Category: Mobile

Motorola One Action pre-orders come with a free Moto G6

It’s always good when manufacturers offer freebies in exchange for ordering their products early. It might not be so good, however, when that freebie is another phone that is more than half the price of the one being sold. That is the rather tempting yet also odd prospect in the Motorola One Action pre-order because, if you take action now (pun intended), you can grab a Moto G6 for free for a…

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LG Android 10 preview program starts with LG G8 ThinQ this month

LG has probably overtaken Samsung as the OEM with the worse, though not worst, Android update scorecard in recent years. Fortunately, LG is neither blind nor deaf to the plight of its users. For one, it is announcing that the public testing period for its version Android 10 is nearly here. For another, it is giving hope that its other mid-range smartphones will soon be getting some updates before…

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Huawei Mate X foldable phone coming this month with important changes

News on the Galaxy Fold is slowing down to a trickle but the focus on foldable phones may surge again in a matter of weeks. The world’s second (or third) foldable phone has yet to actually launch and if the leaks are correct, Huawei might be doing it before the month is over. And if leaks are also correct, the Huawei Mate X will have some key changes from the company’s initial plans.

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Project xCloud Preview launched with free Halo, Gears 5: Here’s how to sign up

The Microsoft game streaming system Project xCloud Preview sign-up form was revealed by Microsoft this afternoon. Microsoft is one of several companies attempting to take part in the game streaming market that’ll likely take the place of the current gaming market model of buying individual units. This is a whole lot like what’s happened to the video and music markets over the past decade, with…

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Pokemon GO Darkrai raids, Shiny Pikachu in Mimikyu costume, other Halloween details

Pokemon GO Halloween will be in full effect later this week, so it’s time now to prepare! First we’ve got to get our heads wrapped around the details. The most important part of this event will be the appearance of Darkrai in tier five raids, if you’re looking for the most powerful Pokemon available in the month of October. If you’re looking for Halloween-themed Pokemon that might never appear in…

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Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta puts the spotlight on One UI changes

Samsung has gotten a lot of flack for its heavily modified Android UX, formerly called TouchWiz. It has changed it ways and the software’s name over the past years but, truth be told, it just can’t full throw away all the custom changes and features it has accumulated over the years. Unsurprising, when it announces the start of the Android 10 beta program for the Galaxy S10, it focuses not on…

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iOS 13 Safari’s Safe Browsing reportedly sending some data to Tencent

The Web has become a bigger place and, at the same time, has also become more dangerous. Seeing that most users are unlikely to change bad habits, browser makers are taking up the cause to implement secure and private features that are eventually enabled by default. One such feature is called Safe Browsing and has become enabled by default in iOS 13 with every little warning beforehand. Now it…

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We’ve seen all sorts of solutions to the problem of relocating the front camera to make room for more screen. There are popups and flips and even holes in the screen. But while we await that fabled camera-in-display tech, there is one solution that is both the simplest but the oddest one of all: removing the front camera entirely. That is what the nubia Z20 proposes by having screens both front and back. And, fortunately, it’s one of the most affordable solutions as well.

It’s hardly the first to come up with such a product but nubia is giving the dual-screen concept what is probably its best representation. Unlike the YotaPhone or the odd Meizu Pro 7, the nubia Z20 is putting a full, though a bit short, 5.1-inch 2340×1080 AMOLED touch screen on the back. That way, you can even use the back side as the main screen if you want and only flip to the real 6.42-inch 2340×1080 (notice the same resolution?) AMOLED front display when you need more real estate.

Unlike the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition, which is probably its closest relative, the nubia Z20 is able to offer the most specs in the market. That not only applies to the Snapdragon 855+ with 8 GB of RAM and massive 4,000 mAh battery. It also applies to the three cameras on the back that will also be your three cameras on the front.

There’s the now-popular 48 megapixel main camera that may very well be the same Quad-Bayer sensor on most high-end phones. That’s accompanied by a 16 megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter with a 122.2-degree field of view and an 8 megapixel telephoto with 3x optical zoom. That hardware is boosted by features such as HDR10, 8K UHD support, and Super Night Mode.

The theoretical problem with such dual-screen phones is the price of adding a second screen. Theoretical because nubia is offering the nubia Z20 for just $549, nearly half the price of equivalent flagship phones with only one screen and a single front camera with lower capabilities than those on the back. Better yet, consumers in the US need not feel left out, as the nubia Z20 is available now on the company’s online store, in colors of Twilight Blue and Diamond Black.

nubia Z20 is bringing its dual-screen to the US

We’ve seen all sorts of solutions to the problem of relocating the front camera to make room for more screen.

Galaxy Fold Premier Service is now available for US owners

The Galaxy Fold is arguably one of the most expensive non-gold, non-luxury smartphones targeted at the consumer market. It is also arguably one of the oddest and most unconventional out there. That was the bitter truth that Samsung realized after just a day of the first batch out in the wild. Expecting that buyers of the $2,000 phone will need special guidance, it has created its so-called…

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iPhone SE 2 coming early 2020 whether you like it or not

Be careful what you wish for, some say, and those who have been wishing for a second iPhone SE might be having second thoughts if they were hoping for a doppelganger. Analyst Ming-chi Kuo has already doused their hopes on what the iPhone SE 2 will look like but he’s now back to give them some hope. If you don’t mind the appearance or the size, then you might like the rest of the details he’s now…

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