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Official Xiaomi Civi’s teaser reveals design identical to vivo X60 Pro

Xiaomi yesterday announced it will unveil the new Civi series smartphones on September 27 in China, and today the company posted a few teasers on its Weibo account, revealing the Civi’s design.

At first glance, the Xiaomi Civi could be easily mistaken for the vivo X60 Pro’s Shimmer Blue variant – thanks to the camera island, the paint job, and the centered punch hole screen.

Xiaomi Civi’s official teaser posters

However, upon closer inspection, you can notice the Civi’s back cover has a starry pattern, which reminds us of Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G’s Astral Blue and Reno6 Pro 5G’s…

Honor details Magic3 series’ Ultra Fusion quad camera

Honor brought the Magic3 series with a Snapdragon 888+ chipset back in August, and all three phones of the lineup had impressive cameras. As it prepares to start a global rollout the company unveiled its Ultra Fusion Quad-Camera Photography technology, which is an explanation of what makes the cameras so impressive.

The tech essentially combines an AI fusion image between two large sensors to provide better texture and details in the photos.

When the camera takes pictures at 1x zoom, which is the default setting, the fusion happens between the primary camera and the monochrome…

Charts show the evolution of iPhone prices over the years and how well older phones held their value

Analyst Horace Dediu argues that the iPhone 13 series is “the most important iPhone ever” and has some interesting charts to share that show the evolution of iPhone prices over the years. It’s not the prices that make the iPhones so important, of course, but they are fascinating, so let’s start with them.

The current iPhone line-up is bigger and more convoluted than ever, it spans from $400 to $1,600 across a variety of models and storage options. This is not accounting for sales taxes and carrier promos, which make things even more convoluted.

Check out this pricing chart that tracks…

A new Poco C-series phone is coming next week

There’s a new Poco phone on the way – the brand tweeted a teasing “C U soon” message with the date September 30 attached (next Thursday). And while the brand doesn’t have a U-series (yet), it definitely has a C-series.

In fact, the Poco C3 sold over 2 million units in India in the nine months after its launch. This was back in August, so the number has probably grown since then.

What would a Poco C4 look like? Somehow it has managed to evade the keen eyes of leaksters or has surfaced under another name. The C3 was the most affordable Poco ever, the new model probably won’t break the…

[Infographic] Create Your Perfect Foldable Experience With the All-New Labs

With the introduction of Labs, Samsung is making the Galaxy foldable experience even more flexible and adaptable to your needs. The new feature makes it possible to adjust and optimize apps to the foldable display – even the ones that do not come with built-in support. From expanding app aspect ratios to adapting app layouts, there are now more ways to customize the foldable experience so you can easily get more out of your Galaxy Z series device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

iQOO Z5 announced with Snapdragon 778G, 120Hz display

As expected, iQOO held a launch event in China today where we saw the announcement of the iQOO Z5. The successor to iQOO Z3 brings a larger 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with the same 120Hz refresh rate but now sports a punch hole cutout for its 16MP selfie cam. There’s also a new chipset at the helm with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G paired with 8/12GB RAM and 128/256GB storage.

iQOO Z5

The back of the Z5 sports the same triple camera setup as the Z3 with a 64MP main Samsung GW3 sensor alongside an 8MP ultrawide shooter and a 2MP macro module. The battery has grown to 5,000 mAh from the Z3’s…

Galaxy F42 5G confirmed to arrive on Sept 29, design and key specs revealed

Next week will be a busy one for Samsung as the Korean conglomerate will announce two new smartphones in India – Galaxy M52 5G and Galaxy F42 5G. The former will be introduced on September 28, and the latter on September 29.

This revelation comes from Indian online retailer Flipkart, which set up a promo page for the Galaxy F42 5G on its website, revealing the smartphone’s design and key specs.

The Galaxy F42 5G was rumored to be a rebadged Galaxy A22 5G, but it appears it won’t be a complete rebrand of the A22 5G since the rear cover has a textured pattern and the camera island looks…

Here is how to pre-order Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2

Microsoft announced its Surface Duo 2 yesterday with smoother 90Hz displays, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset and a revamped triple camera setup. The dual-screen Android 11 device will officially go on sale from October 20 in the US for $1,499 in the base 8/128GB trim. Buyers in Germany and the UK will have to wait a day longer as first sales there tip-off on October 21 at 1AM local times.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 and Surface Slim Pen 2 (sold seperately)

Those who want to be first in line to receive the device can already head to the respective Microsoft Store pages and pre-order a…

Mysterious new Realme surfaces on TENAA

Realme is preparing to launch a new 5G smartphone, as it appeared on TENAA with specs and images. It’s seemingly an entry-level handset with a triple camera setup and a big battery.

Realme RMX3461

The phone is listed with two model numbers – RMX3461 and RMX3463. The CPU reaches 2.4GHz, which could be virtually any Snapdragon 7 series or Dimensity 800 series chipset. The SoC will be coupled by 6/8/12GB RAM, and storage is said to be 128/256/512GB.

The screen is listed as 6.59” Full HD+ panel, and by the fingerprint scanner on the side, we can assume it is an LCD.

The…

Samsung Galaxy A30s, A50, and M51 get September 2021 Android security patch

Samsung has released new software updates for the Galaxy A30s, A50, and M51 which bump up the Android security patch level on the smartphones to September 2021 and fix over 50 security and privacy-related vulnerabilities.

Samsung Galaxy A50

The new builds for the A30s, A50, and M51 come with firmware versions A307GUBU4CUH6, A505GUBS9CUH2, and M515FXXS3CUI1, respectively. The A30s is receiving the update in Argentina, and A50 in Panama, Tobago, and Trinidad.

The M51, on the other hand, is getting the update in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia,…

Android 12 “monet” color theming may be adopted by other OEMs

With Android 12, the most significant UI change is arriving to the OS since Material Design was introduced with Android 5.0 Marshmallow. Dubbed “Material You”, Android 12’s new changes include a dynamic UI whose color scheme can adapt depending on the colors in the user’s wallpaper.

This theme engine was codenamed “monet” and as per XDA-Developers, there’s evidence that suggests that the color-scheming-theming engine may be gaining an API for Android 12.1. What this means is that other OEMs will be able to use the theme engine once they’ve updated their firmware for Android…

Samsung releases the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Thom Browne Edition for $800

Since Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event from last month, there have been two Thom Browne Edition bundles with the Galaxy Z Flip3 and the Galaxy Z Fold3. Each of these bundles came with a Galaxy Watch4 and a pair of Galaxy Buds2, each Tome Browne Editions as well, but it wasn’t possible to buy the Watch4 Classic Thom Browne Edition until now.

This Edition of the Watch4 Classic has been officially unveiled by Samsung and will carry a price tag of $800. The box includes a total of three Thom Browne wrist straps, and a charger branded with the Thom Browne tri-color stripes. The Watch4…

Twitter will fix when Tweets randomly disappear while you read them

Have you ever experienced this issue on Twitter when you switch back to the Twitter app or desktop website and start reading a Tweet, only for it to suddenly be gone and the feed seeming refreshed itself? It breaks the experience and annoys users, and Twitter is finally addressing this issue.

A couple of Tweets from Twitter’s Support handle explains what causes the issue, and addresses that it is being worked on.

The background: a Tweet would move up the timeline as replies were added to the ongoing convo. Since some convos can evolve quickly, this made it so you didn’t see the same…

People are less interested in iOS 15 than they were in iOS 14, based on installs so far

We’re used to every new iteration of iOS breaking adoption records left and right within its first few days of availability, compared to its predecessors. However, it looks like iOS 15 this year is breaking away from that trend.

According to a new report from Mixpanel, iOS 15 adoption as of Wednesday at 12 AM Eastern stood at just 8.5%. To put things in perspective, at the same moment in iOS 14’s release cycle, it was already running on 14.5% of eligible devices. That’s a pretty staggering difference, and points towards people not really being very excited about iOS 15 – thus not jumping…

Redmi 9 Activ and Redmi 9A Sport to be launching in India soon, rumor says

Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi is getting ready to infuse its affordable device portfolio in India with some new color versions and memory combos. To mark the occasion, it will strangely pretend it’s launching entirely new devices, if a new rumor is correct.

These will allegedly be the Redmi 9 Activ (not a typo, the “e” is seemingly missing at the end) and the Redmi 9A Sport. The former will come in Metallic Purple while the latter is expected to arrive in Metallic Blue.

Aside from the colors, the only way in which these will differ from the normal Redmi 9 and 9A is the RAM/storage…

Samsung Galaxy A13 5G to boast 50MP main camera and 5,000 mAh battery

We first heard about the existence of the Samsung Galaxy A13 5G a few weeks ago, but little has been reported, except for the alleged €200 price tag. Now, we have some details surrounding Samsung’s supposedly most affordable 5G-enabled handset.

The same source says the device will carry a model name SM-A136B and will likely employ Samsung’s ISOCELL JN1 sensor with 50MP resolution. Not that the source explicitly mentions the said sensor, but it’s a budget 50MP shooter that has already been used in the affordable Redmi 10, so it makes sense. The device will also boast a 5,000 mAh…

Global chip shortage hits all-time high with a wait time of 21 weeks

It’s probably common knowledge by now that there is a severe chip shortage worldwide, which affects not only the smartphone industry, but also other fields as well. The automotive industry is probably the one that suffers the most with analysts predicting a $110 billion loss in sales across the whole sector.

According to a report from Susquehanna Financial Group, the global chip shortage has gotten worse since July when the wait time was about 6 days shorter than it is now. The gap between the companies placing orders for semiconductors and actually receiving them has hit 21 weeks -…

Samsung reportedly solved its Galaxy S21 FE production issues

Even though everyone knows that Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is a thing by now, the handset hasn’t been announced yet as it faced several obstacles along the way. First, it was the chip shortages and now, there seem to be some production issues that pushed the phone’s announcement date further into 2021. Finally we have some good news.

The latest report suggests that Samsung has solved those problems after producing just 10,000 units this month. And this isn’t enough, judging by last year’s Galaxy S20 FE sales and popularity.

After all, the handset aims to strike a balance between a…

Ice Universe: the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a built-in S Pen

The Galaxy Note series is dead, long live the… Galaxy S22 Ultra? Leakster Ice Universe has been told by two independent sources that the new S-series flagship will have a slot for the stylus.

The S21 Ultra was the first non-Note phone to support the S Pen, but having to use a special case just to have somewhere to put the stylus wasn’t ideal. The new Ultra will allegedly solve this particular headache, but it will require some design modifications.

For starters, the display will have a 19.3:9 aspect ratio, matching the Galaxy Note20 Ultra (the S21 phones all have 20:9 screens). This…

Moto G Pure leak lists 6.5″ AMOLED display, 48 MP main camera and aluminum frame

Motorola will reportedly launch a new phone dubbed the Moto G Pure next month. That will be a few weeks from now, today you can enjoy these unofficial 3D renders and specification details, courtesy of OnLeaks and Zouton.

This phone will target the North American market and will cost around $300-$350. Unlike some recent addition to the G-series, this one should have an aluminum frame. The back will most likely be plastic and (as seen in the renders) will be home to the fingerprint reader. The phone will measure 10.1 mm thick, including the camera bump.

The Motorola Moto G Pure…

Microsoft announces new Surface Laptop Studio with a foldable 2-in-1 design

Microsoft today announced a whole host of Surface devices. Chief among these was a brand new Surface Laptop Studio, along with updates to other members of the Surface lineup.

The Surface Laptop Studio is a 2-in-1 device that functions as a laptop but can also be folded into a tablet-like device.

The Surface Laptop Studio features a 14.4-inch, 2400×1600 resolution touchscreen with 120Hz and Dolby Vision support. The display can be folded into three modes: laptop, stage, and studio. The laptop mode is self-explanatory. The stage mode folds the display forward, hiding the…

Microsoft announces new Surface Duo 2 with Snapdragon 888 and triple camera

Microsoft today launched the second generation of its Surface Duo smartphone. The new Surface Duo 2 corrects many of the shortcomings of the previous model on paper, and is a much more fleshed out offering, especially considering the price point.

The new Surface Duo 2 features dual 5.8-inch 1892×1344 resolution AMOLED panels, which combined become 8.3-inch across with a resolution of 2688×1892. The display can reach 800 nits of brightness and is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

The new feature on this model is the bump up to 90Hz for smoother scrolling. The…

Meizu 18s and 18s Pro arrive with SD 888+ and advanced cameras, 18x tags along with SD 870

Meizu refreshed its 18-series offerings with three new models – the 18s, 18s Pro and 18x. All three feature high-end Snapdragon chipsets, high refresh rate screens, fast charging and sleek designs.

The Meizu 18s and 18s Pro are both powered by the Snapdragon 888+ with vapor chamber cooling, up to 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.

The Meizu 18s Pro is equipped with a curved 6.7” Super AMOLED display with 1,440 x 3,200 px resolution (20:9), 120 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling rate. It is HDR10+ certified and has a peak brightness of 1,300 nits.

The camera…

Realme UI 3.0 is coming in October, Realme is now the 6th largest smartphone brand globally

Oppo and OnePlus are merging their OSes, what does that mean for Realme? Not much for the immediate future – the brand’s Vice President Xu Qi revealed that Realme UI 3.0 is expected to launch in October.

Realme unveiled the GT Neo2 earlier today, the phone will be available next week and will run Realme UI 2.0 out of the box. That is the brand’s Android 11-based software, version 3.0 will be based on Android 12 instead.

The new version will bring a revamped interface and will increase security and privacy. Next month Realme will announce a time line for updating its current models to…

Oppo K9 Pro officially confirmed to arrive on September 26 with MediaTek chip and 64MP camera

Last week, Chinese online retailer Suning revealed the Oppo K9 Pro will launch in China on September 26, and the date is now officially confirmed by the company as it took to Weibo to announce the K9 Pro’s launch event will begin in China on Sunday at 5PM local time.

Oppo’s touting the K9 Pro as a gaming smartphone, and while it hasn’t detailed the phone’s specs sheet yet, the company shared a poster on Weibo, showing us the smartphone’s rear and confirming color options.

The phone’s back cover sports a camera island spanning the panel’s width, reminding us of Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra. It…

Nokia G50 5G phone unveiled with Snapdragon 480, 6.81″ HD+ display and a 48 MP camera

The Nokia G50 is getting unveiled earlier than we expected. The phone joins the X10 and X20 in using the Snapdragon 480 chipset to deliver affordable 5G connectivity.

However, this is still a G-series phone, so you can expect 2 years of OS updates and 3 years of monthly security patches (vs. 3 years of OS updates and 4 years of patches for the X-series). Note that the G50 comes with Android 11 out of the box.

For comparison with the Nokia G20, which is powered by a Helio G35, the new model has a more advanced chipset (8 nm vs. 12 nm) with two big cores (based on the Cortex-A76, 2.0 GHz)…

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