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iPhone 8, 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED releases confirmed by Apple

iPhone 8, 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED releases confirmed by Apple

It was just a few hours ago we heard that Apple was planning special (PRODUCT)RED releases of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and now the company has confirmed them. Apple officially revealed the two new phones just a few minutes ago, make them the latest phones in Apple's lineup to get the (PRODUCT)RED treatment. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be accompanied by a special edition iPhone X, so those of you looking to support the cause by picking up a new phone will need to settle for a standard iPhone 8 or an iPhone 8 Plus.

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Xperia phones have a hidden 120Hz screen mode you won’t want

Xperia phones have a hidden 120Hz screen mode you won’t want

The iPhone X and the Razer Phone have one thing in common despite being worlds apart. Both have the ability to run the screen at a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Apple markets this feature for responsiveness. Razer puts it at the service of fluid gaming visuals. Either way, it seems that it’s a rather niche feature that very few phone makers would bother with. It turns out, however, that Sony has had phones capable of that since 2016. You just can’t, and probably shouldn’t, enable it easily.

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Xiaomi-backed Black Shark phone take a page for Switch book

Xiaomi-backed Black Shark phone take a page for Switch book

The moment Xiaomi acknowledged it has invested considerably in Black Shark to create a gaming-oriented phone, the rumors started to fly like crazy. We’ve already seen and debunked one that presented a phone with permanent gamepad controls on each end. Now a new one paints an even more interesting, more ambitious, and almost more unlikely picture. According to a leaked photo, that first Black Shark gaming phone will have removable Bluetooth controls. In other words, an Android Nintendo Switch-alike.

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Red iPhone 8, 8 Plus coming via (PRODUCT)Red, Virgin Mobile

Red iPhone 8, 8 Plus coming via (PRODUCT)Red, Virgin Mobile

While it’s not exactly the new black anymore, naturally red smartphones are still a rare commodity. Especially when it comes to iPhones, whose red models are even fewer and almost seasonal. iPhone fans, however, need not fear because leaksters are seeing red painted in their future. According to an internal Virgin Mobile memo, new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus colors under the (PRODUCT)Red brand will be coming this week. The bad news? There might not be a red iPhone X.

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Essential rolls out update, lackluster PH-1 camera acknowledged

Essential rolls out update, lackluster PH-1 camera acknowledged

Essential might have tried to pull a Google in more ways than one. After all, it did have Android creator Andy Rubin behind it. It shipped a pretty Android phone unencumbered by bloatware of any kind. It was almost perfect, except for one thing that has become critical to today’s smartphone market: the camera. Thankfully, Essential isn’t as deaf as some might think it is and promises to do better in the next Essential phone, whose launch is still unknown at this point.

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LG G7 ThinQ leaked up closer

LG G7 ThinQ leaked up closer

A number of photos have leaked showing the next LG flagship smartphone, the LG G7 ThinQ. While the name is... bonkers... the device seems to roll right. This smartphone has a case on it to disguise its full body, but the basics appear to be all in place, including a massive full-screen frontside. With a notch, of course, just like basically every other hero smartphone this year seems to have.

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OnePlus 6 specs we expect via OPPO R15

OnePlus 6 specs we expect via OPPO R15

We've got our review of the Oppo R15 up this morning, and something seems familiar. Familiar, that is, if we've paid attention to the leaks of the OnePlus 6 that've appeared so far. OPPO and OnePlus are part of the same organization and they tend to follow some predictable patterns. Take, for example, the OPPO R11 and the OnePlus 5. They look pretty gosh-darned similar, don't they?

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OK Google voice detection is still listening

OK Google voice detection is still listening

I just read about a user of a Galaxy Note 8 whose update to Android Oreo re-activated "OK Google." Or at least it seemed as though OK Google worked again after he'd previously turned off Voice Detection in settings via the Google app. This can certainly happen - but not necessarily for the reasons you might think. It's probably just a mistake, right?

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OnePlus 6 can’t help copying iPhone X

OnePlus 6 can’t help copying iPhone X

These days, it seems like a lot of new and upcoming Android phones are sporting a very familiar notch at the top of the display. Though Apple's iPhone X wasn't the first phone to utilize a notch as a solution to including front-facing sensors on a phone with a full screen display, it has certainly sparked a number of imitators in the time since its release. Today we're learning that the upcoming OnePlus 6 may borrow another popular feature from Apple's latest flagship: Gesture controls.

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OPPO R15 Pro Review

OPPO R15 Pro Review

It’s not easy being a smartphone maker these days. Jump on the latest fad and you’d be called a copycat. Hold off and you’re branded as a dinosaur. So what’s an OEM gotta do? Follow what makes sense. For OPPO, that means giving the OPPOR R15 and R15 Pro an admittedly somewhat useful notch. Of course, that does run the risk of most media coverage simply being about that notch, so we take a deep dive into the higher end OPPO R15 Pro to see if it’s more than just its rabbit screen. And you’ll probably be surprised at what we found.

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Doogee Mix 4 has an odd solution to the notch problem

Doogee Mix 4 has an odd solution to the notch problem

These days, it seems that there are only two ways to solve the problem of front cameras and sensors. Either you have a notch or you have a bezel. The rush to copy Apple may have left manufacturers little time to actually consider other possible solutions. Some companies, however, are more interested in being remembered as a pioneer than making a quick but sure buck. One of those is Chinese OEM Doogee and its Mix 4 has a solution that is just as curious and almost ridiculous as the Vivo Apex.

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With MicroLED, an Apple Watch could be a gateway drug for pricer iPhones

With MicroLED, an Apple Watch could be a gateway drug for pricer iPhones

Apple's manufacturing partners are gearing up for MicroLED production if news from Taiwan proves to be entirely accurate. According to sources close to the deal, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology approved a PlayNitride application for a brand new $17-million USD (NT$500 million) manufacturing plant at Hsinchu Science Park. This is one of a couple companies rumored to be in talks with Apple for future MicroLED display panel production on devices of several sorts.

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