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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.
vivo X20 | vivo X20 Plus vivo X20 | vivo X20 Plus
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.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders
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.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 renders
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.