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Google warns against installing Google services (GMS) on Honor and Huawei phones that it has not officially certified. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

New Huawei and Honor smartphones: Google warns against installing Google services and apps

Google is now officially warning against sideloading Google services, the Play Store and other well-known Google apps on newer Honor and Huawei smartphones. While the announcement only affects those handsets that Google has not ce...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 23:44:00 +0100
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
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  TicWatch Pro 2020. (Source: Amazon)

Mobvoi's first 2020 Wear OS device is a TicWatch Pro refresh

Mobvoi has launched the TicWatch Pro 2020 on Amazon.com. It has a RAM upgrade, but sticks with the same SoC, design and battery life. Then again, as it still includes a dual display, it should still offer impressive longevity as a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 22:32:00 +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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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 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
Apple could be releasing an iPad Pro with three cameras soon. (Image via Apple w/ edits)

Rumor | Apple may release new iPad Pro model in March

Apple may release a revamped version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. According to Digitimes, Apple will launch an iPad Pro 12.9 with a triple camera array similar to that found on the iPhone 11 Pro next month, though shipments won't pe...
Sam Medley, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 04:50:00 +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 OPPO Watch. (Source: Weibo)

OPPO's new smartwatch is confirmed to echo Apple's in its design

An OPPO executive has teased its upcoming first-generation smartwatch, revealing that it looks quite like those made by Apple. This device is also to have "3D glass", which may be used to help the wearable's face curve downwards t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:51:00 +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
Coronavirus has sickened iPhone sales revenue. (Image via Apple w/ edits)

Apple lowers revenue expectations for Q1 2020 due to coronavirus

Apple will not hit its estimated revenue target for this quarter. Citing supply chain restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak and falling demand in China, the Cupertino colossus will pull in lower-than-expected revenue. Ap...
Sam Medley, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:58:00 +0100
Image via Honor

Honor 9X Pro set for global launch on February 24

The Honor 9X Pro, the latest mid-range phone from Huawei's sub-brand Honor, is set for a global launch on February 24. However, due to the continuing trade war between China and the United States, the "global" launch is limited to...
Sam Medley, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:13:00 +0100
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro flyer with the results of the 55-second flash sale (Source: Weibo via Indiashopps)

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro sales hit the equivalent of US$28.5 million in less than a minute

With prices starting at more than US$700, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is a rather expensive handset considering the wallet-friendly price tags of its predecessors. However, the Chinese OEM managed to sell more than 28.5 million USD worth...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:34:00 +0100
The Red Magic 3's successor will offer as much as 16GB of RAM. (Source: Nubia)

The Nubia Red Magic 5G will have up to 16GB of RAM: official leak

A Nubia executive has confirmed that the next-gen device from its gaming-phone brand, Red Magic, will have SKUs with 16GB of RAM. This spec is an upper limit for Android phones currently defined by the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:54:00 +0100
Is your device on the list? (Image source: Huawei Central)

Rumour | Updates for all: EMUI 11 roadmap hits with over 30 eligible devices

Are you wondering whether your Huawei device will receive EMUI 11, the Chinese company's custom version of Android 11? Well, over 30 are apparently eligible, with the P20 series seemingly not making the cut.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 17 Feb 2020 21:30:00 +0100
The Kirin 990-sporting V30 will arrive in Europe next week sans Google Services (Image source: Honor)

Rumor | Huawei Honor V30 to arrive in Europe next week with HMS instead of Google Services

Huawei's midrange Honor V30 is set to launch in Europe next week. However, in the aftermath of the phone maker's spat with Google, the Kirin 990-toting smartphone will not feature Google Services, arriving instead with Huawei's ho...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 17 Feb 2020 17:31:00 +0100
The Motorola Moto G8 Power will be getting a little brother soon. (Image via Motorola)

Moto G8 Power Lite pops up on Thailand NBTC website, confirming name

A new listing on the Thailand National Broadcast and Telecommunication Commission's (NBTC) website confirms the existence of the Moto G8 Power Lite. While specifications are still unknown, the handset (which was previously thought...
Sam Medley, Mon, 17 Feb 2020 17:22:00 +0100
The Dimensity 1000L is a cheaper, "detuned" version of the Dimensity 1000. (Source: MediaTek)

Latest AnTuTu rankings show how great the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L is

Most smartphone enthusiasts don't seem to like MediaTek chipsets. While there are solid reasons for that, performance isn't one of them anymore. For example, the new MediaTek Dimensity 1000L looks to be the most powerful SoC outsi...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:43:00 +0100
Huawei has seen another trade-ban reprieve. (Source: Huawei)

The US' Justice Department defers Huawei's ban from the market again

Huawei has been slapped with a trade ban from the US Administration that prevents it from selling to companies based in that country. However, the nation's Department of Justice (DoJ) had postponed it for 90 days by way of a new l...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 21:20:00 +0100
The "Meizu 17th" render. (Source: CNMO)

A new leak points to the 2020 Meizu flagship's zesty new colorway

Meizu's next flagship phone series with be called "17th", according to a new leak. It includes a render purporting to show the Plus variant of this line. It has a distinctly Galaxy S20-esque display, whereas the rear panel has a.....
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 20:24:00 +0100
A live image now linked to the Find X2. (Source: Twitter)

OPPO's Find X2 may have an important advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S20

Some recent leaks have asserted that the second-generation Find X flagship phone from OPPO will have a 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate at a QHD+ resolution. The freshly-launched Samsung Galaxy S20 series has similar properties - howev...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:49:00 +0100
A CAD render of what the OnePlus 8 will apparently look like. (Image source: @Onleaks & CashKaro.com)

Rumour | OnePlus 8 wielding a Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM appears on Geekbench

While this week has been all about Samsung, Xiaomi and the cancellation of MWC 2020, we may only be a few weeks away from the launch of the OnePlus 8 series. To that end, the OnePlus 8 has now appeared on Geekbench, complete with ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:10:00 +0100
The iQOO 3 5G's teaser. (Source: Weibo)

Update | iQOO teases an upcoming Snapdragon 865, UFS 3.1 phone via its official channels

iQOO is a Chinese smartphone brand that has made a name for itself in recent years by offering high-end hardware at decent price-points. Now, it has revealed that its next such device is to be called the 3 5G. It will be powered b...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 20:50:00 +0100
The Mi 8 started receiving Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 last month. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi expands Android 10 rollout for the Mi 8

Xiaomi is now broadening the rollout of Android 10 to the Mi 8, having begun rolling out the OS upgrade to its former flagship last month. The latest update, V11.0.3.0.QEAMIXM, weighs in at 1.9 GB and introduces a few other fixes,...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 20:09:00 +0100
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, can you tell them apart? (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 10 vs. Mi 10 Pro: Which version should you buy?

The cancellation of MWC 2020 and the coronavirus may have scuppered the release of the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, but that has not stopped Xiaomi from unveiling both in an online event. The Mi 10 Pro has stormed to the top of DxOMark to...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:40:00 +0100
The launch of the Mate X did not go well. (Image source: CNET)

Rumour | Huawei Mate Xs could feature a crease-free display

While Samsung continues to dominate the foldable smartphone market, Huawei is set to release a successor to the Mate X. The Chinese company is said to be switching to using an ultra-thin glass for its next foldable too, a change t...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:23:00 +0100
The Mi 10 Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Content-creation Juggernaut: The Mi 10 Pro debuts at the top of DxOMark's camera and audio charts

Xiaomi has just launched its newest flagship phones, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The Mi 10 Pro has also been put through the paces over at DxOMark, and posted impressive results that place it at the top of the website's photo, video,...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 11:05:00 +0100
Huawei FreeBuds 3: AirPods-competitors are now available in a striking new colour. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei FreeBuds 3: AirPods-competitors are now available in a striking new colour

Huawei is now offering the FreeBuds 3 in a new colour. The eye-catching variant continues to offer Active Noise Canceling (ANC) and is now available to purchase in various countries.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:36:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has been suffering Widevine DRM issues for months now. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Rumour | The Redmi Note 8 Pro is in line for a big OTA update

The wait for Android 10 on the Redmi Note 8 Pro continues, as does a Widevine DRM L1 fix. While the former remains an unknown quantity, the latter is apparently now in sight. Owners of the Redmi Note 8 Pro must wait at least anoth...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:21:00 +0100
MWC 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus fears. (Image via GSMA)

MWC 2020 | MWC 2020 cancelled over coronavirus concerns

After meeting earlier this week to discuss the viability of Mobile World Congress 2020, the GSMA has decided to cancel MWC 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. Multiple companies have stated they would not be...
Sam Medley, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:14:00 +0100
Xiaomi teases the Mi 10 series. (Source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 11+ and Wi-Fi 6 for the Xiaomi Mi 10 and 10 Pro are confirmed

The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are upcoming flagships likely to rock the Snapdragon 865 processor. They have been just been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, putting their imminent launch beyond doubt. This new approval also drops ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 19:53:00 +0100
When will the Mi A3 receive Android 10? (Image source: Xiaomi)

Rumour | Xiaomi gives fans hope about Android 10 for the Mi A3

The Mi A3 should be in line to receive Android 10, with a mid-February release date previously being touted. The company has informed some fans that the OS upgrade may arrive later this week, but we would not guarantee it. On the ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 19:32:00 +0100
The Reno variant with its new selfie camera. (Source: 91Mobiles)

Mystery solved: the "44MP selfie-cam phone" is...a new Reno3 Pro variant

Recently, a prominent tech vlogger teased a phone with a dual punch-hole camera alleged to contain a groundbreaking 44MP sensor. Now, this device has been revealed as OPPO's Reno3 Pro - but not as its existing fans know it. It has...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 19:18:00 +0100
The Poco X2. (Source: Poco)

First Poco X2 update brings camera improvements, bug fixes, more

The Poco X2 was launched just last week but is already receiving its first OTA update. The update comes as the January security patch, and brings some image processing improvements to the phone's cameras, along with a nifty bug fi...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 14:50:00 +0100

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