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Samsung Galaxy S9 running Android 8.1 spotted in benchmarks

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, which launched in March running Android 8.0 out of the box, may be about to get the 8.1 update in the near future. The Galaxy S9 has been spotted in a Geekbench listing running Android 8.1. Samsung hasn't provided any guideline on when the update will arrive, and benchmark listings can't be seen as anything certain, but at least we know the update is in development. We can hope that the testing goes smoothly and the official rollout isn't that far away now. Via



New Galaxy Note8 leaked renders show camera bump, confirm position of the fingerprint sensor

Last week a comprehensive report shed a lot of light on Samsung's upcoming Note8 smartphone, including its record-breaking price. One of the things that leak did not have was any kind of image portraying the device. Today, however, two different sources have come up with CAD-based renders of the Galaxy Note8. Let's start with the more schematic one. Like the other renders outed today, this confirms the position of the fingerprint sensor that was talked about in last week's leak. We also get the umpteenth confirmation of the dual rear camera setup. As you can see, the fingerprint...



LG Exalt LTE debuts as Verizon’s first 4G LTE featurephone

In a surprising twist, LG has launched a new featurephone in the United States. Dubbed Exalt LTE, the device is powered by a Snapdragon SoC with quad-core, 1.1GHz processor, and sports a 3-inch display of 400 x 240 pixel resolution. The flip-phone comes with 8GB storage and features a 5MP camera. Weighing in at around 130g, the handset packs in a 1,470mAh removable battery. Verizon is selling the Exalt LTE as its first 4G LTE-capable feature phone. In fact, it's an LTE-only phone as it doesn't work with the carrier's 3G CDMA network. Price tag is $168. Source 1 2 | Via



3D renders of Google Pixel 2 show what the phone could look like in different hues

We're still frowning at the chunky bezels of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, but seeing them with the clarity afforded by CAD-based renders still made us do a double take. At least we're getting stereo speakers on the front, right? Google Pixel 2: Quite Black • Very Silver • Really Blue So far we've only seen the Quite Black version leak out. Very Silver and Really Blue are a safe bet, those are the three colors of the original Pixel). Of course, the Red Nexus 5 was pretty hot, here's what that might look like (with a white or black front). Google Pixel 2: Red /...



Oppo teases VOOC and F/1.7 lens for F3 Plus

The Oppo F3 Plus is just a few days away (March 23) and Oppo is heavily plugging its upcoming smartphone on its official Facebook page. In a couple of posts Oppo promises VOOC fast charging, upgraded touch access (a fast, accurate and responsive fingerprint reader) and an f/1.7 aperture camera. Oppo F3 Plus teasers The self-pronounced Selfie Expert will have a few smart cameras - a 16MP one on the back and two more on the front - another 16MP and an 8MP, which will undoubtedly be the centerpiece of the Selfie claim to fame. The rest of the specs round off a nice...