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OPPO has unveiled the design and key specs of the upcoming Reno Ace which is set for launch on October 10. The company shared a poster on Weibo which unveils a teardrop display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. The new Reno will also feature a quad-camera setup in the rear with a 48MP main sensor. The image doesn’t reveal a rear fingerprint scanner which may mean that we’ll find it under its screen. We can also expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC powering the new flagship as well 65W fast charging support. The Reno Ace will most likely come in two colors, and will feature a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack the bottom. While the company may have revealed the specs and design of the OPPO Reno Ace, we’ll have to wait and see before we get other details like storage combinations and battery capacity. Source

Vivo India has revealed several specs of its upcoming mid-range device, the Vivo U10, hours before its official launch. Vivo U10 will have a Snapdragon 665 SoC along with up to 4GB of RAM. It will have a 6.35-inch HD+ notched display on the front, and a triple camera setup with a main 13MP super wide-angle, 13MP, and a 2MP bokeh shooter. It will also have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The device packs a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. It will also come with Ultra Game Mode which includes features like Do Not Disturb mode, and 4D Vibrations, to name a few. The Vivo U10 will be offered in Electric Blue and Thunder Black. We’ll have to wait and see for availability and pricing, albeit the wait won’t be too long. Source

Ahead of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A70s, its specs were leaked via the Chinese TENAA listing. The new A-series device was also spotted on the support site of Samsung India. The TENAA listing details that the Galaxy A70s will have a 4400mAh battery instead of the initially reported 5000mAh battery. The Galaxy A70s also features a 6.7-inch display and stands in at 164.2×76.7×7.9mm which is identical to the base Galaxy A70. It is also expected to share the same CPU as the Galaxy A70, that being the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675. Despite the similar dimensions and battery pack to the base A70, the A70s is expected to be the first device featuring the 64MP ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor. This is the biggest upgrade from the Galaxy A70 which packed a 32MP main sensor. The Galaxy A70s is expected to launch between the end of the month and early October…

Xiaomi has announced more details about the upcoming Mi Mix Alpha ahead of its expected launch on September 24. The device is the successor to the Mi Mix 3 and looks to stand out. Several teasers were published in the company’s Weibo profile which gives small hints with what we can expect from the event. The first poster features the display of the Mi Mix Alpha amongst a couple of books with a display clearly peeking out. This means we can expect screen with a very pronounced curve similar to that of the waterfall screen on the Vivo NEX 3. The last teaser hints that the device will bring the highest screen-to-body ratio in Xiaomi’s lineup. Just a few more days to go and these teasers are still doing their job in building hype for the new devices. We’re looking forward to seeing how the company executes the 100% screen-to-body…

Set to be unveiled on September 24, the Realme X2 has been revealed to pack a 4000mAh battery with support for the newly announced 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. Realme shared an image on Weibo comparing the 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 with 18W and 10W charging. With 30W charging, a 4000mAh battery charges from 0 to 67% in 30 minutes. With the same battery capacity and time, a 10W charger only charged until 34%. An 18W charger was only able to charge a 4500mAh battery at 39%. The company has also confirmed that the X2 will come with a 64MP quad camera setup, a 32MP front camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC. Source

VIVO has just announced the Vivo V17 Pro with a gorgeous looking new design that features two front cameras in a pop-up module! It’s a unique looking upper mid-ranger with its dual pop-up camera, which frees up display real estate. Speaking of the display, the V17 Pro has a 6.44-inch FHD+ 20:9 Super AMOLED screen. Vivo calls this the Ultra FullView Display. Underneath the screen is its fingerprint sensor. The pop-up camera has a 32MP main and an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, the latter with a 105-degree field of view. The pop-up module also comes with an earpiece and a flash, which Vivo calls Selfie Softlight. It is said to help take better selfies in low light. Along with the Selfie Softlight, the phone features a Night Selfie mode that combines multiple frames for better results at night. At the back is a quad-camera setup with a main 48MP Sony…

Despite the Redmi K20 Pro (Mi 9T Pro) being out for just a few months, the company has already unveiled an upgrade to the very capable device – the Redmi K20 Pro Premium. The biggest change in the Premium version is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset compared to the Snapdragon 855 of the regular K20 Pro. The Snapdragon 855+ offers 15% better performance in the GPU department. Along with the SoC upgrade, the K20 Pro also has variant with 12GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The phone will run on MIUI 11 out of the box and offers a refined cooling system for better thermal management. It shares the same 6.39-inch AMOLED display and a 20MP pop-up camera. The back houses three cameras headlined by a 48MP primary shooter coupled with an 8MP telephoto and a 13MP ultra wide sensor. It has a 4000mAh battery and supports 27W…

OPPO has just revealed its new VOOC charging tech – 65W SuperVOOC Fast Charge 2.0, 30W Wireless VOOC Flash Charge, and VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. The 65W SuperVOOC was also announced to be in the upcoming Reno Ace flagship. The SuperVOOC 2.0 is a follow-up to the SuperVOOC, which was introduced with the Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition. The new technology will hit the market along with the Reno Ace on October 10. The new tech tops up the 4000mAh battery of the Reno Ace in just 30 minutes, or so the company says. It can also charge up to 27% in five minutes. OPPO adopted the Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductors that shorten charging time and reduce adapter size. This includes five safety protection measures throughout the adaptor, wire, and handset. The 30W Wireless VOOC Flash Charge, on the other hand, tops up at 4000mAh within 80 minutes. It is…

Vivo Philippines released a teaser on their new device with a dual pop-up camera. Upon further research, the device in question could most likely be the V17 Pro. https://www.facebook.com/vivoPhilippines/videos/431521167473746/?v=431521167473746 The Vivo V17 Pro is also set for release on September 20. Not much has been confirmed by the company aside from the dual pop-up selfie camera with a 32MP as a main sensor. https://twitter.com/Vivo_India/status/1171294732103761920 There have been quite a lot of speculations and leaks around the internet though. This includes one that expects the device to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC along with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. It is reported to have a 6.44-inch FHD+ notchless Super AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint reader. At the rear of the phone, it is expected to have a quad-camera setup with a 48MP main shooter along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and two other 2MP units. Rounding…

OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau revealed the design of the OnePlus 7T in a post in OnePlus forums. While the OnePlus 7T isn’t the first device launched by the company to sport a triple rear camera setup, its design definitely stands out from its predecessors. “The camera should make a bold visual statement, but also flow naturally with the overall design for a seamless appearance,” said Lau in the post. “To convey the superior quality and effortless versatility of our Triple Camera setup, finding an elegant balance between the three unique lenses. With perfect symmetry from any orientation, a circular design became the natural choice,” he added. The rear of the 7T features a circle in the top middle part of the phone. In it are the three sensors as well as the LED flash. Below the circle is the company logo. It’s a curious design choice from OnePlus, for sure…

Realme is set to release the realme X2 on September 24. The phone will sport a 64MP quad-camera setup in the back and a 32MP front camera. The company also shared a poster on Weibo featuring the back of the Realme X2 and it is similar to the Realme XT. Not much is known of the specs on the Realme X2. Some of the speculations and expectations include a Snapdragon 730G-powered XT that was teased by Realme last week. Along with this, 30W VOOC Flash Charge support is also expected. Source

Xiaomi has set the date, September 24 to launch its new 5G phones, the Mi 9 Pro and Mi MIX 5G. https://www.facebook.com/XiaomiGlobal/photos/a.260176487351285/2497845370251041/?type=3&theater The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro is expected to be a refreshed Mi 9 with the same design as well as a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display. The Pro version is also reported to have the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset and a larger 4000mAh battery. It will also be the first device to support the latest 30W Mi Charge Turbo wireless charging which was announced last week. The Mi MIX 5G is rumored to have the same Snapdragon 855+ SoC and a curved QHD display. The rear shooter is expected to debut the 108MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX main sensor coupled with a telephoto and wide-angle lens. Much of these should be taken with a grain of salt, but the wait won’t be long until we get a glimpse…

Google has made it official! The company will be unveiling the new family of Google Pixel devices on October 15. Invites were sent and it’s as simple as they come. It will be held in New York City on October 15. Along with this, a short but sweet “Come see a few new things Made by Google” closes the invite. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have an extensive number of leaks, aside from the teaser released by the company last July. The Pixel 4 XL is expected to have a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. While the Pixel 4 will have a 5.8-inch screen with similar specs. The two phones are reported to rely on face recognition, similar to that of the iPhones. Pixel 4 XL is said to have a 3700mAh battery, while the base Pixel 4 will get 2800mAh. The two phones will…

Plantronics has just announced the new members to its BackBeat family. This includes the new true wireless lineup – the BackBeat PRO 510, BackBeat FIT 3200, and BackBeat FIT 3150 along with the headphone option – the BackBeat FIT 6100. The true wireless earbuds are lightweight and each pair comes with a compact carrying case for additional battery life on-the-go. While the BackBeat app introduces the “My Tap” feature which offers command customization on all the true wireless models. The BackBeat PRO 5100 is the smallest and lightest of the true wireless earbuds. They have four noise-canceling mics, exclusive WindSmart technology that tunes background noise, and noise-isolating eartips. Each earbud can carry a charge of up to six and a half hours and an additional 13 hours of power with the pocket-sized charging case. The BackBeat PRO 5100 is available in Black. The BackBeat FIT 3200 is for fitness enthusiasts.…

Acer introduced the refreshed models of the Swift ultra-portable notebook along with its Aspire all-in-one desktop PCs, all powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors and Windows 10. These devices are the Acer Swift 5 (SF514-54T/SF514-54GT), Swift 3 (SF314-57/SF314-57G), and the Acer Aspire C. The Acer Swift 5 is a 14-inch notebook with a chassis made from magnesium-lithium and magnesium-alloys. It weighs in at 990 grams with the option to have the new discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics or the newly updated integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics. The display is a 14-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen. It also features a three-side narrow bezel with a screen-to-body ratio of 86.4%. The latest Swift 5 also has up to a 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and a maximum of 512GB PCIe Gen 3×4 SSD storage. It has a full-function USB 3.1 Type-C connector that supports Thunderbolt 3, dual-band Intel…

MSI just unveiled the latest Modern and Prestige series laptops powered by 10th Gen Intel Core processors at IFA 2019. Both the Modern and Prestige series are designed with content creators in mind. The Prestige 14 and 15 feature the most powerful 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor along with MSI’s True Pixel display, which features a 4K UHD resolution. They also feature True Color calibration, 100% AdobeRGB wide color gamut, and guarantee Delta-E<2 color accuracy. The True Pixel display is maximized with a thin-bezel display that offers around 90% screen-to-body ratio. The latest Prestige series laptops also feature the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX series graphics. Both the Prestige 14 and 15 are light laptops at just 1.2kg and 1.6kg respectively. The Prestige 15 allows up to 16 hours of battery life, while the Prestige 14 allows up to 10 hours. They both come with two Thunderbolt 3 ports along with…

At its most recent event, Apple finally unveiled the availability and pricing for two of its newest services, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. Apple Arcade is the first mobile game subscription service. The service provides games a library of games that you can play and new games monthly for a subscription fee. Three games were featured at the event, Konami’s Frogger in Toy Town, Capcom’s Shinsekai: Into The Depths, and Annapurna Interactive’s Sayonara Wild Hearts. While Apple TV Plus is the company’s streaming platform for exclusive original shows and movies. The service is available across the full spectrum of Apple products like the new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch, and Mac. The company also unveiled a new Apple Original, See featuring Jason Momoa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rg0y7NT1gU Both services were announced earlier this year without details on its arrival and pricing. Apple unveiled that Apple Arcade will be available starting September 19…

Along with the new iPhones, Apple also launched the 2019 iPad and the Apple Watch 5. The new iPad or the 7th Generation iPad comes with a 10.2-inch retina display. It is powered by an A10 Fusion chip and is also optimized for the new iPad OS. It also adds a new Smart Connector for the new keyboard cover. The Apple Watch 5 features an impressive new always-on Retina display. This new display can drop to as low as 1Hz refresh to save power. The battery, according to Apple, retains the same 18-hour battery life as its predecessors.  The Watch 5 also comes with a native compass and a decibel reader. As with the newer aluminum-built devices from the Apple, both the new iPad and the Apple Watch 5 are built from 100% recycled aluminum. The new iPad is priced at the same USD 329. While the Apple Watch GPS-only…