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Samsung Galaxy S21+ in for review

We finally got our hands on the Galaxy S21+ to complete our Galaxy S21 lineup and we’ve started work on its review. But in the meantime, let’s size it up to its peers. Before we get to side-by-sides, here’s a short unboxing – you get the phone, a SIM tool and a USB-C to USB-C cable. If you want the recommended 25W charger, you’ll need to pay an extra €20 for it.…
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Xiaomi Mi A3 gets another “brick-free” Android 11 update

Saying that the Xiaomi Mi A3 has had bad luck with its software updates would honestly be an understatement. Granted, the Chinese giant has historically struggled a bit more on its Android One device software in general, but even by those standard the whopping four attempts it took to bring Android 10 to the Mi A3 are a bit much. They have now been followed-up a no-less-than three Android 11 builds in quick succession.…
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High quality Galaxy Z Fold3 renders bring all the rumors to life

Straight off the bat, we don’t have any live photos or official images of the next Galaxy Z Fold as of yet. This render is probably the next best thing, though, since Ben Geskin is known for his quality work in the field and does appear to have based his design on most of the leaked information we already have on the alleged Z Fold3.…
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Realme opens Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0 early access program for six smartphones

Realme today opened the Realme UI 2.0 early access program for six smartphones in India – Realme 6, Realme C12, Realme C15, Realme X2, Realme X3, and Realme X3 SuperZoom. Realme UI 2.0 is based on Android 11, and those interested in getting a taste of it can apply for the early access program by heading to the Settings > Software Update menu on their smartphone, click on the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen, then on Trial version, and then submit the required information.…
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Hyundai executives are reportedly split over Apple Car manufacturing partnership

Cupertino’s interest in the electric car business has been a constant presence in the rumor mill for a good few years now. Earlier this month Korean giant Hyundai actually put out a tentative statement that it is in ongoing talks with Apple on the matter, only to quickly scramble to alter the information multiple times. Nothing out of the ordinary, really, given Apple’s track record of extreme secrecy on projects and products.…
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Xiaomi is now suing the US government in hopes of reversing investment ban

The ongoing Xiaomi/US saga is quickly escalating. If you haven’t been following it closely, basically one of the swan songs of Trump’s government was to designate Xiaomi as a “Communist Chinese military company”. A title that would qualify it to fall under the administration’s Executive Order from November that bars American securities and investment companies from putting capital in said companies.…
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Black Shark 4 TENAA certified with a 6.67″ screen

We know Black Shark will soon unveil the Black Shark 4 as the company has already kicked off its teaser campaign. And while we don’t have an announcement date yet, the Black Shark 4 has been certified by China’s TENAA, moving it a step closer to the launch. The TENAA listing of Black Shark 4 sporting model code SHARK KSR-A0 reveals the smartphone will run Android 11 and pack a 6.67″…
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Asus ROG Phone 5 passes through TENAA revealing some specs and images

The latest gaming flagship from Asus inches closer to announcement as the phone passes through China’s TENAA revealing some key specifications and a couple of images of the incoming phone. The ROG Phone 5 (tentative name) with model number I005DA will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset and come with a 6,000 mAh battery. This battery will consist of two 3,000 mAh batteries, hinting at some super-fast charging speeds, possibly for a 65W charger which was also mentioned in the phone’s 3C certification.…
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Myth debunked: Samsung’s 100X zoom doesn’t fake moon photos

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has two telephoto cameras, one is a 3X zoom and the other is a 10X zoom. Working with the phone’s AI, the S21 Ultra can capture a digitally enhanced photo of the moon’s surface. The conspiracy was that Samsung was able to apply a texture of the moon to anything that resembled it. Samsung denied this and explained that the camera’s AI Super Resolution takes multiple frames of the moon and assembles a more detailed final image.…
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OnePlus 8 finally gets Android 11 update on Verizon and T-Mobile

Never settle? When it comes to updates for carrier-branded devices, OnePlus is more like Sometimes settle. Or even – Always settle. We’re talking about how long it takes carrier versions of its handsets to receive big new Android updates. Case in point, the OnePlus 8. Unlocked units have been bathing in the glory of Android 11 since mid-October. And yet, if you bought one from Verizon or T-Mobile, the rollout has only started today, more than three months later.…