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OPPO F9 brings the tiniest notch to the masses

OPPO F9 brings the tiniest notch to the masses

Some manufacturers have wholeheartedly embraced the notch. Others, like Samsung, continue to ignore it. Still others have tried to come up with different ways to compromise. Like Vivo before it, OPPO played with an elevating mechanism in the Find X to mixed results, only to return to a notch. But this is no Apple notch in the OPPO F9. It is a notch that is barely there but might, ironically, irk notch haters even more.

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Google says Pixel XL fast charging bug fix will arrive soon

Google says Pixel XL fast charging bug fix will arrive soon

Following news that some 2016 Pixel XL owners are experiencing issues with fast charging following the Android Pie update, Google has confirmed that it is working on a fix for the problem. According to impacted device owners, their Pixel XL smartphones no longer fast charge after installing the latest Android update, forcing them to charge at normal or slow speeds.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro 3D camera tipped to battle iPhone X

Huawei Mate 20 Pro 3D camera tipped to battle iPhone X

The Huawei Mate 20 suffered a bit of a leak this week in the form of a couple of front panels. If the leak's contents be entirely legitimate, it would suggest that the company were delivering the smartphone with a 3D camera setup. This would not be a giant shock, as the only 3D camera setup on the market thus far is the Xiaomi Mi 8, a device that's just about as blatant a copycat as the latest Motorola phone leak - but, back to the subject.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE gets a date

BlackBerry KEY2 LE gets a date

Samsung’s early launch of the Galaxy Note 9 means only one thing. We only have a little over two weeks to get a breather before we’re inundated by even more new products. IFA 2018 is just around the corner and with it comes new smartphones to choose from. If you’re the type who prefers to see and feel the keys on your phone, however, choice is pretty limited. Fortunately, TCL and BlackBerry are likely to drop another one before this month is over.

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Galaxy Note 9 screen gets DisplayMate’s highest grade ever

Galaxy Note 9 screen gets DisplayMate’s highest grade ever

While there has been an obsession over screen cutouts, most smartphone wars are still waged in terms of camera features. But no matter how good your smartphone camera may be, you might think that it isn’t just because it isn’t being displayed correctly on the smartphone screen. That is why DisplayMate continues to emphasize that the display is the crown jewel of smartphones. And, not that surprising, it’s giving the crown of smartphone displays to the latest flagship to come our way: the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

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White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

The White House has officially banned the government use of hardware made by Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei, including smartphones, routers, and similar devices. The move follows years of debate over the two companies and the potential national security risk their hardware may present. The ban is part of a $716 billion defense policy bill newly signed by President Trump.

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Pixel XL users say Android Pie bug broke fast charging

Pixel XL users say Android Pie bug broke fast charging

Owners of the Pixel XL, the larger of the original Pixel models, are complaining about issues with fast charging following the Android Pie update. According to reports from impacted device owners, the update broke the device's ability to fast charge, an issue that isn't present on the smaller Pixel model. Not all users are experiencing the problem, however.

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OnePlus 6T release details ‘leaked’ in OPPO R17

OnePlus 6T release details ‘leaked’ in OPPO R17

The OnePlus 6T was just teased in a smartphone release from OPPO, in a device called OPPO R17. This device takes on some of the best qualities of its predecessors and makes for a new smartphone that's ready to do battle with the best smartphones in the world. It doesn't look like the sort of competitor you'd expect from a company you've (maybe) never heard of. So what's it got to do with the OnePlus 6T?

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Fortnite Android download: A new way to Beta today

Fortnite Android download: A new way to Beta today

There's a new way to get in on the Fortnite Android beta just released to the web today. This new method involves getting yourself banned from ever playing the game again on any platform with your original account. But there's a LEGIT way to get in on the Beta, so let's discuss both the way that's right as well as the way that's wrong.

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Moto Z3 Review: Waiting for 5G

Moto Z3 Review: Waiting for 5G

The Moto Z3 is a curious device, mostly because its reason for existing hasn’t been released yet. The Z3 will one day be compatible with the admittedly impressive 5G Moto Mod, a detachable accessory that’s the product of a team up between Verizon, Motorola, and Qualcomm. The problem, and what leaves me scratching my head, is that the 5G mod won’t be available until sometime next year, while the Moto Z3 is launching this month as a Verizon exclusive.

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Alcatel 7 brings a 18:9 phablet to MetroPCS lineup

Alcatel 7 brings a 18:9 phablet to MetroPCS lineup

At the beginning of the year, Alcatel unveiled its new branding scheme and its three new smartphone lines: the Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3, and Alcatel 1. All of these shared one thing in common: the 18:9 nearly bezel-less design that has become the de facto design standard on both premium and mid-tier phones. Not content with just those three, the TCL-owned phone maker is bringing a fourth one, the Alcatel 7, to the US and to MetroPCS subscribers starting today.

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The Google Pixel 3 is in trouble: this is why

The Google Pixel 3 is in trouble: this is why

Google definitely pulled off a miracle when it came out with the first Pixel phone. There was some amount of doubt that Google had what it takes to make its own smartphone. And then the Pixel 2 came out which, despite a very rough start, is still considered to be the embodiment of the perfect Android smartphone. With this year’s Pixel 3, Google will be trying to prove that “third time’s a charm” but things might not turn out that way this time around. And, no, it’s not because of that notch.

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