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Huawei Mate 9 and P10, plus several more phones start beta testing EMUI 9.1
16 July 2019, 7:15 pm

Huawei is adding more phones to the EMUI 9.1 update queue as its late 2016 flagships are joining the beta program, along with a couple of Honor phones. With this update, the Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro (the Porsche Design too) are getting a new file system, EROFS, plus GPU Turbo 3.0 - that's two performance upgrades for phones that are nearly three years old. Huawei Mate 9 • Huawei Mate 9 Pro • Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus were initially supposed to start the beta program in August, but they got in half a month early. Huawei P10 • Huawei...

Rugged Doogee S90 Pro announced with Helio P70, 5050 mAh battery
16 July 2019, 6:00 pm

Chinese smartphone maker Doogee is introducing its latest smartphone that aims to deliver solid smartphone performance in a body tough as nails. Dubbed S90 Pro the smartphone packs IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G ingress protection as well as several modular accessories including a game controller, battery add-on and night camera module. The S90 Pro is targeted at people who need a device that can survive in tougher work conditions. Doogee claims the phone can survive up to two weeks when submerged in water deep up to 1.5m. In addition, the metal and polycarbonate build of the S90 Pro...

Samsung's Galaxy Note10 to be the last with the 12MP 1/2.55 1.4μm camera
16 July 2019, 5:00 pm

Get your decoder rings out. Popular leakster Ice universe has gone on Twitter to share some information about the upcoming Galaxy Note10. Allegedly the Galaxy Note10 will use the same main camera as the Galaxy S10+ (actually, it will use the same three cameras as the Galaxy S10+) but will add a new 'very technical' feature to it. This could have something to do with the rumored addition of a 3D Time-of-Flight camera to the Galaxy Note10+ or could mean something else. As it stands the Galaxy S10+ has the new Samsung Night Mode so it's unlikely the new feature on the Galaxy Note10 is...

Gold-plated Redmi K20 and K20 Pro are coming tomorrow
16 July 2019, 4:15 pm

Redmi will unveil a special golden limited edition of the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro tomorrow, teased its Global VP Manu Kumar Jain. He went on Twitter to hype up the upcoming premium version of both phones with an image of a gold-plated phone with a diamond-encrusted K logo in the bottom corner. The image has a carbon-like texture as the background, possibly hinting at a second limited edition finish. The price of the special version sits at the extortionate INR 480,000 (~€6,200). 20 hours to go for #RedmiK20Pro & #RedmiK20 Launching something OUT OF THE WORLD tomorrow! A very special...

Asus ROG Phone 2 benchmark offers first look at Snapdragon 855 Plus' performance
16 July 2019, 3:30 pm

When the Asus ROG Phone 2 is unveiled on July 23, it will become the first handset to feature the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. Thanks to higher clock speeds, Qualcomm was able to achieve 15% higher GPU performance as well as a small bump in the CPU's number-crunching power. The Plus model is based on the same hardware as the Snapdragon 855 chipset. This means one "prime" core running at 2.96GHz (up from 2.84GHz), three other big cores (the A76-based Kryo 485 Gold) at 2.42GHz and then the four small cores. The overclock on the prime core is about 4%, the increase in single-core...

Samsung is cutting its Exynos production by 10% in light of South Korea-Japan trade dispute
16 July 2019, 2:45 pm

At the beginning of the month, Japan imposed restrictions on its chemical exports to South Korea used in the production of displays and semiconductors components. As a result, a report from The Korean Herald claims that Samsung is cutting down its Exynos 9825 chipset production by an estimated 10% which would in turn slow down Galaxy Note10 production. According to a Samsung official who remained anonymous, the slowdown in chipset production will be compensated in the coming months. Industry analysts have further commented that Samsung will have to reschedule its Galaxy Note10...

Amazfit GTR unveiled in 42mm and 47mm versions, has up to 24 days battery life
16 July 2019, 2:00 pm

As expected, Huami unveiled the Amazfit GTR smartwatch. It features a round OLED display like the Amazfit Smart Watch 2 and comes in two sizes - 42mm and 47mm. Both have sharp screens with 326ppi pixel density. The smaller model has a 1.2" screen (390 x 390px), the larger one packs a 1.39" panel (454 x 4520px;). Both are protected by Gorilla Glass 3 (with anti-glare coating) and surrounded by a bezel made of zirconium ceramic. As with other Amazfit watches, battery life is one of the best features. The 47mm model has a 410mAh LiPo battery, good for 24 days of regular usage. The 42mm...

vivo V1916A with 5G capabilities and 44W charger certified in China
16 July 2019, 1:15 pm

A new vivo phone has passed China's Compulsory Certification Agency (CCC) bearing the V1916A model name. The certification details confirm that it will feature 5G support alongside a 44W capable rapid charger. Speculations point that this could end up being the iQOO 5G phone, which is scheduled to release in the third quarter of this year. vivo 1916A certification This is shaping up to be the first 5G device in the vivo's portfolio and given it already passed the certification process we should be closer to its official announcement. Previous rumors point to a 6.4-inch Super...

Redmi Note 7 arrives in new Silver color
16 July 2019, 12:30 pm

Xiaomi is offering the Redmi Note 7 series across the globe in multiple colors, but now it's ready to expand the pallete. The Redmi account on Weibo revealed a completely new variant with an icy Silver finish to add to the solid paint and gradient options. Redmi Note 7 Neither the name nor the launch date are confirmed at this point, but we are thinking something obscure like Tundra White, Polar Silver or Glacier Gray. With all the companies thinking of more and more unique sounding names of their colors, the possibilities are endless. Interestingly enough, the account says...

MediaTek teases Helio G90 - its first chipset for gaming phones
16 July 2019, 11:45 am

The Helio G90 will be the first dedicated gaming chip from MediaTek. The teaser poster that announced its existence doesn't give away much, but the full reveal is coming soon. We can speculate that the G90 is based on the Helio P90, which has a CPU with two Cortex-A75 cores (2.2GHz) and six A55 cores (2.0GHz). As for the GPU, it's an Imagination PowerVR GM9446 (970MHz), which promises a 15% improvement over the Mali-G72 MP3 used in the Helio P70. ''Gaming core, awakening'' Will the G90 use the same GPU? MediaTek can improve the gaming experience with a gaming mode like the Kirin...

Oppo Reno 10x zoom FC Barcelona Edition arriving tomorrow
16 July 2019, 11:00 am

Chinese phone maker Oppo has been sponsoring the football club of Barcelona - better known as FC Barcelona - for years now and it's bringing yet another customized phone to celebrate this. Previously, Oppo launched the Barcelona Editions of the R7 Plus, F1 Plus, and R11. And now, the company will add the Reno 10x zoom to that list. Oppo has shared a short clip on Weibo teasing the Reno 10x zoom FC Barcelona Edition which will be unveiled tomorrow. It will likely come with a blue-colored back sporting the club's logo, and we can also expect to see some special wallpapers pre-loaded...

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G bags 3C certification, China launch imminent
16 July 2019, 10:10 am

The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is currently only available in the UK, but it seems the smartphone will soon launch in China as it has bagged 3C certification. The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is just the regular 7 Pro coming with Snapdragon X50 modem that enables 5G connectivity. And, unlike the 4G variant, the 5G model is only offered in a single storage option - 256GB. Once launched, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will compete with the Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) in China which is slated to go on sale from July 26. Via

LG Harmony 3 leaks with tall screen and Google Assistant button
16 July 2019, 9:15 am

LG has been releasing affordable smartphones under the Harmony moniker for two years now and it's looking to make it three. The LG Harmony and LG Harmony 2 are sold only by Cricket and it looks like a third iteration is coming. A photo was leaked on Twitter by Evan Blass, giving us a first look of the new smartphone. The LG Harmony 3 image shows a taller screen and smaller top and bottom bezels, compared to its predecessor. Now the selfie camera has an LED flash to keep it company on the other side of the earpiece, while the left side is visible with three buttons - the volume rocker...

Realme's warm welcome of Snapdragon 855 Plus suggests its new flagship is close
16 July 2019, 8:20 am

Yesterday Qualcomm surprisingly announced a refreshed Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset which is essentially an overclocked version of its current flagship 855 SoC. The new 855 Plus promises to deliver 15% faster GPU performance and is expected to appear in upcoming gaming phones like the Asus ROG Phone 2 in the next weeks and months. Realme went on to Weibo to welcome the new chipset which hints that the Oppo spin-off is working on a phone that will feature the Snapdragon 855 Plus. The young brand is yet to use an 800 series Snapdragon SoC so this could signal that Realme is ready to enter...

Samsung Galaxy Note10 visits Geekbench with Exynos 9825
16 July 2019, 7:29 am

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 arriving next month on 7th has passed through Geekbench. It sports model number SM-970F and is powered by an Exynos 9825 SoC mated to 8GB RAM. This isn't the first time the Note10 has paid a visit to Geekbench, though. Last month, it was spotted on the benchmark database bearing model number SM-N976B with the same chipset and RAM amount. However, SM-970F has scored better than SM-N976B in the Geekbench tests, suggesting that software development has made a lot of progress since. There's also a Snapdragon 855-powered variant of the Note10, carrying model...

Asus ROG Phone 2 live images surface
16 July 2019, 6:00 am

Live images of the Asus ROG Phone 2 arriving on July 23 have surfaced. The photos show the front side of the phone which looks similar to the original ROG Phone - stereo speakers flanking the 120Hz display. There's also a selfie camera above the screen in the upper-right corner, but its resolution is currently unknown. One of the images also reveals that you will be able to reduce the refresh rate of the phone's screen from 120Hz to 90Hz and 60Hz. The ROG Phone 2 will be powered by the freshly announced Snapdragon 855+ SoC which is a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon...

Honor 9X and 9X Pro images confirm pop-up selfie cameras and edge-to-edge displays
16 July 2019, 5:00 am

Honor is set to announce its 9X and 9X Pro on July 23 and today we're looking at the official renders of both members of the lineup. As per the renders, which are almost certainly the real deal, both the 9X and 9X Pro will have full edge-to-edge displays with no room left for a selfie camera in the front. The render confirms what we saw in Honor's official teaser. These new renders seemingly confirm that both variants will have the hideaway selfie camera. We're also expecting a glass and metal frame build from both devices. Honor 9X Pro Otherwise, the most apparent difference...

This is what Google Assistant's Ambient Mode is going to look like
16 July 2019, 3:00 am

Earlier this month, an APK teardown done by 9to5Google detailed an upcoming update that would enable a new interface for Pixel devices while wirelessly charging on a Pixel Stand which debuted with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL last year. The latest news on the update is that some of the screens and elements were successfully enabled to give us an idea of how the mode will work. As tested by 9to5Google, the clock lives in the upper left corner and displays the weather directly across from it. At the bottom is the Google Assistant logo, which acts as a reminder that you could say use the hot command...

Opensignal's latest report recognizes T-Mobile and Verizon as best carriers in different categories
16 July 2019, 1:00 am

Opensignal runs thousands of speed and network coverage tests in the United States and collects lots of information about these carriers over time which Opensignal then uses to compile its Mobile Network Experience Report. The latest report covers data collected between March 16 and July 13, which is just under four months. Among the data collected, Opensignal awards each carrier in five main categories including: 4G availability, Video experience, Download Speed Experience, Upload Speed Experience, and Latency Experience. Starting with 4G Availability, this metric is calculated...

Apple stops selling iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and SE in India
15 July 2019, 10:49 pm

Apple hasn't been doing very well, sales-wise, in India, a country that devours well priced Android phones. Some quick armchair analysis would reveal that Apple's smartphones are priced way above the average Indian's budget, and that's why. Regardless, Apple is now making a move that is sure to contract its sales numbers even further. The company has stopped offering the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus in India. The iPhone SE and iPhone 6 were its most affordable handsets in the subcontinent, and now they're gone. Apple iPhone SE The new cheapest model you...