phone series has had a good 2nd year. (Source: Marketphones)

Asus sends the ROG Phone II to Android developers

It's a happy holiday indeed for some kernel- and custom ROM-developers out there. Their Xmas packages for this year reportedly contain an Asus ROG Phone II. The OEM has done so to try and unleash the potential of Android on this p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Dec 2019 13:33:00 +0100
Huawei's new alleged flip-phone patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Huawei may have patented a triple flip-camera phone

Earlier, a patent apparently filed by Huawei showed a phone with a flip-camera module along the lines of the Asus ZenFone 6. Now, a new document along the same lines has been found. This one, like the Samsung Galaxy A80, has tripl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Dec 2019 20:34:00 +0100
The Realme X2 Pro's Master Edition is also coming to India soon. (Source: XDA)

The Realme X2 Pro's 6GB SKU is coming to India

Realme launched the X2 Pro in India recently. It was made available in its 8 and 12GB RAM variants, although there is also a 6GB version that some fans of the OEM in this country may also have liked. Now, this option is to be rele...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 19:43:00 +0100
The new Motorola Razr. (Source: XDA)

Motorola postpones the Razr launch and pre-order events

Motorola had planned to open Razr 2019 pre-orders in the United States on December 26, 2019. However, the OEM has now pushed this event, as well as its subsequent launch, back to an unspecified date. This is said to be due to unex...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Dec 2019 20:59:00 +0100
The Mate Xs is debuted on stage. (Source: XDA)

Huawei Mate Xs: a refreshed foldable destined for an upgraded hinge, screen and MWC 2020

Huawei's CEO, Yu Chengdong, has revealed that the upcoming Mate Xs device will have a more robust display compared to the original foldable phone. It is also slated to have a new hinge with an improved design. This Kirin 990 devic...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:37:00 +0100
Galaxy S11 renders. (Source: OnLeaks)

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 b...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 21:11:00 +0100
The alleged Xiaomi clamshell foldable phone. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Xiaomi may have combined a foldable form-factor, a pop-up camera and a secondary display into 1 patent

Xiaomi is already linked to 1 patent for a clamshell-type foldable. Now, however, there may be a newer version. This one shows a lengthy primary display that folds in half, as does the 2019 Motorola Razr. However, unlike this phon...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:50:00 +0100
Apple iPhone 11 most popular tech-related Google search in 2019

Apple's iPhone 11 is the most popular piece of tech in 2019, according to Google Search

As surprising as this might be for many of us, "iPhone 11" was the only tech-related search in the global top 10 queries that people entered on Google Search this year. Ranked fifth globally, Apple's handset only managed to grab t...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:24:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite on WiFi Alliance (Source: Droid Shout)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite gets its WiFi certification

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite has just received its WiFi certification, but most of the details remain sketchy for now. This upcoming handset is expected to be powered by the Exynos 9810 processor, at least 6 GB of memory and 64...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:11:00 +0100
Huawei has its Taiwanese Mate 30 launch cancelled

Huawei has its Taiwanese Mate 30 launch cancelled

Huawei had planned to release its Mate 30 Pro and Watch GT 2 to the Taiwanese market soon. However, this jurisdiction's NCC regulator has withdrawn its approval to sell these devices. The abrupt decision is related to an old dispu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 22:53:00 +0100
The new option in Facebook Messenger. (Source: Twitter)

Facebook's Messenger adds screen-sharing to its beta on Android

Facebook appears to be preparing a screen-sharing feature for its Messenger app. The latest beta version of this app on Android is reportedly flashing up a new option to "Share your Screen Together" in its video-calling section. T...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Dec 2019 21:03:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S11 will reportedly have a 108 MP camera. (Image via OnLeaks)

Samsung Galaxy S11 to have four rear cameras, including 108 MP sensor

Samsung may implement its 108 MP camera sensor in the Galaxy S11, according to inside sources. The 108 MP main camera will be flanked by three other sensors: an ultrawide lens, a 5x optical zoom lens, and a time-of-flight sensor. ...
Sam Medley, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:22:00 +0100



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