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Omdia: iPhone 11 most sold phone in Q1 2020 with 19M units
27 May 2020, 9:41 am


According to the Omdia Research's Smartphone Model Market Tracker tool, the iPhone 11 was the best selling smartphone in the January - March period. Unsurprisingly, Apple managed to continue its solid sales volume from 2019 and move an estimated 19.5 million units of its most affordable new phone. According to the new report the iPhone 11 is already ahead of last year's best selling iPhone XR. It's all pretty impressive sales figures given the global pandemic and slowdown in global shipments. Coming in at a distant second is Samsung's Galaxy A51 which sold about 6.8...

Sony releases Xperia 1 II promo videos and cool AI focusing demo
27 May 2020, 8:52 am


Sony's cameras have always been the centerpiece features of the Xperia smartphones even if they haven't always had the greatest success. With the Xperia 1 II, the company promises excellent shots and videos thanks to its improved hardware and processing. And that's the focus on one of the latest promo videos. But what we found even more interesting is this short video showcasing how the AI focusing works. A machine learning algorithm takes the data from the 3D ToF sensor on the back to lock onto the subject fast and accurately. It uses the topographical map made by the ToF camera to...

Gionee K6 launched with Helio P60, 4,350mAh battery and affordable pricing
27 May 2020, 8:03 am


Gionee came back from bankruptcy and is making phones again. Its latest budget entry in China is the K6 and it's built areound a 6.2-inch LCD with HD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch for its 13MP selfie cam. Around the back we find the 16MP primary shooter alongside two auxiliary shooters which are not detailed. There's also a capacitive fingerprint scanner. Gionee K6 in black and blue Under the hood the K6 is powered by the Helio P60 chipset alongside 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128/256GB of expandable storage. The battery comes in at 4,350mAh and interestingly enough the phone boots...

OnePlus CEO talks budget-friendly devices and expanding its ecosystem in interview
27 May 2020, 7:15 am


With the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, the phone maker has stepped into a new price bracket in an attempt to attract premium smartphone users with rival high-end brands. Over the years, OnePlus has fallen astray from its original stance of making high-end devices that cost much less than its competitors. In an interview with Fast Company, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau talks a bit about the future of OnePlus and hints at the possibility that we'll be seeing more affordable devices sometime "soon". Lau says "We can look at is as having a more affordable product offering[.] that still remain up to the OnePlus...

ZTE confirms June 1 as Axon 11 SE's official launch date
27 May 2020, 4:25 am


ZTE's Axon 11 5G was announced back in March and a lower cost variant of that phone is arriving on June 1, as ZTE confirmed on Weibo. The ZTE Axon 11 SE will officially be announced in China on June 1. Although the company has not yet officially confirmed the specifications of the handset, we've already gotten a peek at those thanks to the TENAA listing. The poster published by ZTE says something along the lines of "Lights, camera, action!" as a nod to the phone's supposed camera abilities. There will be a livestream to announce the phone on June 1 at 2PM local time. Based on...

Sony launches ZV-1 compact camera for content creators and vloggers
26 May 2020, 9:18 pm


Sony has launched the ZV-1 compact camera, designed for video content creators and vloggers. The camera is similar to the company's RX100 series but has been optimized more for video capture and for recording yourself. The ZV-1 has a 20.1MP 1.0"-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor plucked out of the RX100 VII. The lens is an older 24-70mm used in the RX100 cameras from RX100 III to the RX100 V and not the newer 24-200 used in later RX100 models. While this means you have less reach, the older lens had a faster f1.8-2.8 aperture range versus the f2.8-4.5 on the newer...

Oppo Reno4 series pass through TENAA, specs confirmed
26 May 2020, 8:32 pm


The Oppo Reno4 and Reno4 Pro just visited TENAA and its listings reveal, or rather confirms most of the specs of the duo. The massive leak from yesterday turns out accurate and now we get to add the dimensions to the picture. We are indeed looking at phones with 6.55" (Pro) and 6.43" (vanilla) screens and 765G chipsets. The Pro has a 48MP main camera with OIS, joined by 12MP shooter for low-light videos and a 13MP telephoto lens. The vanilla Reno4 has a non-OIS main shooter, 8MP ultrawide cam and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera on both has a 32MP sensor. Battery capacity...

Sony Xperia 1 II in for review
26 May 2020, 7:43 pm


With the new naming scheme, Sony is keen to underline that its smartphones have the luxury of borrowing tech from the widely successful Sony Alpha line of digital cameras. Even without that though, the Sony Xperia 1 II shapes up to be the most complete smartphone by the Japanese company yet. The handset adds some long-awaited features, while still having plenty of stuff to stand out from the crowd. The front is covered by the now typical for Sony super tall 21:9 screen with 4K resolution that measures 6.5" in diagonal. The OLED panel has standard 60Hz refresh rate, but Sony is...

Stable Android 10 now rolling out to the OnePlus 5 and 5T
26 May 2020, 6:51 pm


The OnePlus 5 and 5T, hailing from 2017 and having launched with Android 7.1 Nougat, are now receiving the stable update to Android 10. The good news comes by way of user G_Ranjan_lenka_jAWE in the OnePlus forums, the company has yet to make an official announcement, which means that the rollout may be limited in scope right now. Indeed, the 5T unit we have on hand shows no update yet but others in the forum did get it. Some of the changes are typical Android 10 fare - you get full screen gestures, for example, plus the location controls have been enhanced for better privacy. Stable...

Samsung Galaxy Note20+ bags 3C certification
26 May 2020, 6:06 pm


Yesterday we came across detailed CAD renders of the upcoming Galaxy Note20+ and now the same phone was spotted in the database of the 3C certification agency. Coming with the SM-N9860 model number the certified unit is believed to be the Chinese version of the upcoming phablet. The listing reveals the phone will support 5G connectivity as well as 25W wired charging. According to speculations, the Galaxy Note20+ will sport a 6.87-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 3096x1444 pixel resolution. The back is expected to feature a square cutout similar to the...

Sony Xperia 1 II pre-orders open in Germany and Poland, free WH-1000XM3 pair included
26 May 2020, 5:11 pm


Following the start of pre-orders in the Netherlands, the Xperia 1 II can now be booked in two more European countries - Germany and Poland. The price is the same - €1,199 or PLN5,299. The official German Sony store listed the phone for pre-order along with local retailer mobilcom-debitel.de. Both stores are offering the Black and Purple versions. Those who place their orders before June 7 will get a free pair of Sony WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones. Those normally cost over €250 on their own and arguably the best at what they do as we found out in our review. In Poland,...

Motorola Moto G Pro introduced - an European version of the Moto G Stylus
26 May 2020, 4:22 pm


The Motorola Moto G Stylus debuted back in February in the US and now it's Europe's turn to get it. However it's a customized version that comes with a new name - Moto G Pro. The key specs are unchanged - the Moto G Pro comes with a 6.4-inch IPS LCD of 1080 x 2300px resolution with support for the integrated stylus. The chipset under the hood is Snapdragon 665 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable internal storage. The camera system on the back consists of a 48MP main unit with f/1.7 aperture, 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide and 2MP dedicated macro lens. In the punch-hole on the front...

ARM's Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 will power the Androids of 2021
26 May 2020, 3:37 pm


Today, ARM detailed its new high-end CPU core designs that will be used by chipset vendors in the upcoming smartphone flagships. We get the evolutionary update that is the Cortex-A78 and the Cortex-X1 that promises to be a major leap forward. Starting with the Cortex-A78, the successor to the current fastest core in ARM's lineup, the Cortex-A77. When compared on the same TDP the Cortex-A78 can offer 20% more processing while consuming the same amount of power or 50% less consumption for the same CPU performance. The Cortex-A78 is smaller than its predecessor - it uses 15% less...

Redmi Earbuds S launch in India tomorrow, rebranded AirDots S
26 May 2020, 2:51 pm


As expected Xiaomi unveiled a true wireless headset for India today - the Redmi Earbuds S. Despite the name change, they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S from earlier this year. Xiaomi also brought a new charger and a Precision Screwdriver. The Redmi Earbuds S have a total play time of 12 hours (including the battery in the case), the buds alone are good for 4 hours of play time. They are IPX4 rated, i.e. sweat and splash proof so you can take them on a run in the rain. These connect over Bluetooth 5.0 and feature a low-latency mode (122ms). If you're using a new MIUI phone, the...

Moto G Fast leaked by Motorola itself: triple camera, Snapdragon chipset, 2 day battery life
26 May 2020, 2:04 pm


You can't put the genie back in the bottle and it's equally hard to un-publish a video as the Motorola US YouTube channel found out - the video is a short promo for the Moto G Fast, an "ultra-fast, ultra-responsive" phone if the tagline is to be believed. The truth is that the phone is on the lower end of things, even by Moto G8 standards. The Fast has an unnamed Snapdragon chipset (with octa-core CPU) and 3GB of RAM. For comparison, the G8 has an S665 chip and 4GB of RAM. Moto G Fast The phone will have an ultrawide-angle camera (118°) as well as a macro cam, joining the...

Samsung announces Exynos 880 - mid-range SoC with built-in 5G modem
26 May 2020, 1:16 pm


With MediaTek and Qualcomm pumping mid-range 5G chipsets, Samsung is keen not to be left behind and delivered its most affordable 5G chipset - Exynos 880. It's hardly a shocking development because vivo already announced a phone powered by it - the Y70s - but it's still nice to get the details. The SoC is built on the 8nm FinFET manufacturing process and employs an octa-core CPU with two Cortex-A77 cores ticking at 2GHz and six smaller Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.8GHz. The GPU on board is the Mali-G76 MP5. The ISP caps at 64MP for a single camera setups and dual implementations...

Huawei P40 Pro+ goes on sale on June 6, MatePad Pro 5G on May 27
26 May 2020, 12:32 pm


Huawei's P40 and P40 Pro have been globally available since April, and the ultra premium P40 Pro+ is finally about to join them. Huawei have announced on its official Weibo channel that the P40 Pro+ will go on pre-order on June 1 and consequently go on sale in China on June 6. The flagship is priced CNY 7,988 (€1,020, INR 84,700, converted) for the 8/256GB and CNY 8,888 (€1,140, INR 94,200, converted) for the 8/512GB model. The Huawei P40 Pro+ differs from the P40 Pro mainly in the camera department, where it has an 8MP 240mm equivalent (10x) periscope zoom lens, compared to the...

LG Velvet comes to Europe
26 May 2020, 11:43 am


Launched in South Korea earlier this month, the LG Velvet has now made its way to European shores and is listed on the company's Italian site. Pricing and availability are still not detailed, but they should follow any moment now. The LG Velvet marks a turning point in the brand identity with a new design language "inspired by nature". The phone brings a 6.8-inch OLED display with a waterdrop notch cutout and FHD+ resolution and stereo speakers. The back houses the raindrop style camera setup with a 48MP main shooter alongside an 8MP ultrawide snapper and 5MP depth...

Realme brings its Band, Watch, Buds Air Neo and Power Bank 2 to Europe
26 May 2020, 10:57 am


During today's European event, Realme gave us two new phones - the expected X3 SuperZoom came alongside the surprise that was the Realme 6s. Along with that we got the details on the European rollout of the Realme Band, Watch, Buds Air Neo and the Power Bank 2 alongside it. Realme Watch and Realme Band The Realme Watch will cost €54.99, the Band will be €24.99 while the budget variant of the Buds Air called Buds Air Neo will be selling for €39.99. And as for the new Realme Power Bank 2, it will cost €24.99. Realme Buds Air Neo and Realme Power Bank 2 All of the...

Realme 6s unveiled with 48MP main cam, 90Hz screen, Helio G90T chipset
26 May 2020, 10:09 am


The European market is getting spoiled for choice as the Realme 6s made a surprise appearance at the X3 SuperZoom event. It's a slightly lower cost version of the Realme 6 that launched on the Old Continent in early April. Feature/price comparison: Realme 6s • Realme 6 • Realme 6i The 6s version goes on pre-sale today and will be available from June 2. There's only one version and it costs €200, it packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The original Realme 6 starts at €230 with the same memory configuration. The Realme 6i was €200 when it launched a couple of months ago, but it's...

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