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KGI: Apple to use FaceID on all iPhones next year

Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities correctly predicted that Apple will drop the fingerprint reader, though he wasn’t right about the gesture area. Now he’s back with another forecast for the future – in 2018 Apple will drop the fingerprint reader altogether.
This means that the company will fully rely on the new Kinect-like TrueDepth camera and FaceID system. But the camera does more than authentication – it also enables animojis and future tech based on the system (like the Snapchat demo).
KGI: Apple to use FaceID on all iPhones next year The in-display fingerprint reader reportedly remains a challenge as Apple’s 3D Touch makes the display panel thicker than on most phones. Still, Apple has not given up on this project, allegedly keeping it as a backup if FaceID fails to resonate with consumers.
Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities correctly predicted that Apple will drop the fingerprint reader, though he wasn’t right about the gesture area. Now he’s back with another forecast for the future – in 2018 Apple will drop the fingerprint reader altogether.
This means that the company will fully rely on the new Kinect-like TrueDepth camera and FaceID system. But the camera does more than authentication – it also enables animojis and future tech based on the system (like the Snapchat demo).
KGI: Apple to use FaceID on all iPhones next year The in-display fingerprint reader reportedly remains a challenge as Apple’s 3D Touch makes the display panel thicker than on most phones. Still, Apple has not given up on this project, allegedly keeping it as a backup if FaceID fails to resonate with consumers.

Huawei Mate 10 to come in four flavors, here are their code names

The Mate family tree is getting complicated – according to the most recent rumors, there will be three or even four versions. They will differ in what screens they use and the Leica camera will be reserved for the higher-end models.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is code named Blanc and will have a 5.9” AMOLED screen with QHD resolution and a new Leica dual cam.
The base Mate 10 will stick to an IPS LCD screen with 1080p resolution, but will keep the camera. This one is dubbed Alps. These two will start at $850 and $650 respectively.
Huawei Mate 10 to come in four flavors, here are their code names Then there’s the Mate 10 Lite (aka Rhone), which loses the Leica cam. We wouldn't be surprised to see a different chipset on this one as well.
Finally, Marcel – that could be this year’s Porsche Design. It should combine the top specs of the Pro model with a premium exterior. Huawei has scheduled an event for October 16 and looking at these four versions, it will be a busy one.
The Mate family tree is getting complicated – according to the most recent rumors, there will be three or even four versions. They will differ in what screens they use and the Leica camera will be reserved for the higher-end models.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is code named Blanc and will have a 5.9” AMOLED screen with QHD resolution and a new Leica dual cam.
The base Mate 10 will stick to an IPS LCD screen with 1080p resolution, but will keep the camera. This one is dubbed Alps. These two will start at $850 and $650 respectively.
Huawei Mate 10 to come in four flavors, here are their code names Then there’s the Mate 10 Lite (aka Rhone), which loses the Leica cam. We wouldn't be surprised to see a different chipset on this one as well.
Finally, Marcel – that could be this year’s Porsche Design. It should combine the top specs of the Pro model with a premium exterior. Huawei has scheduled an event for October 16 and looking at these four versions, it will be a busy one.

Quad-camera Huawei Maimang 6 to be sold outside China as Mate 10 Lite, not G10

On September 22, Huawei is set to unveil the Maimang 6 for its home market of China. This phone has been leaking a lot lately, and we thought that it would end up being sold elsewhere as the G10 (since the Maimang 5 got rebranded to G9 Plus outside of China). However, it turns out that Huawei is set to surprise us.
While the Maimang 6 will indeed be offered in other markets, it will arrive bearing the name Mate 10 Lite, according to a new report from the usually reliable Evan Blass of @evleaks fame. This is a change in strategy for the Chinese company, but it makes some sense when you consider that the Maimang 6 has two standout features - it has four cameras in total, and it will be the first Huawei phone with an 18:9 display and near bezel-less front.
For those reasons it's understandable that the company didn't choose to name it something forgettable like G10, instead making it the most affordable entrant in the Mate 10 lineup (which will have four members, as we recently found out).
The Mate 10 Lite employs a 5.9-inch 1,080x2,160 display with 83% screen-to-body ratio, the mid-range Kirin 659 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,340 mAh battery.
The cameras are 16 MP + 2 MP on the rear, and 13 MP + 2 MP on the front. Although it will be announced as Maimang 6 in just a couple of days, it will only be made official as the Mate 10 Lite for international markets at Huawei's big event on October 16 in Munich. It will run Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 5.1 on top.
The Mate 10 Lite will be offered in blue, black, and gold, for a price of €379 in Europe, unlocked and SIM-free of course. It will start shipping in mid-November.
On September 22, Huawei is set to unveil the Maimang 6 for its home market of China. This phone has been leaking a lot lately, and we thought that it would end up being sold elsewhere as the G10 (since the Maimang 5 got rebranded to G9 Plus outside of China). However, it turns out that Huawei is set to surprise us.
While the Maimang 6 will indeed be offered in other markets, it will arrive bearing the name Mate 10 Lite, according to a new report from the usually reliable Evan Blass of @evleaks fame. This is a change in strategy for the Chinese company, but it makes some sense when you consider that the Maimang 6 has two standout features - it has four cameras in total, and it will be the first Huawei phone with an 18:9 display and near bezel-less front.
For those reasons it's understandable that the company didn't choose to name it something forgettable like G10, instead making it the most affordable entrant in the Mate 10 lineup (which will have four members, as we recently found out).
The Mate 10 Lite employs a 5.9-inch 1,080x2,160 display with 83% screen-to-body ratio, the mid-range Kirin 659 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,340 mAh battery.
The cameras are 16 MP + 2 MP on the rear, and 13 MP + 2 MP on the front. Although it will be announced as Maimang 6 in just a couple of days, it will only be made official as the Mate 10 Lite for international markets at Huawei's big event on October 16 in Munich. It will run Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 5.1 on top.
The Mate 10 Lite will be offered in blue, black, and gold, for a price of €379 in Europe, unlocked and SIM-free of course. It will start shipping in mid-November.

LG Q6+ launches in India with extra memory

After a month-long wait, the LG Q6+ was officially launched in India. It’s the same bezel-less mid-ranger as the regular Q6 but you get more memory (at a higher cost, of course).
The Q6+ is available now with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, putting it closer to the G6 flagship. However, the performance chasm between the two remains – Snapdragon 435 just isn’t very fast.
LG Q6+ launches in India with extra memory That may have been okay for an INR 15,000 device ($235/€195), but it’s going to be a tough sell at INR 18,000 ($280/€235). To be fair, that is still half the price of the full fat LG G6.
After a month-long wait, the LG Q6+ was officially launched in India. It’s the same bezel-less mid-ranger as the regular Q6 but you get more memory (at a higher cost, of course).
The Q6+ is available now with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, putting it closer to the G6 flagship. However, the performance chasm between the two remains – Snapdragon 435 just isn’t very fast.
LG Q6+ launches in India with extra memory That may have been okay for an INR 15,000 device ($235/€195), but it’s going to be a tough sell at INR 18,000 ($280/€235). To be fair, that is still half the price of the full fat LG G6.

Moto X4 Android One smartphone becomes official for Fi, priced at $399

The previously leaked Android One version of the Moto X4 has been made official by Google and Motorola today. It's the first Android One device that will be sold in the United States. You'll be able to purchase it from Fi, Google's carrier, for $399.
Under the hood this is identical to the already unveiled Moto X4, coming with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
On the rear there's a 12 MP + 8 MP dual camera setup, while selfies are snapped by a 16 MP shooter. The Moto X4 is IP68 rated for water and dust resistance, and is offered in two colors: Super Black and Sterling Blue. The phone launches running Android 7.1 Nougat in its purest form - unadulterated, unmodified, straight from Google.
An update to Android 8.0 Oreo is promised to arrive by the end of the year, and the Android One version of the X4 is said to be among the first handsets to taste Android P in 2018. Pre-orders will start at Fi later today. If you have an old Nexus phone lying around, you can trade that in for up to $165. And if you start your trade-in by October 5, you'll also earn $50 Fi credit.
The previously leaked Android One version of the Moto X4 has been made official by Google and Motorola today. It's the first Android One device that will be sold in the United States. You'll be able to purchase it from Fi, Google's carrier, for $399.
Under the hood this is identical to the already unveiled Moto X4, coming with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
On the rear there's a 12 MP + 8 MP dual camera setup, while selfies are snapped by a 16 MP shooter. The Moto X4 is IP68 rated for water and dust resistance, and is offered in two colors: Super Black and Sterling Blue. The phone launches running Android 7.1 Nougat in its purest form - unadulterated, unmodified, straight from Google.
An update to Android 8.0 Oreo is promised to arrive by the end of the year, and the Android One version of the X4 is said to be among the first handsets to taste Android P in 2018. Pre-orders will start at Fi later today. If you have an old Nexus phone lying around, you can trade that in for up to $165. And if you start your trade-in by October 5, you'll also earn $50 Fi credit.

Meizu M20 10,000mAh power bank fast charges both ways

The M6 isn't the only product Meizu unveiled today. Alongside the new smartphone, the Chinese company unleashed the M20 power bank, featuring 10,000mAh capacity and two-way fast charging.
What that means is that the M20 will fast charge your phone, but it also fast charges itself. Its 18W input support means it can be fully charged in 3.5 hours when using a fast charger. It works well with MediaTek's dual fast charging.
When it comes to topping up your mobile device, the M20 power bank maxes out at 24W, up from 18W in its predecessor introduced back in 2015. There's a button on top, and when you press it you'll see the remaining charge via four LED lights. The M20 promises up to 93% charging conversion rate, and comes with 11 stages of protection, including against overcharging, over-current, over-voltage, high temperatures, and short-circuit. So it definitely shouldn't catch fire.
The power bank will be out in China on September 24 in grey, green, red, and blue. It's priced at CNY 169 ($25 or €21 at the current exchange rates). If you buy the M6 and the M20 together, the accessory will only cost you CNY 149 ($22, €19).
The M6 isn't the only product Meizu unveiled today. Alongside the new smartphone, the Chinese company unleashed the M20 power bank, featuring 10,000mAh capacity and two-way fast charging.
What that means is that the M20 will fast charge your phone, but it also fast charges itself. Its 18W input support means it can be fully charged in 3.5 hours when using a fast charger. It works well with MediaTek's dual fast charging.
When it comes to topping up your mobile device, the M20 power bank maxes out at 24W, up from 18W in its predecessor introduced back in 2015. There's a button on top, and when you press it you'll see the remaining charge via four LED lights. The M20 promises up to 93% charging conversion rate, and comes with 11 stages of protection, including against overcharging, over-current, over-voltage, high temperatures, and short-circuit. So it definitely shouldn't catch fire.
The power bank will be out in China on September 24 in grey, green, red, and blue. It's priced at CNY 169 ($25 or €21 at the current exchange rates). If you buy the M6 and the M20 together, the accessory will only cost you CNY 149 ($22, €19).

PSA: Turning off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from Control Center in iOS 11 doesn't actually turn them off

The shiny new iOS 11 went out to supported iDevices yesterday. So you're probably already enjoying its many benefits, but here's something you may not know: the behavior of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in Control Center is confusing.
You swipe up from the bottom, Control Center appears, you tap the Wi-Fi icon, it dims / turns grey, and voila - you've turned off Wi-Fi, right? Wrong. And the same goes for Bluetooth.
It turns out that using Control Center to turn off Wi-Fi only results in your phone immediately disconnecting from any network you are connected to (and auto-join for nearby networks being disabled). When you do the same for Bluetooth, you will disconnect from any accessory it was connected to, except for Apple Watch, Instant Hotspot, Apple Pencil, and Continuity features like Handoff.
Furthermore, all of this is the intended behavior - it's a feature, not a bug. Everything you just read is laid out in Apple's official iOS 11 documentation. If you want to actually fully turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth you need to go to Settings and do it there.
Apple says that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available even though you tried to turn them off in Control Center in order for you not to lose access to important features (and devices) such as AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Continuity, Instant Hotspot, and Location Services.
Here's a final oddity to note: if you disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from Control Center, they will automatically be fully re-enabled when it's 5 AM local time or after you restart your device.
The shiny new iOS 11 went out to supported iDevices yesterday. So you're probably already enjoying its many benefits, but here's something you may not know: the behavior of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in Control Center is confusing.
You swipe up from the bottom, Control Center appears, you tap the Wi-Fi icon, it dims / turns grey, and voila - you've turned off Wi-Fi, right? Wrong. And the same goes for Bluetooth.
It turns out that using Control Center to turn off Wi-Fi only results in your phone immediately disconnecting from any network you are connected to (and auto-join for nearby networks being disabled). When you do the same for Bluetooth, you will disconnect from any accessory it was connected to, except for Apple Watch, Instant Hotspot, Apple Pencil, and Continuity features like Handoff.
Furthermore, all of this is the intended behavior - it's a feature, not a bug. Everything you just read is laid out in Apple's official iOS 11 documentation. If you want to actually fully turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth you need to go to Settings and do it there.
Apple says that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available even though you tried to turn them off in Control Center in order for you not to lose access to important features (and devices) such as AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Continuity, Instant Hotspot, and Location Services.
Here's a final oddity to note: if you disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from Control Center, they will automatically be fully re-enabled when it's 5 AM local time or after you restart your device.

Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note8 available in US for $890

While Samsung is yet to officially release the dual-SIM variant of its Galaxy Note8 smartphone in the US, those interested in purchasing the model aren't completely out of luck. An eBay retailer is selling the unlocked, dual-SIM variant for $889.99.
What's worth mentioning here is that the unit on offer is Exynos 8895-powered, meaning it's the international model (US models are Snapdragon-powered). Also, the phone is only compatible with GSM networks.
Available color options include gold and gray (black and blue are out of stock). For more information, head to the Source link below.
While Samsung is yet to officially release the dual-SIM variant of its Galaxy Note8 smartphone in the US, those interested in purchasing the model aren't completely out of luck. An eBay retailer is selling the unlocked, dual-SIM variant for $889.99.
What's worth mentioning here is that the unit on offer is Exynos 8895-powered, meaning it's the international model (US models are Snapdragon-powered). Also, the phone is only compatible with GSM networks.
Available color options include gold and gray (black and blue are out of stock). For more information, head to the Source link below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Verizon gets BlueBorne vulnerability fix

Verizon has started pushing out a new update to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 units on its network. The update arrives as software version MMB29M.N910VVRS2CQE1, and brings along fix for the BlueBorne vulnerability.
The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to take control of your device via Bluetooth. The process does not even require the device being attacked to be paired to the attacker’s device, or even to be set on discoverable mode.
As for other changes included in the update, the official Verizon website only says "most up to date Android security patches," so we are expecting the September security fixes.
Recently, the OnePlus 3/3T also got the BlueBorne vulnerability fix in their latest Open Beta update.
Verizon has started pushing out a new update to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 units on its network. The update arrives as software version MMB29M.N910VVRS2CQE1, and brings along fix for the BlueBorne vulnerability.
The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to take control of your device via Bluetooth. The process does not even require the device being attacked to be paired to the attacker’s device, or even to be set on discoverable mode.
As for other changes included in the update, the official Verizon website only says "most up to date Android security patches," so we are expecting the September security fixes.
Recently, the OnePlus 3/3T also got the BlueBorne vulnerability fix in their latest Open Beta update.

Beta test program for Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo incoming

The Galaxy S8 series is eagerly waiting for its Oreo update. We already spotted an Oreo-powered Galaxy S8 in a benchmark listing, suggesting that the update is currently being tested by the company.
And now, according to a new report, the South Korean tech giant may launch a public beta program for the update soon.
The report cites Oreo firmware versions G950FXXE1ZQI7 and G955FXXU1ZQI7 for the S8 and S8+, noting that these are test/beta releases. Of course, there's no official confirmation on this, as well as when the first beta release will roll out.
The Galaxy S8 series is eagerly waiting for its Oreo update. We already spotted an Oreo-powered Galaxy S8 in a benchmark listing, suggesting that the update is currently being tested by the company.
And now, according to a new report, the South Korean tech giant may launch a public beta program for the update soon.
The report cites Oreo firmware versions G950FXXE1ZQI7 and G955FXXU1ZQI7 for the S8 and S8+, noting that these are test/beta releases. Of course, there's no official confirmation on this, as well as when the first beta release will roll out.