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  • HTC’s U11, U11 Plus and U12 Plus to get Android Pie by mid-year

    If you're one of the few people who own one of HTC's newer flagship smartphones, you're in luck. The company this week announced that you're getting an Android Pie update by mid-year. The announcement impacts users with HTC U11, U11 Plus or U12 Plus flagships. "We wanted to share the status on the Android 9 update. HTC is currently working on ensuring the update is compatible with our phones & we anticipate a release for U11, U11+ & U12+ customers starting Q2’19," the company tweeted on Sunday. https://twitter.com/htc/status/1105203212477292547 "Exact timing defers to operators’ availabilities in different countries." While HTC no longer sells devices in...

  • Samsung Galaxy S10’s face unlock can be fooled by a photo, video or your best friend

    The previous generation of Samsung's face unlock system used an iris scanner, but the firm ditched that specific design element in the S10 series in favour of its cut-out selfie camera. Now, it seems that this decision has come back to haunt users (and their likeness). A video published by AndroidWorld.it demonstrates this vulnerability in detail. To unlock the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e or S10 Plus, it seems that all a user need do is hold up a photograph or video of themselves to the phone. Others have noted this too. While AndroidWorld used a still image on another device, Unbox Therapy...

  • Sony Xperia 4 reportedly in the works with Snapdragon 710, 5.7 inch display

    According to a report by MySmartPrice (quoting Sumahoinfo), Sony is preparing a new entrant into the industry's upper mid-range tier. Dubbed the Sony Xperia 4, the phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, pack a 5.7 inch 2520x1080 screen, and feature an aspect ratio of 21:9. The latter has become something of a design trait for new Sony smartphones. Other quoted specs include 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There seemingly won't be a headphone jack either -- unlike the Xperia 10 range -- but will have a 2800mAh battery. While it's likely that Sony will be looking...

  • Watch Windows 10 boot on a Google Pixel 3 XL

    You'd expect that some things just don't go well together. Oil and water is probably the most famous example. But what about Windows running on Google hardware? A video by NTAuthority appeared on Twitter this weekend demonstrating Windows 10 for ARM devices booting on a Google Pixel 3 XL. Yeah. Sounds crazy, but the Android device boots into Redmond's OS without issue. https://twitter.com/NTAuthority/status/1104445280425033730 Granted, there's no Windows Shell, and you won't be able to run full-blown Microsoft Word on the thing, but you get a command prompt window. That's more than enough for some. While this is merely a proof of concept for Windows...

  • Meizu Zero – the phone with no holes, no buttons – now has no future

    Remember the Meizu Zero, the hole-less, portless smartphone which captured the world's attention a few months ago? Well, it's dead. After Meizu launched a crowdfunding campaign for the device a month ago, asking $1299 for the device, it fell flat on its face, gaining just 29 backers, or $46 000 of its $100 000 goal. While it seems like a complete defeat for the Chinese manufacturer, CEO Jack Wong suggests that it was just the marketing team "messing about". "e never intended to mass-produce this project". Oh, well excuse me for thinking that you we're serious, Meizu. Considering the lengthy specs list given...

  • Samsung Galaxy A60 specs leak flaunts phone’s flagship-level credentials

    I understand the inability to keep smartphone flagship secrets, but here goes Samsung, letting its upcoming upper mid-range device specs leak. The Samsung Galaxy A60 is the latest device to be caught by Pricekart with its pants down, just a few weeks after the A50 and A30 devices were announced. At least the numbers are impressive though. The A6 will sport a 6.7 inch 2160×1440 sAMOLED display with an Infinity-U notch, an underscreen fingerprint scanner, a choice between 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and a 4500mAh battery. That's quite the package. Additionally, you'll find three cameras at the rear of the device: a 35MP...

  • OnePlus 7 leaks point to a pop-up selfie camera design

    OnePlus's devices have long been regarded as one of the best value for money prospects in the smartphone roster. But they've never really been quirky. That is, until now. According to a render or two published by smartphone leaker OnLeaks (via Pricebaba), the upcoming OnePlus 7 will be a notable departure from the company's previous device. https://twitter.com/OnLeaks/status/1102166449886584832 The phone features pretty slim bezels, a Sony Xperia 1-like triple rear camera setup arranged vertically in the spine of the phone, and perhaps its defining feature, a pop-up camera up top. Only the selfie camera's seemingly housed in this popup. There's nothing behind it or alongside...

  • It takes deep, deep scratches to kill the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

    Zack Nelson, better known as YouTube's favourite smartphone durability tester JerryRigEverything, recently found himself a Samsung Galaxy S10 to destroy. I mean, someone has to do it. And it's good that he does. In his latest clip, he tests the S10's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor thoroughly with his extremely relaxing voice and sharp set of picks. While he lauds the device's solid build, he takes particular interest in the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner placed beneath the screen of the S10 and S10 Plus. When scratched excessively with a level 7 pick on the Moh's Scale of hardness, the fingerprint reader functioned admirably. But what about...

  • Huawei Y7 2019 now available in South Africa for R3999

    Huawei's latest budget smartphone arrives in South Africa today. Called the Huawei Y7 2019, the features a large 6.26 inch LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 1520x720 resolution, and teardrop notch. That notch houses an 8MP selfie camera, while around the back there's a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP sensor for depth information. Internally, Huawei's using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 instead of one of its own Kirin chips. That's mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be increased through a microSD card in its hybrid SIM slot. The phone also has a rear fingerprint reader, a...

  • Fxtec’s Pro1 smartphone sports a sliding keyboard like the good old days

    Phones with physical keyboards have long been usurped by traditional glass slab designs, and more recently foldables. But one company (besides BlackBerry) is hanging onto that QWERTY life. UK firm Fxtec at MWC 2019 unveiled its Pro1 slider, landscape and QWERTY keyboard smartphone. The device is a stark departure from what you usually see from the likes of BlackBerry, with a predominant landscape orientation and a 5.99 inch 2160x1080 AMOLED screen. The 64-key angled keyboard too itself slides below the screen, and is backlit. Internally, there are a few quirks. The phone uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset -- a two-year old flagship chip...