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Top 10 trending phones of week 22

Plenty of commotion in the top 10 chart this week, mostly due to the eagerly-anticipated unveiling of Xiaomi's new flagship device. The Mi 8 is only part of the story, as the Chinese OEM also took the wrappings off the Mi 8 Explorer and Mi 8 SE. The latter comes with a different design and with a more attractive price tag. The Xiaomi trio clearly made a big splash in the rankings, with the two flagship variants, taking the first and second spots. The Mi 8 SE also made the list, securing 7th place. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 5 Pro managed to climb up the food chain to the third...



OxygenOS 5.0.2 update brings Face Unlock to OnePlus 5

OnePlus has started pushing out a new update to its OnePlus 5 smartphone. Arriving as OxygenOS 5.0.2, the update brings the promised Face Unlock feature. The changelog also includes a CPU security patch (CVE-2017-13218), enhanced EIS for video recording, and updates to Launcher, Gallery, Weather, and File Manager apps. The update comes with some general bug fixes and improvements as well. Source



Essential Phone is down to $224 at Amazon US

Tired of overpriced flagships that are slow to get upgrades? The Essential Phone is neither of those things - for one, it already runs Android 9.0 Pie. For another, it's currently $224 over at Amazon in the US. You can find it here, the deal is specifically for the exclusive Halo Gray color without the 360 camera or headphones. If you do want the camera, that's under $50. The Essential Phone is down to $224 The Essential is pretty awesome - clean Android and Snapdragon 835 power make it similar to the Pixel 2 XL, it has plenty of storage (128GB) and good camera. It's one...



The invite for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition event looks super cool

OnePlus has been making the most out of its partnership with McLaren. The company sent out invites for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition launch event and while that invite doesn't reveal much about the phone itself, it shows a touch of McLaren design. Loving the OnePlus x McLaren invite #SalutetoSpeed @oneplus @McLarenF1 pic.twitter.com/iVDUckAVhW— Chris Hall (@christhall) December 4, 2018 That's happening on December 11. Besides members of the press, six lucky fans will participate - the winners were announced on the OnePlus forum. The McLaren Edition of the OnePlus 6T is expected to...



Google teases the Active Edge on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in a video

Google is teasing the new version of Active Edge on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with a video focused on the act of touching, squeezing and hugging objects and people. The video also signals the Pixel's arrival to the Japanese market. Google has set up a landing page for Japanese customers interested in getting the Pixel 3/3 XL. Sadly the video doesn't show the phones themselves, but some of the colors accented in it can be interpreted as tips to the Pixel 3/3 XL's color options. We already have a good idea of what Google's latest two phones will pack and a great idea of what...