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Another leaked screen protector hints at massive bezels on the upcoming Pixel 2

As we draw nearer to Google's October 4 unveiling event, Pixel 2 leaks are spreading like wildfire. With that, we are picking up info on some solid flagship specs and fairly anticipated color options and price points.
The biggest concern to date, however, has probably been the design of the smaller Pixel 2. This is definitely not our first glimpse of the phone's alleged profile, but today does bring a new photo of what are quite plausibly screen protectors for the upcoming Pixel 2 pair. Hopes of a more modern exterior for the regular Pixel 2 are dwindling fast. All signs clearly point to massive top and bottom bezels for the handset and its front-facing stereo speaker setup.
Since this time around, the regular Pixel 2 will be made by HTC, while its bigger Pixel 2 XL sibling will come courtesy of LG, design differences were always expected. Still, we were hoping for a little bit less of a drastic difference between the pair.
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Google Pixel 2
Other than that, if you can live with a more retro look, the regular Pixel 2 will still be powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chipset its sibling will receive. Both phones will use Gorilla Glass 5 and will have IP67 water resistance for improved durability. The next-gen Pixels will have single cams on the front and back, seemingly both with OIS. So no dual camera upgrade to one of the best shooters of 2017. Other suggested specs include a 6-inch, QHD FullVision screen like the one in the LG V30 for the Pixel 2 XL and a smaller 1080p panel for the Pixel 2. Also, 2,700mAh battery for the small one and 3,520mAh for the big one (still no wireless charging), a choice between 64GB and 128GB storage coupled with unlimited Google cloud storage until 2023 (unclear if it’s only for photos/videos or any file).
Last, but not least, a side-bezel squeeze feature has been popping up in the rumor mill. It should work much like the HTC U11’s Edge Sense and is expected to launch the Google Assistant. Hopefully, Google facilitated some technology exchange during the development process, so both models can share the interesting input control.
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Google Pixel 2 XL
Both devices are expected to run Google's latest Android Oreo ROM out of the box, which is hardly a surprise and retail at $649 for a 64GB Pixel 2 and $749 for a 128GB Pixel 2 XL, respectively.
As we draw nearer to Google's October 4 unveiling event, Pixel 2 leaks are spreading like wildfire. With that, we are picking up info on some solid flagship specs and fairly anticipated color options and price points.
The biggest concern to date, however, has probably been the design of the smaller Pixel 2. This is definitely not our first glimpse of the phone's alleged profile, but today does bring a new photo of what are quite plausibly screen protectors for the upcoming Pixel 2 pair. Hopes of a more modern exterior for the regular Pixel 2 are dwindling fast. All signs clearly point to massive top and bottom bezels for the handset and its front-facing stereo speaker setup.
Since this time around, the regular Pixel 2 will be made by HTC, while its bigger Pixel 2 XL sibling will come courtesy of LG, design differences were always expected. Still, we were hoping for a little bit less of a drastic difference between the pair.
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Google Pixel 2
Other than that, if you can live with a more retro look, the regular Pixel 2 will still be powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chipset its sibling will receive. Both phones will use Gorilla Glass 5 and will have IP67 water resistance for improved durability. The next-gen Pixels will have single cams on the front and back, seemingly both with OIS. So no dual camera upgrade to one of the best shooters of 2017. Other suggested specs include a 6-inch, QHD FullVision screen like the one in the LG V30 for the Pixel 2 XL and a smaller 1080p panel for the Pixel 2. Also, 2,700mAh battery for the small one and 3,520mAh for the big one (still no wireless charging), a choice between 64GB and 128GB storage coupled with unlimited Google cloud storage until 2023 (unclear if it’s only for photos/videos or any file).
Last, but not least, a side-bezel squeeze feature has been popping up in the rumor mill. It should work much like the HTC U11’s Edge Sense and is expected to launch the Google Assistant. Hopefully, Google facilitated some technology exchange during the development process, so both models can share the interesting input control.
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Google Pixel 2 XL
Both devices are expected to run Google's latest Android Oreo ROM out of the box, which is hardly a surprise and retail at $649 for a 64GB Pixel 2 and $749 for a 128GB Pixel 2 XL, respectively.

The vivo X20 is now up for sale in China

The vivo X20 and X20 Plus are undoubtedly two of the more interesting new devices to take on the ultrawide aspect trend. They were finally unveiled last week and didn't exactly fly under the radar, thanks to seductive specs sheets.
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vivo X20 | vivo X20 Plus
As promised, sales for the smaller vivo X20 have commenced today and the phone can be picked up in in gold, rose gold or black from a variety of Chinese retailers, including JD.COM, Sunisung, and Taobao. The price is set at CNY 2,998 or about $450, also just as promised.
That sum actually gets you quite a few bells and whistles. First off, there is the 6.01-inch 1,080x2,160 (18:9) Super AMOLED display. Then there is a trendy Dual 12MP, f/1.8, plus 5MP dual camera setup on the back. EIS is thrown in as well. Underneath the hood, we find Qualcomm's upper-midrange Snapdragon 660 SoC, with a 2.2 GHz octa-core CPU - and this seems to be the one aspect keeping the new vivo handsets out of true flagship territory. While not a series 800 beast, it still packs 8 Cryo 260 CPU cores, an Adreno 512 GPU and is made on an efficient 14nm process, which should make good use of the 3,245 mAh battery.
Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a pretty solid set of connectivity options: 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Micro USB 2.0. There is also a fingerprint reader on the back and a Face Wake feature, which vivo claims can unlock the device in 0,1 seconds. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a custom Funtouch UI on top.
We are still waiting for the X20 Plus to hit shelves. For CNY 3,498 ($530) it brings a bigger 6.43-inch Super AMOLED panel of the same resolution to the table and more juice at 3,905 mAh.
The vivo X20 and X20 Plus are undoubtedly two of the more interesting new devices to take on the ultrawide aspect trend. They were finally unveiled last week and didn't exactly fly under the radar, thanks to seductive specs sheets.
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vivo X20 | vivo X20 Plus
As promised, sales for the smaller vivo X20 have commenced today and the phone can be picked up in in gold, rose gold or black from a variety of Chinese retailers, including JD.COM, Sunisung, and Taobao. The price is set at CNY 2,998 or about $450, also just as promised.
That sum actually gets you quite a few bells and whistles. First off, there is the 6.01-inch 1,080x2,160 (18:9) Super AMOLED display. Then there is a trendy Dual 12MP, f/1.8, plus 5MP dual camera setup on the back. EIS is thrown in as well. Underneath the hood, we find Qualcomm's upper-midrange Snapdragon 660 SoC, with a 2.2 GHz octa-core CPU - and this seems to be the one aspect keeping the new vivo handsets out of true flagship territory. While not a series 800 beast, it still packs 8 Cryo 260 CPU cores, an Adreno 512 GPU and is made on an efficient 14nm process, which should make good use of the 3,245 mAh battery.
Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a pretty solid set of connectivity options: 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Micro USB 2.0. There is also a fingerprint reader on the back and a Face Wake feature, which vivo claims can unlock the device in 0,1 seconds. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a custom Funtouch UI on top.
We are still waiting for the X20 Plus to hit shelves. For CNY 3,498 ($530) it brings a bigger 6.43-inch Super AMOLED panel of the same resolution to the table and more juice at 3,905 mAh.

Alleged Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders show dual camera setup and a near bezel-less design

Last week, Xiaomi reinforced its Redmi value lineup with yet another strong offer - the Redmi Note 5a. But as appealing as the 720p, Snapdragon 435 device is, considering its €89 starting price, what fans are truly waiting on is its bigger brother - the Redmi Note 5.
Besides one a bit more substantial leak, there really hasn't been much info on the next member of XIaomi's legendary value branch. A new set of renders has recently popped-up online that claim the major way the Chinese manufacturer plans to add another bit of value to the Redmi mix is through a dual camera setup.
Now, it is worth noting that these images look almost nothing like the first batch we saw and the sources are a bit shady, so definitely don't think of this as a surefire thing. However, if we do give the renders the benefit of the doubt, we definitely like what we see. On the back, the Redmi Note 5 is said to have a 16MP main snapper, accompanied by a 5MP secondary one. While on the front, the likely 5.5-inch, FullHD panel seems to extend almost to the left and right sides of the glass. Then again, most renders tend to over exaggerate the bezel situation at least a bit nowadays, leaving the two cameras as the more exciting part of the rumor.
The display is likely not the only thing Xiaomi will keep unchanged about the Redmi Note 5. When you have a lineup as successful as this, fiddling with it really isn't that great of an idea. That's why we expect to see the same metal unibody design, central-mounted fingerprint reader on the back, capacitive navigation buttons on the front and a 3.5mm audio jack and IR blaster on the top of the phone.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders
To reiterate a few other alleged specs, we are anticipating a choice between two efficient 14nm Qualcomm chipsets - the Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660, coupled with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage. Powering that should be a 3,790 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support, cut down a bit compared to the Redmi Note 4's 4,100 mAh in order to achieve a slimmer 7.5mm profile. Rounding things up are a 13MP selfie camera and a Type-C port.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders
There’s no indication which chipset powers which model, but industry sources claim the tiers and their respective prices will be as follows:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 CNY USD (est) EUR (est)
3GB RAM / 32GB storage 1,200 $175 €155
4GB RAM / 32GB storage 1,400 $205 €180
4GB RAM / 64GB storage 1,500 $220 €195

Last week, Xiaomi reinforced its Redmi value lineup with yet another strong offer - the Redmi Note 5a. But as appealing as the 720p, Snapdragon 435 device is, considering its €89 starting price, what fans are truly waiting on is its bigger brother - the Redmi Note 5.
Besides one a bit more substantial leak, there really hasn't been much info on the next member of XIaomi's legendary value branch. A new set of renders has recently popped-up online that claim the major way the Chinese manufacturer plans to add another bit of value to the Redmi mix is through a dual camera setup.
Now, it is worth noting that these images look almost nothing like the first batch we saw and the sources are a bit shady, so definitely don't think of this as a surefire thing. However, if we do give the renders the benefit of the doubt, we definitely like what we see. On the back, the Redmi Note 5 is said to have a 16MP main snapper, accompanied by a 5MP secondary one. While on the front, the likely 5.5-inch, FullHD panel seems to extend almost to the left and right sides of the glass. Then again, most renders tend to over exaggerate the bezel situation at least a bit nowadays, leaving the two cameras as the more exciting part of the rumor.
The display is likely not the only thing Xiaomi will keep unchanged about the Redmi Note 5. When you have a lineup as successful as this, fiddling with it really isn't that great of an idea. That's why we expect to see the same metal unibody design, central-mounted fingerprint reader on the back, capacitive navigation buttons on the front and a 3.5mm audio jack and IR blaster on the top of the phone.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders
To reiterate a few other alleged specs, we are anticipating a choice between two efficient 14nm Qualcomm chipsets - the Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660, coupled with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage. Powering that should be a 3,790 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support, cut down a bit compared to the Redmi Note 4's 4,100 mAh in order to achieve a slimmer 7.5mm profile. Rounding things up are a 13MP selfie camera and a Type-C port.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders
There’s no indication which chipset powers which model, but industry sources claim the tiers and their respective prices will be as follows:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 CNY USD (est) EUR (est)
3GB RAM / 32GB storage 1,200 $175 €155
4GB RAM / 32GB storage 1,400 $205 €180
4GB RAM / 64GB storage 1,500 $220 €195

ZeroLemon's new 5500mAh battery case is a snug fit for the Samsung Galaxy Note8

One of the biggest concerns both fans and critics express regarding Samsung's Galaxy Note8 crown jewel is battery life. While in our in-depth review, we found that the Exynos-powered handset handles its 3,300 mAh worth of juice surprisingly well, the Snapdragon 835 variant could still benefit from a little bit of a boost. Also, having even an extra bit more battery is always a good thing. If you don't mind paying for the convenience in pocket weight, battery packs are a solid offer and ZeroLemon stands out as one of the leaders in the field.
The company just unveiled its 5500 mAh offering for the Samsung Galaxy Note8, along with the promise of around 48 hours of talk time, 16 hours of video watching or 74 hours of music streaming time extra on the phone. Of course, those numbers are purely subjective and your mileage may vary. However, what you can definitely count on is at least one full recharge of your Note8's sealed in battery from the extra pack in the case. Perhaps even a bit more. Makes sense, since you do have to account for conversion losses during charging. Gone are the days of removable batteries and simpler extended battery solutions. But, we digress.
One interesting thing to note about the new ZeroLemon SlimPower case is that it appears to be a bit re-designed, compared to the company's Galaxy S8 and S8+ offers. The top and bottom bezels are noticeably slimmed down, which is great, since the last thing Samsung's new extra-tall 18.5:9 devices need is a vertical extension. Also, the fingerprint cutout is a bit bigger, to accommodate the few out there who are persistent enough to try and use the awkwardly positioned reader.
Currently, the case can be picked up on amazon at $39.99, which according to the e-tailer is actually half-off its regular price. We can't really confirm if the discount is real, but if you are interested in an extended battery case for your Note8, this is a great opportunity to get one. It should be in stock and shipping in a couple of days, plus, you can count on quality ZeroLemon service, including things like a full year guarantee, lifetime customer support and a claimed 100% zero defect rate.
One of the biggest concerns both fans and critics express regarding Samsung's Galaxy Note8 crown jewel is battery life. While in our in-depth review, we found that the Exynos-powered handset handles its 3,300 mAh worth of juice surprisingly well, the Snapdragon 835 variant could still benefit from a little bit of a boost. Also, having even an extra bit more battery is always a good thing. If you don't mind paying for the convenience in pocket weight, battery packs are a solid offer and ZeroLemon stands out as one of the leaders in the field.
The company just unveiled its 5500 mAh offering for the Samsung Galaxy Note8, along with the promise of around 48 hours of talk time, 16 hours of video watching or 74 hours of music streaming time extra on the phone. Of course, those numbers are purely subjective and your mileage may vary. However, what you can definitely count on is at least one full recharge of your Note8's sealed in battery from the extra pack in the case. Perhaps even a bit more. Makes sense, since you do have to account for conversion losses during charging. Gone are the days of removable batteries and simpler extended battery solutions. But, we digress.
One interesting thing to note about the new ZeroLemon SlimPower case is that it appears to be a bit re-designed, compared to the company's Galaxy S8 and S8+ offers. The top and bottom bezels are noticeably slimmed down, which is great, since the last thing Samsung's new extra-tall 18.5:9 devices need is a vertical extension. Also, the fingerprint cutout is a bit bigger, to accommodate the few out there who are persistent enough to try and use the awkwardly positioned reader.
Currently, the case can be picked up on amazon at $39.99, which according to the e-tailer is actually half-off its regular price. We can't really confirm if the discount is real, but if you are interested in an extended battery case for your Note8, this is a great opportunity to get one. It should be in stock and shipping in a couple of days, plus, you can count on quality ZeroLemon service, including things like a full year guarantee, lifetime customer support and a claimed 100% zero defect rate.

Amazon announces new Fire TV with 4K HDR support

Amazon has launched a new redesigned Fire TV with features like 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, Alexa and more for $69.99.
Amazon Fire TV The new Fire TV has been completely redesigned. Gone is the puck shaped, Apple TV-like design and in its place is a more compact, Chromecast-like design. With the built-in HDMI cable, the device now plugs straight into your TV without taking up additional space below it, although it will still need to be powered using the bundled wall outlet.
The new Fire TV has a faster Amlogic processor with 4x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and Mali-450 MP3 GPU, along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. This allows the device to stream in 4K 60fps with HDR-10 support. There's also Dolby Atmos, for those with fancy home theater setups but there is no Dolby Vision support, unlike the new Apple TV 4K.
Amazon Fire TV with HD Antenna A new feature is support for HD Antenna that can be purchased separately, which allows you to also watch cable TV from networks like NBC and PBS so you are not just limited to streaming services.
The Fire TV comes with the Alexa Voice Remote with full access to Alexa and also pairs with your Amazon Echo devices so you can control your Fire TV using the Echo.
The new Fire TV will be available standalone for $69.99 starting October 25. You can also optionally get it with an Echo Dot for just $10 more at $79.99 and with the optional HD Antenna for $74.99.
Amazon has launched a new redesigned Fire TV with features like 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, Alexa and more for $69.99.
Amazon Fire TV The new Fire TV has been completely redesigned. Gone is the puck shaped, Apple TV-like design and in its place is a more compact, Chromecast-like design. With the built-in HDMI cable, the device now plugs straight into your TV without taking up additional space below it, although it will still need to be powered using the bundled wall outlet.
The new Fire TV has a faster Amlogic processor with 4x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz and Mali-450 MP3 GPU, along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. This allows the device to stream in 4K 60fps with HDR-10 support. There's also Dolby Atmos, for those with fancy home theater setups but there is no Dolby Vision support, unlike the new Apple TV 4K.
Amazon Fire TV with HD Antenna A new feature is support for HD Antenna that can be purchased separately, which allows you to also watch cable TV from networks like NBC and PBS so you are not just limited to streaming services.
The Fire TV comes with the Alexa Voice Remote with full access to Alexa and also pairs with your Amazon Echo devices so you can control your Fire TV using the Echo.
The new Fire TV will be available standalone for $69.99 starting October 25. You can also optionally get it with an Echo Dot for just $10 more at $79.99 and with the optional HD Antenna for $74.99.

LG V30 pricing in the UK and the US revealed

The price of the LG V30 has been a bit of a mystery, but stores and carriers in the UK and the US have finally slapped price tags on the flagship.

US

AT&T will have V30 units in stores from October 6 (next Friday) and pre-orders start the day before. On a 30-month plan, the you will be paying $27 a month. That works out to $810 total.
T-Mobile will be taking pre-orders from October 5 (next Thursday) and online sales will begin on October 13. T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan will cost $80 up front and $30 a month. Only the Silver version is available. T-Mobile’s 600MHz band is supported.
Sprint has not announced pricing yet, but it has exclusivity on the V30+ (the 128GB model).
[UPDATE] Verizon will also carry the V30 starting from October 5. Pricing details will be announced later.
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LG V30: Cloud Silver • Moroccan Blue

UK

Carphone Warehouse has exclusivity on the LG V30. A SIM-free phone will set you back £800. For comparison, a SIM-free Galaxy Note 8 is £870 on the same site.
On contract, the cheapest plan is on Vodafone – you pay £80 up front and then £34 a month. That’s a total of £896 with 24 months of unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of 4G data a month.
Delivery is free and the phone will be at your door by November 1 if you choose to buy one. Both color options are available - Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue (but no, there’s no V30+ here). Note that Carphone lists “headphones” among the retail box contents, but doesn’t clarify if it’s a pair of B&O Play.
The LG V30 is hard to find in stores in mainland Europe. The Romanian store is still taking pre-orders at LEI 4,000 (which works out to £765), but that’s about it.
The price of the LG V30 has been a bit of a mystery, but stores and carriers in the UK and the US have finally slapped price tags on the flagship.

US

AT&T will have V30 units in stores from October 6 (next Friday) and pre-orders start the day before. On a 30-month plan, the you will be paying $27 a month. That works out to $810 total.
T-Mobile will be taking pre-orders from October 5 (next Thursday) and online sales will begin on October 13. T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan will cost $80 up front and $30 a month. Only the Silver version is available. T-Mobile’s 600MHz band is supported.
Sprint has not announced pricing yet, but it has exclusivity on the V30+ (the 128GB model).
[UPDATE] Verizon will also carry the V30 starting from October 5. Pricing details will be announced later.
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LG V30: Cloud Silver • Moroccan Blue

UK

Carphone Warehouse has exclusivity on the LG V30. A SIM-free phone will set you back £800. For comparison, a SIM-free Galaxy Note 8 is £870 on the same site.
On contract, the cheapest plan is on Vodafone – you pay £80 up front and then £34 a month. That’s a total of £896 with 24 months of unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of 4G data a month.
Delivery is free and the phone will be at your door by November 1 if you choose to buy one. Both color options are available - Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue (but no, there’s no V30+ here). Note that Carphone lists “headphones” among the retail box contents, but doesn’t clarify if it’s a pair of B&O Play.
The LG V30 is hard to find in stores in mainland Europe. The Romanian store is still taking pre-orders at LEI 4,000 (which works out to £765), but that’s about it.

Gionee unveils the M7 Power

Just two days after the official launch of the M7, Gionee announced another phone from the same series named M7 Power at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2017. It has a massive 5,000 mAh power cell, but is otherwise less powerful than the Gionee M7.
Gionee unveils the M7 Power The Gionee M7 Power has a Snapdragon 435 SoC with octa-core 1.4 GHz processor. It is paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and there is a microSD slot for expanding it by up to 256 GB. You do get dual SIM support but one of the slots is a hybrid one so you get either a second line or memory expansion, but not both.
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Gionee M7 Power official photos
The display is 6” in diagonal with 18:9 ratio and offers HD+ resolution or 1440 x 720 pixels. It means there are no buttons on the front, only a tiny bezel on top and bottom. Over the screen an 8 MP selfie camera is positioned, while the main one on the back has 13 MP sensor.
The Gionee M7 Power is priced at THB9,990 ($299) and is offered in dark blue, black and gold.
Just two days after the official launch of the M7, Gionee announced another phone from the same series named M7 Power at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2017. It has a massive 5,000 mAh power cell, but is otherwise less powerful than the Gionee M7.
Gionee unveils the M7 Power The Gionee M7 Power has a Snapdragon 435 SoC with octa-core 1.4 GHz processor. It is paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and there is a microSD slot for expanding it by up to 256 GB. You do get dual SIM support but one of the slots is a hybrid one so you get either a second line or memory expansion, but not both.
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Gionee M7 Power official photos
The display is 6” in diagonal with 18:9 ratio and offers HD+ resolution or 1440 x 720 pixels. It means there are no buttons on the front, only a tiny bezel on top and bottom. Over the screen an 8 MP selfie camera is positioned, while the main one on the back has 13 MP sensor.
The Gionee M7 Power is priced at THB9,990 ($299) and is offered in dark blue, black and gold.

Google Assistant is now available on Android TV

The Google Assistant has reached another platform today, following Android, iOS, and the Google Home device. Starting now, it's also available on Android TV - first on the Nvidia Shield TV console. In the coming months, it will be rolled out to Sony Bravia TVs running Android TV too.
Google Assistant on Android TV can be told to play a wide variety of content - movies, TV shows, YouTube clips, and music. It supports HBO Now and Netflix for the first two. You can ask for something by name or even use vague terms such as "movies about climbing Mount Everest". For music, Assistant supports YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora.
Additionally, it lets you quickly catch up with news, but it knows your calendar appointments too so you can ask it about that if you want a refresher. Apps for Google Assistant work on Android TV as well, and with Google Express you're able to shop and reorder stuff from Walgreens, Walmart, and other stores. Of course smart home devices can be controlled by the Google Assistant, even through Android TV. If you have a Shield console, you can get a free three month YouTube Red trial, to enjoy ad-free videos and uninterrupted music. The software update that brings Google Assistant to the Shield TV has started going out today.
The Google Assistant has reached another platform today, following Android, iOS, and the Google Home device. Starting now, it's also available on Android TV - first on the Nvidia Shield TV console. In the coming months, it will be rolled out to Sony Bravia TVs running Android TV too.
Google Assistant on Android TV can be told to play a wide variety of content - movies, TV shows, YouTube clips, and music. It supports HBO Now and Netflix for the first two. You can ask for something by name or even use vague terms such as "movies about climbing Mount Everest". For music, Assistant supports YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora.
Additionally, it lets you quickly catch up with news, but it knows your calendar appointments too so you can ask it about that if you want a refresher. Apps for Google Assistant work on Android TV as well, and with Google Express you're able to shop and reorder stuff from Walgreens, Walmart, and other stores. Of course smart home devices can be controlled by the Google Assistant, even through Android TV. If you have a Shield console, you can get a free three month YouTube Red trial, to enjoy ad-free videos and uninterrupted music. The software update that brings Google Assistant to the Shield TV has started going out today.

Oppo F5 appears on posters in the Philippines

Oppo F3 appeared back in May, but Oppo already decided to launch a successor to the phone, dubbed “selfie master”. Its name is Oppo F5, and it already started popping up on various advert places. We got a tip that the phone appeared on two posters with celebrities Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo.
The Oppo F5 will have one camera on the back and will also appear to be the first Oppo F-series device with a fingerprint scanner on the back, shaped in an oval form. The poster does not reveal much about the design, but it comes with a slogan “Capture the real you” and a “Selfie Expert” moniker below. This most likely means the Oppo F5 will have dual cameras on the front.
Sources also reveal that an Oppo store is about to be opened in a shopping mall in the suburbs of the Filipino capital Manila. Probably it will coincide with the launch of the F5, but we are yet to hear more about the phone. The handset is rumored to come with 6” display with an FHD+ resolution of 2880x1440 pixels in an 18:9 ratio.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew!
Oppo F3 appeared back in May, but Oppo already decided to launch a successor to the phone, dubbed “selfie master”. Its name is Oppo F5, and it already started popping up on various advert places. We got a tip that the phone appeared on two posters with celebrities Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo.
The Oppo F5 will have one camera on the back and will also appear to be the first Oppo F-series device with a fingerprint scanner on the back, shaped in an oval form. The poster does not reveal much about the design, but it comes with a slogan “Capture the real you” and a “Selfie Expert” moniker below. This most likely means the Oppo F5 will have dual cameras on the front.
Sources also reveal that an Oppo store is about to be opened in a shopping mall in the suburbs of the Filipino capital Manila. Probably it will coincide with the launch of the F5, but we are yet to hear more about the phone. The handset is rumored to come with 6” display with an FHD+ resolution of 2880x1440 pixels in an 18:9 ratio.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

Samsung Galaxy Note8 wins “Gadget of the Year” at the India Mobile Congress

The first India Mobile Congress 2017 wrapped up this week, and the results are in - Samsung Galaxy Note8 won the “Gadget of the Year” award. According to judges, the phone got the prize mostly because of the “Make for India” Bixby optimization that allows the assistant to understand various Indian accents.
Samsung Galaxy Note8 wins Gadget of the Year at the India Mobile Congress The Galaxy Note8 is the top Samsung device of the year, as we established in our review. The phone has a great dual camera with 2x Optical Zoom and OIS. It has 6.3” Infinity Display and Exynos 8895 chipset.
The Samsung phablet is on sale in India since September 12 and costs INR67,900 ($1,038) on the company’s website.
The first India Mobile Congress 2017 wrapped up this week, and the results are in - Samsung Galaxy Note8 won the “Gadget of the Year” award. According to judges, the phone got the prize mostly because of the “Make for India” Bixby optimization that allows the assistant to understand various Indian accents.
Samsung Galaxy Note8 wins Gadget of the Year at the India Mobile Congress The Galaxy Note8 is the top Samsung device of the year, as we established in our review. The phone has a great dual camera with 2x Optical Zoom and OIS. It has 6.3” Infinity Display and Exynos 8895 chipset.
The Samsung phablet is on sale in India since September 12 and costs INR67,900 ($1,038) on the company’s website.

GoPro Hero6 Black announced: 4K / 60fps video, improved stabilization, available now

GoPro unveiled the Hero6 Black, which brings 60fps recording at 4K resolution (double what the previous Black could achieve). The company uses a custom processor – dubbed GP1 – which enables the higher frame rates.
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GoPro Hero6 Black
The new model can also record 1080p / 240fps and 2.7K / 120fps video. The Electronic Image Stabilization has been improved as well, the Hero6 Black offers EIS at up to 4K / 30fps and 1080p / 120fps.
The GP1 chip also promises improved dynamic range and low-light performance. In terms of battery life, you can expect the same longevity as the Hero5 Black in the same modes (that does mean the battery would last less at the top 4K / 60fps mode).
Besides frame rate, the new Hero6 Black also has faster Wi-Fi, now working on the 5GHz bands to speed up transfers.
Other things have not changed since the Hero5 generation. For stills, you’re still getting 12MP JPG or RAW files and the dedicated Wide Dynamic Range mode is still on board. The camera is waterproof to 10m without a case, there’s a built-in GPS and a 2” LCD screen too.
The GoPro Hero6 Black is available now for $500 / €570 / £500. The older Hero5 Black is still available but has dropped in price to $400 / €470 / £400. The petite Session camera was not updated.
GoPro unveiled the Hero6 Black, which brings 60fps recording at 4K resolution (double what the previous Black could achieve). The company uses a custom processor – dubbed GP1 – which enables the higher frame rates.
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GoPro Hero6 Black
The new model can also record 1080p / 240fps and 2.7K / 120fps video. The Electronic Image Stabilization has been improved as well, the Hero6 Black offers EIS at up to 4K / 30fps and 1080p / 120fps.
The GP1 chip also promises improved dynamic range and low-light performance. In terms of battery life, you can expect the same longevity as the Hero5 Black in the same modes (that does mean the battery would last less at the top 4K / 60fps mode).
Besides frame rate, the new Hero6 Black also has faster Wi-Fi, now working on the 5GHz bands to speed up transfers.
Other things have not changed since the Hero5 generation. For stills, you’re still getting 12MP JPG or RAW files and the dedicated Wide Dynamic Range mode is still on board. The camera is waterproof to 10m without a case, there’s a built-in GPS and a 2” LCD screen too.
The GoPro Hero6 Black is available now for $500 / €570 / £500. The older Hero5 Black is still available but has dropped in price to $400 / €470 / £400. The petite Session camera was not updated.

Deal: original Samsung Gear IconX down to $50

With the a new generation of Gear IconX headphones headed to stores, Samsung is clearing out the inventory of the older model – and it’s a great deal. The fully wireless earbuds are down to just $50, a quarter of their retail price (i.e. $150 off).
Keep in mind that this deal is while supplies last (obviously) and only the White color option is available (the Black ones ran out before our eyes). Also, shipping isn’t very fast – it’s free, but you’ll wait 7-10 business days.
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Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player)
Hit the Source link to check out this deal. If you’ve read this far and haven’t guessed it, this deal is for the US only.
By the way, the Gear IconX (2018) are scheduled to arrive in October at a price of around $250.
With the a new generation of Gear IconX headphones headed to stores, Samsung is clearing out the inventory of the older model – and it’s a great deal. The fully wireless earbuds are down to just $50, a quarter of their retail price (i.e. $150 off).
Keep in mind that this deal is while supplies last (obviously) and only the White color option is available (the Black ones ran out before our eyes). Also, shipping isn’t very fast – it’s free, but you’ll wait 7-10 business days.
Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player) Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player) Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player)
Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuts (with built in music player)
Hit the Source link to check out this deal. If you’ve read this far and haven’t guessed it, this deal is for the US only.
By the way, the Gear IconX (2018) are scheduled to arrive in October at a price of around $250.

OnePlus 5 running Oreo found in Geekbench database

Four weeks ago, Oreo landed on the OnePlus 3 beta channel. Soon, its successor – the OnePlus 5 – will join it, judging by results found on GeekBench.
This is not official mind you, the beta channel for the 5 still distributes Android 7.1.1 Nougat. And even once it hits the beta channel, the final release will be some way off. There's time for OnePlus to launch the Oreo update around New Year's like it did last time.
OnePlus 5 running Oreo found in Geekbench database OnePlus was pretty quick with the Nougat update for the 3 – the beta arrived at the end of November, the rollout was on January 1. That said, 3’s Oreo is still in beta nearly a month later.
Four weeks ago, Oreo landed on the OnePlus 3 beta channel. Soon, its successor – the OnePlus 5 – will join it, judging by results found on GeekBench.
This is not official mind you, the beta channel for the 5 still distributes Android 7.1.1 Nougat. And even once it hits the beta channel, the final release will be some way off. There's time for OnePlus to launch the Oreo update around New Year's like it did last time.
OnePlus 5 running Oreo found in Geekbench database OnePlus was pretty quick with the Nougat update for the 3 – the beta arrived at the end of November, the rollout was on January 1. That said, 3’s Oreo is still in beta nearly a month later.

HMD official confirms Nokia phones will get Oreo by the end of 2017

HMD Global GM for Australia and New Zealand confirmed that Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 would get an Android Oreo update. Although this is not the first time we hear about the upgrade, the official said the company would push it before the end of the year.
The three mid-range Nokia phones came with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and are receiving monthly software and security updates. There is a slight modification of the UI, but the OS is mostly the stock version of Android.
Nokia 8 will also receive Android Oreo, as Juho Sarvikas, Chief Production Officer at HMD Global, confirmed the update on Twitter and even published some pictures along. Now we just play the waiting game to see when will the Finnish company push the actual upgrade.
HMD Global GM for Australia and New Zealand confirmed that Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 would get an Android Oreo update. Although this is not the first time we hear about the upgrade, the official said the company would push it before the end of the year.
The three mid-range Nokia phones came with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and are receiving monthly software and security updates. There is a slight modification of the UI, but the OS is mostly the stock version of Android.
Nokia 8 will also receive Android Oreo, as Juho Sarvikas, Chief Production Officer at HMD Global, confirmed the update on Twitter and even published some pictures along. Now we just play the waiting game to see when will the Finnish company push the actual upgrade.