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Samsung launching Galaxy Note9 in early August due to poor Galaxy S9 sales

Samsung is introducing the Galaxy Note9 on August 9, which two weeks earlier than its predecessor. According to industry insiders from Taiwan, the reason is the Korean company is experiencing low sales of the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ and wants to keep the momentum in user engagement before it is too late. Samsung usually launches its flagships up to two weeks after the announcement, so an early August introduction means late August market arrival. This move should counter the poor performance of the Galaxy S9 series which according to some reports from China reached lowest levels...

Officially confirmed – no new OnePlus X

OnePlus' one and only non-flagship, the OnePlus X, will not be getting a successor, according to company CEO Pete Lau. Lau said the company will instead be focusing on its flagship series only, which he admitted was neglected last year. The company plans on merging the development resources for the global Oxygen OS and the Chinese Hydrogen OS and will be making an official announcement regarding that later this year. (more…)

Xiaomi’s smartphone manager says extra price range smartphones will have in-screen fingerprint scanners this year

The Mi 8 Pro and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition were the first Xiaomi smartphones to release with an in-screen fingerprint scanner. They will be joined by the Mi 9 and the Mi 9 Explorer Edition in a number of days however it appears to be the feature could make its way to mid-range Xiaomi phones this year. The info comes from Xiaomi’s gadget manager, Wang Teng Thomas, who disclosed in a Weibo article yesterday that their goal for 2019 is to bring the “Fingerprint on Display” feature to extra mid-range models. There is no info on what of Xiaomi’s up coming price range phones will have it. The Redmi 7 Pro expected to release soon has its fingerprint sensor on the rear. The gadgets we could think of straight now include the Mi MAX 4, the Mi 9 SE, Mi 9 Lite (if there is one in development), and maybe even the successor to the Mi 6X. The article In addition unveiled why the Mi MIX 3 what was unveiled back in November doesn’t have an in-screen fingerprint camera even though the Honor Magic 2 what is also a slider cameraphone has it. The reason according to Mr. Thomas is because of to the contrasts in the design and structure of the slider in both phones. He said he will supply a proper explanation next week. The Mi 9 what launches on Wednesday will arrive with a fresh generation in-display fingerprint camera what is 25% faster than the last generation. It In addition has a larger scanning area and has been optimized to work better with dry fingers and under low-temperature. (Source, Via)

Meizu A5 launched with octa-core CPU, 8MP camera

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu has launched a new, 'A' series of smartphones, with A5 becoming the first member to be made available. Listed on the company's official website, the device is powered by Mediatek's MT6737 SoC, and sports a 5-inch HD display. RAM is 2GB, while storage is 16GB. The handset sports an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter. Measuring 144x70.5x8.3mm and weighing in at 140g, the phone packs in a 3,060mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.1. Color options include black, gold, and silver. The device...

Moto C2 and C2 Plus appear in first ever renders

It seems like all the fuss around the recently launched Moto G6 family and the upcoming Moto Z3 Play has been keeping us busy and has kind of overshadowed the anticipation of the second generation of Moto C smartphones. Well, that changes today as the first ever renders give us a really good look at the upcoming budget Moto C2 and Moto C2 Plus handsets. They have a similar look to the Moto E4 and keep the design language of all recent Motorola devices. However, unlike most modern handsets, the Moto C2 and C2 Play come with standard 16:9 screens (as opposed to any of the...