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HMD Global is set to announce its first take on the notch game. Finally, right? The Nokia X, which is also known as the Nokia X6. which has the model number of TA-1099.  A recent listing in TENAA, reveals some of its specs. The Nokia X will come with Android 8.1 Oreo and an octa-core processor which is clocked at 1.8 GHz. In addition to this, the TENAA listing did not indicate the specific processor used for the Nokia X but the clock speed matches with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. There will be three RAM options for the Nokia X – 3GB/4GB/6GB while storage has only two options – 32GB or 64GB. Inside the notch, you’ll find the selfie camera and the earpiece. The screen ratio for the Nokia X will be 19:9 with 2280×1080 pixel resolution. Its size is around 5.8″ diagonal.  It also has a 3,000mAh battery. There…

It is official: Huawei joins the Android Go club. The responsible team for this release is the Zambian division of Huawei. Some of the members of the Android Go club are: ASUS, HMD and Alcatel. Revealing their newest budget phone, the Huawei Y3 (2018) is packed with mediocre features that’s widely popular among beginners of smartphones. Some of the specs are as follows: Huawei has yet to announce its official price but it will be under $100 since the Nokia 1 with similar specs is priced around $85 to some places. Source

A report from China Telecom leaks all the specs of the newest successor of the Vivo X21. Take a look and tell us if it can compete with the other flagship from other brands. Just by looking at the specs of the X21i, it truly has powerful innards and does the job to excite us for its own announcement. According to report, the device is set to launch in China on May 19 and the price tag is around CNY 2,698 ($426). Source

The first OPPO A71 was launched last September 2017 and four months after that, OPPO decided to release another version of it with some notable changes, particularly in imaging and performance. Design The OPPO A71 (2018) really took a lot from its original design. It’s still light, thin and easy to hold. We got the black color and in matte texture which prevents it from becoming a fingerprint magnet. There’s a 5.2-inch screen that houses the call earpiece, 5MP camera and sensors. Below you’ll find the capacitive buttons which function as the task manager, menu and back button. On the right, you’ll find the power/sleep button with the dual-SIM card and dedicated microSD card slots. The volume rockers are located at the left side. The 3.5mm headphone jack can be located at the top of the device. The OPPO A71 (2018) still uses a microUSB port and we thought that it would’ve…

The Geekbench score of the yet unannounced Moto E5 Plus just popped out and it shows that it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, listed as msm8937, which is an entry-level processor paired by 3GB RAM, whcih should make the phone capable of handling day to day tasks without problems. The Moto E5 Plus is expected to have stock Android inside and will have a 6″ edge to edge display with 18:9 display ratio. The fingerprint scanner is located at the back with the Moto logo embedded in it. The E5 Plus has a  5,000mAh battery which Moto claims can last up to 1.5 days of usage. Source | Via

We all know that the notch game is widely popular and Samsung is getting ready to join — maybe because of peer pressure from  other companies that joined this so-called game. In a new listing, the South Korean company designed a smartphone with a notch and a new and improved full screen display. The notch usually comprises of the proximity sensor, earpiece and front-facing camera. From their design, the bezels up top is minimized by stretching the display to all four corners of the phone. Thankfully, there’s still a headphone jack located at the bottom of the device. There are different designs for the back of the device and one looks very similar to the recent iPhone X.  However, what is missing in the design is the fingerprint sensor, maybe they’ll include it in the screen just like what Vivo did. The second listing from SIPO shows us that the…

Xiaomi is essentially known as the company that slashes the price of gadgets in half but still includes the top tier features we like. Nowadays, the notch has become a trend for smartphones but other than that, it also includes high end camera features together with Artificial Intelligence. Just two days ago, Xiaomi revealed the Mi 6X – an affordable mid-range smartphone with camera AI features. By camera AI, Xiaomi mainly focuses on object recognition – something we’ve seen with Samsung’s Bixby and Google Lens. One good example of this is that the camera can translate text from manuals and even tell you how many calories a particular food has. Xiaomi also announced its own AI assistant, the Xiao Ai – which should be able to understand hundreds of commands. The Xiaomi Mi 6X is a mid-tier smartphone. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 coupled with 4GB/6GB RAM…

ASUS did mention an upcoming “Max Pro” during our interview, and now, that device has was just launched in India as the Zenfone Max Pro M1, which dons a 5,000 mAh battery, and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC. Aside from these outstanding specs, the M1 also features an 18:9 display ratio with a FHD+ display which is very common for a smartphone nowadays. You can see the similarities of the M1 to the ASUS Zenfone 5Q – the camera setup, physical buttons and even the display but needless to say, the Max Pro M1 has a matte black texture, unlike the 5Q which has a glossy, fingerprint-magnet glass. For the internal hardware, the M1 almost outshines everyone from the same variant. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 which you can also see in the latest Zenfone 5. The M1 is also ditching the ZenUI and replacing it with a pure…

Xiaomi recently launched both the Redmi 5A and 5 Plus here in our shores. Knowing Xiaomi for years, the company specializes in developing budget smartphones and delivering outstanding marketing strategies. Xiaomi mainly launched their budget smartphones in India and no wonder the sales are up to the roof. Not only because of their marketing ventures but also to their devices that boast formidable specifications on different variants. What I am about to review now is the Redmi 5A. At least for me, this is the best on its price range and variant. After using it for weeks, the Redmi 5A has slender upgrade to its predecessor, the Redmi 4A. Please take note that the review unit sent by Xiaomi is the Global Version. Design The Xiaomi Redmi 5A has a similar form factor and physical design from the 4A. It has a 5-inch display, along with chunky bezels on the…

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo with model number SM-J720F will be released with dual cameras that can do Live Focus Bokeh shots. Specs have been confirmed like the Bixby feature and removable battery, all thanks to the leaked official manual of the smartphone. The dual camera of the Galaxy J7 Duo will be the same with the Galaxy C7 (2017) –  a 13MP (f/1.7) + 5MP (f/1.9) camera system. The Live Focus Bokeh will be the selling point for this smartphone. In addition to this, the removable battery is also confirmed. This feature cannot be seen on Galaxy J7 and J7 series. The Galaxy J7 Duo will also have Bixby feature. This is the first midranger from Samsung that will be packed with Bixby, Even though it doesn’t have a dedicated Bixby button, the smartphone is expected to have Bixby Home and Reminders. Additional specs are as follows: 16:9 5.5-inch 1280x720px…

Samsung’s Polish website accidentally uploaded a webpage for a smartphone with model number: SM-A605FN/DS. This is most likely the Samsung Galaxy A6+ with Dual Sim capability. The Galaxy A6+ has already been spotted in Geekbench, and is expected to have a Snapdragon 625 and Android Oreo coupled with 4GB RAM. Both the Galaxy A6 and A6+ will be released into three big markets namely: Russia, Europe and the Middle East. The Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ is expected to arrive next week or so. Source

Huawei  hasjust announced the Honor 7A, an entry-level smartphone that boasts 18:9 display which retails for only CNY 800 ($130/€105) for the 2GB/32GB version and CNY 1,000 ($160/€130) for the 3GB/32GB version. The Honor 7A is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. The good thing here is you’ll get Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. It has a 5.7″ screen with 18:9 display ratio and 720 x 1,440px resolution. It also has a 3,000 mAh battery, though it’s not confirmed whether there’s fast charging. Its main camera is a combination of a 13 MP and a 2MP sensor for AI-assisted bokeh shots. The front snapper is at 8 MP, and can also be used for facial recognition.Aside from these specs, it has a dedicated dual sim tray and a separate microSD slot. The Honor 7A is built with a metallic finish with high gloss curved glass in front. The…

HTC is one of the companies that has not released any flagship smartphones this year. Now though, a what is supposedly a case render for the upcoming U12+ has surfaced online. According to case renders from Yahoo! Taiwan, the HTC U12+ will have four cameras. Two for the back and another two in front. A circular fingerprint sensor is also located at the back with the LED flash located atop of that. Mainly the design follows what Samsung did for its Infinity Display because the U12+ has no notch with 18:9 display ratio. If all our sources are true regarding the cameras, the rear dual cameras would be 12MP and 16MP with sensors coming from Sony. The HTC U12+ is expected to release with Android 8.0 and Sense UI 10. Source (in Chinese)

Well, this is rare. Samsung has just announced a gaming laptop.  The new Odyssey Z promises consumers that its cooling system installed is a lot better than any other gaming laptops. Samsung says that the design is made possible by including three main components: Dynamic Spread Vapor Chamber, Z Aeroflow Cooling Design and Z Blade Blowers. From the technical words indicated, these components are for the cooling system to widely perform very well during your gameplay experience. However, the design looks fairly similar with the ASUS ROG Zephyrus by having the keyboard and trackpad moved backward. This 15.6″ gaming laptop is powered by the NVIDIA GTX 1060 along with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor. You can install up to 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. In addition to this, the fan noise can only reach 22 decibels, letting you concentrate on gaming or work.The Samsung Odyssey Z…

The so-called Apple of China is almost ready to release their take on the gaming smartphone, the Black Shark. An invitation has been sent indicating the release which is on April 13 at Beijing, China. The invitation shows the Qualcomm logo, which indicates that the Black Shark will most likely be powered by the Snapdragon 845. We’re also expecting a 120Hz display just like the Razer Phone, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage. Just now, a teaser has been released and it looks like the Black Shark has a curvy edge. For consumers, you may want to wait for this one because for sure, this will be a lot cheaper than the Razer Phone. Source 1 | Source 2

We all heard news about the Huawei P20 Pro’s triple camera setup at the back. This time, Huawei is claiming that the rumor is true and it is part of their campaign for the P20 Pro. But what’s special about this setup? The camera inside the Huawei P20 Pro is again co-developed by Leica and is composed of a 40-megapixel sensor. Yes, that’s right. A whopping 40-megapixel camera that you’ve seen in the previous Nokia 808 PureView model. Next to this is an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with “hybrid zoom” which can provide 3x optical zoom and according to our sources, both 40-MP and 8-MP sensors can capture a high-quality photo with 5x magnification. It gets more interesting with the third camera sensor. A 20-megapixel monochrome camera with outstanding bokeh effect. It will be assisted with Laser AF and an IR-RGB sensor. The front snapper will have a 24-megapixel camera sensor…

The embedded video is from a tweet that shows a man doing backflip and smoothly slows down with three circles appearing from the screen. This definitely reminds us of what’s ahead of us, the triple-camera setup from Huawei P20 Pro. https://twitter.com/Ricciolo1/status/975414020336504833 Sadly, the teaser doesn’t tell us anything about its resolution or frame rate. We can only assume that the slow-mo shooting will not only be exclusive to P20 models but also to other variant. Source

Vivo has just announced their super flagship known as the X21. Although the design is a bit familiar to us, what’s the selling point here for the X21? Allow me to give you the important specs. Apart from the above, there will be a special 128GB variant that has the unique under-display fingerprint scanner. As you can remember, we’ve seen this in the Apex concept phone from the recent MWC. All other variants will get the fingerprint scanner at the back. The 64GB variant costs CNY 2,898 ($458) while the 128GB is at CNY 3,198 ($505). The available colors for these two variants are: Aurora White, Ruby Red and Black. Pre-order begins on March 24. For the X21 UD, it will be only available with 128GB storage with a price tag of CNY 3,598 ($568) and comes in two colors: Ruby Red or Black. It will be available on March…