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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus to get a Lite edition soon

Samsung might be working on a Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Since the regular Galaxy Note 10 has a price tag of almost US$1,000, it should be no surprise that a US$500- to US$600-priced Lite edition is already in the works and might hit the market soon. However, Samsung still has to confir...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 18:45:00 +0200
ZTE Nubia Z20 flagship hits the US for US$549, global launch October 14

Dual-screen Nubia Z20 now available in the US for just US$549

ZTE's sub-brand Nubia has just released the dual-display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+-powered Z20 flagship worldwide. Only available in Twilight Blue and Diamond Black versions, this premium device can be acquired in most markets, in...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:47:00 +0200
The Meizu 16T's prospective retail listing. (Source: GizmoChina)

Meizu announces a new member of its 16 flagship smartphone series

The OEM Meizu has released teasers for a new phone, the 16T, on Weibo. It will have the same SoC (the Snapdragon 855) as its siblings, the 16s and 16s Pro. However, it will also have a bigger screen and battery compared to these p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:42:00 +0200
Google Play Store running inside VMOS on the Huawei Mate 30. (Source: Hokoonho/Youtube)

VMOS (sort of) brings Google Play to the Huawei Mate 30

The inability to run Google Play Services on the Huawei Mate 30 has made it a more difficult purchase decision for most in Western markets. VMOS aims to fix this to an extent.
Craig Ward, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 05:50:00 +0200
The Galaxy Note 10 is now said to be getting a cheaper variant. (Source: CNET)

Samsung may release further 'budget' versions of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10

According to recent reports, Samsung are about to release 2 new phones with the model numbers SM-G770F and SM-N770F. Due to their similarity to those of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 respectively, it is now believed that they are bud...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 19:54:00 +0200
The Nokia 7.2 features a teardrop notch and a premium look and feel. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Hands-on: Is the new Nokia 7.2 a pretender or contender in the mid-range segment?

The Nokia 7.2 is the latest handset from Finland-based HMD Global, the official licensees of the Nokia smartphone brand. Like its previous devices it runs Android One but it brings a premium look and feel to a very competitive mid-range market that helps it stand out from the pack.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:49:00 +0200
New Pixel 4 marketing material leaks out ahead of launch. (Source: @evleaks)

Evan Blass leaks official Pixel 4 renders and marketing shots

It might be hard to believe, but the Pixel 4 leaks keep coming. This time serial leaker Evan Blass has leaked official Pixel 4 renders and marketing shots ahead of its official launch next week.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 01:32:00 +0200
Xiaomi could have some advanced screen specs in the works. (Source: GSMArena)

Xiaomi could be the next OEM to the 120Hz display: new rumor

An XDA contributor claims to have found an option to switch a screen's refresh rate from 60 to 120 hertz (Hz) in MIUI 11. This suggests that there is an upcoming Xiaomi phone with this spec in development. This would leap-frog the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:54:00 +0200
MIUI 11 may go live on October 16, 2019. (Source: MIUI)

Xiaomi may launch MIUI 11 Global along with the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is set for an Indian-market release on October 16, 2019. However, it appears that this is not all its parent company Xiaomi has to debut on that date. MIUI, its OS skin, has teased a launch of its own in the s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:12:00 +0200
Keeping the Galaxy Fold mint could get expensive. (Source: Samsung)

Breaking a Galaxy Fold's screen more than once could cost as much as a whole premium phone

Samsung has released an updated schedule of repair charges for a number of its newer phones. The recently-released Galaxy Fold is at the top of this list. It sh...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Qualcomm Adreno 640 | 7.3" | 276 g
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 09 Oct 2019 22:25:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G Smartphone Review: A foldable handset with an air of confidence

86% Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G Smartphone Review: A foldable handset with an air of confidence

Nothing for moaners - The Galaxy Fold is the first commercially available foldable smartphone, a device that Samsung has revised after its failed launch earlier this year. Read on to find out whether the changes have been worthwhile and what the Galaxy Fold offers in this detailed review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Qualcomm Adreno 640 | 7.3" | 276 g
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:54:00 +0200
Sony PlayStation 4 console gets new firmware October 2019 with new Party features and Remote Play to Android devices

PlayStation 4 firmware update coming this week with updated party features and more

Scheduled to arrive globally this week, the PlayStation 4 system update labeled 7.0 is expected to bring Remote Play to smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later, 16-player parties, chat transcription, enhanced...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:51:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4. (Source: PhoneArena)

Xiaomi may add NFC to the international-variant Mi Band 5

The Mi Band is a popular fitness wearable series worldwide, albeit with one potential drawback: many units sold outside China come without NFC. Its maker, Xiaomi, will reportedly address this deficiency in its next generation. Thi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:17:00 +0200
Pokemon GO reportedly mistakes some MIUI users for cheaters. (Source: Niantic)

Pokemon GO reportedly bans Android players for running a certain version of MIUI

There have been multiple reports of Pokemon GO handing out strikes preventing play to those who own certain Redmi devices. This pattern has been linked to MIUI, a recent firmware update for the phones affected. Niantic, t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 05 Oct 2019 18:30:00 +0200
The Reno2 F is the latest in its series. (Source: GSMArena)

OPPO will launch its Reno2 series in the UK in October 2019

The Reno2 line of smartphones will become available in a new market, the UK, on October 16, 2019. OPPO is calling this event "Reno Studio Earth", during which the Reno2, Reno2 Z and Reno2 F will be released to this region. The las...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 20:31:00 +0200
The iPhones 11 may be the most popular of their series so far. (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 11 may prove more popular than its Pro or Pro Max siblings already

A new report from Taiwan indicates that Apple needs new stocks of its iPhone 11, but not of the Pro or Pro Max variants. Sources who claim to be close to the suppliers in question have noted that this is a surprising uptick in ord...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 18:08:00 +0200
Google Shopping is back. (Source: Google)

Google Shopping re-launches in the US, integrates with Lens this time around

Google has announced the re-institution of its Shopping service, albeit for users located in the US only. The company claims that the renewed feature can analyse millions of retail listings and other data in order to show customer...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:33:00 +0200
Samsung's last Chinese phone factory  has closed its doors. (Source: Cash Tech News)

Samsung closes the last of its Chinese smartphone manufacturing facilities

Although it plans to keep selling mobile devices in China, Samsung no longer intends to make them in the same country. This move is thought to have been taken in order to cut costs, and also due to overwhelming competition from ot...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 03 Oct 2019 19:56:00 +0200
Chromebooks may get a new recovery method soon. (Source: MobileSyrup)

Chromebooks may become recoverable using an Android device soon

Chrome OS PCs have many advantages; however, one of their worst drawbacks is that system recovery requires external media. Now, it appears Google is developing an alternative method: Chromebook restore via Android phone. This new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 03 Oct 2019 19:09:00 +0200
The Huawei Mate 30s are doing very well in China by all accounts. (Source: YouTube)

The Huawei Mate 30 series posts an estimated 1 million units sold in its first 3 hours on the Chinese market

Huawei has had its latest phablet series on shelves in its home country for only 6 days now. In this time, it has reportedly sold out on a popular online sales platform, accrued 1 million sales in 3 hours and may have raked in hal...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 15:56:00 +0200
Samsung might finally use the ARM architecture for its Exynos chips

Samsung apparently disbanded the Austin CPU R&D team and is planning to use the ARM architecture in future Exynos chips

Although this is not official yet, it looks like Samsung has already disbanded the entire team that was working in its Austin R&D center to develop architectures and designs for the System LSI division so next-gen Exynos chips wil...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:05:00 +0200
The Galaxy Fold is about to go on sale in India. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Fold could be over US$2000 in India

Samsung India will open registrations for the Galaxy Fold in this country on October 4, 2019. On this date, it will reportedly be sold for INR 164,999 - which e...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Qualcomm Adreno 640 | 7.3" | 276 g
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 20:57:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and free accessories (Source: PhoneArena)

Deal | Galaxy Note 10+ purchases come with free Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Fit in the US

Although US$1099.99 for an unlocked 256 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ cannot be considered affordable, US customers can take advantage of the free Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Fit that come with the flagship. Samsung is also offering a fre...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:05:00 +0200
The next iteration of the Mate X could be marketed as a serious cometitor to Samsung's Galaxy Note. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Huawei patent reveals possible Mate X successor with stylus

Despite all the bans and restrictions imposed on Huawei that ultimately lead to a delay of the Mate X, the company is considering the release of improved versions that also includes a stylus, as revealed by the latest published pa...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:35:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy A70s in red. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung reveals the Galaxy A70s as a 64MP version of the A70

Samsung has released the Galaxy A70s to the Indian market. Those who already own the pre-existing A70 may or may not be happy to learn that it is a veritable clone of their current phone, but with a 64MP sensor in place of the 32M...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 16:54:00 +0200
Nubia Red Magic 3S color options (Source: Red Magic)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+-powered Nubia Red Magic 3S launches globally on October 16

Introduced back in May with a Snapdragon 855 onboard, the gaming handset Nubia Red Magic 3 is now ready to receive two essential performance upgrades (as the Red Magic 3S): the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor and high-end UFS 3...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:38:00 +0200
The Google Assistant may get harder to activate in the future. (Source: XDA)

Google plans to make the Assistant's attention more selective in the future

Google has announced that future updates will make it more difficult to activate the Assistant by mistake. The company has also taken pains to reassure users that their audio data will not be collected by default in the same relea...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:13:00 +0200
Vivo U3x coming to China tomorrow (Source: Indiashopps)

Vivo U10 will hit China tomorrow as the Vivo U3x

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665-powered Vivo handset that will hit China tomorrow as the U3x is also set to launch the same day in India, where it is called U10. Available in three storage/memory configurations for prices that start a...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:25:00 +0200
The Pixel 4 family will be launched on October 15. (Image source: Daily Express)

Oh So Expensive: Google Pixel 4 color names leaked and retailer listings reveal premium prices

A couple of more Google Pixel 4-related leaks have surfaced, one concerning the apparently official names for the colors the smartphones will come in and another about the not inconsiderable price tags. According to one specific r...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:44:00 +0200
The Redmi K20 Pro Premium Edition will be on sale soon. (Source: Redmi)

Redmi announces a seriously beefed-up refresh for the K20 Pro

The Redmi K20 Pro is going to gain new variants powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor soon. These refreshed units will also have up to 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage and a new rear panel. They will be released in Ch...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:47:00 +0200
Kiosks such as these are one of the easiest routes to cash for an old phone. (Source: YouTube)

Need money for an old phone? Local stores and kiosks are the safest bet, but not necessarily the most profitable

The online device valuer has released the results of a new study on the best way to sell a phone in 2019. Marketplaces - both in a user's vicinity and online - emerged as those associated with the greatest payouts, albe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:15:00 +0200
A smart material reacts to a magnetic field. (Source: Physics Open Lab)

The smart materials market is now projected to reach a US$100+ billion valuation by 2026

Smart materials may prove to be the basis of the electronic components of the future. Their market's value was estimated at US$36 billion in 2017. That figure is now thought to grow until it hits $127 billion in 7 years from now.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:32:00 +0200
The HMS ecosystem has excellent usage stats worldwide, according to the OEM anyway. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei claims that its new Google-free ecosystem will be open yet user privacy-conscious

The Huawei Mate 30 series has been launched in the absence of Google Play Services. In lieu of this, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) are slated to take over on these phablets. The OEM claims that the OS in which they will operate wil...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:55:00 +0200
The new Porsche Design Mate 30 RS. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei unveils its latest Porsche Design variant, the Mate 30 RS

Huawei released its new Mate 30-line flagships at a Munich event today (September 19, 2019). A new special edition of the same developed in collaboration with Porsche was also introduced. It was unveiled on stage by the OEM's Rich...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:51:00 +0200
The Mate 30 Pro's quad camera. (Source: YouTube)

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has the world's most powerful camera specs in a phone

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro has a new quadruple rear camera set-up that incorporates dual 40MP shooters. One of these is a "dedicated cine-camera" for 4K HDR recording at 60fps. This device also offers 10x zoom with an ultra-low ISO of...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:25:00 +0200
Huawei unveils the Mate 30 series. (Source: YouTube)

The Huawei Mate 30 series launches with power-user specs, but without Google Mobile Services

Huawei has unveiled its latest line of flagship phablets on stage today in Germany as scheduled. It is powered by the new Kirin 990 processor, and also has variants based on the 5G version of the same. However, the complete lack o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:24:00 +0200
Google Maps may gain this new setting soon. (Source: Twitter)

Incognito Mode is coming to Google Maps on phones

Google's I/O 2019 event saw announcements for plans to bring Chrome's Incognito Mode to mobile services such as Search. This is now reportedly in testing for Maps. It is accessed by tapping the avatar associated with a Google acco...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:18:00 +0200
The Realme XT. (Source: Realme)

Realme teases the X2 ahead of its Chinese launch

Realme has announced that it will launch a new 64MP camera phone for the Chinese market on September 24, 2019. The brand has also released some details of this device - the X2 - which make it sound suspiciously like the XT that is...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:18:00 +0200
Vivo NEX 3 is the world's fastest phone according to AnTuTu (Source: Indiashopps)

AnTuTu news: The Vivo NEX 3 is the fastest phone in the world

The Vivo NEX 3, a new flagship that was unveiled today in China, has just climbed on top of the AnTuTu smartphone ranking with a score of over 490,000 points. The next two handsets are the Black Shark 2 Pro and the Asus ROG Phone ...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:41:00 +0200
Qualcomm and TDK Electronics' joint venture has resulted in 2nd-gen RFFE equipment. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)

Qualcomm and TDK collaborate to deliver a more complete 4G/5G system

Qualcomm and TDK have clubbed together to acquire a remaining interest in the Singaporean body RF360 Holdings. This has enabled the 2 companies to produce a new kind of multi-mode radiofrequency front-end (RFFE) filter. It may con...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:38:00 +0200
Images from the new "Sharp patent". (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Sharp's upcoming take on the punch-hole camera may have leaked in a new patent

A document allegedly filed with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) suggests that Sharp may have a device with a punch-hole selfie camera in the works. Like that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series, it is in the midline of the display....
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:34:00 +0200
The Mate 30 Pro in full promotional renders. (Source: Evan Blass)

Mate 30 renders leaked in full courtesy of Evan Blass

Huawei’s Mate 30 line has leaked in full renders thanks to well-known leaker Evan Blass. Leaving nothing to the imagination, we know get to feast our eyes on the Mate 30 Pro, the Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Lite in all their glory.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:08:00 +0200
More users may be able to apply this theme soon. (Source: Android Police)

The Google Assistant and App is seeing a roll-out of dark theme again

Google Assistant had been reported to gain a dark theme at the start of 2019. However, this update did not get to all users at once. Now, it appears that the Mountain View giant is pushing this change again. This new roll-out, whi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:08:00 +0200
Could this phone possibly be the Mate 30? (Source: TodoTech)

The Kirin 990 processor may have shown up on Geekbench for the first time

The Kirin 990 SoC is the latest LTE chipset released by Huawei. A phone that purports to be a new model from this OEM has appeared on the Geekbench results database. It suggest that this new processor is a good match for the Snapd...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:27:00 +0200
The 'new' Samsung Galaxy M30 will be on sale soon. (Source:

Update | Get ready to meet Samsung's new battery monster, the Galaxy M30s

Following months of speculation, the existence of the Samsung Galaxy M30s as a retail product has been confirmed. It may be exclusive to Amazon India, a site that is currently promoting it as a device with an impressive 6000mAh ba...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:12:00 +0200
Google Pixel 4 XL prototype (Source: via Android Community)

Pixel 4 XL prototype shows up in Vietnam, 90 Hz display and round main camera module in tow

The soon-to-be-released Google Pixel 4 XL is back in a new unofficial video that does not leave much to be discovered at launch. The video shows the upcoming flagship device with a round camera module on the back that makes it sim...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:36:00 +0200
The latest Vivo NEX 3 teaser shows a device without any front-facing side bezels. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo NEX 3 will have a 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio

Vivo is arguably one of the most innovative smartphone makers on the market right now. The company pioneered the first true all-screen smartphone as well as the first under-screen fingerprint reader. Now it looks set to deliver th...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:45:00 +0200
Time to celebrate the arrival of the new Apple iPhones. (Image source: Apple)

The Apple iPhone family welcomes the new additions of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have all finally been officially revealed by Apple. The new smartphones feature high-performance A13 Bionic chips and standout camera systems: a dual setup for the regular iPhone...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 12 Sep 2019 03:03:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Smartphone Review: Optimised SoC promises better runtimes

87% Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Smartphone Review: Optimised SoC promises better runtimes

The S-Pen and stunning display once again distinguish the Galaxy Note from its Galaxy S sibling. This year’s Galaxy Note is the first to feature a newer SoC than the Galaxy S that preceded it, so it will be intriguing to see what improvements the Exynos 9825 brings over the Exynos 9820. In many ways, the Note 10+ is a re-bodied Galaxy S10+ with a few tweaks and omissions. Read on to find out how the Note 10+ performs in this live review.
Update: Live Review completed.
Samsung Exynos 9825 | ARM Mali-G76 MP12 | 6.8" | 196 g
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:29:33 +0200
The new "Mate 30" leak. (Source: Weibo)

The latest Huawei Mate 30 display leak shows a smaller notch than the last

The upcoming Huawei flagship series is linked to a number of highly unusual design choice via its leaks already. One of them indicates that these phones will come with display notches (again). However, a new image depicting a scre...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Sep 2019 20:43:00 +0200

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