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Smartphone World Cup: Round of 16, part 1

The rabble is going home as the sixteen Smartphone World Cup hopefuls move forward - welcome to the Round of 16. Today we'll run the first four matches and unveil the results from Groups E and F, the next four matches will be tomorrow (along with the results from G and H). Apple iPhone X vs. vivo NEX S The bezel-less design of the Apple iPhone X left no room for a fingerprint reader on the front and instead of putting it on the back or under the display, Apple switched to Face ID - more convenient and more secure, Cupertino claims. This phone is in no small part responsible for the...



Snapchat launches Nico and Veronica, two new styles of second generation Spectacles

Snap has launched two new versions of its second generation Spectacles. Called Nico and Veronica, the two new models feature new design and some updated features on top of what was introduced with the second generation model back in April. Nico and Veronica feature a more classic design, which make them look more like everyday sunglasses than the previous Spectacles models. They don't highlight the camera lens as much and the all-black design makes the camera and the sensor harder to see from a distance, giving the glasses a much more regular look that you can actually wear without...



LG V30 prototype caught in the wild

Someone had hands-on time with an engineering sample of the LG V30 and managed to take a photo. It's a photo of the front, but there's not much to see - the 6" P-OLED display is surrounded by very little in the way of bezels. Note the 2:1 "FullVision" aspect ratio. The screen is behind Gorilla Glass 5 and promises 148% sRGB coverage and 109% DCI-P3, plus HDR support. LG took precautions to minimize burn-in. On the other side, there's a dual camera with an f/1.6 aperture (the brightest phone aperture yet) and a fingerprint reader. The LG V30 will be waterproof and feature a hi-fi...



Samsung Galaxy Watch hands-on

This is the Samsung Galaxy Watch. The casing comes in two sizes - 42mm and 46mm - and three colors - Black, Silver and Rose Gold, which is exclusive to the smaller 42mm size. If you've owned a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier then the new Galaxy Watch will feel familiar. Its textured bezel rotates smoothly to navigate the interface and there are two rugged-feeling buttons on the side. All three color variants of the Galaxy Watch The first button takes you to the homescreen while the second is a configurable button that can perform whatever task you set it to - open an app, start a...



Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 may have a new, better earpiece

The Mi Mix stunned us with its nonexistent bezels, but the earpiece did not provide great sound quality. Things may change for the Mi Mix 2 as Xiaomi is reportedly looking to completely replace that component. The issue arose because the original Mix did not have a traditional earpiece, there was no place to put it. Instead it used a piezoelectric ceramic speaker that vibrated the whole phone. The Mix 2 will not have a traditional earpiece either, but a new speaker may be developed in a collaboration between Xiaomi and AAC Technologies. AAC has experience building tiny speakers and...