The OnePlus Concept One prototype smartphone is all set to make its debut at CES 2020. The company has created some mystery around its cameras that will be revealed by then. Recently, OnePlus uploaded a video that teased the device and shows its design in 10 seconds. As it is shown in the video, the OnePlus Concept One features an invisible camera setup that no one has manufactured in the industry yet. Wired further explains that OnePlus has teamed up with long-time collaborator McLaren to use the glass technology in mobile devices that are already found in high-end cars and special aircraft windows.
The rear side camera setup hides under the glass of the phone. The tint of the glass reveals hidden cameras once it is triggered by electrical signals. This makes the triple camera array comes on the front side when you open the camera app and hides it when not in use. Wired suggests that the OnePlus concept Once has a race-car-like design, which isn't exactly surprising considering the device is designed by McLaren. The company is still working on the design and it may not reveal shortly. The CEO Pete Lau of OnePlus says, "With this approach, we'll be able to produce smaller amounts of the product and, with feedback from a small group of users, look at the possibility of making a device that's available for users more widely,"
According to the leaks, the OnePlus concept one has the same camera specs as the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. It will feature a 48MP lens as a primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and an 8MP lens to act as a telephoto snapper. The only major difference here is the addition of the special appearance of the glass. When activated, the back of the phone becomes completely black, making the lenses disappear and gives a uniform look to the rear camera. This is the same electrochromic glass used on the optional sunroof on the McLaren 720S supercar. OnePlus was inspired by the car and started working on incorporating the glass in a phone in 2018.
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.
Honor is a leading smartphone brand affiliated with Huawei Group. Despite being an independent series, it is common to see Honor models sharing a similar design with their Huawei counterparts. The Honor 30 Lite 5G (Youth) is expected to launch under that flag name. The phone will be rebranded as Honor 30 5G lite for the rest of the world. Recently, we have seen some real-life images of the Honor 30 5G lite online that give us a glimpse of the rear design. The design look somewhere similar to Huawei enjoys Z 5G's design.
As per leaked images online, the device will feature a triple camera system housed inside a rectangular module placed at the top-left corner of the rear panel. The backside of the phone has an impression of sunbeams radiating from the bottom-left corner. As per rumors, the device will feature a 6.5-inch display which may likely hold a punch-hole design. The Honor 30 Lite 5G has a display with 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, Full HD+, and a tall aspect ratio of 20:9. The refresh rate of the display is rumored to be 90Hz.
The phone is powered by a powerful MediaTek MT6873 SoC. So, far we don't know anything about RAM or storage configuration. The device holds a 4,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging. The phone runs on the latest version of OS - Andriod 10 out of the box. For the front camera, the device features a 16MP camera. The rear camera setup is made of a 48MP primary camera sensor teaming up with an 8MP and 2MP sensor.
Last month Vivo launched its smartphone Vivo Y17 with water drop notch display and now there is another phone Vivo Y12 from the same series is joining the line. The specifications of Y12 has already been reported in the magazines. The rumors suggest that it will cost less than $200 to consumers. The phone has a 6.35-inch full view display with high definition resolution at 1080 x 2340 pixels. The waterdrop style notch allows phone to let user experience videos and games at an aspect ratio of 19.3:9. The appearance of the phone is similar to the Vivo Y15 and Y17 smartphones.
It is powered by MediaTeck Helio P22 processor that includes a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor. It will be available in market in two models such as 3GB Ram/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. The device comes with a microSD card slot which can be used to expand memory. Both of these variants will have slightly different price tags but still affordable. The Vivo Y12 has a non-removable 500mAh battery, dual-SIM option, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3.5mm audio jack.
The device is coming with FunTouch OS 9 UI based Android 9 Pie OS. It will be the most affordable phone with the triple camera feature in a mainstream series. It is expected to feature an 8MP f/2.2 aperture sensor, a 13-MP f/2.2, aperture lens and 2MP lens with f/2.4 aperture sensor. For front camera, it has f/2.0 aperture 8MP camera with Artificial Intelligence. For security, the Vivo Y12 is rumored to have the fingerprint scanner and face unlock features. This phone seems like packed with lots of features. If you are Vivo user, share your experience with this phone in the comments section below. You can tell us, what you like most about Vivo? And will you upgrade your phone to Vivo Y12?
Vivo recently introduced the U-series of smartphones in India by launching the first Vivo U10. There has been a lots of hype around U3x before its arrival. Well, the Vivo U3x has now gone official in Vivo's home land and it appears to be a rebranded version of the Vivo U10 featuring the similar design and hardware specification. The main selling points of Vivo U3x are the device mega battery - 5000mAh, triple rear cameras, and support for Vivo's proprietary 18W dual engine fast charging technology.
The Vivo U3x comes in two variants for the base 3GB memory + 32GB, storage and the 4GB memory + 64GB storage model. The upper-end of the smartphone is now up for pre-order in china and available in deep lake blue, red tea red, and midnight black color options, with the first two has a gradient finish. Vivo has announced offers free accessories for early buyers. As of now, Vivo hasn't declared any date for the Vivo U3x in market.
The dual-SIM vivo U3x runs funtouch OS 9.1 based on Android OS. It has a 6.35-inch display with HD+ resolution at 1544 x 720 pixels. Vivo U3x runs over the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. ivo U3x is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W Dual Engine fast charging, and also supports reverse charging for juicing up accessories such as Bluetooth earphones and fitness bands. However, the OTG cable needed for reverse charging must be purchased separately. Storage on the Vivo phone is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Vivo U3x features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and also supports face unlock for authentication.
Today vivo launched a new smartphone called Vivo Y3. The Y3 is a mid-range smartphone but it is packed with high-end hardware specs and sleek design. Perhaps, the brilliant feature is the triple AI camera that adorns the back. The device is powered by 5000mAh battery. Since the smartphone is a budget phone, it has LCD HD+ display with a 720 x 1544 pixels resolution.
The Vivo Y3 has a water drop notch which features the selfie camera. The device has 6.35-inch screen with narrow bezels on all sides, leaving it a screen ratio of 89%. At the rear side, the Y3 uses a new nano-scale coating process. The device is available in three different color variants; peacock blue, peach pink, and ink bule. The handset has a 16MP HD front camera for taking selfies. There are three AI cameras at the rear side comprised of a 13MP primary camera. The secondary sensor is a 120-wide angle, with the third lens is a depth of field camera. For security, device has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the device. As an extra security layer, the Y3 also feature a face unlock.
The Y3 has a MediaTek MT6765 processing chip paired with 4GB of RAM while there is 128GB of storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB with microSD card. Y3 equally comes with 9V/2A flash charging and support OTG reverse charging. It is great smartphone anyone who play video games as it has built-in game box which provides an immersive gaming experience such as built-in e-sport made 2.0. The device runs Android 9 Pie as its OS. The connectivity options are a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
HTC is more recognized for its virtual reality gadgets than smartphones. While it remains much more focused on VR stuff, the company has announced a new phone for India and Thailand called the HTC wildfire. The company hasn't shown any activity for a long time and after many months of silence in the mobile industry, HTC's new CEO Yves Maitre recently stated in an interview that the company will release a 5G smartphone this year. As per rumors, HTC will coordinate with Qualcomm to make a 5G enabled phone.
HTC U19e and Desire 19+ were the last phones launched under the company's banner. It is announced that the HTC wildfire X will be released with the Indian-first approach. However, the Wildfire X isn't completely manufactured by HTC, as the Wildfire X has been made by Lava initially. The company has agreed with Indian companies like Lava, Micromax, and Karbonn to use its licensed brand name for new phones. The new phone is similar to what Lava made. In India, it will be made by one of HTC's brand partners. The Thailand/international variant may be made by HTC itself, or it may be developed by another local OEM/ODM.
The phone is 163.2 x 77.8 x 8.9 mm and weighs only 186g. It has a 6.52-inch HD+ LCD with 1560 x 720 pixels. The device is powered by MediaTek Helio P23 8x ARM Cortex-A52 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and Mali-G72MP1 GPU. The smartphone has 2GB RAM and 32GB storage that can be further extended by microSD card slot. The phone comes with a huge 4,000mAh battery that is good enough to get you through a day even if you play games or watch YouTube videos on it. The front camera is 8MP with f/2.0 and allows 1080p video recording. For connectivity, it offers Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi. It supports 2G and 3G network connectivity.
The Moto G8 Plus is the best possible experience at a budget price in the G-series. The G-series phones are considered the best inexpensive phones of the years now. The Moto G8 Plus has more premium features such as a versatile camera, stereo speakers, minimal bezel, and better battery management than its predecessor Moto G7 plus. Due to the rising competition in the same category, we have seen some premium features coming to budget phones. The latest phone brings in a 48MP triple camera system with fast charging as the main selling USB. But is it enough?
The Moto G8 is priced at $310. It has a plastic body and available in two colors - cosmic blue and crystal pink. The back panel has a gradient-like glossy finish, and the logo aligned in the middle. There is a volume button and unlock button at the right side, which the left side has a hybrid SIM card slot. On the top edge, there is a microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The G8 plus is water repellent, but it is not the same as IP67 rated phone, so keeping it away from the water is always a good strategy.
Overall, there is nothing extraordinary about the design. The Moto G8 Plus has a slightly bigger screen than the G7 Plus at 6.3-inches. It is an IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) resolution and a U-shaped notch up top. The screen has 19:9 aspect ratio, which is decent for watching videos, as they're often in that ratio. The screen is topped with a layer of Panda Glass which is similar to the popular Corning glass solution for protection against drops. Moto G8 Plus is powered by a 4,000mAh battery, which is a pretty decent capacity even at the low-price tier of phones. You can last for a one day on a single charge with normal usage that includes being active on social media. The phone supports 15W fast charging and can fully charge in 150 minutes.
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LG has been silent for some time but recently it launched a new phone, the LG V60 ThinQ after a long time now. LG was scheduled to launch the phone at MWC 2020, but since the event got canceled due to coronavirus, the company decided to announce the online press release, instead of holding an event at an alternative day or place. The phone that was once supposed to be the LG G9 ThinQ has now been revealed to be the LG V60 ThinQ.
The flagship smartphone has to compete with the Samsung Galaxy series, as it is launched around the time Samsung decides to release the Galaxy S series. The V60 ThinQ is a premium handset with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. It is a big phone with a 6.8-inch display and has a 5000mAh battery that allows your phone to last for a whole day. The device also has a dual-screen accessory like the last year's device and LG G8X ThinQ. There are a few interesting decisions that LG made with the hardware as well. The phone is made of Gorilla Glass 5 and has an 83.1% screen-to-body ratio. The phone has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that is expandable using the microSD card slot. The device has a 5,000mAh battery and comes with fast wireless charging.
For security, the device has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device has 64MP primary sensor, 1/1.72″, 0.8-micron, f/1.8, 78-degree FOV, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, pixel binning to 16MP with 1.6-micron effective pixel size. The second camera is a 13MP ultra-wide angle sensor, 1/3.4″, 1.0-micron, f/1.9, 117-degree FOV, Dual Pixel PDAF. LG V60 ThinQ can record video up to 8K at 26fps, or 4k at 60fps. The 4k video recording comes with a time-lapse and AI time-lapse feature. There is also an option for video bokeh and portrait. The front camera is 10MP, 1/3.1″, 1.22-micron, f/1.9, 72.5-degree FOV. The phone comes with Android 10 operating system out of the box. If you have used an LG phone before, do tell us your experience with us in the comment section below.