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Oppo teases F11 Pro with 48 MP camera

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Last week we saw a leaked teaser of the Oppo F11 Pro with new camera setup on the back and no selfie camera on the front, suggesting a pop-up design. The image said “48 MP” and “Brilliant Portrait in low light”, and today the company released an official six-second video on Twitter, confirming the slogans and the design of the phone.

The new smartphone is expected to have a selfie shooter popping up from the top, but unlike the vivo NEX S, the elevating mechanism will be centered and will align with the rear camera setup, similarly to the vivo V15 Pro. Having a 48 MP shooter means the phone will have the Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor or the Sony IMX586.

Oppo is staying silent on any launch dates whatsoever, and has only said that the F11 Pro is “launching soon”. Still the F series are usually updated twice per year so it can’t be long now.

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My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day

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Look closely at the picture above, and you can see a small bulge right on the crease of my Galaxy Fold review unit. It’s just enough to slightly distort the screen, and I can feel it under my finger. There’s something pressing up against the screen at the hinge, right there in the crease. My best guess is that it’s a piece of debris, something harder than lint for sure. It’s possible that it’s something else, though, like the hinge itself on a defective unit pressing up on the screen.

It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More distressing is that the bulge eventually pressed sharply enough into the screen to break it. You can see the telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.

Whatever happened, it certainly wasn’t because I have treated this phone badly. I’ve done normal phone stuff, like opening and closing the hinge and putting it in my pocket. We did stick a tiny piece of molding clay on the back of the phone yesterday to prop it up for a video shoot, which is something we do in every phone video shoot. So perhaps a tiny piece of that snuck into a gap on the back of the hinge and then around or through its cogs until it lodged in between the screen and the hinge. It’d be sort of like Charlie Chaplin getting caught in the gears in Modern Times.

Or maybe something got in another one of the little gaps somewhere else. Or maybe it was pieces from the hinge itself breaking loose and working their way up into the screen. I don’t know. I just know that the screen is broken, and there was no obvious proximate cause for the bulge that broke it. I certainly haven’t used it on a beach or shook it in a bag of chips or anything wild. Just normal use.I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED; I JUST KNOW THE SCREEN IS BROKEN

We’ve seen worries about scratches on expensive phones and debris breaking the keyboard on expensive MacBooks, but a piece of debris distorting the screen on a $1,980 phone after one day of use feels like it’s on an entirely different level.

I reached out to Samsung right away to get a statement, but it took about 24 hours for the company to put one together. Here it is, and the gist is that Samsung is looking into our unit and also warning users not to try to peel off the protective layer on the top of the screen.

Also, I have, however, received a replacement review unit from Samsung. I think the first one is on a jet to South Korea for Samsung’s engineers to take apart and diagnose.

By the way, it appears I’m not the only reviewing the phone who has had a problem with the screen. Here’s Steve Kovach:

Mark Gurman of Bloomberg also broke his, but that’s perhaps because he removed a protective layer that looks like a screen protector, but definitely isn’t meant to be removed.

And here’s Marques “MKBHD” Brownlee confirming he, too, had to get a replacement unit after peeling off the outer layer (which, again, wasn’t our issue):

It looks like retail units of the Galaxy Fold will include a warning about not removing the protective layer, but review units don’t seem to have included this one:

Like everybody else, I said in my original hands-on with the Galaxy Fold that I absolutely am able to see the crease between the two sides of the screen. But when I’m using the phone, I don’t actually notice it much. It’s easy to talk about it as a small first-generation compromise you have to make for what is otherwise a wonder of engineering: a tablet that folds in half.

I took a photo in my hotel room when the bulge first appeared. The next morning, that same bulge finally broke the screen.

Another thing people are worried about is the plastic screen scratching or picking up nicks easily. There are already a couple of minor dings on my unit, but they’re minor enough that I didn’t see them until our photographer zoomed way in to show them to me. If you look closely at the edges of the screen, there’s a sort of built-in screen protector on the front of the device. Samsung calls it a “polymer layer.” It is not designed to be removed. (Please don’t try it if you get your hands on a Fold.)

But while the crease and the nicks feel like compromises you could live with, a mysterious bulge that breaks the screen is something else entirely — especially one that appears just a day after pretty normal use. It’s a problem that is unacceptable on a phone that costs this much.

Every phone with movable parts is going to have more points of failure than a fully sealed, static phone. So it’s natural to say that you need to treat it with more care than usual. Before I saw this bulge, my impression was that this phone was much more durable than I expected. The hinge always felt solid and well-built. That impression of (relative) durability is obviously as broken as the flexing screen now.

If I’m right and it’s debris, it means that not only do you need to treat your phone with care, but you also have to worry about stuff getting in underneath the screen. If I’m wrong and it’s some kind of defect in the hardware, well… then we’re in entirely different territory. Either way: yikes.

Hopefully Samsung lets us know the results after it takes my original review unit apart to see what happened.

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Honor 20i with 32MP selfie camera, triple rear cameras and Kirin 710 launched for 1,599 Yuan (~$238)

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Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has announced a new smartphone called Honor 20i through an unveil event today in China. The USP of the phone is that it comes with a 32-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone comes with other attractive features such as high screen-to-body ratio and triple rear cameras. Here is all the information on its specifications, features and price.

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Design and Display

The Honor 20i that sports a 3D glass rear measures 154.8 x 73.8 x 8mm and weighs 164 grams. It houses a 6.21-inch IPS LCD panel with a u-shaped notch for the front camera. The smartphone supports full HD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The chin of the device is a bit thick, but rest of the bezels are slim. This allows the phone to offer a screen-to-body ratio of more than 90 percent. The TUV Rheinland certified protects eyes from harmful blue light.

Selfie and Triple Rear Cameras

The 32-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture can be found inside the front notch of the Honor 20i. The smartphone offers with various face beautification features. The 4-in-1 pixel binning technology makes it possible for the Honor 20i to capture better selfie shots in low-light condition. Moreover, it also carries support for screen flash.

The AI powered triple camera setup available on the backside of the Honor 20i includes a 24-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megpaixel ultra wide-angle lens and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The triple cameras offer features like nigh scene mode, anti-shake, super slow-motion video shooting, professional mode, panorama and portrait mode.

Performance and Other Features

The mid-range Kirin 710 SoC is present under the hood of the Honor 20i. The SoC is assisted by up to 6 GB of RAM. The highest configuration model comes with an internal storage of 256 GB. There is a microSD card slot on the device for more storage. The 3,4,000mAh battery fuels the smartphone, but there is no support for fast charging.

The Honor 20i features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It can be used for authenticating WeChat payments. The smartphone also features face unlock. Honor claims that the handset stores face data on an inbuilt chip for better security. The EMU 9 based Android 9 Pie OS comes loaded on the device. There is Game Turbo 2.0 for optimized gaming experience. The other features of the phone include dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, microUSB 2.0, GPS and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Honor 20i Price and Release Date

Here are the variants of the Honor 20i along with their pricing:

  • 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage – 1,599 Yuan (~$238)
  • 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage – 1,599 Yuan (~$238)
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage – 1,899 Yuan (~$283)
  • 6 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – 2,199 Yuan (~$328)

The three color variants of the Honor 20i are Gradient Blue, Gradient Red and Black. The retail box of the device includes a free TPU case among other items. The pre-sale of the phone will begin at 10:08 AM on April 18 in China. The same phone is expected to release as Honor 20 Lite in European markets.

There is a limited version of the phone called Honor 20i AAPE It will come with 2,199 Yuan (~$328) pricing and will arrive with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage. It will be available for purchase in May.

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HP launches new laptops and workstations with built-in malware protection

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HP Sure Sense leverages deep learning AI to prevent malware

In an effort to better protect its users from today’s growing cyber threats, HP has introduced a number of new laptops and workstations which have its HP Sure Sense technology built-in.

HP Sure Sense uses deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) to detect malware in real time and the technology can even detect malware that has yet to be seen before.

In addition to detecting and preventing zero-day threats, Sure Sense also utilizes behavioral detection to prevent ransomware activity with minimal impact to system performance.

Global Head of Commercial Personal Systems at HP, Andy Rhodes explained in a press release how the company’s new devices are helping build the office of the future while simultaneously empowering IT departments, saying

“To achieve a culture of innovation, companies everywhere are focused on driving employee engagement and satisfaction, and the technology they deploy plays a significant role. We are helping businesses build the office of the future by delivering superior technology experiences that empower and delight today’s workers, while providing IT departments next-generation endpoint security to confidently face the threats of tomorrow.” 

New laptops and workstations

In addition to Sure Sense, HP’s new laptops and workstations will include brighter displays, Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking and new processors from Intel.

The HP EliteBook x360 830 G6 is the world’s brightest business convertible laptop according to the company and it can even be viewed clearly while outdoors.

For users who need the fastest network speeds, the HP EliteBook 800 G6 Series is the first mainstream business notebook with up to gigabit-class 4G LTE which will offer improved connectivity and even long-range mobility thanks to the inclusion of a SIM card slot.

HP also introduced the HP Zbook 14u and 15u for power users that don’t want to compromise in terms of performance, connectivity and security.

HP Sure Sense is expected to be available in May and if the technology is successful at preventing malware and ransomware, we will likely see other manufacturers follow suit.

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