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September 22, 2020

Pete Lau confirms 120Hz display on the OnePlus 8T and other features

It's already clear by now that OnePlus is planning to release a successor to the OnePlus 8 only. The OnePlus 8T Pro just isn't happening this time around. We also know the price and most of the specs, but it's always good to hear a confirmation from an official. And there's no better confirmation coming straight from the CEO himself. In an exclusive interview with TechRadar, Pete Lau said that the OnePlus 8T will indeed feature a 120Hz refresh rate display and will be the same size as its predecessor, meaning 6.55". The engineers have worked on improving the perceived smoothness, color...



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September 22, 2020

Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 announced with bigger batteries and blood oxygen monitoring

Huami introduced the Amazfit GTR and Amazfit GTS last year in July and August, respectively, and today the Chinese brand followed up with their successors, dubbed GTR 2 and GTS 2. Amazfit GTR 2 The Amazfit GTR 2 sports a 1.39" color AMOLED screen of 454x454 pixel resolution that's covered by 3D glass and is surrounded by bezels significantly thinner than the ones we've seen on the first-gen GTR. It supports custom dial backgrounds and you also have the option to put your favorite picture from the gallery in the background. The GTR 2 packs a bigger battery (471 mAh), which is claimed...



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September 22, 2020

Nokia 2.4 and 3.4 debut as Nokia 8.3 5G goes global

It certainly took a while, but HMD is finally ready to release its first 5G smartphone. Meanwhile, the company unveiled two entry-level models for the budget-conscious. Nokia 8.3 5G The Nokia 8.3 5G is HMD’s first 5G smartphone – a phone that was announced half a year ago, but its launch got delayed. The wait is almost over, though, it will be available tomorrow in the US (September 23) on Amazon at a price of $700 for the 8/128 GB configuration. Best Buy will also have it in stock a few weeks from now. It’s been a while since March, so allow us to recap the spec sheet of the Nokia...



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September 22, 2020

Nokia 2.4 and 3.4 debut as Nokia 8.3 5G hits the US

It certainly took a while, but HMD is finally ready to release its first 5G smartphone. Meanwhile, the company unveiled two entry-level models for the budget-conscious. Nokia 8.3 5G The Nokia 8.3 5G is HMD’s first 5G smartphone – a phone that was announced half a year ago, but its launch got delayed. The wait is almost over, though, it will be available tomorrow in the US (September 23) on Amazon at a price of $700 for the 8/128 GB configuration. Best Buy will also have it in stock a few weeks from now. It’s been a while since March, so allow us to recap the spec sheet of the Nokia...



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September 22, 2020

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra's new patch improves camera performance

Some unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G units in the US are now receiving an update that brings a handful of under-the-hood improvements and bumps up the security patch to September 2020. Screenshot of the changelog The update has been spotted outside of the US as well but the changelog didn't include any of the camera and stability changes except the September security patch, so the US users are the first ones to receive the full update. The company will likely push the improvements with the next security patch in October. Anyway, the changelog isn't very descriptive, as...



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September 22, 2020

Snapdragon 750G unveiled with mmWave 5G support, AI noise suppression

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 750G – a global 5G chipset with AI-powered noise suppression and support for 120fps gaming. This is a 5G-enabled successor to the S730G and a faster alternative to the S690 chip (while still keeping the budget below S765 levels). The 750G is equipped X52 modem also used in the S765 chips. Compared to the X51 found inside the S690, it adds mmWave 5G and can hit peak download speeds of 3.7 Gbps (up from 2.5 Gbps). Sub-6 is also available, Qualcomm says that this is a truly global 5G chipset with multi-SIM support. The AI hardware can deliver up to...



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September 22, 2020

Imint announces collaboration with MediaTek to improve video stabilization at hardware level

If you’ve never heard of Imint, it’s a company based in Sweden that offers video enhancement solutions that are used by many OEMs for mobile smartphone cameras. It’s main product is called “Vidhance” whose algorithms are used by brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, vivo, Nubia, OnePlus, Huawei, Motorola, and Infinix. Vidhance has previously been integrated into smartphones powered by MediaTek in the past, but at the software level. With Imint’s partnership, Vidhance can be integrated into the MediaTek’s chipsets at a deeper level, thus making video stabilization features perform quicker and more...



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September 22, 2020

Huawei looking to enter the PC and monitor markets

Perhaps it's the US ban, perhaps it's Xiaomi's push in the PC monitors market. Either way, a reliable source claims that Huawei is looking to enter the said market as well as the PC market. The brand of monitors would use flat and curved displays. The alleged curved displays will be sourced by TPV Technology while the flat ones will be made by BOEVT, a subsidiary company of BOE. The curved ones will surely fall into the gaming segment and come in 27 and 34-inch flavors while the flat ones will be up to three models. No specifics have been given about the BOE-made flat monitors,...



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September 22, 2020

Royole Flexpai 2 is official with improved hinge, costs under $1,500

Royole was the first company to launch a foldable smartphone, way ahead of its more popular competitors Samsung or Huawei, but decided to stick to the Chinese market, marking its first device as practically unknown outside the domestic scene. Today it introduced the second iteration, and now it comes with a better hinge, an improved screen with a bigger diagonal and lovely price tag - meet the Royole Flexpai 2. The unveiling was a follow-up of a March event, where company CEO Bill Liu introduced the new folding screen. Now we know all the specs, the price, and the neat features that...



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September 22, 2020

Apple Watch Series 6 teardown reveals easy to replace display and battery

Apple's Watch Series 6 is out and iFixit is fast to publish the full teardown of the smartwatch and see what makes it tick. The disassembly reveals several internal design changes that help with the overall repairability score, which is still 6/10 - the same as Watch Series 5. The most notable change is the removal of the Force Touch gasket. Since the Force Touch feature has been axed with the arrival of watchOS 7, the gasket is no longer here. The extra space has allowed Apple to fit a larger battery, bigger Taptic Engine and a couple of new sensors such as the one for blood oxygen...



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September 22, 2020

Apple Watch Series 6 teardown reveals easy to replace display and battery

Apple's Watch Series 6 is out and iFixit is fast to publish the full teardown of the smartwatch and see what makes it tick. The disassembly reveals several internal design changes that help with the overall repairability score, which is still 6/10 - the same as Watch Series 5. The most notable change is the removal of the Force Touch gasket. Since the Force Touch feature has been axed with the arrival of watchOS 7, the gasket is no longer here. The extra space has allowed Apple to fit a larger battery, bigger Taptic Engine and a couple of new sensors such as the one for blood oxygen...



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September 22, 2020

Poco X3 arrives in India: Snapdragon 732G SoC, 120Hz display, and 6,000 mAh battery

Xiaomi offshoot Poco unveiled the Poco X3 NFC earlier this month, and today, the company announced the smartphone for the Indian market without NFC and a bigger battery. The Poco X3 NFC packs a 5,160 mAh battery while the X3 ships with a 6,000 mAh cell, but like the X3 NFC, the regular X3 supports 33W fast charging. Other than these differences, the rest of the specs of the Poco X3 are the same as the X3 NFC's, meaning you get a Snapdragon 732G SoC, 6.67" FullHD+ 120Hz LCD, side-mounted fingerprint reader, dual stereo speakers, and a USB-C port. For photography, the Poco X3 comes...



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September 22, 2020

vivo V20 and V20 Pro announced: 64MP triple cameras, 44MP selfie camera, and 4,000 mAh battery

We've been hearing about vivo's V20 series for a couple of weeks now and while the V20 SE is set to be unveiled on September 24, the company now introduced the first two smartphones of the V20 lineup, dubbed V20 and V20 Pro. vivo V20 Pro Let's talk about the more premium V20 Pro first. It's powered by the Snapdragon 765G SoC, boots Android 10-based Funtouch OS 11, and has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage onboard. The V20 Pro is built around a 6.44" FullHD+ AMOLED display that has a fingerprint underneath and a notch up top for the dual camera setup - a 44MP main unit with Eye Autofocus and...



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September 22, 2020

iOS (and iPad OS) 14.2 Public Beta now available

iOS 14 was just officially released last week with major changes to iOS and iPad OS devices and their home screens, among many other changes. Less than a week later, Apple is already hard at work on incremental updates with the release of the iOS 14.2 Public Beta. The Beta is now open to anyone with an Apple ID and a compatible iPhone or iPad device. iOS 14.2 brings a new Music Recognition function right in the Control Center, which integrates Shazam’s (newly acquired by Apple) music recognition abilities. It will let you recognize music that’s ambiently playing and will also be...



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September 22, 2020

Xiaomi's Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro might be cheaper than previously rumored

Xiaomi's Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro have been leaking a lot recently, and there's a lot of anticipation building for these phones that are successors to the highly popular Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro from last year. A few days ago, a rumor said the Pro model would be priced at €699, which is probably more than most people would have hoped for. Here's a plot twist. Today, yet another unconfirmed rumor comes to contradict that. According to one tipster in Germany, the Mi 10T will be priced at €499, while the Mi 10T Pro will go for €599. That's a full €100 cheaper than initially rumored, and also,...



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