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Deal: OnePlus 5 comes with free Bullets V2 headphones

OnePlus 5 is one of the excellent and reasonably-priced flagships out on the market, but it is usually shipped without headphones. Now you can get the Chinese manufacturer’s Bullets V2 for free if you buy the OnePlus 5 with 128 GB storage.
Deal: OnePlus 5 comes with free Bullets V2 headphones Going on the OnePlus website and selecting the $539 phone, at the third step “Special offers” you’ll see the headphones are offered with 100% discount. The Bullets V2, offered in Black or White have a retail price of $19.95 which goes down to $0 when the 128 GB OnePlus 5 is added to the shopping basket.
The company reminds all that the deal is available until September 30. So if you are interested head to OnePlus’ website and grab the promo before it's over.
OnePlus 5 is one of the excellent and reasonably-priced flagships out on the market, but it is usually shipped without headphones. Now you can get the Chinese manufacturer’s Bullets V2 for free if you buy the OnePlus 5 with 128 GB storage.
Deal: OnePlus 5 comes with free Bullets V2 headphones Going on the OnePlus website and selecting the $539 phone, at the third step “Special offers” you’ll see the headphones are offered with 100% discount. The Bullets V2, offered in Black or White have a retail price of $19.95 which goes down to $0 when the 128 GB OnePlus 5 is added to the shopping basket.
The company reminds all that the deal is available until September 30. So if you are interested head to OnePlus’ website and grab the promo before it's over.

ZTE Axon M photographed, a foldable phone coming in mid October

October 17 will be a busy day for ZTE’s brands - nubia is launching a new device and so is Axon. And there’s a good chance that the new Axon M will be the more interesting of the two as it has two screens that fold out to form one big one.
ZTE Axon M (Multy) ZTE Axon M (Multy)
ZTE Axon M (Multy)
Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy X, which will likely use a single flexible screen, ZTE will use two separate panels with 1080p resolution each and (hopefully) a minimal bezel where the two screens meet.
Unfolded, the phone – codenamed Axon Multy – will have a 6.8” screen with 2,160 x 1,920px resolution. A large display to be sure, but not outrageously so. Still, it’s going to be more compact than even the 6.4” Xiaomi Mi Mix when you fold the two halves.
Also, when folded the Axon M will have screens on the front and back. This will upstage the Meizu Pro 7. It’s not quite like the YotaPhone either, since the back screen will render a full color, high-FPS image.
ZTE Axon M photographed, a foldable phone coming in mid October The phone is expected to be exclusive to AT&T in the US, retailing for $650. It will reportedly have a Snapdragon 820 chipset (perhaps 821) with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The battery is said to have 3,120mAh capacity, which doesn't sound like much for two screens.
October 17 will be a busy day for ZTE’s brands - nubia is launching a new device and so is Axon. And there’s a good chance that the new Axon M will be the more interesting of the two as it has two screens that fold out to form one big one.
ZTE Axon M (Multy) ZTE Axon M (Multy)
ZTE Axon M (Multy)
Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy X, which will likely use a single flexible screen, ZTE will use two separate panels with 1080p resolution each and (hopefully) a minimal bezel where the two screens meet.
Unfolded, the phone – codenamed Axon Multy – will have a 6.8” screen with 2,160 x 1,920px resolution. A large display to be sure, but not outrageously so. Still, it’s going to be more compact than even the 6.4” Xiaomi Mi Mix when you fold the two halves.
Also, when folded the Axon M will have screens on the front and back. This will upstage the Meizu Pro 7. It’s not quite like the YotaPhone either, since the back screen will render a full color, high-FPS image.
ZTE Axon M photographed, a foldable phone coming in mid October The phone is expected to be exclusive to AT&T in the US, retailing for $650. It will reportedly have a Snapdragon 820 chipset (perhaps 821) with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The battery is said to have 3,120mAh capacity, which doesn't sound like much for two screens.

Moto X Pure Edition finally gets to taste Nougat

Back in April, an announcement revealed that the Moto X Pure Edition will get the Android Nougat. But owners of the phone that has the Moto X Style moniker elsewhere in the world had to wait five more months for the actual upgrade to arrive. Now tweets and tips from Moto X Pure owners reveal that the phone is finally getting its Nougat serving.
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Moto X Pure Edition with Android 7.0 Nougat
The update brings the 7.0 version of Android along with a September 1, 2017, security patch. We don’t know if the phone will get 7.1.1 in the near future, but with that tempo, you may be sure that Oreo is probably out of the question for the X Pure.
Android Nougat brings revamped notification system, split-screen multitasking, quick switching between apps, Doze on the Go for better battery life, Data Saver, custom quick settings, a quick settings bar, and new emoji.
Here’s a quick rundown of the phone - it was announced in the second half of 2015 with Snapdragon 808 and 3 GB RAM. It was Motorola’s best Android smartphone by that time because of its attractive looks, superb 21 MP f/2.0 camera and impressive €260 price tag.
Back in April, an announcement revealed that the Moto X Pure Edition will get the Android Nougat. But owners of the phone that has the Moto X Style moniker elsewhere in the world had to wait five more months for the actual upgrade to arrive. Now tweets and tips from Moto X Pure owners reveal that the phone is finally getting its Nougat serving.
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Moto X Pure Edition with Android 7.0 Nougat
The update brings the 7.0 version of Android along with a September 1, 2017, security patch. We don’t know if the phone will get 7.1.1 in the near future, but with that tempo, you may be sure that Oreo is probably out of the question for the X Pure.
Android Nougat brings revamped notification system, split-screen multitasking, quick switching between apps, Doze on the Go for better battery life, Data Saver, custom quick settings, a quick settings bar, and new emoji.
Here’s a quick rundown of the phone - it was announced in the second half of 2015 with Snapdragon 808 and 3 GB RAM. It was Motorola’s best Android smartphone by that time because of its attractive looks, superb 21 MP f/2.0 camera and impressive €260 price tag.

Analysts: Essential sold only 5,000 phones

The Essential phone drew much attention from geeks the moment it was announced. There’s a singular reason for that – it’s made by a startup founded by Andy Rubin, often called the father of Android. And not just any startup, a $1.2 billion startup.
So, how many phones has Essential sold since sales went live on September 9? BayStreet Research estimates that number is 5,000.
Five thousand phones in the hands of consumers is not a huge number. Despite a troubled launch, the OnePlus One quickly reached 500,000 sales (Essential experienced a delay as well).
Analysts: Essential sold only 5,000 phones To be fair, the One was sold at manufacturing cost but it successfully rode the hype train. The Essential phone meanwhile is fairly expensive ($700 is still a lot, no matter the Apple comparisons) and is exclusive to the smallest US carrier – Sprint. The only other country to get it is Canada, a European launch was confirmed but the timing is still up in the air.
The Essential team needs to sit down and rework its strategy as things will only get harder for the plucky startup - many flagships launched since the PH-1 went on sale and a few will launch next month.
The Essential phone drew much attention from geeks the moment it was announced. There’s a singular reason for that – it’s made by a startup founded by Andy Rubin, often called the father of Android. And not just any startup, a $1.2 billion startup.
So, how many phones has Essential sold since sales went live on September 9? BayStreet Research estimates that number is 5,000.
Five thousand phones in the hands of consumers is not a huge number. Despite a troubled launch, the OnePlus One quickly reached 500,000 sales (Essential experienced a delay as well).
Analysts: Essential sold only 5,000 phones To be fair, the One was sold at manufacturing cost but it successfully rode the hype train. The Essential phone meanwhile is fairly expensive ($700 is still a lot, no matter the Apple comparisons) and is exclusive to the smallest US carrier – Sprint. The only other country to get it is Canada, a European launch was confirmed but the timing is still up in the air.
The Essential team needs to sit down and rework its strategy as things will only get harder for the plucky startup - many flagships launched since the PH-1 went on sale and a few will launch next month.

Huawei brings its 360-degree camera to Europe

Huawei’s portfolio of mobile products includes a 360-degree camera named CV60 that was limited only to China until today. The Chinese manufacturer finally brought the gadget to Hungary, meaning it is starting its European rollout.
Huawei Panorama 360 Camera Huawei Panorama 360 Camera
Huawei Panorama 360 Camera
Each of the two cameras has a 1/3.06” Sony sensor and f/1.8 lens. Photos max out at 5326 x 2688 pixels while video recording comes in either 1920 x 960 (30 fps) or 1280 x 640 (30 fps again). The gadget has an iCatch V35 SoC for processing the images.
The CV60, also named Huawei Panorama 360 Camera, was presented by a Leica representative and a Huawei manager based in the Central European country. It is not made exclusively for Huawei devices - all phones with at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow and USB-C port can use it. They would only need the Huawei EnVizion 360 app which could be found on the Play Store after October 16.
Huawei Panorama 360 Camera retail box Huawei Panorama 360 Camera retail box
Huawei Panorama 360 Camera retail box
The camera is expected to hit the shelves on October 17. The retail price of the Huawei Panorama 360 Camera is €128 and it will be available via various online and offline retailers.
Huawei’s portfolio of mobile products includes a 360-degree camera named CV60 that was limited only to China until today. The Chinese manufacturer finally brought the gadget to Hungary, meaning it is starting its European rollout.
Huawei Panorama 360 Camera Huawei Panorama 360 Camera
Huawei Panorama 360 Camera
Each of the two cameras has a 1/3.06” Sony sensor and f/1.8 lens. Photos max out at 5326 x 2688 pixels while video recording comes in either 1920 x 960 (30 fps) or 1280 x 640 (30 fps again). The gadget has an iCatch V35 SoC for processing the images.
The CV60, also named Huawei Panorama 360 Camera, was presented by a Leica representative and a Huawei manager based in the Central European country. It is not made exclusively for Huawei devices - all phones with at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow and USB-C port can use it. They would only need the Huawei EnVizion 360 app which could be found on the Play Store after October 16.
Huawei Panorama 360 Camera retail box Huawei Panorama 360 Camera retail box
Huawei Panorama 360 Camera retail box
The camera is expected to hit the shelves on October 17. The retail price of the Huawei Panorama 360 Camera is €128 and it will be available via various online and offline retailers.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8: a speed test

iPhone’s Apple A11 Bionic chipset obliterated the Android competition in both single and multi-core benchmarks, but it is paired with only 3GB of RAM. So are the new iPhones actually faster than the best Android runners?
There are many ways to measure speed and multitasking is one of them - it is an integral part of the smartphone experience.
So, here’s what happens when you put an iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 head to head. Keep in mind that the iPhone X uses the same chipset as the 8 Plus and has an equal amount of RAM – 3GB, half what the Note 8 packs (6GB). The built-in storage definitely plays a role in this test as well and it seems that Samsung’s UFS memory is on par with Apple’s NVMe. In the “launching apps” part of the challenge, the iPhone has a small lead, but its smaller RAM caused it to slow down when relaunching apps.
iPhone’s Apple A11 Bionic chipset obliterated the Android competition in both single and multi-core benchmarks, but it is paired with only 3GB of RAM. So are the new iPhones actually faster than the best Android runners?
There are many ways to measure speed and multitasking is one of them - it is an integral part of the smartphone experience.
So, here’s what happens when you put an iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8 head to head. Keep in mind that the iPhone X uses the same chipset as the 8 Plus and has an equal amount of RAM – 3GB, half what the Note 8 packs (6GB). The built-in storage definitely plays a role in this test as well and it seems that Samsung’s UFS memory is on par with Apple’s NVMe. In the “launching apps” part of the challenge, the iPhone has a small lead, but its smaller RAM caused it to slow down when relaunching apps.