Motorola P30 now available in Aurora gradient color

Motorola P30 finally got the Aurora color that was promised when it launched. In addition to the Bright Black and Ice Jade White, the company is now offering the handset in gradient color through its retail network in China.

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Motorola P30 in Aurora

But while the black and white variants can be purchased with the 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the Aurora gradient is offered only in 6GB/128GB flavor. The asking price, however, remains the same – CNY 2,499 ($359). It will be made available starting tomorrow at 10:00 AM local time.

We hope the cool color model steps outside of China but for now, there’s no word of Motorola planning to do that.


Lenovo K5X is another Snapdragon 636-powered smartphone

It seems that Lenovo is looking to expand its K lineup even further after releasing the K5 Pro last month. This one is called K5X and the most recent report reveals a good portion of the specs along with a press render giving us a sneak peek of the front panel.

The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 636 paired with 6GB of RAM and either 32, 64 or 128GB of internal storage. The display is said to be 1080 x 2160 (FHD+) with 18:9 aspect ratio and 480 ppi with no word regarding screen size. However, simple math says that with FHD+ resolution and 480 ppi, the diagonal should be approximately 5″.

The rest remains pretty vague so for now, we can only play the waiting game.


Nokia 7.1 with 4 GB RAM arriving in Europe

HMD Global introduced the Nokia 7.1 last month with Snapdragon 636 and two memory options – 3/32 GB and 4/64 GB. Europe received the less impressive version at launch, but according to various retailers across the European Union, the dual SIM variant with 4 gigs of RAM is already hitting store shelves and will be available for purchase on Friday.

Nokia 7.1 is part of the Android One program and comes with a promise for monthly security updates for three years after its launch. Other neat features include 12 MP + 5 MP rear camera setup with Zeiss optics and fast-charging that fills about 45% of the empty battery in 30 minutes.

When the phone was initially introduced, it was priced at €319 for the 3/32 GB variant, while the upgraded 4 GB version had a €349 price tag. The roomier version is now available for pre-order in the Czech Republic and is actually slightly cheaper – CZK8,499 or about €33


ADATA unveils XPG microSD cards for mobile gamers, 512GB unit in tow

ADATA has unveiled its own entry into the 512GB microSD genre – actually, it’s a whole line of XPG microSD cards, which are being targeted at mobile gamers. They come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, the exact availability and pricing details will vary by country.

The company sees these cards being used in smartphones, as well as mobile consoles like the Nintendo Switch, mobile VR headsets and other portable devices.

The ADATA XPG microSD cards feature Application Performance Class 1 (A1), which guarantees 1,500/500 IOPS for read/write. We don’t mean to be negative, but Lexar has a 512GB card with an A2 rating (4,000/2,000 IOPS).

Gamers are a discerning crowd, especially when it comes to performance numbers. ADATA’s suggestions that Android 6.0/7.0 devices can use these cards through Adoptable Storage makes the marketing feel even more out of touch.

Anyway, the sequential speed is rated at the usual UHS-I Class 3/V30 (both labels are equivalent). This resolves to a guaranteed sequential write speed of 30MB/s (important for 4K video recording). That’s the minimum, the card’s peak speeds are 85MB/s for sequential writes and 100MB/s for reads.


In its latest patent, LG’s phone wraps around its edges

The foldable phones territory is still unexplored, so OEMs are still experimenting with the design. LG’s latest patent seems like something worth exploring although, we don’t know if it would make it to broad daylight as most patents don’t.

The sheet describes a phone that can wrap around its edges and a magnetic snap keeps the display attached to the back side of the handset. When unfolded, you can take advantage of the full screen real estate for a tablet-like experience and when wrapped, the part of the display that isn’t visible turns off.

If somehow this concept materializes, it would probably be called Flex. Bendi or Foldi. At least according to the names LG trademarked recently.


Fortnite gets 60fps support on iOS

Epic Games has released an update for Fortnite for iOS, which has added the option to run the game at 60 frames per second. This option is currently only available on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR.

Previously, Fortnite was limited to running at either 30fps or 20fps on mobile. The frame rate option can be found in the same place as before, except it now goes all the way up to 60.

The interesting thing to note here is that the 60fps option is available across all graphics presets. In comparison, PUBG enables the 60fps option only on its lowest graphics setting.

However, it seems that may be for a good reason. I tested Fortnite on the iPhone XR at three presets, low, medium and high (epic is not available). I first started the game high setting and predictably the game looked really nice, especially with the 60fps frame rate. Just by eyeballing, it seems that the game was hitting its 60fps target at this preset, and everything seemed fine at first.

Then things started heating up, and I mean that literally. The iPhone XR got incredibly hot while running Fortnite, which after a few minutes of playing caused the chipset to throttle and drop the frame rate. After that, it seemed as if the frame rate was back to being close to 30fps most of the time.

Dropping down to medium setting solved this issue. The phone still gets hot but sticks to the target 60fps frame rate. Dropping down to low resulted in the phone running a bit cooler and again sticking to the target frame rate.

This is different from PUBG. For starters, the iPhone XR doesn’t get hot at all while playing PUBG regardless of preset or frame rate. Second, PUBG only lets you play at 60fps on its lowest preset, so there isn’t a lot of load on the device to begin with. Lastly, PUBG keeps the rendering resolution the same across all graphical presets while Fortnite drops the resolution at medium compared to high with low setting basically looking like Minecraft.

In my experience, it’s best to stick to the medium preset if you wish to play at 60fps on these devices, as it’s the most balanced in terms of performance and visual quality. I hope Epic Games optimizes the game further, as this level of device heating is unacceptable for a game that looks as simplistic as Fortnite. Not to mention, it tends to burn through your battery.

Having said that, 60fps option is a literal game changer. With higher frame rate comes reduced input latency, which translates into direct competitive advantage. Owners of XS, XS Max and XR now have an actual advantage over other iPhone owners and Android users. You even get more fluidity over the Switch version, as Nintendo’s console only runs Fortnite at 30fps, although it does have physical controls to make up for that.

So a good update in terms of gameplay performance but definitely needs more optimization to reduce heating and battery consumption. As for an Android update, no word on that yet.


Samsung and Niantic reportedly working on a Harry Potter game

Samsung scored a timed exclusivity on Fortnite and plans to continue featuring games as a marketing tactic. The smartphone giant is reportedly close to investing $40 million in Niantic, the maker of the highly popular Pokemon Go location-based game. But Niantic wouldn’t share Pokemon.

Instead, a Harry Potter game is planned, which will turn the S Pen into a magic wand. It’s not clear if this will be an addition to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (set to release in 2019) or a separate title. Reworking the existing game may the only way if Samsung wants it in time for the Galaxy Note10 (the Galaxy S10 will launch first, but it lacks the “wand”).

Niantic’s original game, Ingress, will also be part of the deal. Speaking of, the deal may be announced before the end of this year, though it sounds like neither company is in a hurry – insiders report that they want to see a bit more progress in the technical collaboration before making an official announcement.


Android 9 Pie update is now rolling out to some Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite units

Xiaomi’s Mi A2 Lite is part of the Android One program and launched this summer running Android 8.1 Oreo, but a beta build of Android 9 Pie was made available by the company a couple of weeks ago.

It looks like there weren’t any huge issues with it, because now the stable update to Pie is rolling out to some Mi A2 Lite units in the wild. XDA Developers reports that one user in Poland has shared screenshots proving he got the update, and you can see these below.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Android 9 Pie update

The Android 9 Pie update for the Mi A2 Lite comes as a 1GB download, and brings with it FM radio functionality, adaptive battery and brightness, as well as recommended apps and actions based on your context. Of course since this is Android One you can also expect all the other improvements that Google announced to be baked in. Additionally, you’re getting the November 5, 2018 security patch level.

It’s unclear at the moment if the update is going out in every market where the Mi A2 Lite is offered, but even if it isn’t we assume it’s only a matter of time before it reaches every single unit out there.


HMD Global is holding an event in India on December 6, Nokia 7.1 might be the star

HMD Global has just announced an event in India on December 6, for which it’s already started sending out media invites. The event comes just one day after another one that the company is hosting in Dubai, where it’s expected to unveil three smartphones.

At least one of those will probably also be introduced in India the following day. Rumor has it that it will be the Nokia 7.1, but the Nokia 7.1 Plus was also seemingly teased by HMD’s Indian arm, so both could be in the mix. Note that the Nokia 7.1 Plus is supposedly going to be the global version of the China-only X7, but may end up being called Nokia 8.1 just to make things even more confusing.

Nokia 7.1

The Nokia 7.1 was initially announced last month, and it’s already available in some international markets. It has a 5.84-inch 19:9 touchscreen with 1080×2280 resolution and a notch, the Snapdragon 636 chipset at the helm, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,060 mAh battery. There’s a 12 MP camera on the back paired with a 5 MP depth sensor, while on the front you get an 8 MP shooter for selfies. The Nokia 7.1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box but the update to Android 9 Pie is out now.

On the other hand, the Nokia X7 has a larger 6.18″ display with the same resolution, is powered by the Snapdragon 710, and has a bigger 3,500 mAh battery. It has 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of storage, a 12 MP + 13 MP dual rear camera system, and a 20 MP selfie snapper. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo.


vivo talks 5G, the first commercially ready device to be released in 2020

5G will undoubtedly be the hot topic of 2019 so big manufacturers like vivo are already testing smartphones with the new tech. During the International Symposium on ICT Technology today, vivo talked about details surrounding its next-generation 5G phones and even showed some of them.

For the last two years, the company has filed more than 1,500 proposals to the 3GPP standardization organization. The company has made big progress and will be launching its first pre-commercial smartphone in 2019 while the commercially ready handset will start shipping in 2020. It all depends on when the Chinese operators bring the new technology to the masses.