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Huawei Mate 20 Lite goes on sale in Poland and Germany, seems official now

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite hasn't been made official just yet, but that hasn't stopped it from going on pre-order. You can order the device in Poland and Germany with supposed shipping starting September 9. The German listing is more suspect. The Mate 20 Lite's price is €435 but there is no shipping date nor even a photo of the device. In Poland the Mate 20 Lite is priced at PLN 1,600 (€370) and comes with a complimentary Huawei AH100 smart scale. The phone comes in either Blue or Black and is the Dual SIM model. This isn't the first time a Huawei phone went on sale in Poland...



Alcatel 3V arriving in US next week for $150

Alcatel is bringing its 3V smartphone to the United States. In a press release, the company announced the device will be available in the region starting next week. Amazon will be offering the carrier unlocked model for $150. For a budget friendly price, you get a device featuring 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, dual rear cameras, fingerprint sensor, Face Key biometric security, and other features. As clear from the Amazon listing above, the exact launch date is May 29. Other third-party retailers like Best Buy and Walmart be start selling the handset in the coming...



China smartphone SoC shipments will slow down in Q4 2018, research claims

According to the latest Digitimes research, smartphone AP shipments will continue to decline during this quarter with about 4.6% after the 13.9% gain in Q3 2018. Vendors appear to be feeling the trend and are giving lower order numbers. Some of the Chinese smartphone makers such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and vivo are looking to expand their overseas shipments and the efforts so far have been largely successful, especially in Eastern Europe and India. Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin Technologies appears to have benefited the most. The report also says that the AI accelerators in today's chips...



Weekly poll: Samsung Galaxy Note9, pre-order, wait or skip?

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is a member of a regal line of Android flagships and it has a price tag to match. This year the focus was on a larger battery, a more capable S Pen and an improved DeX experience. At 4,000mAh, the battery dwarfs the Note8 battery (3,300mAh), which was smaller than the on in the S9+ (3,500mAh). It's the price you pay for the S Pen that takes up some of the internal volume. The new Note isn't much thicker (8.8mm) than the old one (8.6mm), nor noticeably heavier either (201g vs. 195g), which is commendable. Speaking of the S Pen, it got the largest upgrade in...



MIUI 11 development has commenced, Xiaomi shows a “new and special OS” is coming

Xiaomi has reportedly started the development of its next generation of MIUI custom ROM and it would be called MIUI 11. This was made known during the company’s MIUI Core Experience Annual Meeting by Liu Ming, head of Device planning department of Xiaomi internet. This falls in line with the time schedule whenever the current-gen MIUI 10 commenced and in the approaching months, we count on the company to start recruiting closed beta testers. Presently, MIUI 10 stable improve has already been pushed to higher than 40 models cutting across the Mi and Redmi models. With higher than 300 million users and a cumulative estimate of 402 weeks of development and update in its 8years+ of existence, MIUI might be said to be one of the longest-running ROMs on mobile phones in China. It has been the practice of Xiaomi to launch a primary improve every year and this year isn’t going to be any different. The fresh update is coming to be unveiled together with the new generation of Xiaomi’s flagship mobile cameraphone. From the photo seen on the power point presentation panel, MIUI 11 will be famous as “a new and unique OS”, perhaps just the similar way MIUI 9 was dubbed “lightning fast” although MIUI 10 adopted the slogan “AI full-screen system”. Xiaomi had earlier hinted that it will focus on improving the UI during the development of MIUI 11. The manufacturer further more mentioned that the focus on MIUI 11 will not be on making a massive difference in the user interface between MIUI 10 and MIUI 11. Instead, the focus will be on a design focused on the actual needs of customers. The rollout is yet months away however we believe, the next-gen custom ROM will bring impressive options.