LG V40 Running Android 9 Pie Spotted On Geekbench

While some manufacturers have already rolled out Android Pie to their premium handsets, there are quite a few that have yet to appear on the list. Speaking of which, LG seems to be testing Android Pie for LG V40 ThinQ. Yes, the first triple camera handset of the company that is, unfortunately, only available in the US and Korea. In the US, the handset is on a number of carriers with the lowest price being $900. Nonetheless, we’ve come across a Geekbench listing that suggests Android Pie for the device is on the cards.

The Geekbench listing shows the model number LGE LM-V405 shows a 6GB variant of the handset with Snapdragon 845. The Android version is displayed as Android 9. This means that the handset is being tested for Android Pie and is hopefully in the beta stage. The LG V40 ThinQ was released back in early October with Android Oreo. LG doesn’t have a very good track record for Android updates and there’s still nothing official regarding Android Pie updates on the LG V40 ThinQ. Moreover, with the carrier barrier in the US, these big OS updates tend to take even more time. The first handset that LG upgraded to Android Pie was the LG G7 One which is obviously under the Android One program.

This is in contrast to a recent development when LG opened a “Software Center Upgrade” in April this year. However, after seven months, that upgrade center whose aim was to provide solid post-sales software updates seems like simply hot talk. Even the company’s global flagship, the LG G7 ThinQ is left stranded with no official information regarding Android Pie.

Hopefully, after LG V40, there will be developments for the LG G7 ThinQ. These are the brand’s top class flagships and if there will be any OS update, it will be these two devices that will get it first.

The LG V40 ThinQ is the first V-series device to sport five cameras and a notch. The rear trinity is comprised of a 12MP standard sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and a third 12MP telephoto shooter. The front houses an 8MP and a 5MP wide-angle secondary shooter. It is sold in Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue,Platinum Gray, and Carmine Red colour shades.

[Exclusive] Xiaomi Will Launch Black Shark Helo and Mi Mix 3 in Europe Soon

Two upcoming and upmarket Xiaomi phones are making their way from China to Europe soon. Our sources have confirmed that the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo will be coming to Europe soon. Furthermore, the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is also on its way to Europe. While we haven’t received any information of the launch date, this tip-off confirms that Xiaomi will be launching both its gaming smartphone and its flagship bezel-less phone in Europe.

The confirmation comes after the British telecommunications and internet firm Three UK confirming that it has signed a partnership with Xiaomi to bring the Mi Mix 3 in the UK. This is in addition to the 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 already being confirmed to launch  in Europe sometime in the first quarter of 2019. However, what hasn’t been revealed until this writing was that Xiaomi also plans to launch its gaming-centric smartphone in Europe.

A successor to the original Black Shark, the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo sports the same SoC as its predecessor, but it also comes with a higher-end option that bumps up the RAM to a whopping 10GB. Other improvements to the phone come in the form of a more premium glass sandwich design in place of the polycarbonate body of the predecessor. Also new is a premium 6-inch AMOLED with a wide 18:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 1080×2160. The new Black Shark Helo also bears a dedicated button to reduce background processes and fancy AI-powered RGB backlighting for the extra gamer street cred.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, on the other hand, is targeted at those who seek a premium bezel-less flagship-grade smartphone. This is made possible with an ultra-wide 19.5:9 aspect ratio Super AMOLED display that is substantially large at 6.4-inches thanks to the phone’s impressive screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent. This is largely due to the unique slider camera mechanism that allows the Mi Mix 3 to do away with the notch and yet reduce bezels significantly. Like the Black Shark Helo, the Mi Mix 3 too comes with Snapdragon 845, along with the absolutely mental 10GB RAM variant.

The First 5G-ready iPhone Won’t Be Released Until 2020

While most smartphone manufacturers such as Huawei, LG, and OnePlus are striving to roll out a 5G-ready phone next year, we might not see a 5G-capable iPhone until 2020. This is hardly surprising, as Apple is not exactly an early adopter of fast cellular standards. However, since 5G isn’t going to be mainstream anytime soon, iPhone users won’t miss out on a lot.

Unlike most 2019 smartphones that would rely on Qualcomm’s X50 modem for 5G connectivity, Apple doesn’t really have that option, given the ongoing legal battle between the companies. On the other hand, Apple’s current chip supplier Intel is proving to be a bit of a slowpoke. According to insiders, Apple will be using Intel’s 5G-ready 10nm 8161 modem to support the 5G standard.

Apparently, Intel is developing the new silicon with a transition chipset called 8060 to test out 5G in iPhone. The 10nm fabrication technology will expectedly boost the speed and efficiency. However, the 10nm process is a good two years late already. Even though the interim CEO Bob Swan said last month that the chip is headed for mass production, it will most likely not be ready until next year.

Apple and Intel are apparently going through a rough patch right now because of the heat dissipation problems with the 8060 modem. Since carriers shifting to 5G will rely on the millimeter-wave spectrum in the beginning, cellular modems will be under a lot of duress because of high processing requirements and this will result in the production of excess heat. This can take a toll on the battery life of smartphones and so far, Intel hasn’t been able to figure out a workaround.

Although Intel is the only baseband chip supplier right now, Apple is reportedly in talks with MediaTek to take over if Intel continues to struggle. On the other hand, Qualcomm is at the forefront of the 5G technology and has already increased the production of its 5G-ready chipsets as OEMs gearing up to introduce their debut 5G devices next year.


Future Samsung Phones May Feature A Squeeze Based Navigation System

Samsung’s bent dual-edge display does not just look beautiful, it can be incredibly functional. Per a recently unearthed patent that was actually submitted last year, the South Korean behemoth is envisioning a new kind of UX that makes use of a pressure sensitive display. We have seen one application of this already in the form of the pressure sensitive virtual home key seen on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 series.

Called ‘Electronic Device And Method Of Controlling the Electronic Device Based On Touch Input,’ the patent filed in South Korea in April 2017 outlines ways to interpret different levels of pressure to trigger different actions. For instance, the pressure on both sides of the screen can be calculated to determine if it was squeezed. This can activate different functions. For instance, a hard squeeze may signal the system to turn off the display.

The application also describes the use of a pressure sensitive power key that can function in the same manner as the virtual home key to perform different tasks. The pressure of your touch would be calculated to determine the action to trigger, which could range from putting the display to sleep to rebooting the phone. The display would also show which was action was undertaken to the user. This concept could have broader implementations, which means it could also be applied to volume rockers or maybe a completely new set of virtual buttons.

Samsung is not the first company to pursue this idea. It has previously been seen on the HTC U11 in the form of Edge Sense and on Google’s Pixel smartphones by the name of Active Edge. It is also worth mentioning that tech giants file a lot of patents every year and not all of the proposed technologies are commercialized. However, such a UX could surely reduce the footprint of Samsung’s phone, something which all nearly all OEMs are striving for these days.



[Exclusive] OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Press Renders Leak: New Colour Treatment Similar To OnePlus 6 and 5T

A couple of days back a reputed leakster, Ishan Agarwal, spotted the new Thunder Purple variant of the device on the OnePlus India support page. Apparently, a drop-down menu that allows buyers to choose their OnePlus smartphone had a listing that clearly mentioned Thunder Purple colour variant of the OnePlus 6T smartphone.

Now we have the official-looking press renders of the OnePlus 6T in the new Thunder Purple colour option. Incidentally, this is not new for OnePlus. After the initial launches, the OnePlus 6 was later released in Silk White and Red editions. The same cosmetic treatment was done for the OnePlus 5T which later was available in a Star Wars Limited Edition variant.

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The press renders apparently do a great job of highlighting the OnePlus 6T in the new color. Given the OnePlus history, it is quite likely the Thunder Purple could be one of several new color options the company could be discussing. Moreover, the company may also indulge in producing some limited edition of the OnePlus 6T bearing some exclusive brand or movie.

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October 25, 2018 – [Exclusive] OnePlus 6T Complete Specification Sheet, Promotional Images Revealed Ahead of Launch

OnePlus will be taking the wraps off the OnePlus 6T at an event in New York City on October 29th. Thanks to a slew of leaks, pretty much all the key specifications of the smartphone have already been revealed. Less than a week before the smartphone’s global unveiling, we have managed to access its complete spec sheet, along with some promo material describing a few key features. While most of the information listed in the spec sheet was known already, it does reveal a few new details such as an upgraded front-facing camera.

OnePlus 6T Complete Spec Sheet Leaked Ahead of Launch Next Week

As confirmed by the multiple leaks in the past, the OnePlus 6T will sport a large 6.4-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1080 x 2340 Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Similar to the latest OPPO and Vivo mid-range smartphones, the OnePlus 6T will have a tiny waterdrop notch at the top, allowing for a screen-to-body ratio of 86%. Apart from boasting a bigger display than its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T will also be the company’s first smartphone to come with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 to protect the display. Another impressive feature of the OnePlus 6T will be the Screen Unlock technology. Thanks to an in-display fingerprint sensor, users can unlock the device quickly and easily.

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Under the hood, OnePlus 6T will be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor as the OnePlus 6. In the memory department, the smartphone will be available with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. As you would expect from a OnePlus smartphone, the 6T will not have a microSD card slot for further expansion. Moving on to imaging, the OnePlus 6T will come equipped with a 16MP + 20MP dual-camera setup at the rear. Similar to the OnePlus 6, both the 16MP primary and 20MP secondary sensors will be coupled with an f/1.7 aperture. The smartphone will also offer a wide range of useful camera features such as Quick Capture to snap photos instantly, Portrait Mode, and super slo-mo video recording in HD resolution. On the front of the handset will be a 20MP selfie camera, coupled with an f/1.7 aperture. Keeping the lights on will be a 3700mAh battery, a decent improvement in capacity compared to the 3300mAh cell fueling the OnePlus 6. Sadly, however, the OnePlus 6T will not include a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means users will need to use the USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter to connect wired headsets. As for physical dimensions, the upcoming flagship will measure 157.5 x 74.9 x 8.2mm and weigh in at 180 grams. Unsurprisingly, the OnePlus 6T will ship with the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system out of the box.

Going by recent leaks, the OnePlus 6T will be sold in the US by T-Mobile, making it the first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor to be sold stateside. In addition to T-Mobile, the OnePlus 6T will also be sold by the manufacturer in unlocked form, which will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks. The smartphone has reportedly passed Verizon certification as well, which could mean that the unlocked model will support Verizon bands as well. In Europe, the OnePlus 6T is expected to be priced at 579 EUR for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant.

Android 9 Pie Update Details for Nokia Smartphones

Earlier this year, Google released the Android Pie Developer Preview to Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL users, along with several other smartphone manufacturers like Nokia and OnePlus. As most devices from HMD Global are part of the Android One program, they were the first in line to get the stable build. Recently, the company announced that the Android Pie update will be rolling out to all Nokia/HMD’s devices, which is excellent news for everyone. The Nokia 6.1 and 7 have already started receiving the Android Pie update that comes with tons of new features, and it is scheduled to arrive on more devices. The Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco will get it by the end of November.

Now the question remains, will every Nokia device get the Android 9.0 Pie update? Well, one thing is certain that any phone released within the last 12-18 months will definitely get them. Most of the devices are still in the two-year guaranteed update window that Google demands for its flagship updates. And to satisfy every user, Nokia released a statement claiming that every single Nokia device will be updated to Android Pie in future, the only question is when. The Nokia 7 Plus was the first device to get Android Pie as a member of the beta program and now the Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus are joining the bandwagon with more following soon. The announcement was made by Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, on Twitter.

What’s different with Android Pie?

With the Android 9.0 Pie update, you can do more with your handset. You can enjoy auto-fill improvements along with tons of ‘smart’ features. There are new gesture navigation controls, digital well-being options, adaptive battery saver, themes, Google assistant improvements, and much more. However, keeping in mind that most of the Nokia smartphones are a part of the Android One program, few of features might be different or missing.

Coming back to Nokia, we expect several other Nokia phones to get betas, join betas, or see official updates by November and December. It is also expected that the new phones from Nokia in 2019 will arrive with Android Pie out of the box.

OnePlus 6T US Pricing Leaked Before Official Announcement

In just a few hours from now, OnePlus will be unveiling its newest flagship Android smartphone at an event in New York City. Ahead of the big event, an ad for the OnePlus 6T was spotted online, revealing the handset’s US pricing and availability information.

OnePlus 6T US Pricing Revealed

According to the online ad, the OnePlus 6T will be available from $549 in the US from November 1st onwards. While no more details are available currently, it is possible that OnePlus may begin selling the smartphone on its online store on November 1. Apart from the OnePlus store, the 6T is expected to be sold in the US by T-Mobile as well. Since no other manufacturer has launched a smartphone featuring an in-display fingerprint sensor in North America yet, the OnePlus 6T will be the very first smartphone with the feature to go on sale stateside. However, the in-display fingerprint sensor will not be the only headline feature of the OnePlus 6T. As revealed by the leaked spec sheet that we shared with you recently, the smartphone will sport a bigger 6.4-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1080 x 2340 Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. In terms of battery life, the OnePlus 6T is expected to be even more impressive than the current OnePlus 6, all thanks to a beefier 3700mAh capacity cell with Dash Charging support. Another significant difference between the OnePlus 6 and the OnePlus 6T will be the upgraded 20MP selfie snapper. The rear cameras, however, have not been changed compared to the OnePlus 6. That said, OnePlus has tweaked the camera processing on the 6T to ensure that it provides more impressive results.

The rest of the hardware will be very similar as well. Powering the OnePlus 6T will be Qualcomm’s popular Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor with an Adreno 630 GPU. In terms of memory, the 6T will be available in three different configurations in most markets – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. On the software front, it will run on Android 9.0 Pie-based OxygenOS out of the box.

Apple Flaunts iPhone XS Camera Portrait Mode Prowess

In order to show the camera prowess of its recently released iPhone XS that sports a dual rear camera setup, Apple shared some pictures taken by users in Germany, Myanmar, France, and African Savannah on its website. The pictures were shared as a part of the “Shot on iPhone” campaign which started when Apple realized that iPhone pictures are at par with those taken from professional cameras.

The new iPhone XS has a dual camera system on the back that is similar to that see on the iPhone X, but its larger sensor offers improved light sensitivity. Moreover, the Neural Engine in the new A12 Bionic chipset and advanced image processor further enhance the pictures.

Camera Game Strong

The photographs that Apple shared show the power of the Portrait Mode and the new Depth Control. Portrait Mode lets photographers blur the background while Depth Control allows you to adjust the depth of field for pictures for a sophisticated bokeh effect. A forthcoming update will bring the Depth Control feature to real-time preview, enabling photographers to change the amount of blur before taking a shot. This update might arrive with the iOS 12.1.

Apart from Depth Control, the iPhone XS camera also features “Smart” HDR, which makes use of the enhanced ISP, faster sensors, and advanced algorithms to add more details to the photographs. The Portrait Mode pictures with Depth Control taken on the iPhone XS can feature a range of subjects, including flowers, pets, and foods because two sensors can gather more depth information. On the other hand, the Portrait Mode images taken from the iPhone XR must include a human subject.

Shot On iPhone

Users shared the pictures taken from their new iPhone XS on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ShotoniPhone. Here are some of the photos that Apple shared in its blog post:

Source: Apple News Room

Samsung Galaxy S10 Cheapest Variant To Feature 64GB Of Internal Storage

The next highly anticipated smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy S10. This is the tenth anniversary of Galaxy smartphones and Samsung is looking to go all out and make it one to remember. There have been multiple leaks regarding the smartphone. However, apart from the rest, there’s a new one which seems particularly interesting. A new leak reveals that there will be a 64GB variant of the cheapest Samsung Galaxy S10. If you didn’t already know, the device is rumoured to make an official appearance in three models. We have learnt that the lowest end model, which is also the cheapest, will come equipped with 64GB of internal storage.

Cheapest Samsung Galaxy S10 To Arrive With 64GB Of Internal Storage

The Samsung Galaxy 10 is rumoured to launch in three variants with the lowest priced variant coming with just 64GB of RAM. The entry-level model bears the model number SM-G970x and will be the base variant of the Galaxy S10. The other two which bear the model numbers M-G973x and SM-G975x will in all likelihood feature 128GB of internal storage. While the storage has been cut down by half on the base variant, it’s unsure about whether or not it will have the same amount of RAM as the other two variants.

Rumours suggest that there could even be a Samsung Galaxy S10 X 5G variant which will be equipped with a massive 12GB of RAM. However, most of this is based on hearsay and leaks. Other rumours have even suggested the possibility of the smartphone featuring a triple rear-camera setup. However, even if this is true, it will probably be reserved for the topmost variant of the Galaxy S10. Unfortunately, none of this can actually be confirmed and the only way of known is waiting for an official confirmation from Samsung!

A new leak suggests that the cheapest Samsung Galaxy S10 model may come with 64GB of internal storage. The other two models are expected to come with 128GB of internal storage.