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Huawei Mate 10 may cost over €900

According to a report from France, the Huawei Mate 10 will have a DeX-like feature – a mode that turns the new Kirin 970-powered flagship into a full-blown desktop. Allegedly, this will be done via a DisplayPort connection coming out of the USB-C port and being relayed by a dock.
Curiously, this may support any DisplayPort dock, not just the Huawei-made one. A recent promo was promising that the Mate 10 is not a smartphone but an “intelligent machine” instead.
Anyway, such goodness will not come cheap, we hear. Early (perhaps inaccurate) indications are that the Mate 10 Pro will cost €930-940 on the old continent – priced very close to the Galaxy Note8.
Huawei Mate 10 may cost over €900 To be fair, the Mates may have the best dual camera on the market with Leica helping to open up both apertures to f/1.6. And the Kirin 970 is chock full of AI enhancements. Check back with us in a couple of weeks for the official launch.
According to a report from France, the Huawei Mate 10 will have a DeX-like feature – a mode that turns the new Kirin 970-powered flagship into a full-blown desktop. Allegedly, this will be done via a DisplayPort connection coming out of the USB-C port and being relayed by a dock.
Curiously, this may support any DisplayPort dock, not just the Huawei-made one. A recent promo was promising that the Mate 10 is not a smartphone but an “intelligent machine” instead.
Anyway, such goodness will not come cheap, we hear. Early (perhaps inaccurate) indications are that the Mate 10 Pro will cost €930-940 on the old continent – priced very close to the Galaxy Note8.
Huawei Mate 10 may cost over €900 To be fair, the Mates may have the best dual camera on the market with Leica helping to open up both apertures to f/1.6. And the Kirin 970 is chock full of AI enhancements. Check back with us in a couple of weeks for the official launch.

You can now buy the colorful OnePlus 5 JCC+ in Europe

The limited edition OnePlus 5 JCC+ is now on sale in Europe. The phone has a custom inscription on the back as well as a blue power button, yellow sound switch and red volume rocker, made in collaboration with famous designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.
Underneath the fresher uniform this is a top of the line 8GB + 128GB OnePlus 5 and is priced the same - not a penny over the "regular" OnePlus 5 - €559 / £499.
OnePlus 5 JCC+ OnePlus 5 JCC+
OnePlus 5 JCC+
If you want the limited OnePlus 5 JCC+ you'd better hurry as stock will be much lower than the regular unit.
The limited edition OnePlus 5 JCC+ is now on sale in Europe. The phone has a custom inscription on the back as well as a blue power button, yellow sound switch and red volume rocker, made in collaboration with famous designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.
Underneath the fresher uniform this is a top of the line 8GB + 128GB OnePlus 5 and is priced the same - not a penny over the "regular" OnePlus 5 - €559 / £499.
OnePlus 5 JCC+ OnePlus 5 JCC+
OnePlus 5 JCC+
If you want the limited OnePlus 5 JCC+ you'd better hurry as stock will be much lower than the regular unit.

Facebook Messenger Lite arrives in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland

The Facebook Messenger Lite app for Android is now available in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. This will be very good news for those who are annoyed at the sheer number of features packed into the 'normal' Messenger app, but still need to use this platform for communication.
Messenger Lite started off as a project meant to be released in a handful of developing (and mobile data-starved) countries. Hence, it was built with a focus on operating with as few resources as possible, including on the phone hardware side. But it caught on with people from across the world, who started installing it from unofficial sources.
The unique selling point here? Probably something along the lines of 'it's Messenger, but with no bloat'. The Lite app went out to 150 additional countries back in April, including some developed ones, and it now looks like it will soon be available everywhere, serving as a less heavy alternative to the original app.
The tradeoff with Messenger Lite involves giving up on features such as Messenger Day, camera effects, as well as the third party developer platform.
The Facebook Messenger Lite app for Android is now available in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. This will be very good news for those who are annoyed at the sheer number of features packed into the 'normal' Messenger app, but still need to use this platform for communication.
Messenger Lite started off as a project meant to be released in a handful of developing (and mobile data-starved) countries. Hence, it was built with a focus on operating with as few resources as possible, including on the phone hardware side. But it caught on with people from across the world, who started installing it from unofficial sources.
The unique selling point here? Probably something along the lines of 'it's Messenger, but with no bloat'. The Lite app went out to 150 additional countries back in April, including some developed ones, and it now looks like it will soon be available everywhere, serving as a less heavy alternative to the original app.
The tradeoff with Messenger Lite involves giving up on features such as Messenger Day, camera effects, as well as the third party developer platform.

HMD will update the current Nokia phones to Android P

HMD will update the current Nokia roster to Android 8.0 Oreo but the company has committed to do more than that – it will update these phones to Android P as well (the next major Android version).
All the current Nokias launched on Nougat and will live to see two major OS updates. That’s better than many Androids get, especially on the lower rungs of the ladder where the Nokia 3 lives. We guess those are the advantages of running near-stock Android – HMD doesn’t have to do as much to push out the update.
HMD will update the current Nokia phones to Android P Anyway, HMD’s Chief Technology Officer has commented that the company is open to unlocking the bootloaders of its phones. This will ensure that once the official updates stop – that won’t be for a while, but still – you can load up Lineage OS or something similar and keep your phone up to date and secure.
The bootloader may have to wait, though, at least until the devs have pushed Oreo out the door. The work is underway and the updates should be out by the end of the year.
HMD will update the current Nokia roster to Android 8.0 Oreo but the company has committed to do more than that – it will update these phones to Android P as well (the next major Android version).
All the current Nokias launched on Nougat and will live to see two major OS updates. That’s better than many Androids get, especially on the lower rungs of the ladder where the Nokia 3 lives. We guess those are the advantages of running near-stock Android – HMD doesn’t have to do as much to push out the update.
HMD will update the current Nokia phones to Android P Anyway, HMD’s Chief Technology Officer has commented that the company is open to unlocking the bootloaders of its phones. This will ensure that once the official updates stop – that won’t be for a while, but still – you can load up Lineage OS or something similar and keep your phone up to date and secure.
The bootloader may have to wait, though, at least until the devs have pushed Oreo out the door. The work is underway and the updates should be out by the end of the year.

Deal: Sony Xperia XZ1 gets its firsts discount in the US

Amazon US has cut the asking price of the Sony Xperia XZ1 from $699 to $649.
The discount concerns the Black and Moonlit Blue Xperia XZ1's while the Venus Pink and Warm Silver editions are still at their original $699 level.
That starting price was considered steep given the Xperia XZ1's unimpressive on-paper specs - the 5.2-inch 1080p screen that's neither AMOLED nor bezelless, the smallish battery and the lack of a fingerprint scanner for the US market.
If those "faults" don't bother you the Xperia XZ1 is still a solid smartphone that's highlighted by a capable high-res camera with 960fps slow-mo video.
Check out all the Xperia XZ1's pros and cons in our detailed review.
Amazon US has cut the asking price of the Sony Xperia XZ1 from $699 to $649.
The discount concerns the Black and Moonlit Blue Xperia XZ1's while the Venus Pink and Warm Silver editions are still at their original $699 level.
That starting price was considered steep given the Xperia XZ1's unimpressive on-paper specs - the 5.2-inch 1080p screen that's neither AMOLED nor bezelless, the smallish battery and the lack of a fingerprint scanner for the US market.
If those "faults" don't bother you the Xperia XZ1 is still a solid smartphone that's highlighted by a capable high-res camera with 960fps slow-mo video.
Check out all the Xperia XZ1's pros and cons in our detailed review.

Google Pixel 2 XL full frontal leak shows trimmed bezels, stereo speakers

Update:Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks), the source of the original story below, has posted a new image of the Pixel 2 XL. This time it's a full frontal look at the upcoming smartphone, which is not inside a case.
Note that the left and right edges may look weird to you because of how the glass curves into the metal frame - it's very likely that this is just a render-specific thing and will not translate into the real device having big side bezels.
[Original story]
Google's hardware unveiling event is in just two days, on October 4. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise at all that the Pixel 2 XL which will be introduced on that occasion has been leaked today. What is different this time around is that we get to see its front, even though the handset is shown inside a case.
So far, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL leaks have focused more on the backs of the two devices, but today's leak comes to confirm the much-rumored smaller bezels for the bigger Pixel 2 XL. They are still there, but definitely much less noticeable than in its predecessor, the Pixel XL from 2016.
Furthermore, the next XL will come with stereo front facing speakers, as clearly portrayed in this image, so we assume that some of the space in those bezels is used to house the necessary components. The screen has rounded corners, which is the trendy thing to do in 2017, and it's also likely to be an OLED panel made by LG.
The last thing this render confirms is the rumored Pixel Launcher redesign, with a Google search bar showing up in between the app dock and the navigation buttons. It's something that will probably take some getting used to, but it does make searching for stuff much easier, since that bar is reachable with your thumb in no time.
Update:Evan Blass (a.k.a @evleaks), the source of the original story below, has posted a new image of the Pixel 2 XL. This time it's a full frontal look at the upcoming smartphone, which is not inside a case.
Note that the left and right edges may look weird to you because of how the glass curves into the metal frame - it's very likely that this is just a render-specific thing and will not translate into the real device having big side bezels.
[Original story]
Google's hardware unveiling event is in just two days, on October 4. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise at all that the Pixel 2 XL which will be introduced on that occasion has been leaked today. What is different this time around is that we get to see its front, even though the handset is shown inside a case.
So far, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL leaks have focused more on the backs of the two devices, but today's leak comes to confirm the much-rumored smaller bezels for the bigger Pixel 2 XL. They are still there, but definitely much less noticeable than in its predecessor, the Pixel XL from 2016.
Furthermore, the next XL will come with stereo front facing speakers, as clearly portrayed in this image, so we assume that some of the space in those bezels is used to house the necessary components. The screen has rounded corners, which is the trendy thing to do in 2017, and it's also likely to be an OLED panel made by LG.
The last thing this render confirms is the rumored Pixel Launcher redesign, with a Google search bar showing up in between the app dock and the navigation buttons. It's something that will probably take some getting used to, but it does make searching for stuff much easier, since that bar is reachable with your thumb in no time.