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The Xiaomi Redmi 8 was spotted in China Telecom’s website, which may indicate that the release of the phone is pretty close as well as approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The Redmi 8 will have a 6.21-inch 720p+ display with a plastic body. It is expected to share the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 with the Redmi 8A. As far as RAM and storage go, it’s reported to have up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, double the capacity of the 8A. Its cameras are composed of a 12MP main shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s also an 8MP selfie camera. Powering the device is a 5000mAh battery charged via a USB-C port. The Redmi 8 is also expected to have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Based on the China Telecom listing, Xiaomi Redmi 8 will come in various colors – Red, Green, Blue, and Black.…

Google announced the new Live Caption feature that will be coming to select devices with Android 10. It detects speech in media (ex: A Video), and automatically generates captions, among other things. The screenshots from an unreleased APK obtained from a Pixel 4 XL reveal the setup as pretty easy. Currently, it only works with English but more languages are “coming soon”. The feature is found under Accessibility, although it can also be accessed through the Sound panel. One of the two available toggles in the Live Caption feature includes the ability to Mask Profanity which censors them with asterisks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6bocsWi9U8 The XDA-Developer article included screenshots from YouTube, Google Photos, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix. With so many other media apps out there, it will be interesting to see the unique feature at work (Spotify please?). Live Caption is said to be done offline and no audio is stored. It…

Realme Chief Marketing Officer, Xu Qi Chase teased the Realme X2 Pro just as September came to a close. It is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC and packs a screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. After the teaser, the company’s Chief Product Officer chimed in on Weibo with a post that said “Here’s a little gift for National Day #X2Pro” with an image that shows a toggle between 60Hz and 90Hz for the device. With specs that equal some of the best phones in the market today, we can only hope and expect that it will also get the new fast-charging tech from the mother company, Oppo. One thing to look forward to is the price, as the brand has established itself for offering competitively-priced devices. With a flagship-level Snapdragon 855+ and 90Hz refresh rate on its display, can they still keep the price within…

Huawei has confirmed and announced the next batch of devices that will be getting EMUI 10 beta. Spoiler: they’ve confirmed 33 devices across both Huawei and Honor, along with a couple of tablets. The update will be coming to these devices from October to December. EMUI 10 (Open Beta) Huawei P30/P30 Pro (Mid-October) Huawei Mate 20/Mate 20 Pro/Mate 20X (4G)/Mate 20 RS Porsche (Late October) Honor 20/Honor 20 Pro/Honor V20/Honor Magic 2 (Late October) Huawei Enjoy 8s/P Smart+ 2019 (Mid-November) Honor 10 Youth Edition/Honor 20i (Mid November) Huawei Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro/Mate 10 Porsche Design/Mate RS Porsche Design (Late November) EMUI 10 (Closed Beta) Huawei Nova 4e/Mate 20 Lite/Enjoy 10 Plus (Early October) Huawei P20/P20 Pro (Late October) Huawei Mate 20x 5G (Early November) Huawei Nova 5 Pro (Mid November) Huawei Tab M6 8.4/10.8 (Mid November) Huawei Nova 4 (Late November) Honor 10/Honor V10/Honor 8X (Late November) Honor 9X/Honor 9X…

OnePlus has just unveiled the OnePlus 7T, which is by far, it’s largest update on a T-phone in the history of the series. Some of this includes a chipset upgrade and major improvements to the camera and display. The new triple camera is a huge step-up from its predecessor. At the helm is a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor but with a brighter aperture at f/1.6 from f/1.7. This evens the 7T out with the OnePlus 7 Pro. Along with it is a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and a 16MP ultrawide camera with a 117-degree field of view. The new OnePlus device features Nightscape mode as well as macro mode for shooting from 2.5cm away and 960fps slow-motion mode at 720p. It features a 6.55-inch display Fluid AMOLED display which allows it to have a 90Hz refresh rate. The display has a 20:9 aspect ratio with a smaller…

The recently launched Huawei Mate 30 Pro has just inched its way to the top of the DxOMark camera ranking. It beat out the Samsung Note 10+ by 4 points overall. Its 131 photo score still ranked the highest though. The new review processes were used in the testing, which include tests for ultra-wide and night mode. Unsurprisingly, the Mate 30 Pro aced the Night test and currently holds the highest score. Its zoom camera held its own as well despite having only 3x zoom, compared to the 5x of the P30 Pro. The ultrawide angle camera was the device’s weak point, having a narrower field of view. It’s a pretty decent trade-off for getting the image quality that the phone offered, while also avoiding issues like soft corners. Video from the Mate 30 Pro missed out on HDR recording and some color quantization in indoor recording. It compensated with…

Sharp just announced the new AQUOS line of smartphones with the new zero2 flagship, sense 3, and sense 3 plus. The latter two are the company’s midrangers. The AQUOS zero2 features a 6.4 curved FHD+ OLED display with a 240Hz refresh rate. In comparison, this is double of the refresh rate of the ASUS ROG Phone II. The company mentioned that it is the lightest 6-inch phone at just 143 grams. In its waterdrop notch is its 8MP selfie cam, while hidden away in its display is an in-display fingerprint reader. At the back is a dual camera with a 12MP f/1.7 main sensor and a 20MP f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle secondary. The zero2 packs a Snapdragon 855 chipset along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. Powering the device is a 3130mAh battery, which given the high refresh rate seems a bit small. It also is water and dustproof…

The latest entry-level member of the Redmi brand has been announced – Redmi 8A. It brings quite a lot to the plate, being a step up over its predecessor. This includes a larger 5000mAh battery as well as the new Aura Wave grip design from Xiaomi. The Redmi 8A has a larger 6.22-inch HD+ IPS display with a waterdrop notch, protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Tucked away in the notch is an 8MP selfie cam, while at the rear is a single 12MP f/1.8 Sony IMX163 camera with dual PD autofocus. It doesn’t feature a fingerprint sensor but does have face unlock. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset coupled with 2GB/3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for expansion. The phone will ship with MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie but an update will soon introduce the new MIUI 11. Its…

Xiaomi has just launched the Mi 9 Pro 5G along with  MIUI 11. The Mi 9 Pro 5G is the second 5G smartphone from the company. It features a 7-antenna design which ensures optimal reception regardless of how the phone is held. Under the hood, it packs the latest flagship SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855+. This comes with an enhanced version of Adreno 640 which enables a 15% increase in graphics performance. The new smartphone touts up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. It also sports a vapor chamber along with five layers of graphite sheet, high thermal conductivity copper foil, and thermal adhesive. These form a powerful three-dimensional cooling system. The Mi 9 Pro 5G packs a 4000mAh battery along with 40W fast wired charging out of the box. The device also supports 30W fast wireless charging and high-power 10W wireless reverse charging.  It has the…

Xiaomi announced the Mi MIX Alpha concept smartphone. It comes as a result of what the company imagines the future of phones to be in the 5G era. Mi MIX Alpha showcases a Surround Screen with a screen-to-body ratio of more than 180.6%. The device is crafted with a one-of-a-kind combination of titanium alloy, ceramics, and sapphire. Unlike traditional smartphone assembly methods, Mi MIX Alpha’s internal assembly is first carried out. Its display layer, touch panel, and protection layers are laminated one-by-one. All display components are compiled in that order to achieve high curvature Surround Display design. The Mi MIX Alpha also uses a durable protective layer which optimizes the screen stack structure which allows it to achieve a smooth and flat surface. The concept device has minimal bezels on the top and bottom as well as ditches the physical side buttons altogether, allowing the nearly all-screen feat. The smartphone…

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…