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Week 44 in review: Razer Phone, U11 duo Oppo R11s and Nokia 2 arrive

Week 44 saw no less than seven new handsets make their debuts, with Razer's smartphone debut gathering the most attention, while HTC brought forward its U11+ flagship and U11 Life mid-ranger. Oppo showed its R11s flagship, while HMD and Xiaomi unveiled a trio of entry-level devices - the Nokia 2, Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite. OnePlus delivered a few more teasers for its upcoming 5T flagship and confirmed that it will come with a 3.5mm audio jack. In software-related news Xiaomi started the rollout of the global MIUI 9, while Sasmung started the beta test of the Oreo update for its...

Huawei Maimang 5 with 5.5-inch Display, 4GB RAM, 16MP 4K Camera launched

Huawei Maimang 5 has become official today. This is the successor to the Maimang 4 - and since that model went on sale outside of China as the Huawei G8, we assume the new handset might be known as the G9 in other countries. A G9 lite has already been outed, so this would complement that nicely in the company's international portfolio. The Maimang 5 has a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and 4K video recording support, an 8 MP selfie cam, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 at the helm (with a 2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU), 3 or 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of expandable storage, 4G, and a 3,340 mAh battery. (more…)

Live photos offer the first real look at the Nokia C1 Android phone

The Finnish gods of rebirth have sent an omen – live photos of the Android-powered Nokia C1. To be clear, that's Nokia Nokia, not the Microsoft sub-division. The handset looks pretty much just like the renders we saw earlier. Interestingly, the screen is now reported as 5" 1080p, rather than 720p, which was the original rumor. Also, it allegedly runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow (pretty vanilla by the looks of it) on an Intel Atom chipset (with 2GB of RAM). From the photos it's still not clear if the phone is made of metal or plastic. (more…)

Headphone jack check: Huawei Mate 20 will have it, Mate 20 Pro will not

The "will they, won't they" saga regarding the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro's 3.5mm headphone jacks will not be officially resolved until October 16. Still, the rumor mill seems to have settled on an answer, and it's that things remain the same - the base Mate will have a headphone jack, the Mate Pro will not (just like the Mate 10 duo last year). You can see this in these leaked renders of a Mate 10. The round hole on the left (second image) is pretty clearly for the jack. The hole on the right could be for an IR blaster, while the holes on the bottom side are loudspeaker, USB-C and...

Skype adds Private Conversations with end-to-end encryption

Skype is the latest messaging service to jump onto the end-to-end encryption bandwagon. The Microsoft-owned service has partnered up with Signal in order to enable the new functionality, which is optional and not default for every chat. Thus, Skype's implementation is similar to what Facebook Messenger uses, which has dedicated Secret Conversations you can set up for this purpose. Skype's version is called Private Conversations, and these aren't supported for groups. To start a Private Conversation, you tap or click the "+" icon, then select the self-descriptive New Private Conversation...