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ZTE nubia Z18S trades front camera for a second screen

ZTE nubia Z18S trades front camera for a second screen

OEMs and proponents can rationalize it all they want but there’s no denying the historical fact that the notch, a.k.a. the screen cutout, would have not existed if not for the bezel-less display trend. Since it debuted on the iPhone X and dozens of phones later, other manufacturers, curiously all Chinese ones, have tried their hands at solving the design problem in a different way. According to a new leak, ZTE might actually have the solution that makes the most practical sense but also the most expensive.

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OnePlus 6 Red edition is coming

OnePlus 6 Red edition is coming

The problem with today’s glass and metal unibody designs is that, while pretty, they’re forever stuck with the color you purchased them in. Sure, you can slap on a skin or case, but that’s just a layer of temporary covering. It is, on the other hand, also an opportunity for OEMs to generate hype over certain colors, especially limited editions. OnePlus definitely seems to have gotten that strategy down to a T, with a OnePlus 6 in Red being teased to land in less than 24 hours.

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Galaxy Note 9 S Pen could be the most talented stylus yet

Galaxy Note 9 S Pen could be the most talented stylus yet

If you presumed, like many of us, that the Galaxy Note 9 might be as “boring” as an incremental upgrade as the Galaxy S9 was earlier this year, then Samsung might have just turned the tide. Its official invite teaser for its August Unpacked event hints at a focus on the S Pen, specifically its button. And, according to leaks, that’s because the Galaxy Note 9’s stylus might be the most functional one that the company has ever made, thanks to that button.

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T-Mobile begins RCS Universal messaging support with Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

T-Mobile begins RCS Universal messaging support with Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

RCS is the next-generation text messaging standard that's designed to make traditional texting a bit more like dedicated messaging platforms, with features like multi-person chats and read receipts. Adoption of the Google-backed standard has been slow in the US, but it's making a big step forward with T-Mobile now rolling out RCS Universal Profiles to select Android users.

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16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone

16-lens camera maker Light developing 9-lens smartphone

It's been a few years since we've heard from Light, the camera company that made headlines with the L16, a point-and-shoot sized camera featuring a whopping 16 lenses, allowing it to capture DSLR-quality images. The L16 finally entered production over a year ago, but now there's word that Light is working on bringing its multi-lens tech to a smartphone.

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Verizon offers military families cheaper unlimited and prepaid Mastercard

Verizon offers military families cheaper unlimited and prepaid Mastercard

Verizon has some new perks just for military families, the most notable being cheaper unlimited lines to help everyone stay in touch. The carrier announced the new rate today, explaining that families with an active military service member, veteran or similar can get the Verizon Go Unlimited plan for $30/line, depending on the number of lines, with a mix-and-match option.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

T-Mobile subscribers who are still using the older Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones are receiving a major update today: Android Oreo. We've seen the software update arrive for various Galaxy S7 handset owners throughout this year; the availability has happened slowly but steadily. T-Mobile users are now in the pipeline, some already seeing the nearly 2GB update.

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OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule: here are the details

OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule: here are the details

Android users are finally starting to realize how much they’re being left behind in updates. Tired of iPhone owners gloating every year about major iOS updates, they have started to raise their voices and, fortunately, some OEMs are starting to take heed. Huawei just recently promised to push out updates every two months. Now OnePlus is making a similar commitment but has even more details to share. And, at least on the surface, it’s all good.

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Nokia A1 Plus/Nokia 9 might be the flagship smartphone to beat

Nokia A1 Plus/Nokia 9 might be the flagship smartphone to beat

Move over OnePlus 6, there might be a new Android darling soon. We have most of the flagship Android phones this year, save for one or two still to come, and thought we’ve seen them all. HMD Global and Nokia, however, may have something still up their sleeves. A certain Nokia “A1 Plus” or “A1P” or “AOP”, which could be the Nokia 9, has been mentioned in a recent leak and, given the OEM’s reputation, it might have the best combination of hardware and software this year.

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OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

OnePlus might soon be available on US carriers

Despite how much consumers demand it, it’s not easy for smartphone makers to make their devices available on carriers, US or not. There are a lot of business and logistic considerations involved and, more often than not, smaller companies have a harder time getting carriers’ attention. OnePlus, however, is no longer a small company that can be ignored and it plans to step up to the challenge of making its future smartphones, especially the 5G ones, available on carriers’ shelves.

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This phone case deploys protective springs when dropped

This phone case deploys protective springs when dropped

Many smartphone cases promise to protect your phone from drops via shock-absorbing bumpers, but they're only so effective...and depend on your phone falling at the right angle. A newly demonstrated case is different; it protects your phone no matter how it falls due to a set of springs that appear right before impact. Rather than breaking, the phone bounces to safety.

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Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Coming about one month after the previously announced Alcatel 1X is a new budget Android Go phone from the maker, this one at a sub-$100 price point: the Alcatel 1. This model brings Android Oreo Go edition and a few notable features at the budget-friendly price of $89 USD. Despite the low-tier cost, specs are decent and include an 18:9 display.

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