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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 gets MIUI 9 nightly, price cut in India

There are two interesting bits of news for existing and future owners of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 in India. According to one user on MIUI forum, Xiaomi is now rolling out nightly build of MIUI 9 to Mi Max 2 devices in India.
According to Xiaomi, this is a staged rollout to a small group of users for now, so not everyone will be getting it (our own device is still on 8.5.9.0). Still, with the launch of MIUI 9 just three days away, it won't be long before the stable release starts rolling out officially.
For prospective Mi Max 2 buyers, the phone is now a bit more affordable. Xiaomi has slashed the prices by INR 1000 ($15) on both the 32GB as well as the 64GB models, bringing them down to INR 13,999 ($215) and INR 15,999 ($246), respectively.
There are two interesting bits of news for existing and future owners of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 in India. According to one user on MIUI forum, Xiaomi is now rolling out nightly build of MIUI 9 to Mi Max 2 devices in India.
According to Xiaomi, this is a staged rollout to a small group of users for now, so not everyone will be getting it (our own device is still on 8.5.9.0). Still, with the launch of MIUI 9 just three days away, it won't be long before the stable release starts rolling out officially.
For prospective Mi Max 2 buyers, the phone is now a bit more affordable. Xiaomi has slashed the prices by INR 1000 ($15) on both the 32GB as well as the 64GB models, bringing them down to INR 13,999 ($215) and INR 15,999 ($246), respectively.

Top half of OnePlus 5T pictured

We’ve had many chances to gaze at the upcoming OnePlus 5T, but the clarity of this new image is better than what came before. It shows only the top half, but the new design is so symmetrical that the bottom will look fairly similar.
The side bezels look exceedingly thin, though we attribute this to the perspective and to general digital trickery. The top bezel of the 18:9 screen seems smaller than that of the current model, though perhaps not as slim as a Galaxy S8 or LG V30.
The new screen will have 1,080 x 2,160px resolution (so still no QHD), the battery might bet a bump in capacity as well.
Top half of the upcoming OnePlus 5T
Top half of the upcoming OnePlus 5T
You can see the real-life side bezels in the hands-on photo from last week. The back has been observed in renders only but it should be more or less identical to the back of the Oppo R11s, down to the dual 20MP camera and fingerprint reader a bit further down.
The OnePlus 5T is expected to launch on November 16. The expected price is in line with what the OnePlus 5 cost at launch - $550 to $650 depending on the memory option (6GB/64GB or 8GB/128GB).
We’ve had many chances to gaze at the upcoming OnePlus 5T, but the clarity of this new image is better than what came before. It shows only the top half, but the new design is so symmetrical that the bottom will look fairly similar.
The side bezels look exceedingly thin, though we attribute this to the perspective and to general digital trickery. The top bezel of the 18:9 screen seems smaller than that of the current model, though perhaps not as slim as a Galaxy S8 or LG V30.
The new screen will have 1,080 x 2,160px resolution (so still no QHD), the battery might bet a bump in capacity as well.
Top half of the upcoming OnePlus 5T
Top half of the upcoming OnePlus 5T
You can see the real-life side bezels in the hands-on photo from last week. The back has been observed in renders only but it should be more or less identical to the back of the Oppo R11s, down to the dual 20MP camera and fingerprint reader a bit further down.
The OnePlus 5T is expected to launch on November 16. The expected price is in line with what the OnePlus 5 cost at launch - $550 to $650 depending on the memory option (6GB/64GB or 8GB/128GB).

Oppo R11s and R11s Plus pass through TENAA

Oppo itself leaked the new R11s duo, but that page was a touch light on specifications. Good thing we have TENAA to fill us in on the details before the November 2 announcement.
Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA)
Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA)
The Oppo R11s and Oppo R11s Plus share the majority of their specs, the major difference being the screen diagonal – 6” and 6.43” respectively. Both are AMOLED panels with 1,080 x 2,160px resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.
The duo will be powered by octa-core processors – Snapdragon 660 is the most likely chipset, so Kryo 260 cores. The R11s has 4GB of RAM, the Plus model has more – 6GB. Both have 64GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot.
The dual camera on the rear is listed as 16MP + 20MP, confirmed by Oppo’s own website (although benchmarks claim 20MP + 20MP). The single selfie camera has a 20MP sensor.
Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA)
Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA)
Since the Oppo R11s Plus is larger it has a 3,880mAh battery while its smaller sibling has 3,120mAh in its tank. It terms of size, the R11s is 7.1mm thick and weighs 153g while the R11s Plus is 7.3mm thick and weighs 182g.
PS. TENAA photographed only the black model, you can check out the Gold and Red color options here.
Oppo itself leaked the new R11s duo, but that page was a touch light on specifications. Good thing we have TENAA to fill us in on the details before the November 2 announcement.
Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA)
Oppo R11s Plus (photos by TENAA)
The Oppo R11s and Oppo R11s Plus share the majority of their specs, the major difference being the screen diagonal – 6” and 6.43” respectively. Both are AMOLED panels with 1,080 x 2,160px resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.
The duo will be powered by octa-core processors – Snapdragon 660 is the most likely chipset, so Kryo 260 cores. The R11s has 4GB of RAM, the Plus model has more – 6GB. Both have 64GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot.
The dual camera on the rear is listed as 16MP + 20MP, confirmed by Oppo’s own website (although benchmarks claim 20MP + 20MP). The single selfie camera has a 20MP sensor.
Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA) Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA)
Oppo R11s (photos by TENAA)
Since the Oppo R11s Plus is larger it has a 3,880mAh battery while its smaller sibling has 3,120mAh in its tank. It terms of size, the R11s is 7.1mm thick and weighs 153g while the R11s Plus is 7.3mm thick and weighs 182g.
PS. TENAA photographed only the black model, you can check out the Gold and Red color options here.

Apple gives early iPhone X access to some reviewers

Apple has given a few select reviewers an early look at the iPhone X, for hands-on purposes.
The videos, from the likes of Boredatwork and others started to show up a few hours ago and more seem to be coming now.
The videos give us an early look at the iPhone X but don't expect detailed reviews - these are first-look videos.
Here are a few that you might want to check out.
Apple has given a few select reviewers an early look at the iPhone X, for hands-on purposes.
The videos, from the likes of Boredatwork and others started to show up a few hours ago and more seem to be coming now.
The videos give us an early look at the iPhone X but don't expect detailed reviews - these are first-look videos.
Here are a few that you might want to check out.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo beta test markets confirmed

Last week we heard a beta program for Android 8.0 on Samsung Galaxy S8 is about to start It should be available for starting tomorrow, and now we got intel on which countries will get early access to Oreo. The first wave includes South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo beta markets confirmed There is also a second wave of markets which would get the to beta-test Android Oreo. The countries are Germany, Spain, France, Poland along with India and China.
To test the beta version, you must be a member of the Galaxy Beta program, available through the Samsung Members app. The start and availability will vary by region, meaning more countries may try Android Oreo in the foreseeable future.
Last week we heard a beta program for Android 8.0 on Samsung Galaxy S8 is about to start It should be available for starting tomorrow, and now we got intel on which countries will get early access to Oreo. The first wave includes South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo beta markets confirmed There is also a second wave of markets which would get the to beta-test Android Oreo. The countries are Germany, Spain, France, Poland along with India and China.
To test the beta version, you must be a member of the Galaxy Beta program, available through the Samsung Members app. The start and availability will vary by region, meaning more countries may try Android Oreo in the foreseeable future.

Asus launches the Zenfone 4 Pro, Zenfone 4, and 5.2" Zenfone 4 Max in the US

Today Asus is significantly expanding the Zenfone 4 family of smartphones in the US. The Taiwanese company launched the 5.5" Zenfone 4 Max stateside last month, and now it's being joined by a bunch of its siblings.

Zenfone 4 Pro

Let's start with the top of the line offering, in effect Asus' flagship handset at the moment. This one features a 5.5" 1080p AMOLED touchscreen, 6GB of RAM, and the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the helm. It comes with 64GB of expandable storage and a 3,600 mAh battery.
Its dual rear camera setup consists of a 12 MP main shooter with a 1/2.55" sensor, 1.4µm pixels and f/1.7 aperture, as well as a 16 MP unit with 2x fixed optical zoom. On the front you'll find an 8 MP snapper for selfies, with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4µm pixel size.
The Zenfone 4 Pro runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is up for pre-order at Asus, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and Newegg. It's available in black only and will set you back $599. It will start shipping on November 6.

Zenfone 4

The Zenfone 4 has dual rear cameras too, though in this case both come with 12 MP resolution. The main sensor has f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary one has a 120-degree wide-angle lens.
This phone is powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and a 3,300 mAh battery. 64GB of expandable storage is in tow, along with an 8 MP f/2.0 selfie snapper, and a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD touchscreen. The Android version that's pre-installed is 7.1.1 Nougat in this case too.
The Zenfone 4 is also available to pre-order from Asus, B&H, Best Buy, and Newegg, and will ship on November 6 like the Pro according to Asus, and November 3 according to Newegg. Oddly enough, Amazon says it already has units in stock. It is priced at $399 and should be offered in both Midnight Black and Moonlight White.

Zenfone 4 Max 5.2"

This model complements the 5.5-inch iteration that's already available. It obviously brings a smaller 5.2" display to the table, with 720p resolution. It's powered by the Snapdragon 425 chip, has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage. It's got a 13 MP + 5 MP dual camera setup on the back, an 8 MP front-facing unit, as well as Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
Its main claim to fame however has to be the huge 4,100 mAh battery, since that's the theme of the Max-branded Zenfones. This is sure to last one day or more on a charge for even the most demanding power users. Then again, it remains to be seen how many of those will settle for the lower-midrange specs on offer here.
The 5.2-inch Zenfone 4 Max is priced at $169 unlocked and will only be out in black. You can pre-order one from Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and Newegg. This model will be released on November 3.
Today Asus is significantly expanding the Zenfone 4 family of smartphones in the US. The Taiwanese company launched the 5.5" Zenfone 4 Max stateside last month, and now it's being joined by a bunch of its siblings.

Zenfone 4 Pro

Let's start with the top of the line offering, in effect Asus' flagship handset at the moment. This one features a 5.5" 1080p AMOLED touchscreen, 6GB of RAM, and the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the helm. It comes with 64GB of expandable storage and a 3,600 mAh battery.
Its dual rear camera setup consists of a 12 MP main shooter with a 1/2.55" sensor, 1.4µm pixels and f/1.7 aperture, as well as a 16 MP unit with 2x fixed optical zoom. On the front you'll find an 8 MP snapper for selfies, with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4µm pixel size.
The Zenfone 4 Pro runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is up for pre-order at Asus, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and Newegg. It's available in black only and will set you back $599. It will start shipping on November 6.

Zenfone 4

The Zenfone 4 has dual rear cameras too, though in this case both come with 12 MP resolution. The main sensor has f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary one has a 120-degree wide-angle lens.
This phone is powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and a 3,300 mAh battery. 64GB of expandable storage is in tow, along with an 8 MP f/2.0 selfie snapper, and a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD touchscreen. The Android version that's pre-installed is 7.1.1 Nougat in this case too.
The Zenfone 4 is also available to pre-order from Asus, B&H, Best Buy, and Newegg, and will ship on November 6 like the Pro according to Asus, and November 3 according to Newegg. Oddly enough, Amazon says it already has units in stock. It is priced at $399 and should be offered in both Midnight Black and Moonlight White.

Zenfone 4 Max 5.2"

This model complements the 5.5-inch iteration that's already available. It obviously brings a smaller 5.2" display to the table, with 720p resolution. It's powered by the Snapdragon 425 chip, has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage. It's got a 13 MP + 5 MP dual camera setup on the back, an 8 MP front-facing unit, as well as Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
Its main claim to fame however has to be the huge 4,100 mAh battery, since that's the theme of the Max-branded Zenfones. This is sure to last one day or more on a charge for even the most demanding power users. Then again, it remains to be seen how many of those will settle for the lower-midrange specs on offer here.
The 5.2-inch Zenfone 4 Max is priced at $169 unlocked and will only be out in black. You can pre-order one from Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and Newegg. This model will be released on November 3.

ZTE Axon M will be available to order from AT&T on November 1, in stores 16 days later

ZTE announced the foldable Axon M smartphone with two screens earlier this month. Back then we did find out that it would be exclusive to AT&T in the United States, as well as how much it would cost. The one piece of the puzzle that has been missing until today - when you'll be able to grab one.
Thankfully, AT&T has decided to clear the air on that one. The carrier has revealed that it will start taking online orders for the ZTE Axon M on November 1, which is this Wednesday. The device will then become available in stores on November 17, "just in time for the holidays".
The Axon M is priced at $725 outright, or 30 monthly installments of $24.17 if you choose to use the AT&T Next payment scheme. The phone comes with two 5.2" 1080p LCD touchscreens that, when the Axon M is unfolded, create a 6.75" viewing surface. It's powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset, and has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and one 20 MP camera. The device runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat and is kept on by a 3,180 mAh battery.
ZTE announced the foldable Axon M smartphone with two screens earlier this month. Back then we did find out that it would be exclusive to AT&T in the United States, as well as how much it would cost. The one piece of the puzzle that has been missing until today - when you'll be able to grab one.
Thankfully, AT&T has decided to clear the air on that one. The carrier has revealed that it will start taking online orders for the ZTE Axon M on November 1, which is this Wednesday. The device will then become available in stores on November 17, "just in time for the holidays".
The Axon M is priced at $725 outright, or 30 monthly installments of $24.17 if you choose to use the AT&T Next payment scheme. The phone comes with two 5.2" 1080p LCD touchscreens that, when the Axon M is unfolded, create a 6.75" viewing surface. It's powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset, and has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and one 20 MP camera. The device runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat and is kept on by a 3,180 mAh battery.

YouTube TV finally gets apps for smart TVs, Android TV, Xbox, and Apple TV

YouTube TV is Google's live TV service, which launched earlier this year, and has been expanding its reach within the US ever since. While you have been able to view its programming on TVs by using a Chromecast (including with voice commands through Google Home), only now is the company finally announcing that it's developed a YouTube TV app for actual TVs and consoles connected to TVs. Better late than never, sure - but this has been quite an odd omission so far.
Anyway, "in the next few days" a new YouTube TV app will be available for Android TV devices and the Xbox One family. Then "in the coming weeks" this new app will be launching on smart TVs from LG, Samsung, and Sony. It will also make its way to the Apple TV.
This app will be similar to the mobile apps for YouTube TV, with the same signature tabs featured - home, live, and library. You'll be able to (obviously) use the TV or console's remote or game controller for navigation, and you'll find a new Live guide "made for your big screen". For a "more cinematic look", the background is dark on your TVs. YouTube TV is now available in all top 50 metro areas, covering over two-thirds of the US.
YouTube TV is Google's live TV service, which launched earlier this year, and has been expanding its reach within the US ever since. While you have been able to view its programming on TVs by using a Chromecast (including with voice commands through Google Home), only now is the company finally announcing that it's developed a YouTube TV app for actual TVs and consoles connected to TVs. Better late than never, sure - but this has been quite an odd omission so far.
Anyway, "in the next few days" a new YouTube TV app will be available for Android TV devices and the Xbox One family. Then "in the coming weeks" this new app will be launching on smart TVs from LG, Samsung, and Sony. It will also make its way to the Apple TV.
This app will be similar to the mobile apps for YouTube TV, with the same signature tabs featured - home, live, and library. You'll be able to (obviously) use the TV or console's remote or game controller for navigation, and you'll find a new Live guide "made for your big screen". For a "more cinematic look", the background is dark on your TVs. YouTube TV is now available in all top 50 metro areas, covering over two-thirds of the US.

Nokia 2 announced with 5-inch display, 4,100mAh battery

As expected, HMD has officially announced the entry-level Nokia 2 smartphone. The device comes with a 5-inch HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 212 SoC.
The handset features an 8MP main camera, and a 5MP front shooter. A large 4,100mAh battery should provide outstanding battery life, given the modest chipset and screen. HMD officially quotes 2-day battery life if you use the phone for 5 hours per day.
RAM is 1GB, while internal memory is 8GB with a microSD card slot for expansion. The phone runs Android Nougat out of the box, with Oreo update confirmed to be coming. It comes in three color options: copper, black, and white.
Nokia 2 also features Google Assistant, something which the company says makes the device first of its kind in the entry-level segment. HMD said the Nokia 2 will launch in mid November, and will carry a €99 price tag.
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Nokia 2 live photos
Nokia 2
As expected, HMD has officially announced the entry-level Nokia 2 smartphone. The device comes with a 5-inch HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 212 SoC.
The handset features an 8MP main camera, and a 5MP front shooter. A large 4,100mAh battery should provide outstanding battery life, given the modest chipset and screen. HMD officially quotes 2-day battery life if you use the phone for 5 hours per day.
RAM is 1GB, while internal memory is 8GB with a microSD card slot for expansion. The phone runs Android Nougat out of the box, with Oreo update confirmed to be coming. It comes in three color options: copper, black, and white.
Nokia 2 also features Google Assistant, something which the company says makes the device first of its kind in the entry-level segment. HMD said the Nokia 2 will launch in mid November, and will carry a €99 price tag.
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Nokia 2 live photos
Nokia 2

Razer Phone leak reveals 4,000mAh battery

So we already know Razer is entering the smartphone market, and its debut device is coming tomorrow. The device has already been spotted in a benchmark listing, and an alleged image of the phone also leaked a few weeks ago.
Now, the handset has been listed on the website of a Three UK affiliate. The listing not only shows the front of the Razor Phone (in low-resolution though), but also reveals some of its key specs.
As per the listing, the phone sports a 5.72-inch screen and comes with 8GB of RAM. It features a dual rear-camera setup (12MP+13MP), and packs in a large, 4,000mAh battery. Other details revealed by the listing include Dolby ATMOS sound and Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) display.
The device's benchmark outing had revealed some other key details, including Snapdragon 835 SoC, 64GB storage, and an 8MP selfie camera. There's, however, currently no information on the price tag the phone will carry.
So we already know Razer is entering the smartphone market, and its debut device is coming tomorrow. The device has already been spotted in a benchmark listing, and an alleged image of the phone also leaked a few weeks ago.
Now, the handset has been listed on the website of a Three UK affiliate. The listing not only shows the front of the Razor Phone (in low-resolution though), but also reveals some of its key specs.
As per the listing, the phone sports a 5.72-inch screen and comes with 8GB of RAM. It features a dual rear-camera setup (12MP+13MP), and packs in a large, 4,000mAh battery. Other details revealed by the listing include Dolby ATMOS sound and Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) display.
The device's benchmark outing had revealed some other key details, including Snapdragon 835 SoC, 64GB storage, and an 8MP selfie camera. There's, however, currently no information on the price tag the phone will carry.

Xiaomi ships 10 million phones in October

Xiaomi shipped 10 million phones in September and it has repeated this feat in October as well. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun posted the good news on his Weibo account while reminding people of the upcoming sale of the Mi 5X (known elsewhere as Mi A1) on November 1. Hey, you don’t ship 10 million phones in a month without selling 24/7.
Upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X (Mi A1) sale
Upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X (Mi A1) sale
Anyway, the company recently set an ambitious goal for itself – to ship 90 million phones this year. That would be a 50% increase over last year (58 million) and a big growth compared to 2015 (its strongest year for now with 70 million shipments).
By the way, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella paid Xiaomi HQ a visit today and Lei Jun gifted him a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Jun says that Xiaomi and Microsoft have a “very close cooperation” for phones, laptops and cloud services.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visits Xiaomi HQ
Source (in Chinese)
Xiaomi shipped 10 million phones in September and it has repeated this feat in October as well. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun posted the good news on his Weibo account while reminding people of the upcoming sale of the Mi 5X (known elsewhere as Mi A1) on November 1. Hey, you don’t ship 10 million phones in a month without selling 24/7.
Upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X (Mi A1) sale
Upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X (Mi A1) sale
Anyway, the company recently set an ambitious goal for itself – to ship 90 million phones this year. That would be a 50% increase over last year (58 million) and a big growth compared to 2015 (its strongest year for now with 70 million shipments).
By the way, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella paid Xiaomi HQ a visit today and Lei Jun gifted him a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Jun says that Xiaomi and Microsoft have a “very close cooperation” for phones, laptops and cloud services.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visits Xiaomi HQ
Source (in Chinese)