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In recent years, smartphone designs are becoming thinner. There is a new trend of slim, sexy hardware and now no one wants to buy heavy, bulky smartphones. Notches have been there for some time but with time, it also gotten slimmer and now manufactures are moving towards a full edge-to-edge design with no notches. So where are they going to place the front-camera on all these devices?


Over the last year, we seen display screens with less notches, holes, or pop-up cameras, but now it is time for hidden selfie camera. Oppo and Xiamoi are doing just that by placing the camera under the display itself. Today in a tweet, Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi showed off its exciting new design. Yesterday Oppo released a short video on a smartphone snapping a photo with an in-display that you can't see. To make the point clear, a finger was posed in front of the camera in the end of the video and you can see a blurry image of the finger on the screen.

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Xiamoi also posted its own video to display a smartphone with an in-display selfie-camera. In the video the upcoming phone was compared with the Xiaomi Mi 9 side by side. The prototype has a full display with no cut-out, no notch or pop-up camera but it can still take a selfie just like a regular smartphone. Oppo didn't reveal much about the technology but Xiamoi get one step further by explaining the whole mechanism. The camera features a 20MP camera and a transparent display that doubles as the camera lens and allows more light into the lens to enable the perfect selfies, but when the display is off, the camera goes invisible against the rest of the black surface of the screen. These are just prototypes and there hasn't any real demo done by the companies in public so far. But we can hope for some of the best technologies to experience this year.


oneplus 8 pro

 

OnePlus is working on the next device in the OnePlus 8 series after OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. As per reports, the OnePlus 8 Pro is already in the development stage, which means that the design may or may not be finalized yet. Recently, there were some new leaked images of the alleged OnePlus 8 Pro, reaffirming the design. The OnePlus 8 Pro will have a noticeable difference in the design as compared to its predecessor. The management at OnePlus has already said that they will be working on exciting camera features and the leaked images justify the claim.


The leaked diagram shows that the device will come with four camera lens on the rear side. This will be the first phone by the company to have four cameras on the backside. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with three cameras on the rear side with the primary being a 48MP image sensor and a single image sensor on the front. The extra camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro is likely a ToF sensor.


Another leak suggests that the upcoming flagship device will be available in two variants. One version appears with a single punch-hole camera with the second device that will be launched with a punch-hole display. There is no clarity for now but it should likely be the OnePlus 8 with single punch-hole while the model with two punch-hole cameras. The fingerprint sensor could be an in-screen display as the diagram doesn't show any rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The display will be similar to its predecessor with curved design and 90Hz fresh rate. We will be seeing the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro around the first quarter of the next year. This is only the expected and rumored date which isn't confirmed by the official sources yet. Stay tuned for more information on the OnePlus 8 series.



While it is true that Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and OnePlus had already closed the gap between their flagship products and that of their big-name competitors like Samsung and Sony by a lot, the cameras were still better on the higher priced devices till last year, albeit by a somewhat small margin in some cases. However, it looks like the Mi 8 has just managed close off that gap as well.


DxOMark Image Labs is the standard for camera benchmarks that is accepted by experts and consumers alike and it has just given the Xiaomi Mi 8 the same score as the Galaxy S9 Plus. At 99, both smartphones are tied for the fourth spot, with the Pixel 2 and the iPhone X following close behind with 98 and 97 respectively. In case you are wondering which smartphones are filling the positions of 1,2 and 3, they are the Huawei P20 Pro (109), HTC U12+ (103) and the Huawei P20 (102). We guess the excuse for buying similar hardware with double the price is starting to look weaker and weaker with every passing year.


Saikat Kar 


note 108mp

 

Xiaomi has officially announced that the company will launch the world's first 108MP with five cameras at the rear side. One of those cameras will be a periscope lens capable of 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 50x digital zoom. The company has also released a video teasing the phone's zooming capabilities in action. It shows Mi Note 10 mounted on a tripod on one side of the road while on the other side of the road, 5 meters away, is an eye chart.


Xiamoi Mi Note 10 features a glossy finish with jade green color. It will feature the world's first fice camera system. The main sensor sport a 108MP Samsung ISOcELL bright HMX sensor. There will be also a 20Mp ultra-wide-angle, a 12MP portrait camera, and 1.5cm camera for macro-level photography. According to the leaked images, it shows a curved display, a waterdrop notch, and a hint at a tall aspect ratio. For the front camera, it uses a 32MP camera lens.


The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, paired with 6GB RAM. The device has a large 6.47-inch screen and powered by 5170mAh battery. The company also teased its first smartwatch which is due to be launched on November 5 in an event. The launching event may also have Mi TV 5 series. The watch looks similar to Apple's watch from the design perspective. But we don't know the other features yet.



The next flagship smartphone from Huawei is coming and if the rumors have any truth to them, it's going to be a very capable device. Leaks on Weibo seem to be indicating that the Huawei Mate 9 will be powered by the manufacturer's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core 64-bit processor and six gigabytes of RAM. There will allegedly be different versions of the Mate 9 and the 6GB RAM version will sport 256GB of internal storage to go with all that memory and processing power. There could also be a more modest version of the smartphone that will sport the same chipset, but 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. All versions might also be powered by a big 4,000mAh battery.


Camera has been the highlight of the Mate 9 in all recent rumors since they have partnered up with Leica, the German camera maker for providing a rumoured dual camera setup at the back. The two 20-megapixel sensors from Leica will supposedly work together to provide stunning details even in low light, thanks to the f/2.0 aperture. The 5.9-inch (QHD resolution) metal-clad phablet will run on Android 7.0 and the OEM will make sure that customers get a LOT of colors to choose from while buying the smartphone. Apart from the 256GB/6GB version ($700/4700 yuan) and the 128GB/4GB version ($580/3899 yuan), there will also be a more affordable 64GB/4GB version ($480/3199 yuan) as well.


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Apparently, everybody doesn't believe that one flagship per year is enough! The recently released P9 is the king of Huawei smartphones right now, but it is about to be dethroned as Huawei plans to release the Mate 9 by the end of 2016. Phone Arena adds that a late 2016 release is an educated guess because the Mate 8 was indeed revealed towards the end of 2015.


The rumored Kirin 960 SoC will power the device, placing it above the P9, which sports the Kirin 955 chipset. Expectations from the camera department are very high as the rumored 20-megapixel dual sensors at the back will presumably be designed by Leica, who had helped Huawei earlier to build the P9's camera setup as well.


Huawei has never exactly skimped out on power when it comes to the Chinese manufacturer's top-tier handsets, so we expect the Mate 9 to be packed to the gill with the latest hardware. At this point though, it is too early to predict other specifications of the device because even the prototypes are probably not ready yet. Nonetheless, we expect at least 4GB of RAM (if not 6GB) to accompany the Kirin 960, along with a powerful battery, a large display and a next-gen fingerprint sensor.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


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There was a time when Chinese manufacturers were accused of copying features and designs from the more established brands, especially Apple. While some manufacturers are still on that road and it cannot be denied that even the most reputed of manufacturers have copied design elements from Apple, certain Chinese OEMs have introduced revolutionary concepts in the recent years, way ahead of Apple or Samsung. The Vivo Nex is the only true bezel less phone in the world right now and Huawei did revolutionize the smartphone camera by launching the incredible P 20 Pro; which was at that time, the only smartphone in the world with three rear cameras.


As a follow up to the P 20 Pro, Huawei will soon be launching the Mate 20 Pro, which is expected to further improve smartphone photography by introducing an enhanced version of the extremely successful Fusion Light technology we saw on the P 20 Pro. Apparently, the Mate 20 Pro will feature four rear cameras by Leica (an extra wide-angle lens), but instead of using Fusion Light, it will use an AI-powered version of it, called FusionMind. The exact details are fuzzy at the moment, but sources have it that the AI-powered technology will help to produce better, sharper images by automatically squeezing multiple pixels into one pixel, as necessary. Fusion Light on the P 20 Pro already provides users with an option to choose between 40-mp or 10-mp (squeezed pixels) images and this seems to be an enhanced version of that. Aside from the huge notch, it does look like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is going to be a very lucrative option soon. You can check out some of the other rumors at Gizmochina.


Saikat Kar


Y9s

 

Huawei released its much-anticipated smartphone - Huawei Y9s - A new entry-level smartphone just before the start of the year 2020. In some areas, it has already broken the pre-order records. To compete with rivals and current consumer's diversity, the Huawei Y9s has released with premium features including a pop-up camera and a 6.9-inch full view display, giving the user a truly immersive viewing experience. The device is crafted with a high sense of design and stylish look. It has unique textures at the surface to give a truly unique look to the handset.


The main selling feature for the device is an ultra-wide-angle camera lens, an AI triple camera system with a 48MP primary camera with outstanding photographic capabilities. Users can take high-quality pictures with sharp details and colors even in low-light situations. Night photography is a rare feature when it comes to the budget-category smartphone.


Huawei has targeted young consumers with this phone. The new device offers a long battery life even with heavy usage while using the camera and other apps all day long. It has improved camera features through hardware and software integration, giving users a reason to upgrade their phones.


The HUAWEI Y9s is equipped with an AI Triple Camera setup, which comprises an ultra-clear 48MP Main Camera, an 8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera, and a 2MP Depth Camera. The 48MP Main Camera features a 6 Plastic (6P) lens with a large aperture of f/1.8, which effectively increases the quality and clarity of images. You don't have to use professional photo editing tools for slight to medium touches.


Additionally, the 8MP ultra wide-angle camera offers a 120-angle field of view for photo and video shooting, almost doubling the view angle of 78-degree that a routine lens can offer. With a wider field of view, you can capture more scenery. The HUAWEI Y9s comes with a 16MP front camera paired with remarkable AI algorithms to enrich portraits with flare effects, AI Backlit Imaging and new AI Beauty for the ideal selfie.


HTC One M9

 

A trusted insider report close to HTC has leaked info about the HTC One (M9) aka Hima Main camera sensor. He says with certainty the new One (M9) will feature a DUAL 20MP camera sensors (20MP + 20MP) at the back, a dual setup similar to the one introduced with the previous One (M8) flagship. The flash should be dual-tone dual-LED flash, just like before.

 

The insider source also confirms HTC won't be giving up on the UltraPixel technology and it will use a 4 UltraPixel sensor for the front camera, intended for selfies

 

One M9

 

HTC One (M9) is expected to pack a 5" 1080p display and run on the latest generation Snapdragon 810 chipset with an octa-core processor, Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The flagship will powered by Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7.0 UI.

 

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We had heard previously that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may sport a 30-mp camera on its back, but it didn't seem that realistic, given that the S7 (12-mp) actually sported a lower sensor size than the S6 (16-mp), albeit a better one. The latest rumors are once again blowing the 30-megapixel rear camera rumor away as they hint towards a dual rear camera setup for the upcoming flagship.


If these rumors have it right then the Galaxy S8 could feature either a single module with two camera sensors or two totally different modules accompanying each of the sensors. Whichever it turns out to be, the two sensors will have a resolution of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel respectively. It will be interesting to see what other changes they bring into the new camera modules.


Samsung could also remove the physical Home button completely in favour of an "all screen" or "full screen" design. Alternate theories propose a less radical move by suggesting that Samsung might replace the clickable Home button with a fixed capacitive button instead of removing it completely. As Samsung might also be manufacturing the SD 830 SoC for Qualcomm exclusively this year, the 10nm processor is sure to make an appearance in at least the US version of the S8. That being said, this will close the gaps in performance between its in-house Exynos 8895 (10nm) processor (which will likely power the international versions) and the Snapdragon 830.


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After much speculation, Samsung's first mid-range smartphone with a rear mounted dual camera setup is now official. If you want, you are free to take a look at the official page on Samsung's Thai website which lists all the details about the J7+. In case you are not aware, then know that the Galaxy J7+ is the only smartphone in Samsung's arsenal to sport a dual rear camera, other than the Galaxy Note 8. Check out the specs below.


5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display (2.5D protective glass)

Octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor

4GB RAM

32GB internal storage with expandable memory card slot

13-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture + 5-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture

16-megapixel front cam

3,000 mAh non-removable battery

dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB Type-C port, fingerprint sensor, Always-On Display, Face Detection, Secure Folder, Dual Messenger, and Bixby Home

Black, Pink, and Silver color options

THB 12,900/$390

Samsung U Flex wireless earphones free with Pre-order


As you can see, the specs are not exactly flagship, but quite decent for a mid-range Samsung device. Nevertheless, you will probably find phones such as the OnePlus 5 to be a better bargain at a slightly higher price.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The CES 2018 is already on its way and it is quite likely that Samsung will be launching a teaser at the show. However, before that happens, we have a treat for you, in case you are one of the millions of fans waiting for the Korean OEM to release their next flagship handset. According to the latest leak, the single camera on the Galaxy S9 will sport an aperture of f/1.5, while the dual camera module will likely feature at least one camera with an f/1.4 aperture.



Given that the f/1.7 aperture single lens cameras of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ produce beautiful images in lowlight, one can only imagine what Samsung would be able to do with such huge apertures! In case you are not aware, the lower the number is, the better the photos turn out to be in lowlight situations. Currently, there is no other smartphone in the market that can boast of such excellent apertures and if this does turn out to be true, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras could be setting new benchmarks for the next gen smartphone cameras in 2018.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



There has been a lot going on in the rumor mill lately about the upcoming Galaxy S10 and the latest ones are suggesting that there will not only be three cameras on the Galaxy S10, but Samsung will also release three different variants as well. The triple camera will reportedly be found only on the top model though, but then again, that's to be expected.


If the reports do turn out to be true then the most expensive variant will sport a 12-mp dual aperture lens as the main camera in the middle, while a 123-degree 16 MP (f/1.9) wide angle lens will be placed on its side. The other side of the primary 12-mp camera will be fitted with a 13 MP f/2.4 lens. Another idea that Samsung is reportedly toying with is the concept of leaving out the telephoto lens in favor of a ultra-wide angle lens. that doesn't really sound like a good idea to be honest, but we will see! That's it for now, but will keep you updated with the important stuff as soon as they pop up.


Saikat Kar


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If you thought that the recently launched Galaxy A7 (2018) with three rear cameras wasn't quite enough, rumor has it that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy A9 (2018) with four rear cameras on October 11, 2018. The event on October 11 has been highlighted by Samsung with a subtle hint to this fact, which states "4x fun." It could also mean something else, but at this point, all rumors seem to be pointing towards the fact that the smartphone will have four rear cameras. If this does turn out to be true, Samsung will be the first manufacturer in the world to have a quad rear camera smartphone. The camera specs are expected to be 24-mp primary sensor + 8-mp wide angle sensor + 5-mp and 10-mp zooming lenses.


It would actually be quite interesting to see if the extra cameras are able to beat the dual camera modules on the flagship range handsets like the ones on the Galaxy Note 9 and the S9 Plus. If the specifications are true though, I would be surprised if the upcoming Galaxy A9 (2018) with four cameras doesn't beat the current-gen flagship handsets.


Saikat Kar


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Google's flagship Pixel 3 XL smartphone is less than six months old, but the company is already deep into development on its successor. While the Pixel 4 XL will not launch until nearer the end of the year, Google is working on the handset now. In fact, this week we learned more about the camera technology on the Pixel 4 XL thanks to some new renders of the upcoming device.


Two important changes will be made to the design of the Pixel XL. Specifically, Google will follow the recent high-end Android trend of a hole-punch screen and will also embrace a new camera configuration on the back of the handset.


New Camera Module

 

According to a leaked image discovered by SlashLeaks, the Pixel 4 XL will have two cameras on its rear. Ok, you are probably thinking most flagship devices have three or more camera lenses, and you'd be right. Google has always approached smartphone imagery differently to other OEMs and the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3 XL only have one rear camera.


Instead of using multiple lenses to create different imaging capabilities, Google leveraged its market-leading AI and machine learning technology. The result has seen the single lens of the Pixel smartphones achieve image quality other smartphones need multiple lenses to match. It is a strategy that has worked as Pixel cameras are considered amongst the best in the industry.


However, for the Pixel 4 XL, Google seems to be embracing a multiple camera setup. The linked device drawing you see below shows the smartphone with two lenses. Considering Google has managed to use a single lens to create a stunning smartphone camera, we are really excited to see what the company will do with two.


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Hole-Punch Display

 

The drawing also shows Google will use a hole-punch screen for the Pixel 4 XL, a design element that was backed up by renders that leaked this week by iDroidbg. Google has previously followed Apple's path of using a notch to house the front-facing selfie camera module.


While a notch is not a deal breaker, I have often found it slightly obtrusive. My smartphone activity revolves around sending messages on WhatsApp, playing games, or browsing when looking for a pa iLotterybonus code. In all cases it is hard to ignore the notch jutting out from the top of the screen.


The answer to that problem is the hold-punch display, which is becoming a smartphone trend in 2019 thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. Google has noticed this trend and it seems the Pixel 4 XL will now have its selfie camera embedded into the screen.


Interestingly, both the render and the drawing show that the Pixel 4 XL will come without a fingerprint sensor on the rear. All previous Pixel smartphones have housed the fingerprint scanner on the back panel below the camera. On the upcoming 2019 model it seems Google has followed OEMs like OnePlus and Samsung by embedding the sensor within the screen. 


oppo reno 2

 

Oppo has announced three phones under the Reno 2 brand name after 10x zoom camera phone released this year. All three devices the Reno 2, Reno 2 Z, and Reno 2 F are launching in India first and have four-facing cameras in various configuration. The processing power of these phone are also different from each other. The top-end Reno 2 isn't as high end as its predecessor flagship smartphones.


The early Reno with 10x zoom is still the fastest Reno in the series with its processing chip - Snapdragon 855. The Reno 2, is more like a sequel of original Reno that sits right at the top of what you can expect from a budget-friendly smartphone. It has Snapdragon 730 processing chip, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The device has a screen display of 6.5-inchd with dynamic AMOLED display pale. It uses the same screen technology as the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. The Z and F both have quad-camera system including a 48MP primary camera. The only difference between the Z and F is that Z uses Sony's sensor whereas the F goes for Samsung's cheaper sensor.


Quad-camera array isn't a new thing anymore. It features an 8MP camera lens, a 16mm-equivalent wide-angle module, a 26mm camera using 48MP sensor, a 13MP camera and a 2MP monochrome sensor. It all adds up to 5x optical zoom with software do the remaining work. All the phones have USB-C, flash charging, a headphone jack. To keep them working all day long, the battery is 4,000mAh. An optical in-display fingerprint sensor keeps the security intact whereas the phone runs on ColorOS 6.1.

 

 



With about three days left in between now and the date of the Apple iPhone 7's unveiling, Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has revealed much about the upcoming flagship smartphones and rounded up facts from rumors and leaks all around. Here is what the most probable specs of the upcoming iPhones seem to be.


The Apple A10 chip will have a clock speed of 2.44GHz and will probably power both the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus, however, the clock speed may vary slightly on release. The iPhone 7 Plus will be the first iPhone to sport 3GB of RAM, while the regular iPhone 7 will have only 2GB of RAM, like the 6s and 6s Plus. There will also be a dual 12-mp camera setup at the back of the iPhone 7 Plus with one camera sporting OIS and a 6-element wide angle lens, while the second one sporting a narrower 5-element lens. A flash with four LED lights are expected to be featured on both the smartphones.


Both iPhones will sport the lightning jack only and you will need the bundled lightning-to-3.5mm adapter to use your current headphones with them. If the IPx7 certification does indeed make it to the iPhones this year, they will be able to withstand thirty minutes of water exposure up to a depth of one meter. The earpiece itself may also act as an additional speaker and the proximity sensor beside it could be using laser tech instead of LED for the detection. Finally, the Home button may also be just a pressure sensitive icon, instead of being a physical one. Let's hope that the rumors are true as these do sound amazing!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)




The Huawei P20 pro has created a lot of buzz recently by coming out as the first and also the only smartphone to ever boast three rear mounted camera sensors and if we dare say so, it might very well be that Apple is all set to "copy" that feature. According to reports circulating around the internet, the iPhone might be given a single telephoto lens and two dedicated cameras for collecting 3D depth data, which would be necessary for augmented reality apps. The only catch here is that these iPhones will be released in 2019 and not 2018, according to the same rumors.


Additionally, it is also expected that by the next year, Apple will have switched completely to OLED displays, meaning that there won't be any more iPhones with LCD displays from the next year. On a sadder note, it seems that you won't be able to stream your Steam games on your iPad and iPhones anytime soon because in spite of having a deal with the gaming giant Valve, Apple has rejected the actual app which would have allowed that. Apple has been on a roll recently after winning $539 million in damages against Samsung recently.


Saikat Kar


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Apple just released its latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max featuring new cameras, improved screens, faster processer, and one hour longer battery life. The new iPhone feature similar design as its predecessor with slim bezels and the faceID notch at the top. The iPhone is available in two sizes - 5.8 inch or 6.5-inch screen. The improved super retina OLED displays a higher resolution and sharper colors. The big addition is a big lump on the back of the camera. The three 12MP cameras system works similar to its previous phones, combining an ultra-wide angle, a main, and a telephoto camera for zooming from 0.5x to 2x.


Apple also upgraded the selfie camera to 12MP, and 4k video shooting. The selfie camera can also now shoot slow-motion video. Tim cook said: For those that want something wants that truly pushes the limits, this is iPhone 11 Pro. The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 - the direct replacement for the iPhone XR - gains a dual-camera version of Apple's new system, supplanting the single camera from last year and adding a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera to the traditional 12-megapixel camera.


Apple has improved its Face ID facial recognition system, implemented the new WiFi 6 standard and faster wireless charging. The iPhone 11 has the same 6.1-inch LCD as the iPhone XR and the same aluminum and glass body but now with the tougher glass. All the iPhones have the new, faster A13 Bionic chip, which Apple says is both the fastest CPU and GPU in the smartphone ever. Apple's iPhone battery will stay one hour longer than its previous iPhone. Both iPhone 11 Pros come with a faster 18W charger in the box, something others have been doing for years.



The LG V20 is indeed coming and it is coming on September 6, when the successor to the LG V10 will be unveiled at an event in San Francisco. This is official news and not a leak as LG Mobiles confirmed these facts on their own just recently. Additionally, we now have some high quality renders, leaked by @OnLeaks that shows us the LG V20 in vivid details.



Apart from the most obviously striking dual camera bump at the back of the V20, we can also see that they may have done away with the dual front camera setup at the front, as is found on the V10. There's also the secondary display on top of the main display and the volume buttons have been shifted to the left of the smartphone. The power button on its back will also act as the fingerprint sensor and the modular, removable bottom seen in the G5 is going to be there in the V20 as well. Keep in mind that there is a bit of controversy regarding whether the modular bottom will really be there or not in the V20, but if this render is accurate, then the module release button at the right does confirm it.


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