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Essential Phone to get double tap to wake and EIS in “near future”

Hot on the heels lf yesterday's news that Essential Phone sales have reached 50,000 units, we learn the phone is going to get EIS and double tap gesture for waking the phone. The company held it's bi-weekly AMA on Reddit where officials discussed plans and current bugs. Essential officials also discussed Project Treble. That is coming to the PH-1 in the Oreo 8.1 release, but fans might have to wait, since 8.0 is still in beta. The Oreo Beta 2 that was scheduled for this week, but got postponed in the last minute after encountering "a few regressions". It should arrive on Monday and...



Samsung Galaxy J7 Max leaks with 5.7-inch display, 13MP selfie shooter

A new Samsung phone has leaked in a couple of official-looking presentation slides. The device dubbed Galaxy J7 Max is being compared with Oppo's F1s and F3 as well as the vivo V5. The leaked images reveal the device is powered by a Mediatek SoC with octa-core 1.6GHz processor, and sports a 5.7-inch full HD display. RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is 32GB. The handset features 13MP cameras on both front and back and runs Android Nougat. The slides also reveal support for Samsung Pay Mini. Rumors suggest the device will be launched in India in the second week of June. No...



Nougat update starts hitting Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro

Samsung has started pushing out a new update to its Galaxy A9 Pro smartphone. Arriving as firmware version A910FXXU1BQHB and weighing in at just under 1.3GB, it's a major update that bumps the OS version to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update is currently hitting units in India, although other markets (like China and Malaysia, where the device is available) should also get it sooner than later. OTA roll outs are usually gradual, so be patient if you haven't received the update yet - it shouldn't be long now. Via



Huawei P20 Lite arrives at TENAA: dual camera on the back, notch on the front

Vodafone Spain already spilled the beans on the Huawei P20 Lite, now it's TENAA's turn. Note that while they appear similar, this Huawei P20 is a different model. The specs line up, starting with the 5.84" screen with 1,080 x 2,280px resolution - that's a 19:9 screen. Huawei P20 Lite (photos by TENAA) Unfortunately, the photo of the front is too dark to see if there's a notch, though it certainly looks like one is present. This unconfirmed photo shows a piece missing from the screen. Unconfirmed photo of the Huawei P20 Lite in the dark shows off its notch clearly The...



Qualcomm likely to announce the Snapdragon 845 in early December

It's no secret that Qualcomm is going to follow up this year's Snapdragon 835 with an 845 for 2018 flagships - in fact, it's already rumored that Samsung has dibs on the entire first production batch for the Galaxy S9. What is news, however, is that the US semiconductor company will likely announce the Snapdragon 845 at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in December. The event is scheduled for December 4-8 and is to be held in Maui, Hawaii, a leaked invite posted on Weibo reveals. Qualcomm Technology Summit event invite The Snapdragon 835 was made official at CES 2017 in...