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LG announces K40s and K50s midrangers with military grade durability

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LG is bringing some new smartphones to its booth in Berlin during the IFA conference, taking place in the first week of September. Two of the devices are the LG K40s and LG K50s – just a day after their patenting the names, the Korean company announced the extra durable mid-rangers.

LG K40s
LG K40s

LG K40s

LG K40s

The LG K40s comes with an unnamed processor, having a 2GHz octa-core CPU. Its screen measures 6.1”, has HD+ resolution with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop notch on the top for the 13 MP selfie camera.

On the back, we see a horizontal dual camera setup – 13 MP main shooter and 5 MP ultrawide angle lens.

The phone will arrive with 2GB or 3GB of RAM, while the storage is 32GB and further expandable via the microSD slot. The battery capacity is 3,500 mAh, but LG stays silent on any fast-charging capabilities.

The phone is MIL-STD 810G compliant, which means it can handle plenty of drops before it gets any damage.

LG K50s

The LG K50s comes with a larger 6.5” screen, but is otherwise most identical to its sibling. It retains the HD+ resolution aspect ratio, and the waterdrop notch, but manages to fit a bigger 4,000 mAh battery.

You get the same 2GHz octa-core processor on an unnamed chipset, but only one memory variant – 3GB/32GB.

The camera on the back has been upgraded with a 2MP depth sensor joining the 13MP regular and 5MP ultrawide units.

LG K50s
LG K50s

LG K50s

LG K40s and LG K50s come in New Aurora Black and Moroccan Blue colors. Starting October they’ll be available in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, but pricing will be confirmed later on.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/lg_announces_midrangers_k40s_and_k50s-news-38811.php

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A List Of All Android Phones That Are Running On Google’s Android 10 Right Now

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Unlike iOS, Android is riddled with the problem of fragmentation. Hence, even after Google announces the next stable iteration of Android, it takes most OEMs months to come out with a stable update for their crop of devices. Android 10, the latest iteration of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, was officially unveiled on September 3.

The Android 10 update was a significant upgrade in that it focused on privacy and other finer details that make up for a much more robust, and secure experience. Some important updates include an all-new dark mode, support for foldable phones, new gesture navigations and live captions.

Enlisted below are the phones that have either received stable Android 10 updates or open betas based on stable Android 10.

  1. Google Pixel Series
 
Google Pixel 3a

This was a no-brainer. Coming from the house of the company that owns Android, the Pixel series of phones are the first phones to get new software updates. Starting from September 3, stable Android 10 has been rolled out to all Pixel phones: Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2XL, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3XL, Google Pixel 3a, and Google Pixel 3a XL.

  1. Essential Phone
Andy Rubin's Essential Phone has a screen so big it wraps around the selfie cam

This phone, made by the company founded by the father of Android (Andy Rubin), was the first phone apart from the Pixel series to receive the stable Android 10 update. The Essential Phone is the only smartphone that has stepped out of the company’s stable and is famously known as the first mainstream phone to have a notch. Essential Phone has had a great record in terms of delivering software and security updates (probably because there’s only one phone they ever had to care about).

  1. OnePlus 7/ OnePlus 7 Pro
 

OnePlus has been one of the few OEMs that have had a good track record in terms of delivering updates inspite of having a relatively bigger portfolio of phones. On the day of the announcement of stable Android 10, OnePlus also announced its open betas for the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. If you own either, you can simply head to the blog post and copy the Android 10 ROM to your phone for a local system upgrade. Upgrading to the Open Beta based on Android 10 won’t erase any data but we’d still recommend you take a backup just in case anything goes wrong.

4. Redmi K20 Pro

 

This is by far the most interesting update of all. Redmi, that is known to take its own sweet time to deliver Android updates (because of highly customized MIUI), was one of the first OEMs to announce a beta based on stable Android 10. Owners of Redmi K20 Pro had chance until September 8 to try their hands on a stable Android 10 update. A new report suggests that the final update will roll out to all Redmi K20 Pro owners in October, which is still pretty commendable.

As mentioned above, these are phones that either run stable Android 10 or open betas based on stable Android 10. If you’re interested in checking if an official beta’s available for your phone or not, you can head here to do so.

Source: https://in.mashable.com/tech/6790/a-list-of-all-android-phones-that-are-running-on-googles-android-10-right-now

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro Leak Shows Stunning Design And Cool Features

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Now the latest iPhones have been revealed, attention turns to Huawei. Its Mate 30 series is now the most highly-anticipated launch, for several reasons.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro looking pretty snappy.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro looking pretty snappy. @EVLEAKS

The unveiling takes place in Munich on Thursday, September 18, but a series of press renders have leaked, according to the ever-dependable Evan Blass.

There will be four phones in the series, the Mate 30 Lite, Mate 30 and the one we’re. concerned with here: the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The fourth will be the Mate 30 Pro Porsche Design, which is more of a niche model.

There have already been reports of exactly what the new Pro will look like, but the new images from Blass show greater detail of what could be Huawei’s most handsome phone yet.Today In: Innovation

Here’s what to expect at the Munich launch.

Front and rear of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, it's claimed.

Front and rear of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, it’s claimed. @EVLEAKS

Four cameras in a circle

This is the bit we’ve seen before but the latest images look splendid. The circular bezel around the four cameras evokes a camera lens itself, so it’s a particularly satisfying piece of design.

And note that the cameras don’t seem to protrude very far at all, unlike almost every other smartphone out there apart from the Nokia 9 PureView.

The notch isn’t small – room for a second camera

The front-facing camera and other tech are sitting in a bigger cut-out than on the Huawei P30 Pro, for instance. This suggests that the new phone will have two cameras, designed to make face unlocking faster and more secure than on current Huawei phones. Perhaps secure enough to authorize payments? We’ll see, though remember the current Huawei flagships include a fingerprint sensor under the display so that’s likely here as well.

Is this the sumptuous waterfall edge to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro?

Is this the sumptuous waterfall edge to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro? @EVLEAKS

The display design is sumptuous

This is what’s called a waterfall display. No, there’s no actual water involved, it means the way the display cascades over the edges like, you’ve guessed it, a waterfall. It’s one of the things that makes the phone looks so gorgeous and appealing.

Only one button – so where’s the volume control?

There’s a simplicity to design with fewer buttons, especially since there’s no visible fingerprint sensor, too. But the only previous phone with barely any buttons, from LG, had big volume rockers either side of the fingerprint/power button. This doesn’t seem to, seeming to confirm a previous rumor that the volume controls, like the fingerprint sensor, will be buried under the display. Cool, huh?

And one big unanswered question

This kind of leak can’t answer the biggest question of all: what software will the Mate 30 Pro use? Unless something changes in the U.S.-China trade negotiations, it seems Huawei can’t use the full Google Mobile Services Android on its next phones.

Now, things are changing very quickly in this situation but I doubt there’ll be any movement before this week’s reveal.

So, don’t be surprised if there’s a gap between announcement and release or even if Huawei play things close to their chest.

It could choose to put its own Harmony OS onboard but it’s made clear that’s a back-up, not the first choice.

It could put open-source Android on the phone and find some way to make it easy for customers to add apps like Google Maps, Gmail and so on. That’s possible, too.

That may not be answered this week, but for everything else, not long until we know.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidphelan/2019/09/16/huawei-mate-30-pro-leaks-shows-dazzling-design-and-cool-features-release-date/#322773c2311a

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Google Pixel 4 XL revealed in full in three new hands-on video leaks

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Last year’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL both suffered from high-profile leaks before their official launch, but Google’s 2019 flagships seem to have taken things to another level entirely. A new leak – or rumor – about the Pixel 4 seems to rear its head every single day, and with three new hands-on videos appearing online today, just about everything there is to know about the next generation of Google phones now seems to have been revealed.

The three new videos basically show off the larger Pixel 4 XL in full, even going as far as to showing off all three different colors the handset is expected to come in – white, black and coral. None of the videos are in English but, between them all, there’s unlikely to be any huge surprises when Google finally announces the Pixel 4 range next month.

The videos confirm the rumors of the 90Hz Smooth Display on the Pixel 4 phones, with the screen being able to dynamically switch between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates, depending on the content being displayed. However, the 90Hz mode’s smoother scrolling can affect battery life – like we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro – and it seems you will be able to turn off the Smooth Display feature to conserve battery.

Another new feature that, so far, Google has omitted from its previous Pixel handsets is a pre-installed Recorder app. Whether the app will be able to record both external audio (like voice memos) as well as internal audio (screen recording) is as yet unclear, but we’re sure we’ll find out soon enough.

The phone’s camera app is also shown off, revealing an updated user interface, improvements to the Night Sight mode, as well as sample images taken on the Pixel 4 XL.

Another pre-installed app called Pixel Themes indicates there could be multiple themes to choose from to customize the phone, while something called Ambient EQ could be something that screen color hue based on environmental conditions.

A hardware detection app confirms that the Pixel 4 XL boasts a 6.23-inch display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution. There are two camera lenses on the rear – one featuring a Sony IMX363 12.2MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture, while the other is a telephoto lens housing a Sony IMX481 16MP sensor.

In terms of other specs, the earlier rumors of 6GB RAM and 128GB on-board storage seem to be true.

One notable thing that isn’t demonstrated in the videos is the Soli aerial navigation gestures… so there’s a chance we may be able to see at least one new thing during Google’s launch event.

Source: https://www.techradar.com/news/google-pixel-4-xl-revealed-in-full-in-three-new-hands-on-video-leaks

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