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4 Days Ago   Xiaomi has been slower to adopt in-display fingerprint sensors than some of its Chinese rivals, only including the feature on certain high-end variants of last year's Mi 8 flagship phone.

4 Days Ago   At this point it may be a tradition that new Google phones show up in unboxing videos from Eastern Europe before they’ve even been announced. So it is with the so-called “Pixel 3 Lite,” a midrange Pixel phone that’s already leaked extensively but has now shown up in apparently near-final form on video thanks to a new YouTube channel called Andro News.

5 Days Ago   Oppo has confirmed that it’s developing a smartphone camera system with a 10x zoom lens, as rumored. The tech is similar to the 5x zoom prototype the company showed off a couple of years ago, making use of the phone’s lateral width to enable the necessary physical depth through the use of a periscope-style prism.

7 Days Ago   CES saw the first third-party USB-C to Lightning cables break cover from companies like Griffin and Belkin, and now popular purveyor of ion-stimulating apparatus Anker has confirmed it’s getting in on the game.

11 Days Ago   Chinese giant Oppo, one of the largest phone vendors in the world, is expanding to the United Kingdom. The company has confirmed to The Verge that it will hold a UK launch event for its RX17 phone on January 29th.

11 Days Ago   Canon has said that it will develop a new full-frame mirrorless camera capable of shooting 8K video. In an interview with Imaging Resource, top product planning executive Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi confirmed that “an 8K video-capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap,” referring to the company’s new full-frame mirrorless line.

11 Days Ago   Samsung has announced the date of its next Unpacked event, at which it’s widely expected to announce the latest Galaxy S flagship phones. The event is happening on Wednesday February 20th at 11AM PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

12 Days Ago   Late last year Xiaomi president Lin Bin teased an upcoming phone with a 48-megapixel camera, and today the company has revealed it in full. Despite the eye-catching headline spec, it’s turned out to be a product under the entry-level Redmi brand called the Redmi Note 7.

12 Days Ago   The first flash memory products under the Lexar brand following its acquisition and revival are here, and what better way to kick things off than by setting a massive SD storage milestone?

14 Days Ago   Samsung Electronics recorded its highest ever profits last quarter, but three months on things aren’t looking so great. The company issued guidance today warning that revenue and profits for the three months ending December 31st 2018 will be sharply down year-on-year.

15 Days Ago   Asus has announced a trio of ROG Strix XG-branded gaming monitors, all with large VA panels, FreeSync 2 support, and DisplayHDR certification. The XG438Q is a huge 43-inch 4K monitor with DisplayHDR 600 and a 120Hz refresh rate.

15 Days Ago   Nvidia has announced at CES 2019 that it will bring G-Sync support to several FreeSync monitors, removing the need to buy a monitor specifically certified and branded by the leading GPU maker.

15 Days Ago   Yusaku Maezawa, founder of massive Japanese online clothing retailer Zozotown, is a rich guy. Rich enough to pay Elon Musk’s SpaceX a serious amount of money to become a passenger on a trip to the moon, and also rich enough to rack up the most retweets in history by promising to give away almost a million dollars.

15 Days Ago   Earlier today, Samsung made a surprising announcement that its new smart TVs would support iTunes content and Apple’s AirPlay 2 streaming protocol, and it looks like other TV makers will be getting in on at least part of the action.

32 Days Ago   For VR enthusiasts, 2016 feels like a long time ago. That was the year that virtual reality hype hit its peak with the launch of three major headsets and accompanying platforms — Facebook’s Oculus Rift, HTC and Valve’s Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR.

32 Days Ago   2018 has been a good year for video games. From blockbuster epics to smaller indie experiences to inventive takes on VR, the breadth and variety of games that came out over the last 12 months is astounding.

34 Days Ago   On Monday morning, I did something I often do when testing a new device: I took it off the charger to see how long it’ll last under regular use.

35 Days Ago   The LG Display rollable TV prototype from CES 2018 is set to go on sale as a consumer product next year, according to a source that spoke to Bloomberg.

36 Days Ago   Huawei has announced the Nova 4 smartphone after weeks of teasing its most standout feature: the circular “hole-punch” cut-out for the 25-megapixel selfie camera. Samsung beat Huawei to the punch (...) by announcing the similar Galaxy A8s last week, but Huawei’s phone looks to have a smaller hole for the camera.

40 Days Ago   Trainer Battles, the long-awaited PvP mode for Pokémon Go, are now available. Niantic started rolling them out for level 40 players a couple of hours ago, but they quickly became accessible for players as low as level 10 as well, which will be the permanent minimum required level for the mode.

40 Days Ago   Today Nvidia is releasing version 7.2 of its software for the Shield Android TV box, which continues to receive strong support more than three years on from its initial release.

41 Days Ago   Vivo has announced its followup to one of the most head-turning phones of 2018, the Nex. The new Nex Dual Display Edition has a similar curvy design and devotion to eliminating the display notch, but it takes a different approach: whereas the original Nex had a pop-up selfie camera, the new model doesn’t need one in the first place.

41 Days Ago   Other than LG and its focus on audiophile-grade output, there’s been no stauncher defender of the headphone jack than Samsung. The phone giant regularly highlights the 3.5mm jack’s continued inclusion in marketing and device announcements, and its status as the most prominent manufacturer in the Android world means it has a major influence on how many millions of headphone jack-equipped phones are bought and used every month.

42 Days Ago   LG has announced a “capsule-based craft beer system,” because nothing says “craft” more than easy one-button operation. It’s called the LG HomeBrew, of course, and LG will be unveiling it in full at CES next month.

43 Days Ago   Sony and Samsung both announced 48-megapixel image sensors designed for smartphones earlier this year, and we’re starting to hear details of the first devices to make use of the massive pixel counts.

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