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LG Tribute 2 debuts at Sprint and Virgin Mobile

A new entry-level smartphone has been announced by Sprint today. Depending on where you buy it from, it's either called LG Tribute 2 or LG Tribute Duo. It should become available later today both at Sprint Prepaid as well as Virgin Mobile. At Sprint, it's known as the LG Tribute Duo, while at Virgin Mobile its moniker is LG Tribute 2. (more…)

TAG Heuer unveils 41mm version of its Connected Modular smartwatch

The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 has a case diameter of 45mm, same as the Carrera watch, which inspired its design. If that's too big for your wrist, however, you can try the company's new 41mm model. And to add a bit of glam to its lineup, these Android-powered smartwatches now come in Full Diamond edition. Geeky stuff first. The Connected Modular 41 is built on an Intel platform married to Google software. The specs are upped a bit - the AMOLED screen is sharper (326ppi vs. 287ppi) and offers higher max brightness, 350 nits. Also, memory has been doubled to 1GB of RAM and 8GB...

Nokia X’s design fully revealed via high-resolution photos

A TENAA listed all the Nokia Xspecs earlier today and now the design gets revealed in more glorious detail thanks to the latest leak featuring a bunch of live shots. Nokia X The new high-resolution photos confirm the notch on top of the 5.8" (19:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2280 resolution) display and the slightly protruding vertically-aligned dual-camera modules. They also reveal that the back of the Nokia X features a glass finish. Nokia X The device will be announced during HMD Global event on May 16. Source (in Chinese)

Black Shark 2 launches with lots of features

Today is a massive working day for Xiaomi. Announced, its fresh independent brand, Redmi, launched two fresh smartphones, a pair of wireless earbuds, and a washing machine. Hours later, Black Shark, the gaming smartphone company it has a stake in reported its third gaming phone – the Black Shark 2.

Black Shark 2 Design

The Black Shark 2 takes on a different design from the original and the Black Shark Helo. It Additionally has the biggest screen of all the 3 smartphones. The phone does not have super thin bezels what isn’t surprising but they are smaller than those of its predecessors. Black shark 2 launches with lots of features On the rear, the overall design is different too. The digital cameras are arranged vertically and positioned on the left. They aren’t flush with the body though. The currently recognizable Black Shark logo sits at the center and there is an LED underneath it. There are Additionally LEDs on the sides and a Black Shark Major switch on top of the power button.

Specifications and features

Black shark 2 launches with lots of features The Black Shark 2 is the first gaming cameraphone introduced this year and it tries to make a massive statement. The panel is a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Black Shark calls it a Trueview Panel what restores real color to the panel. With a dedicated picture processing cpu, the smartphone automatically adjusts the panel parameters for the best colour output. There are moreover features which include Full DC dimming, MEMC intelligent motion, Super HDR, and an eye protection mode. Black shark 2 launches with lots of features The Black Shark 2 is fueled by Qualcomm’s Sd 855 processor and ships in 4 variants – 6GB RAM + 128GB, 8GB RAM + 128GB, 8GB RAM + 256GB, and 12GB RAM + 256GB. The Black Shark 2 is a gaming phone however that doesn’t indicate it has to slack in the camera department. On the front over the screen is a 20MP 0.9?m f/2.0 scanner covered with a 5P lens. On the rear is a 48MP f/1.75 0.8?m key digital camera paired with a 12MP f/2.2 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The digital camera can record in 4K at 30fps, record slow-motion videos in 720p at 240fps and in 1080p at 120fps. The Black Shark 2 has an in-screen fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB type-C port. Under its hood is a 4000mAh battery with support for 27W fast charging. It has stereo speakers, triple-microphones for stereo recording, and uses AI to reduce background noise. In terms of gaming, the smartphone comes with a feature named Magic Press which lets you customize the touch controls on the panel. Magic Press also lets you customize the pressure sensitivity of the 2 angles of the display. Black Shark say they have Furthermore reduced the touch response time to 43.5ms for a smoother gaming performance. Don’t worry about your product heating up as Liquid Cooling 3.0 with its tower-style cooling design what is a combo of a liquid-cooling pipe and liquid-cooling plate, efficiently covers the heat-generating sections of the phone. Liquid Cooling 3.0 is 20 times far more efficient in heat dissipation. There is Additionally a cooling fan attachment for the cameraphone that helps bring the temperature down by an specially 5 degrees. This arrives in handy if you will be playing for long hours.

Value and Availability

The Black Shark 2 ships in three colour versions – Shadow Black, Frozen Silver, and Mirage Blue. The configuration varies on the color you want. The price tag starts at 3199 Yuan (~$477) for the 6G + 128GB version, jumps to ?3499 (~$521) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB version, ?3799 (~$566) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB variant, and ?4199 (~$625) for the 12GB RAM + 256GB variant. It is already in the world for pre-order here on the official website and on ahead of its March 22 first sale date. The Black Shark 2 will get an international launch and India is one of the markets it is destined to come in. There is with no info still on whenever this will be. Via

Sunday debate: In-display vs rear-mounted fingerprint scanner

With makers chasing ever increasing screen to body ratios for their flagships, there's just no room for the front-mounted fingerprint scanner of yesteryear. Where should it move though - under the screen or round the back - Rossen and George discuss. Ro: "The in-display fingerprint is the future." If it were up to me, I would have kept the fingerprint reader on the front on modern phones, but the trend of bezel-less displays is driving the fingerprints to the back of the device. The chin can no longer house them. But don't get me wrong - I enjoy those full-screen...