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May 29, 2020

Oppo Reno4 series to launch on June 5

Oppo's Reno4 lineup is on the wat, and today we have a specific date to mark in our calendars - June 5. Next Friday we expect to see two new smartphones with 5G connectivity to take the baton from the Reno3 family that was the first non-flagship smartphone series with 5G capabilities. The phones will have 65W fast charging, borrowed from the Find X2 and Ace2 flagships. The lineup will also bring "Super Night Mode" for improved night shots. The company mentioned this on its Weibo profile, but also has sent media invites where you can see the date and time of launch only...



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May 29, 2020

IDC: Hearables market on the rise, but smartwatch sales have declined in Q1 2020

Q1 of 2020 has seen a significant growth in the wearables market, according to the latest report from IDC. The analysts include not only smartwatches and fitness trackers in the category, but hearables (AirPods and competitors) as well, which has seen an uptick in demand during COVID-19. Hearables, including headphones and earbuds, are becoming an increasingly popular category in the tech space. With COVID-19 forcing many people to work or be productive from home, the demand for personal audio devices has risen, and the numbers reflect this. Apple has seen an increase of 59.9% YoY...



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May 29, 2020

Infinix partners with Imint for its Vidhance stabilization solution

On Thursday, Imint has announced a new partnership with the phone maker Infinix. The Swedish company provides its video stabilization algorithm solutions to other phone maker brands like Xiaomi, vivo, Oppo, nubia, OnePlus, and more recently, Motorola with the Edge+. The first Infinix device to have Vidhance is the Note 7. The Infinix Note 7 runs a MediaTek Helio G70 chipset, so the partnership shows that Imint's solution can work across many devices, regardless of chipset. Imint has previously announced a new integration with Qualcomm hardware that would improve power efficiency of its...



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May 29, 2020

OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro updated in India with 960fps video and smudge detection in the camera

Today, both the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro are receiving the latest build of Oxygen OS. The OTA brings the phones up to Google's May security patch. The update brings Oxygen OS to 10.3.3 (for India). The changelog includes new Dolby Atmos integration with the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z, optimized volume adjustment, improved battery life and system stability, and general fixes and patches. The update also includes two new camera features. Source: user SumitKsoni via OnePlus Forums The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro will now be able to record 720p video at up to 960fps slow-motion. The camera...



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May 29, 2020

Here's a look at the cancelled Google Pixel 4a XL

Last year Google did the (previously) unthinkable and diluted its oh-so-premium Pixel brand by launching a couple of mid-rangers, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. It's been around a year since their launch, so we're expecting their successors any day now. Wait, no. There's going to be only one successor, the 4a, because the company has cancelled the 4a XL. If you were wondering what the 4a XL would have looked like had it ended up seeing the light of day, here are some renders for you. Google seems to continue living in its own parallel mobile world, where basic features don't matter, and,...



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May 29, 2020

Here's a look at the canceled Google Pixel 4a XL

Last year Google did the (previously) unthinkable and diluted its oh-so-premium Pixel brand by launching a couple of mid-rangers, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. It's been around a year since their launch, so we're expecting their successors any day now. Wait, no. There's going to be only one successor, the 4a, because the company has canceled the 4a XL. If you were wondering what the 4a XL would have looked like had it ended up seeing the light of day, here are some renders for you. Google seems to continue living in its own parallel mobile world, where basic features don't matter, and,...



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May 29, 2020

Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 are now getting Android 10 with EMUI 10 globally

Google is about to unleash the first public beta of Android 11 in a few days, and yet there still are plenty of phones out there that don't even run Android 10. However, two more models have joined the party today, as Huawei has started sending out updates to EMUI 10 based on Android 10 to both the P20 Pro and the Mate 10. The latter was launched in November 2017, being about two and a half years old at this point, and it's nice to see it wasn't forgotten by the Chinese company. It's certainly not every day that we see an Android device getting new Android releases after the two-year...



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May 29, 2020

Xbox Series X will play four generations of Xbox titles, some in HDR and 120fps

This morning, Jason Ronald, Director of Program management for Xbox Series X has made a blog post about the next-gen Xbox and its backwards compatibility with older Xbox games. From day 1, the Series X will be compatible with games across all four generation of Xbox consoles. The challenge in being able to do this is outlined in the blog post. Primarily, it comes down to the variances in chip architectures. The Series X's custom chip is thanks to this ability, in addition to the design of the Xbox OS and hypervisor. Over 100,000 hours have been clocked testing old games on the Series X,...



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Thursday, 28 May 2020

May 28, 2020

Poco F2 Pro in for review

The hugely-anticipated second coming of the Pocophone is finally here at HQ and we've started work on its review. There's a lot to go over with the Poco F2 Pro, but here's a brief hands-on and key features video to get you started. Now let's open that box. The Poco F2 Pro comes with a 30W charger, a USB cable and a complimentary case. The Pocophone F1 was Xiaomi's first go at a flagship with a midrange price and it was unbelievable value at the time. We expected a Snapdragon 855/855+ powered Poco F2 to arrive in 2019, but Xiaomi had their hands full with the Redmi K20 Pro and its...



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May 28, 2020

Oppo releases ColorOS 7 (Android 10) update to its phones in India

Oppo is ready to start rolling out ColorOS 7 (based on Android 10) to its phones in India, following a similar rollout in China, which took place in April. The update is heading out to flagships, affordable phones and everything in between - it targets models in the Reno, Find, K and A series. The software has received some India-specific features like the Digilocker service, which promotes paperless governance. You will also be greeted with a Hawa Mahal wallpaper. This will be a staged rollout, here's the plan. The update is already available to many models, it will reach another six...



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May 28, 2020

Oppo ropes in MediaTek, Qualcomm and HiSilicon engineers to work on its own chip

We know that Oppo is working on a chip of its own for some time now but the company is yet to confirm any specifics. Now, according to a Nikkei Asian Review media outlet, the tech giant is aggressively recruiting engineers to work on its future SoC and most of the engineers come from well-known companies. Most recently, Oppo recruited a couple of top executives from MediaTek and Unisoc. Jeffery Lu, MediaTek's co-chief operating officer is on the list of new employees along with an executive involved with MediaTek's 5G chip development has also agreed to Oppo's offer. Xiaomi also gave...



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May 28, 2020

Budget LG Phoenix 5 leaks

Thanks to a new leak from Evan Blass we have our first look at the upcoming LG Phoenix 5 which will be a budget option exclusive to AT&T. Unfortunately the images aren't accompanied by any specs. We can still see that the phone will sport waterdrop notch display and dual camera setup around the back. It will serve as the successor to 2018's LG Phoenix 4 which came with a 5-inch LCD, Snapdragon 425 chipset 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. It also had a single 8MP rear shooter and a 5MP selfie cam and booted Android 7 Nougat. We can expect overhauled entry-level spec on the new Pheonix 5 and...



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May 28, 2020

ZTE Axon 11 SE listed by retailer ahead of launch

ZTE is set to introduce its Axon 11 SE on June 1. Yet Chinese retailer Tmall couldn't wait that long and published a listing for the phone complete with its key specs. It comes with a 6.53-inch LCD with an FHD+ resolution and a 16MP selfie cam. It will also support dual-mode 5G connectivity thanks to the Dimensity 800 chipset paired with 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. The camera department will be headlined by a 48MP main shooter alongside an 8MP ultrawide snapper and two 2MP modules - presumably for depth data and macro photography. ZTE Axon 11 SE (TENAA...



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May 28, 2020

Samsung Galaxy Note20 color options leak

With the renders of the Galaxy Note20+ out, it's now time to talk colors. According to an inside source, the Note20 will come in gray, green and copper while the Note20+ will be selling in black and copper. Samsung might be looking for more simplified and less flashy colors this time around but it's not inconceivable for the company to release more color options after the initial launch. Reportedly, the copper variant won't be the same as the one we saw on the Galaxy Note9, though. The new copper will be leaning more towards gold-ish hue. Also, keep in mind that the color options...



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May 28, 2020

The Android 11 Beta Launch party will be livestreamed on June 3

Google delayed the Android 11 Beta launch to June 1 and scheduled a "launch show" for June 3. It will be all online, of course, as the traditional I/O event was canceled. Below is the livestream for the event, it will start at 15:00pm UTC and will last an hour. It will focus on the new features in Android 11 and what's new for developers. Google will also publish 12 "binge-worthy" talks on Android, starting with the basics (What's new and What's new in System UI) and covering many topics for developer and the Google Play ecosystem. If you're hoping that Google will finally...



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May 28, 2020

Google enables 1440p mode in Stadia, announces new games and PUBG Ranked Mode

Google enabled 4K streaming on Stadia in early March, the service originally launched with a 1080p cap. Now there is a middle step - 1440p mode. If your hardware meets the requirements for 4K but your Internet can't quite handle it, then you should try 1440p. You will need a 1440p or 4K display and a Chromecast Ultra or Windows PC. There are more games coming to Stadia too - Jotun: Valhalla Edition ($15), Sundered: Eldritch Edition ($20), MK11: Aftermath ($40 for the expansion, $60 for the "Kollection") and The Crew 2: Hobbies ($50 for the base game, Hobbies is free) are all available...



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May 28, 2020

Amazfit T-Rex to launch second week of June in India

Initially announced at CES 2020 in January, the Amazfit T-Rex is finally making its way to India in two weeks' time. The rugged smartwatch brings an AMOLED display, 20-day battery life, GPS and a MIL-STD-810 rating. The official press release did not specify the exact launch date for the wearable but just that it's coming in the second week of June. The T-Rex also comes with activity tracking for 12 sports with its PPG optical tracker and can be used during swims as well. It pairs with over Bluetooth with both Android and iOS and runs on the custom Amazfit OS. Sleep tracking is also...



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May 28, 2020

Oppo unveils Ace2 EVA limited edition, custom Watch, headset, Air VOOC charger debut

The Evangelion-inspired limited edition of the Oppo Ace2 is now official and there's a lot more to it than custom decals on the back - there's a lot of EVA-styled gear you can get. Oppo Ace2 EVA limited edition There's the phone, of course, but it looks different from the one we saw last week. It has a purple and green color scheme to match EVA-01. The case included in the pack has an even more elaborate design and there are EVA-themed wallpapers pre-loaded. The bundled EVA limited edition case • Wired charger is included, Air VOOC charger is sold separately • SIM...



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May 28, 2020

Samsung ready to start manufacturing 5nm Exynos chips in August

Samsung has been developing its 5nm EUV process for the past few months, and now reports from South Korea reveal the manufacturer is ready for mass production to start. ZDNet revealed the next chip will be called Exynos 992, and Samsung Electronics has the final say whether the platform will arrive with the Galaxy Note20 smartphone lineup in August. Samsung factory in Hwaseong, South Korea The Exynos 992 will use ARM's Cortex-A78 CPU cores and Mali-G78 GPU architecture. In theory, this would mean 20% more efficiency of the processor, compared with the existin Cortex-A77 on the...



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May 28, 2020

Vivo X50 Pro full specs are out, more photos leak

vivo is expected to introduce another unusual camera with the X50 lineup where the four shooters are lined in a 1-2-1 vertical setup. Yesterday we spotted some early images and the specs of the vanilla Vivo X50, but now the Vivo X50 Pro specs sheet is also online, thanks to a leaked presentation. We are looking at a Snapdragon 765G-powered phone with huge screen and 90Hz refresh rate, as well as Sony IMX598 48MP main camera. It is pretty easy to read the specs, even if they are in Chinese - 6.56" OLED panel with Full HD+ resolution, 8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. The single selfie...



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