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A new POCO phone, with armor to boot

A new POCO phone, with armor to boot

There's a new Poco device out in the world as of this week, coming from Pocophone, a Xiaomi-related company. This smartphone company, Pocophone, made their first phone several months ago - the Poco F1. That phone was a bit of a shock internationally - as an extremely low-priced, high-functioning smartphone for emerging markets. Now there's a new model - sort of.

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Honor View 20 flaunts 48MP camera, punch-hole, nanolithography

Honor View 20 flaunts 48MP camera, punch-hole, nanolithography

Although it’s often described as Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor has been making big waves in the market. In fact, one report claims that the sub-brand is responsible for more than half of the shipments that put Huawei as the 2nd biggest smartphone maker this year. With the Honor View 20, what is known as the Honor V20 in China, the company is proving again why it deserves that, well, honor with some of the best features to rival even its own parent company.

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Huawei P30 leak hints at an oxymoronic design

Huawei P30 leak hints at an oxymoronic design

Beautifully unsettling. That may be one of the first reactions some might have with a new leak that shows what might be Huawei's response to the Samsung Galaxy S10. Continuing the successful design of its early 2018 predecessor, the Huawei P30 Pro still seems to exude the elegance of the P20 Pro, with a smaller notch even. But while it's not terribly unattractive, the smartphone's key feature might demonstrate the almost unbelievable extents smartphone makers will go to cram more cameras into their small handsets.

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Galaxy S10 screen sizes, front camera glow ring leaked

Galaxy S10 screen sizes, front camera glow ring leaked

The end of the year is at hand and while that means a lot of things for many people, for those in the tech and mobile industry, it means the start of two months of nonstop marketing and hype. That, of course, includes Samsung’s next non-foldable flagships, which may have been leaked in their entirety, though not at Pixel 3 levels yet. Still, one can always squeeze in more details, including a new gimmick to call attention to the smartphone’s odd camera hole.

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Samsung Android 9 Pie update: which phones will get it and when

Samsung Android 9 Pie update: which phones will get it and when

It might have been a holiday for many people in some countries, but it seems that the folks at Samsung have been working overtime to deliver at least one present to their fans on time for Christmas. The others, however, will have to wait a few more months, some even forever. Samsung has started the rollout journey of its Android 9 Pie update, which of course comes with its new One UI experience and these are the Galaxy devices that will be getting it and when.

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OnePlus 5/5T get their full serving of Android 9 Pie

OnePlus 5/5T get their full serving of Android 9 Pie

It seems that some manufacturers have a new idea of how to give their loyal fans a gift during the holidays. Not all are probably in a mood to buy new phones but everyone is probably going to benefit from a new update. Just in time for Christmas (or late, depending on where you live), OnePlus has just rolled out the final version of Oxygen OS 9.0 for the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T, giving owners of last year’s flagship the full taste of Android 9 Pie.

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Toast: My favorite phone case of the year 2018

Toast: My favorite phone case of the year 2018

This year, like most years over the past decade, I've used one whole heck of a lot of smartphone accessories. Today we're going to talk about a sort of case, sort of cover, sort of mix between the two. Today I'm going to tell you about my favorite smartphone accessory of the year, case of the year, cover of the year - all that, all in one. This is a two-wood custom-cut phone cover from the folks at Toast.

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Xiaomi Mi Play revealed on Christmas Eve

Xiaomi Mi Play revealed on Christmas Eve

There's a Xiaomi Mi Play out on the market now, and it's aiming for the lowest of the low end. This smartphone costs a mere ¥1099/$160/£130 - one of the least expensive smartphones ever made by a well-known smartphone brand. With the Xiaomi Mi Play, users will get a 5.84-inch display, a lovely selection of casing colors (with gradient color flow) and one full year of free mobile data in China - 10GB a month, totally free.

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Huawei shipped 200M smartphones this year despite US condemnation of the brand

Huawei shipped 200M smartphones this year despite US condemnation of the brand

Huawei and the US government aren't friends. The Chinese smartphone maker has ranked among the most popular makers of smartphones all around the world with the US being a notable exception. In the States, governmental agencies have put significant pressure on carriers and companies to not sell Huawei branded smartphones.

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Phones are getting more expensive and we’re partly to blame

Phones are getting more expensive and we’re partly to blame

There are many uncertain things in life but one constant thing next, other than change, is the rising prices of smartphones, particularly the premium ones. Not more than two years ago, consumers would be complaining about how expensive $800 phones are. Analysts scoffed at the iPhone X’s $1,000 price tag and predicted Apple’s humiliating defeat. Today, $1,000 has become the new normal for premium phones and there are no signs the industry is going to reverse course. And, like it or not, that’s partly thanks to us consumers as well.

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Gaming phones are a fad that’s going away soon

Gaming phones are a fad that’s going away soon

ASUS is reportedly rethinking its mobile strategy around gaming phones, spurred perhaps by the popularity (not actual sales) of its ROG Phone. Razer has definitely been convinced it’s the way to go, enough to create a Razer Phone 2. Xiaomi’s Black Shark and ZTE/nubia’s Red Magic all seem to believe there’s a future in gaming smartphones. They might be right, at least for another year. Two at most. Then gaming smartphones will suddenly vanish not because they’ve become passé. It’s because practically every smartphone will be a gaming smartphone.

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Huawei P30 Pro details spilled: 3D sensors, 40MP, 5x, 10x zoom

Huawei P30 Pro details spilled: 3D sensors, 40MP, 5x, 10x zoom

This week the folks at Huawei had a bit of a leak involving both the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. We're now to understand that the next-generation camera monster will have three cameras, a max resolution of 40MP, and a whopping 10x optical zoom. It'll also apparently have a new sort of 3D sensor that's "better" than a ToF sensor - that's Time of Flight, the most powerful mobile distance sensor in the industry today.

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