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EMUI 9.1 is now on its way to 8 more Huawei and Honor phones
21 August 2019, 12:00 am

Last month Huawei and Honor sent out the update to EMUI 9.1 to 10 smartphones, and today a new batch is ready. This time around, we're talking about 8 devices in total between the two brands, including some launched as far back as 2016 - and yet they're still receiving the latest software update. Here's the full list: Huawei Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, Mate 9 Porsche Design, P10, P10 Plus, nova 2s, Honor V9, and Honor 9. The EMUI 9.1 update has already been going out to some of these in some territories, but now we have an official announcement touting the rollout. Keep in mind though that...

Motorola's Razr foldable phone to land in Europe in December with a €1,500 price tag
20 August 2019, 10:00 pm

Motorola has long been rumored to revive the Razr line with its first foldable smartphone, and new details have come in today about this device. As anticipated, it will be a mid-ranger, and it should apparently get a release in Europe in December 2019 or January 2020. To get one, you will need to part with no less than €1,500. Compared to Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X that is much cheaper indeed, but the new Razr will still be around 50% more expensive than its competitors' top of the line handsets with non-folding screens. Thus, it may turn out to be a tough sell. The...

OnePlus TV launching in September, coming to India first
20 August 2019, 7:58 pm

OnePlus has announced that it will be launching its OnePlus TV next month in September. The company also announced that the TV will first be announced in India. The announcement was made by founder and CEO Pete Lau on the company's forum. Lau largely talked about the challenges involved in making a television as well as what we can expect from it once it releases. Lau explained that the reason the OnePlus TV will be releasing first in India is because the company has great relations with the content providers in the country. For OnePlus and for televisions in general, content is...

Samsung will release Marvel-themed smart covers for the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+
20 August 2019, 6:30 pm

You can trust Marvel's superheroes to protect the Earth as well as your phone - Samsung will release Marvel-themed smart covers for the Galaxy Note10. The "smart" feature here is pretty basic, the covers have an NFC chip that lets your phone automatically switch to a matching theme. The four cases we've seen so far feature Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America and Deadpool. Here's what they look like on the Galaxy Note10+: Marvel cases on the Galaxy Note10+: Iron Man • Spider-Man • Captain America • Deadpool And here's a sample of the wallpapers that will be loaded up...

Apple's TV+ coming in November for $9.99/month
20 August 2019, 5:00 pm

Apple unveiled its TV+ service with exclusive shows, movies and series in March and left it at 'Coming this Fall' with no price tag. Now, according to sources within Apple, TV+ is scheduled for a November debut, costing $9.99 per month. Apple is expected to also offer a free trial period - likely one month - bringing TV+ in line with Apple Music. Apple will enter a busy market with its streaming service. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have established a strong position while Disney is about to launch its own service. Netflix and Amazon charge slightly less at $8.99 while Disney+ will...

Xiaomi reports 60 million shipped phones in H1 2019
20 August 2019, 4:00 pm

Xiaomi just released its financial report for the first half of 2019 and the numbers are good. Revenues stood at CNY 95.71 billion ($13.56 billion), a 20% improvement compared to the first half of last year. Adjusted net profits came out to CNY 5.72 billion ($810.36 million) which is a 49.8% year on year increase. Looking into phone shipments, Xiaomi managed to move 60 million units in the period despite stagnating global market. Outside of the smartphone business, Xiaomi's TV line also proved to be a big success as the company ranked first in China with 5.4 million units for the...

Leaked Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ad shows off NFC
20 August 2019, 3:00 pm

Xiaomi is busy shooting promo videos for the Redmi Note 8 and that carries a risk of leaks. We saw the Redmi Note 8 Pro starring in an ad yesterday, now a clip has surfaced on TikTok showing the Redmi Note 8 using its NFC. Yes, NFC. It's not the most exciting feature, but Xiaomi phones tend to omit it, it's something reserved for the flagship Mi series. NFC has been gaining adoption in China as AliPay and Apple Pay adopt it (QR codes are still prevalent, though). It's not clear if this is the "Pro" model or not or quite what will be the differences between the two. The Pro is...

Samsung Galaxy A50 gets improved battery charging with latest update
20 August 2019, 2:00 pm

Samsung is pushing out a new firmware for its Galaxy A50 which brings an improved battery charging algorithm paired with refined fingerprint reader performance and the usual stability tweaks. The new firmware bearing the A505FDDU2ASH3 name weighs in at 320MB and also brings the August security patch. In a surprising twist, Samsung also appears to be pre-installing Snapchat as part of this update. Recently, the Galaxy A70 also got some third-party apps with an update to the surprise of users. It was reported that the apps could be uninstalled but we'll have to wait and see if the option...

Redmi Note 7 series smashes another milestone, reaches over 20 million sales
20 August 2019, 1:00 pm

Redmi announced its separation from Xiaomi as a standalone brand with the arrival of the Redmi Note 7 at the beginning of the year, and by the looks of the sales numbers, the lineup was a massive success. The company announced on its Weibo page that it reached 20 million sold phones across the world in just seven months. The poster simply says "Thank you" to all 20 million users of a Redmi Note 7 smartphone, saying that it is now time to move to the Redmi Note 8. Apparently, Redmi is already on the final straight in the preparation of the new smartphone, since the Weibo account is...

Samsung Galaxy Note10 pre-orders in South Korea are twice as high as Note9's
20 August 2019, 12:15 pm

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is a hit in South Korea - the locals have pre-ordered twice as many units as they did Galaxy Note9s last year. The new flagship went up on pre-order on August 9, so it has been 11 days (Samsung will start shipping units this Friday). And in that period a total of 1.3 million units of Note 10 and Note10+ have been pre-ordered. The most popular model proved to be the Galaxy Note10+ 5G with 256GB storage and the Aura Glow paint job. Note that Samsung is only offering the 5G versions of both Note10s in South Korea. Korean carriers have been offering subsidies...

vivo IQOO Pro 5G tops AnTuTu charts ahead of launch
20 August 2019, 11:27 am

vivo's IQOO lineup will get its newest member with the unveiling of the IQOO Pro 5G on August 22. Now the device bearing the V1916A model number passed through AnTuTu and delivered quite the performance, pushing out 497,179 points - a new record on the benchmark. Previously, we saw the unreleased Meizu 16s Pro post 464,411 points which was a record in itself. According to the AnTuTu Weibo page, the performance is achieved in large thanks to the F2FS file system combined with TurboWrite SDD technology. The listing also reaffirms the phone will ship with the Snapdragon 855+ chipset...

Realme confirms its 64 MP flagship is going to be called XT
20 August 2019, 10:10 am

The Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro were introduced today, and at the end of the announcement the company also had a little teaser for us - it confirmed its the 64MP phone will be called Realme XT. The event ended with Green Day's song "Wake Me Up When September Ends", which was likely another hint - the device will be announced in early October. The phone is dubbed "64 MP Quad Camera Xpert" and will have Samsung's new ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. Since we already had some hands-on experience with a pre-production unit, we know the phone will also have a wide-angle lens, macro camera and a...

Oppo Reno2 gets certified by TENAA and 3C, images and specs arrive
20 August 2019, 9:23 am

Oppo is gearing to introduce the second generation in its Reno line soon and two devices bearing the PCKM00 and PCKT00 model numbers just passed through Chinese certification agencies TENAA and 3C. Oppo Reno2 in Pink Going through the TENAA listing we see both devices are identical apart from the added 256GB storage option for the PCKM00 model. The Reno2 will come with a 6.5-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen and a 16 MP selfie camera housed in the quirky shark fin pop-up mechanism. Around the back, it will have a quad-camera setup with a 48MP F/1.7 main shooter, 13MP telephoto, 8MP...

Realme 5 and 5 Pro hands-on review
20 August 2019, 8:49 am

Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro bring four cameras, new chipsets
20 August 2019, 8:13 am

Say hello to the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro - the latest pair of aggressively priced phones from the young company. They bring four cameras, new and more powerful chipsets and ample batteries. Realme 5 The more affordable Realme 5 packs a 6.5" display of HD+ resolution (720 x 1600 pixels), which translates to a 20:9 tall ratio. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 665 - it is historically the second phone with the 11 nm chipset, but is first in India, since the Xiaomi Mi A3 is yet to hit the market. Memory-wise, there are three combinations - 3/32GB, 4/64GB,...

vivo NEX 3 live image shows waterfall screen
20 August 2019, 7:38 am

After teasing the waterfall screen and design sketch of the upcoming vivo NEX 3, the brand's Product Manager Li Xiang continued his teaser campaign by showing out the phone in the flesh on Chinese social platform Weibo. The slope is much more pronounced than offerings from other manufacturers like Samsung and OnePlus. The same photo with adjusted lighting gives us an even better look at the phone and reveals that the side bezels are relatively thick. The black bars could just be a software trick or the device is in a protective shell to prevent the full design from being...

Watch the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro announcement live here
20 August 2019, 6:00 am

Realme is releasing its newest smartphones, complete with its first ever quad-camera setups. The Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro are getting unveiled in New Delhi, but you can enjoy the show from the comfort of your home or office thanks to the official live stream. Starting at 7PM UTC, Madhav Sheth, Realme India CEO, will bring the two phones to the stage. Watch the whole thing live and make sure you stop by our comments section to share your impressions. And don't forget to stop by our homepage once the event is over for the complete coverage of the new announcements, along with...

T-Mobile's OnePlus 7 Pro gets OxygenOS 9.5.10 with battery and camera improvements
20 August 2019, 3:00 am

T-Mobile's OnePlus 7 Pro has started receiving a new software update today. It is labeled OxygenOS 9.5.10, and it's primarily a bug fixing release. Once you install it, you should notice better battery life, as well as both general camera improvements and some relating specifically to the pop-up mechanism of the selfie shooter. The Camera app's version has been updated, as has the version of Google Maps that's pre-installed. There are also some Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-focused bug fixes built-in, alongside the usual unnamed "general bug fixes and system improvements". The update arrives...

Here's what the Redmi Note 8 Pro will look like
20 August 2019, 1:00 am

Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi is busy working on its next mid-rangers, the Redmi 8 series. The Redmi 8 itself was spotted in some hands-on images earlier today, and now it's the Redmi Note 8 Pro's turn. Based on Redmi's past naming conventions, this is likely to be the highest-end of its upcoming mid-rangers. It seems to have leaked on a set where its TV commercial was being filmed. If so, that's probably a first in the mobile world. Anyway, you can see that the design of its back has the same overall language as what we've seen in the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro flagships. Redmi Note 8...

Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro battery capacities revealed
19 August 2019, 11:00 pm

Huawei's upcoming Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro have so far been rumored to sport 25W wireless charging, which would be the fastest yet, as well as 55W wired charging, just to break two records at once. But what about their battery capacities? According to a new post on China's Weibo, the cells you see in the image below are going to be the ones fitted to the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. If this is true - and that's a big "if" - then the Mate 30 should get a 4,200 mAh unit, while the Pro model will have a 4,500 mAh battery keeping its lights running. That would be a 5% increase in capacity...