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Sunday Debate: Do we still need compact flagships?

Yordan: Powerful phones should come in all shapes and sizes. In 2012 Samsung introduced the Galaxy S III with a 4.8" screen that looked massive when compared with the 4.3" panel of its predecessor. Months later, the Galaxy Note II also saw the light of day and got mocked from Day 1 for being a "door" or a "shield", mostly because of its then-monstrous 5.5" screen. Fast forward six years and the tables have turned - users want big, tall and notched screens with weird ratios like 18:9, 18.5:9, 19:9, 19.5:9 etc. Some might say bigger phones offer more space for battery and bring...



Honor 9 Youth Edition set to be unveiled next week

Huawei's sub-brand Honor has confirmed that it will be unveiling a new smartphone next week. The company took to its official Weibo account to announce that Honor 9 Youth Edition will debut on December 21. The device has already been certified by China's TENAA. Some of its key specs include Kirin 659 SoC and 5.65-inch display (18:9 aspect ratio) with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution. It will be available in 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB memory configurations. The handset features dual camera setup (13MP+20MP) on both back and front. Battery capacity is 2,900mAh, while OS is Android 8.0. The...



YouTube for iOS now supports full screen on the iPhone X

The 19.5:9 aspect ratio of the Apple iPhone X is not quite perfect for watching videos when the majority of content out there is at 16:9. Such content covers the equivalent of a 5" screen (a bit less actually) due to letterboxing. The latest YouTube update allows you to get rid of that and use the screen fully, horns and all. You lose a bit from the top and the bottom of the video while the sides lose bits due to the notch and the rounded corners. Still, if you want to, you can. All you need to do is a pinch gesture to fill up the screen. Check the App Store for updates, the new...



Xiaomi Mi A3 Android One telephone is on the way?

Xiaomi is working on a fresh Android One device. The codename of this smartphone has been unveiled through the Android Pie based MIUI 10 firmware for the Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone. Currently that the Chinese company has unveiled Xiaomi Mi A1, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite phones so far. Hence, it looks that the newly spotted device might be the Xiaomi Mi A3 smartphone. In the MIUI 10 firmware of Mi 8, an XDA forum member may find a smartphone with “orchid_sprout” codename. Almost every known Android One gadget that is approved by Google is famous for carrying “_sprout” suffix and the similar is applicable for Xiaomi’s Android One smartphones. For instance, the Mi A1, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite were respectively codenamed as “tissot_sprout,” “jasmine_sprout,” and “daisy_sprout.” Hence, the “orchid_sprout” codename might belong to the upcoming Xiaomi Mi A3 smartphone. There is no reports available on the specifications of the Xiaomi Mi A3 smartphone. The Mi A1, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite lacked backed for NFC. On the other hand, through the firmware leak it has been revealed that “orchid_sprout” device is equipped with NFC connectivity. The NFC chip used on the product is from NXP. One must be informed of the fact that there is no confirmation on whether the “orchid_sprout” will be marketed as Xiaomi Mi A3. Some of the codenames of Xiaomi gadgets that were spotted in the past this sort of as Comet, Achilles, Lilium and so on were never released. Hence, no extra details on the “orchid_sprout” could surface for a while. The existence of the smartphone can be established through leaks that may appear from other sources. Read also: Xiaomi Mi A2 and Motorola One Power both receive Android Pie update in India The Xiaomi Mi A2 was launched in July and the same gadget with MIUI case onboard is selling in China as Xiaomi Mi 6X. The Redmi 6 Pro that made were released in China and India is in the world in other markets as Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. The latter was announced along Mi A2 in July. Hence, the fresh Android One devices from Xiaomi are expected to go formal by early Q3 this year. Source: link

Apple lowers iPhone X component orders

Apple told suppliers of iPhone X components to reduce shipments, according to Taiwan-based insiders. Only 40% of the expected amount is shipped for the initial launch of the new Apple flagship, the sources confirmed. Some manufacturers, though, still struggle to cope even with the new, lowered orders. Apple iPhone X The low percentage should not worry iPhone fans. The Cupertino company followed the same strategy with the launch of the iPhone 7 in 2016. Back then, only 60% of the materials required were shipped for the launch, with the following 40% of orders left for the...