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Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro now on sale, pre-orders open in second wave countries
23 October 2020, 8:02 am

Official sales for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro as well as the new iPad Air are now open. Users who participated in last week’s first wave pre-order will now receive their new phones and tablets. Apple is offering both contactless delivery and in-person store pickup options for buyers. As usual buyers in Australia and New Zealand got their devices first due to time zone differences. In addition, Apple is expanding its “Express Storefront” format to 29 more of its retail stores across the US, UK, Canada and France. This format follows all COVID-19 safety protocols including plexiglas...

Samsung Galaxy S21 rear camera housing surfaces
23 October 2020, 6:57 am

Earlier this week, we saw renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 which revealed the phone's design. It packs a flat, punch hole display and around the back are three snappers with the camera bump wrapping around the corners. Now an image of what's said to be the S21’s camera housing has surfaced on Twitter, which is in line with the camera module in leaked renders. There's no word from Samsung yet about its 2021 Galaxy S flagships, but a recent report claimed the S21 series will be unveiled in January next year instead of February. Alongside the S21, renders of the S21 Ultra had also...

Xiaomi to launch Redmi K30S on October 27
23 October 2020, 6:01 am

The Xiaomi Redmi K30S appeared several times, revealing itself as a rebranded Mi 10T. We still don’t have any official confirmation when the device is launched, but according to several leaks, a date has already been set - October 27. The phone will bring all the neat specs like 5,000 mAh battery life, a 64 MP main camera, with the main difference from the non-Pro Mi 10T likely to be the branding on the back. Leaked Xiaomi Redmi K30S promo images If Redmi doesn’t pull a rabbit out of a hat, we’re likely to see the very same specs as the Xiaomi Mi 10T, including a Snapdragon 865...

Huawei Mate 40 Pro tops DxOMark charts for both front and rear cameras
23 October 2020, 3:09 am

Huawei unveiled the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, and Porsche Design Mate 40 RS today, but it seems like every media outlet was only sent the Mate 40 Pro, just like what initially happened with the P40 family. So we have our Mate 40 Pro review out already, but so does DxOMark, and the new device has entered its charts at No.1 both for its rear camera system as well as its selfie prowess. For the rear cams, the Mate 40 Pro takes the crown from the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, while for selfies it's a family affair, with the previous record holder being the Huawei P40 Pro. If you're...

Huawei Mate 30E Pro makes quiet debut with Kirin 990E chipset
23 October 2020, 12:53 am

Huawei had a big day today, announcing the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, and Porsche Design Mate 40 RS. As it turns out, however, those four just weren't enough, and so the company quietly unveiled a fifth phone in its home market, China. This is the Huawei Mate 30E Pro, which is now up for reservation in the country. It's basically identical to the Mate 30 Pro from last year, save for one difference: the new model is powered by a new chipset, the Kirin 990E. This is itself an improved version of the Kirin 990 that made its debut in the Mate 30 Pro. The Kirin 990E in the...

Samsung pushes two updates to Galaxy S20 FE
22 October 2020, 10:29 pm

Samsung pushed two separate firmware updates to the Galaxy S20 FE. The first, which was released last week - version G78xxXXU1ATJ1, lists improved stability as well as a fix to a reported touchscreen issue where the phone would register ghost touches. We haven't experienced such issues with our unit, so we can't confirm if are they successfully addressed. The second firmware - G78xxXXU1ATJ5, seeding now across Europe, doesn't list anything touchscreen related in the changelog, although some users apparently have reported improved touchscreen responsiveness (quite the subjective thing to...

Court documents reveal that Apple will use Qualcomm 5G modems through 2023
22 October 2020, 9:11 pm

Last year Apple and Qualcomm buried the hatchet, which paved the way to using Qualcomm modems in Apple’s new 5G iPhones. A teardown from earlier today revealed that the iPhone 12 series is using the X55 modem, a modem usually found paired with a Snapdragon 865 chipset in this year’s Android phones. But this is just the beginning of the partnership. And it’s actually the settlement filing that reveals what’s to come from both Apple and Qualcomm. The two companies agreed to use the X55 for the 2020 launch. Then Qualcomm’s X60 modem will be used for the 2021 launch, a 5nm chip while...

Two Redmi Note phones certified, to come with 25W and 33W charging
22 October 2020, 7:55 pm

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi is already working on its upcoming Note 10 lineup and we suspect two of the phones have been already certified with their charging speeds revealed. The Xiaomi M2007J22C and Xiaomi M2007J17C appeared on 3C, revealing they will have 25W and 33W fast charging, respectively. Redmi certifications at 3C The listing showcases both phones will be 5G-enabled and that’s pretty much all we know about them. Rumors say the Redmi Note 10 Pro might bring a 108MP camera, while chipset speculations are all over the place - from the Dimensity 820 to the Snapdragon...

LG Wing coming to India on October 28
22 October 2020, 6:41 pm

A little over a month ago, the LG Wing 5G came to be and was revealed that the handset will start its rollout in the US and South Korea with other countries to follow. Now the unorthodox phone is confirmed to arrive in India on October 28. The company has already sent media invites and has teased the phone on its official Twitter account. We had the chance to review the Wing so you might want to check that out to know what to expect. Awaken the explorer within you with #LGMobile - The #Innovation of Tomorrow. Explore the Future, #ExploreLG, Explore You!#LGMobile #ExploretheNew...

Massive leak details OnePlus Nord N10 and N100 smartphones
22 October 2020, 5:33 pm

OnePlus will add two new phones to its Nord line on October 26 (that's next Monday) - the midrange N10 and the entry-level N100. And thanks to Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks we have the key specs for both in advance. The 5G-enabled OnePlus Nord N10 will have a 6.49-inch FHD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate (no word if LCD or OLED). The chipset will be Snapdragon 690 and the N10 will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There will be a 64MP main + 8MP ultrawide and a pair of 2MP sensors on the rear. The battery is 4,300mAh. The lower-end OnePlus Nord N100 will be...

Huawei unveils Petal Maps, Docs and adds more Petal Search functionality
22 October 2020, 4:44 pm

Continuing with the announcements from today’s major Huawei event we have some major software developments. Huawei officially has its own in-house maps app called Petal Maps. It’s part of the broader Petal ecosystem which also includes Petal Search serving as Huawei’s alternative to Google’s mobile suite. In addition, Huawei Docs is here as the maker’s one-stop-shop for document, spreadsheet and presentation viewing and editing. Petal Maps will arrive in beta soon on Huawei’s App Gallery. It will be supported in over 140 countries in multiple languages including English, French, Spanish,...

Caviar unveils custom iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max inspired by ancient warriors
22 October 2020, 3:52 pm

Caviar is back with a new series of customized iPhone 12 phones, the theme this time is “warrior”. These are based on the iPhone 12 and Pro Max and are currently on pre-order. There are no shipping dates listed, but we imagine that you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the Pro Max model than the regular Pro as Apple staggered the releases this year. The chevron design on the back is meant to represent “a sword plunging into the ‘armor’ of the enemy”. There are four versions ranging from noble warriors to Roman emperors, from $5,490 to $46,460. Caviar's custom Warrior iPhone 12...

Huawei unveils FreeBuds Studio, Porsche Design Watch GT 2 and more 
22 October 2020, 2:45 pm

Alongside its flagship phones, Huawei featured a new pair of over-ear headphones with impressive noise canceling abilities, long battery life and superior audio quality. There’s also a Porsche Design watch, glasses with built-in headphones, a smart speaker and several accessories for the Mate 40s. The Huawei FreeBuds Studio feature no less than 8 microphones. With four mics on a side they boast 40 dB reduction in noise. Besides the mics, the Tee Audio Tube structure helps filter out medium and high frequency noise. The headphones are smart too, they support three main “scenes” –...

Google kills Google Play Music, offers easy migration to YouTube Music
22 October 2020, 2:09 pm

Google finally ripped the bandage off and officially shut down Google Play Music. Although, when opening the app it still says that Google Play Music will soon shut down so you have to make the migration to YouTube Music. In other regions, it doesn't give you any other options except transferring your data to YouTube Music. Google Play Music app There's also the "Manage your data" button that takes you to the GPM website and lets you download your full library and delete it later. You can also delete your recommendation history. However, if you have any songs downloaded onto...

Huawei announces Mate 40 Pro Ring Light Case, M-Pen 2 stylus, fast car chargers and power bank
22 October 2020, 1:42 pm

Alongside the four new Mate40 phones, Huawei gave us a few exciting accessories. Kicking things off is the new M-Pen 2 stylus which will work on the new phones as well as Huawei’s tablets. It supports 4096 pressure levels as well as tilt sensitivity. Battery life is rated at 40 days with normal use or 10 hours of continuous writing/drawing. It charges wirelessly and you get 2 hours of usage from a 5-minute charge. Pricing is set at €99. Huawei M-Pen 2 Next up is the new 50W wireless car charger which will go handy if you pick up one of the new Mate40 models, which support these...

Huawei Mate 40 brings 6.5-inch OLED, triple camera and Kirin 9000E
22 October 2020, 12:52 pm

The Huawei Mate 40 is the entry-level model in the new Mate 40 series and while it misses a couple of the bangs and whistles of the Pros, it's still a very capable phone. The screen is smaller - 6.5-inch vs 6.76-inch - flatter and with a smaller 68-degrees curve vs 88-degrees. It's also slightly less crisp with a resolution of 2376x1080px compared to the 2772x13420px; on the Mate 40 Pro and Pro+. You still get 90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling and most importantly, it's still an OLED. The triple camera setup on the rear is more conventional with no periscopes. The Mate 40...

Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Pro+ and RS unveiled with 5nm chipsets, amazing camera setups
22 October 2020, 12:40 pm

The Mate 40 Pro models are finally official and they were well worth the wait. They will try to muscle their way to the top of “best camera” charts with their revised hardware co-developed with Leica. But other elements of the phones have received arguably even bigger upgrades. Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Pro+ Still, we want to start with the camera on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro 5G. Huawei has a new 1/1.28” main sensor, which, along with the P40 models, is the largest on the market. However, the resolution has been increased to 50MP (up from 40MP) while maintaining the omnidirectional autofocus and...

Huawei Mate 40 Pro review
22 October 2020, 12:31 pm

vivo Y30 and Y3s debut in China
22 October 2020, 11:33 am

vivo just added two phones to its Y series in its home market of China - the Y30 and the Y3s. You may also know these devices by different names, though - the Chinese vivo Y30 is the vivo Y20 in India, while the vivo Y3s is known the vivo Y17 in India. vivo Y30 The vivo Y30 has a 6.51-inch IPS LCD of 720x1600px resolution, Snapdragon 460 with 8GB of RAM (Indian models top out at 6GB), a 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging and four cameras - 13MP f/1.8 main snapper, a pair of 2MP sensors for depth and macro, and an 8MP selfie. The vivo Y30 comes in three colors - Dawn White,...

Watch the Huawei Mate40 series launch event live
22 October 2020, 10:38 am

Huawei is holding its Mate40 series launch event in China today, which will be streamed live on YouTube starting at 12PM UTC. You can follow it with us by tuning to the stream below for all the updates. Huawei hasn't divulged much about the Mate40 lineup, but a recent leak revealed the full specs and design of the Mate40 Pro. You can read more about it here. Leaked image of Huawei Mate40 Pro Alongside the Mate40 series, Huawei is expected to unveil the Mate 30 Pro E as well, which is rumored to come with a 6.53" FullHD+ display with curved edges, up to 12GB RAM, up to 512GB...