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Weekly poll: are secondary screens useful?

The Meizu Pro 7 Plus was unveiled this week with a secondary screen on its back. It's not the first rear-mounted display - there have been interesting efforts like the e-Ink back of the YotaPhone - but they never caught on. And there is, of course, LG V20 with a secondary screen on the front, but we think positioning makes all the difference. An Always On display could have covered half the functions of V20's secondary screen. But a screen on the back lets you check notifications even when the phone is face down. And it lets you snap selfies with the main camera, which typically has...



Samsung Galaxy Note8 schematics reveal fingerprint scanner on the back

Alleged schematics of the Galaxy Note8 appeared and confirm Samsung will keep the fingerprint scanner on the back and will not implement it under the screen, as many expect. The schematics show the back of the Galaxy Note8 with a vertical dual-camera setup and a fingerprint scanner below. There is also a separate scheme that illustrates the screen of the phone will have curved edges. According to the leak, the USB-C and the 3.5 mm jack will be at the bottom, right next to the S Pen slot and the speaker. The microSD/SIM card slot will be positioned at the top, right next...



Razer provides list of games optimized for 120Hz refresh rate

Back when Razer launched the Razer Phone with its 120Hz 'UltraMotion' display, there were hardly any games that supported the higher refresh rate. Truth be told, there aren't even many Android games that hit 60fps on a good day, so 120fps was out of the question. List of supported games by genre Since then, Razer has worked with some developers to release optimized versions of their games for the 120Hz display. Unfortunately, I don't have a Razer Phone at hand to test these games but it's likely they won't exactly hit 120fps all the time to match the 120Hz refresh rate of...



More details about Samsung’s foldable Galaxy F smartphone surface

Samsung's foldable smartphone is expected to be showcased behind closed door this month during Samsung's Developers Conference in San Francisco, but the odds of it being officially announced are low. The most recent information suggests that the phone will launch early next year. According to the a new report the phone will be called Galaxy F (probably "F" for "foldable") and carry a model number SM-F900U - pretty similar to the Galaxy S lineup naming scheme. The report also mentions that pre-production units are tested in the US with software build number F900USQU0ARJ5 . It also...



Android O Beta Program debuts

Today Google has officially unveiled the Android O Beta Program. Like the Android N Beta Program from last year, this will let anyone with a supported device test the next release of the operating system before its development is finalized. A Developer Preview of Android O has been out since March, but Google has advised non-developers not to risk running that, especially on essential handsets, because it was an early release so bugs are to be expected almost everywhere. The situation should be different with the beta builds, the first of which is expected to go out today. If you...