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ASUS Zenfone 8 may be the best tiny Galaxy alternative this year

ASUS Zenfone 8 may be the best tiny Galaxy alternative this year

The ASUS Zenfone 8 works with a 120Hz display, all-Sony image processors for its multiple cameras, and a form that's simple and elegant. The first ASUS Zenfone 8 that'll appear on the market will be released in one color: Obsidian Black. It'll come with a 90.02% screen-to-body ratio, 20:9 aspect ratio, and a pane of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus up front.

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Samsung Google smartwatch OS at MWC 2021: One UI on top

Samsung Google smartwatch OS at MWC 2021: One UI on top

There's a new Samsung Galaxy Watch device coming from Samsung here in 2021, a device that'll be the first to run software developed jointly by Google and Samsung. It'll run its own Samsung-specific iteration of that software: A user experience called One UI Watch. As a Samsung representative said today, "One UI Watch will be available for Galaxy Watch on the new, unified platform [Samsung] jointly built with Google."

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Lenovo 2021 tablet lineup and Smart Clock 2 put displays everywhere

Lenovo 2021 tablet lineup and Smart Clock 2 put displays everywhere

After revealing a new notebooks and Chromebooks lineup last week, Lenovo followed up with another MWC 2021 announcement today. This one is mostly about tablets, with Lenovo announcing new Yoga tablets alongside new Lenovo Tabs. Between those tablets and the Lenovo Smart Clock 2 - also revealed today - the theme to this batch of MWC announcements seems to be "displays in unexpected places," as the Smart Clock 2 is destined for nightstands, and the Yoga Tabs can even be hung on walls.

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Alcatel 1 (2021) and 1L Pro join the Android Go family

Alcatel 1 (2021) and 1L Pro join the Android Go family

There have been a lot of coverage on affordable mid-range Android phones, but when it comes down to it, nothing beats Android Go phones when it comes to affordability. Of course, these phones are configured with very minimal hardware requirements, so that's not telling much. Still, for some markets and consumers that just need a basic Android phone, Android GO edition phones might be the way to go, and TCL just expanded their options with the addition of the Alcatel 1 (2021) and the Alcatel 1L Pro.

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TCL NXTWEAR G Smart Glasses announced at MWC 2021

TCL NXTWEAR G Smart Glasses announced at MWC 2021

With the attention given to foldable phones and smartwatches, you'd almost think that smart glasses were dead. After all, most companies have either backed out of that niche market or targeted their products at equally niche customers, like Google Glass 2 for the Enterprise. As one of the world's leading display manufacturers, however, TCL just wouldn't let that status quo remain. At MWC 2021, TCL is unveiling the NXTWEAR G, a pair of smart glasses designed for consumers but not designed for walking around.

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Samsung MWC 2021 Galaxy event teases new smartwatch details

Samsung MWC 2021 Galaxy event teases new smartwatch details

It looks like all systems are go for MWC 2021, which kicks off in just a few days. Even though it's taking place a few months after we'd normally expect it to, MWC 2021 will be a hybrid event with both in-person and online segments rather than an online-only show. One company that will be attending digitally is Samsung, which today revealed its plans for the show.

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OPPO over-the-air wireless charging to be revealed this week

OPPO over-the-air wireless charging to be revealed this week

As convenient as wireless charging may be at times, their convenience ends the moment you lift the phone off its pad even by just a bit to use it. There have been multiple attempts in the past to solve that problem but now it seems that smartphone makers are making bold steps in that direction. Following Xiaomi and Motorola, OPPO is preparing to show off its own take on over-the-air or OTA wireless charging and it is interestingly using its rollable phone to do so.

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ZTE under-display camera to get another chance next week

ZTE under-display camera to get another chance next week

One of the holy grails of smartphones, aside from foldable and rollable screens, is a camera that completely hides underneath the screen. This solves a few design problems surrounding bezels and cutouts but might actually be harder to pull off those flexible displays. ZTE was bold enough to actually start selling its first attempt in the ZTE Axon 20 5G, which turned out to be quite a dud. That hasn't dampened its enthusiasm for under-display cameras or UDC which will get a second-gen version at MWC Shanghai in a few days.

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Leaked TCL expandable screen phone has our attention: Here’s why

Leaked TCL expandable screen phone has our attention: Here’s why

Today a leak of a TCL smartphone prototype shows a bit of what was apparently going to appear at MWC 2020. That's the tech conference that generally happens every year around this time, but was cancelled this year due to concerns over nCoV-2019 / COVID-19 (AKA novel coronavirus). The device you see here was leaked from what CNET's Jessica Dolcourt describes as a "trusted source" - aka this isn't just some fan-made device based on a concept, it's quite likely from a source within TCL (or a TCL-adjacent group).

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Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled: Coronavirus halts global tech conference [UPDATE]

Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled: Coronavirus halts global tech conference [UPDATE]

After a wide array of cancellations of attendance from major companies for the worldwide tech conference, Mobile World Congress 2020 was cancelled outright. This was announced by the GSMA just says after a large announcement of enhanced measures made for the safety of all involved by companies still attending. "The GSMA knows that the Coronavirus has created disruption, in particular for exhibitors and attendees from around the world, including the 5-6,000 (5-6%) who have historically attended from China," wrote a GSMA representative. "Our sympathy goes to all those affected."

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OPPO Find X2 screen confirmed, VP warns about production problems

OPPO Find X2 screen confirmed, VP warns about production problems

Many companies have already announced their absence at MWC 2020 for health reasons but, for organizers GSMA and other companies, the show must go on. That definitely seems to be the case for OPPO who is now hyping up its next flagship, especially its screen. But while it is trying to drum up interest, a company executive is also trying to temper expectations. Because while the OPPO Find X2 might be great and all, it could still face some production capacity problems because of the virus outbreak in China.

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As Sony, TCL & Amazon drop out of MWC 2020, GSMA insists the show will go on

As Sony, TCL & Amazon drop out of MWC 2020, GSMA insists the show will go on

MWC 2020 is coming up at the end of the month, but citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, a number of companies have decided to sit the show out. Today, Sony and Amazon added their names to the list of companies that will skip MWC, joining the likes of LG, Ericsson, and NVIDIA. Nevertheless, MWC's organizers say that the show will go on, albeit with some enhanced health measures in place.

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