New vivo NEX 2 leaked images reveal the secondary screen

The Chinese company vivo is planning to launch the NEX 2 in the following days, and even though we don’t have an official confirmation, all signs lead to the date December 11. That’s when we expect to see the dual screen device officially, but as usual in the smartphone business, live photos were leaked ahead of schedule, leaving nothing to the imagination.

The user and tech blogger in China ophone8 posted plenty of photos of the vivo NEX 2 in two colors, showing its two sides, and there’s even a shot where the back is compared to the vivo NEX S.

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vivo NEX 2

Although the phones are not powered on, we can see the miniature bezels on the front panel, while the back has a small screen, along with the vivo logo and the triple camera setup. It is in a circular module that we already know from previous teasers that it would have RGB lighting.

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More vivo NEX 2 photos

The vivo NEX 2 will arrive in at least two colors, going one step further than the vivo NEX S that was only available in Black but had neat RGB accents under different lighting. The color of the new phone will be seen mostly on the rim since actual screens occupy both the front and back. The new device will have USB-C on the bottom, while the 3.5 mm audio jack is safe and sound on the top.

Meanwhile, the company is already teasing the vivo NEX 2 on Chinese TV and social media, with the video above suggesting we’re about to see something that should belong to the distant future or that we should believe more in ourselves and to dream bigger or something else. Let us know what you think the video is saying down in the comments.

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Samsung, Huawei and Apple shipped the most phones in Q3

At the beginning of the month, we showed you Counterpoint Research’s numbers for the global Q3 market and today we have a further breakdown, including a cool infographic.

To rehash, in the months July through September Samsung captured the most market share (19%), fending off Huawei (14%), which in turn beat Apple (12%). Oppo and Xiaomi ended on par at 9% each, beating vivo’s share by a single percentage point. HMD didn’t ship that many phones, but its shipments grew 73% over the same three months in 2017.

The third quarter of 2018 saw 5% less phones shipped, compared to Q3 of 2017 – totaling 380m units.

Now the breakdown – Oppo took the Asian market with 16% total, followed closely by Huawei (15%), vivo (15%) and Xiaomi (14%). Samsung was relegated to just 10%.

Unsurprisingly, Apple took the biggest portion of the North American market (39%), followed by Samsung (26%).

Samsung’s strongest market was Europe with 31% market share, followed by Huawei’s 22% and Apple’s 19% – no other makers were close.

Overall it was a profitable Q3 for some, despite the declining shipments. Samsung posted record profits, while Xiaomi offset a declining Chinese market with a strong showing in India. Apple’s shipments were flat but its skyrocketing average sales price helped Cupertino bring in the profits.

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Microsoft shortly passed Apple as the most valuable American company

For a while this Monday, Microsoft surpassed Apple as the most valuable United States-based company. The software company hit a valuation point of $813 billion today, which was just $1 billion ahead of Apple. Considering that not long ago Apple (and Amazon not too long after) broke $1 trillion valuation, it has come a long way down since then, due in part to Apple’s latest (and most expensive) smartphones (XR, XS, XS Max) not selling as well as anticipated.

It isn’t to say that Microsoft hasn’t faced any challenges lately, but Apple has been just been barely able to get by with investors. Its smartphone business has slowed down due to a very complicated list of factors but has tried to compensate revenue by raising the retail price of iPhones every year while also focusing on selling subscription based services like iCloud and Apple Music.

On the other hand, Microsoft is doing well with Azure cloud services and Office 365’s subscription-based model while Microsoft’s gaming segment (Xbox) is seeing strong forecasts with its Xbox All Access monthly subscription model. On a similar note, both Sony and Microsoft are rumored to be releasing brand-new consoles this year.

Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

We are anticipating a very interesting Q4 this year. Apple recently introduced its new iPad Pro, Mac Mini, and MacBook Air lineups which are coming out just in time for the shopping season. Its recent partnership with Amazon to sell Apple devices will also help boost some sales and we’re curious to see if 2018 iPhone sales will strengthen before the end of the year.

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Samsung Galaxy F may be exclusive to EE in the UK

With a rumored price of £1,500, there was little danger that the foldable Samsung Galaxy F would be a mass market device. Rumor has it that UK carrier EE is in talks with Samsung for an exclusivity deal, which will help spread out the cost by splitting it into monthly installments.

SIM-free units will be available from EE and also from Samsung stores, the exclusivity is only for phones on contract. However, with no contract you’ll have to pay the full price up front and the top-specced version of the Galaxy F is said to reach £2,000.

Naturally, EE has made no official comments on the potential exclusivity deal while Samsung only reiterated its expectation to build “at least” 1 million units.

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Week 47 in review: Samsung dominated the headlines with its S10 and A8s

https://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/news/17/02/week-6-in-review/-728x314/gsmarena_002.jpgIt was another week of Samsung-themed conversations in the tech world. Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy S10 was again a regular in our news section.

This week the Galaxy S10 talk is that Samsung will bring back the “flat” display for the entry-level model (quotation marks because the screen will likely still taper off to a 2.5D curve) while retaining the prominent edge curve for the higher-end Galaxy S10 models.

Those same higher-end Galaxy S10 models could swap out the rear glass for ceramic, which will provide added scratch resistance to the phones while retaining the wireless charging capabilities.

The Galaxy S10 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S series (well, technically 9th anniversary, 10th device) and it’s clear that Samsung is betting big on its success. With sales slowing down and rivals such as Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo bringing aggressive competition, Samsung could be facing a crisis otherwise.

That makes 2019 a big year for Samsung. And the market leader looks poised to take it head on. According to the rumor mill it’s prepping a 6.7-inch smartphone with 5G – perhaps the Galaxy Note10.

The rest of the Samsung-related topics this week round off with the Galaxy A8s and the new Infinity-O screen, which was sighted in the wild.

The display has a circular cutout in the upper left corner of the screen and there’s a good chance we’re going to see it premiered with the upcoming Galaxy A8s, which we saw for the first time this week.

In other news, analysts report that Apple will be forced to scale down iPhone XR, XS and XS Max production due to lower than predicted sales. Apple is still coming out on top, financially, thanks to its higher average selling price, though.

Meanwhile Realme teased that the U1 will go on sale on November 28 while Asus teased the Zenfone Max Pro (M2) – a device with “next-generation gaming”.

The Honor 10 Lite made its debut this week, packing great value-for-money and Xiaomi set a Guinness World Record for the most stores opened simultaneously – 500.

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Polaris Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 will go on sale in time for the holidays

Samsung’s Polaris Blue Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will make it out of China and South Korea after all. The new color will go on sale in Germany (to start) in early December, priced at €849 and €949, respectively.

The new gradient paint job was originally announced as Ice Blue for China and subsequently South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue
Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue

The only difference we can see between the Ice Blue models for China and South Korea, and the Polaris Blue models destined for the German market are the storage options. Ice Blue was announced in a configuration with 128GB of memory, while the Germany-bound Polaris Blue are listed as 64GB.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue

Samsung Galaxy Note9 faithfuls will be quick to ask where’s the Note in Polaris Blue. Sadly, there’s no word on such a version so far.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ beats the Mate 20 Pro on AnTuTu

A Samsung Galaxy S10+ version has surfaced on AnTuTu showing a snippet of its main specs and topping the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and its 7nm Kirin 980 chipset.

According to the specs, the SM-G975F – likely to be called Galaxy S10+ – has a 6.4-inch display of 2280x1080px resolution (likely due to the software being set to a lower resolution), runs Android 9, is powered by an 8nm Exynos 9820 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. It posted an amazing benchmark score of 325,076.

The posted result beats the official AnTuTu score of the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro but falls short of the result captured by the Snapdragon 8150 platform.

The Galaxy S10+ reportedly clocked as high as 2.7GHz during its run. The Exynos 9820 packs two Samsung-developed Exynos M4 cores, two Cortex-A75 and two Cortext-A55 cores.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ on AnTuTu
Samsung Galaxy S10+ on AnTuTu

Analysts predict that there’s an even more powerful Galaxy S10 with 12GB of RAM in the making, one with a larger 6.7-inch screen. If we go by the Galaxy Note9, we expect at least one Galaxy S10 model to pack 8GB of RAM or even more.

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Samsung seeds second Android Pie beta update for the Galaxy S9/S9+

Since the official stable version of the Android Pie with Samsung’s brand new One UI on top is coming in January, the company’s developers are working hard on the beta release to squash all the bugs. Today the second update to the Android Pie beta is being pushed to a number of Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices with some improvements to the front shooter.

The changelog says that since the last update, Samsung has been working on improving the front camera experience, especially when it comes to faces in backlit conditions and overall software stability improvements. However, the patch is pretty hefty at around 700MB so we assume there’s more to it than meets the eye. Oh, and Google’s November security patch is in there as well.

Galaxy Note9 owners should expect an open beta program launched pretty soon and rumor has it, the Galaxy S8-series and the Note8 are next on the list.

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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.

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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.

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