vivo NEX 2 to have 10GB of RAM, in-screen speaker, f/1.3 camera

The vivo NEX 2 will likely have 10GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 845 chipset. The information is confirmed by a Geekbench listing of a vivo V1821A device with the aforementioned credentials. Interestingly the vivo in question is also running Android 9 Pie, which would make it the first vivo smartphone on Android’s latest software.

According to a related leak, the main camera on the back of the vivo NEX 2 (one of three) will have an ultra fast f/1.3 aperture – claiming the spot of the smartphone with the widest aperture around.

As for the screens, rumor has it the main screen will be a 6.59-inch panel with screen sound casting tech (meaning you’ll hear calls through the screen itself, like on the first-gen vivo NEX) while the second display will be a 5.5-incher that will work independently. We know how vivo intends to switch between screens – with a three-finger gesture.

Finally the vivo NEX 2 will apparently come with a smaller battery compared to its rival. This could be due to the space required for the second screen. Of course the information could also be false.

vivo will likely announce the NEX 2 on December 11.

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If your iPhone battery needs to be replaced, do it before December 31

After last year’s fiasco about Apple slowing down iPhones with old batteries, the company decided to make amends by offering discounted battery replacement for all handsets ranging from iPhone SE and iPhone 6 all the way up to iPhone X. But that period will soon come to an end.

So if you are in need of a new iPhone battery, there’s no better time than this month, because Apple is currently charging just $29, down from $79 and prices will go up after that. Most older iPhones will be repaired for $49 in 2019, but the iPhone X battery swap will set you back $69.

And if you are wondering about the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, they aren’t included in the program since they were launched long after the debacle. And besides, they are still under warranty.

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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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Huawei will aim to release an Infinity-O smartphone before Samsung

Huawei’s aggressive pursuit of becoming top vendor globally continues as the company aims to match each and every step by current leader Samsung. The company’s Mate 20 series are the most direct competitors to Samsung’s Galaxy Note9, we know Huawei is bending over backwards to beat Samsung to the first foldable smartphone and now the company has confirmed that it will launch a smartphone with an Infinity-O display in December.

The confirmation comes in the form of a teaser image, posted to one of Huawei’s Weibo accounts and shows the outline of a smartphone with a hole in the upper left corner of the screen. The image also shows the month – December.

Huawei's teaser for the Infinity-O device
Huawei’s teaser for the Infinity-O device

Samsung also has an a phone with a hole in the screen coming soon. But whether the Galaxy A8s will be able to launch before Huawei’s competitor remains to be seen

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Samsung Galaxy S10 to take after Galaxy A8s design

Samsung doesn’t exactly hide the fact that the upcoming Galaxy A8s smartphone will feature company’s first Infinity-O display, but the latest contains clues to the Galaxy S10 design according to latest rumors.

The render shows a full-screen display with a small cutout on the left for the front-facing camera and according to the source, it’s 6.7mm wide while next year’s Galaxy S10 would incorporate similar design but with a much smaller hole – around 2-3mm narrower.

However, the report doesn’t specify which Galaxy S10 version will adopt the Infinity-O design – it could be the budget variant with a flat screen or all three

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Samsung Galaxy A8s to have LCD Infinity-O display, made by BOE

According to an unconfirmed industry report, Samsung could turn to Chinese display maker BOE to produce the Infinity-O panel for the upcoming Galaxy A8s.

What’s more interesting is that the panel could be of the LCD variety, instead of OLED, as a cost-saving measure.

BOE is currently tasked with making the 6.39-inch OLED display on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Speaking of Huawei, we know it will try and beat Samsung to the first smartphone with a hole in the display, so can we guess that its smartphone will also use a BOE-made LCD.

Producing an LCD with a hole is no doubt harder than producing an OLED with one. The camera cutout in the Galaxy A8s’ display will reportedly be 6.7mm and it’s speculated that the Galaxy S10 will have a smaller 2-3mm cutout.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s will house a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s bound for announcement in January, but some rumors suggest it will be out before the year’s end.

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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.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Android 9 Pie update Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Android 9 Pie update
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.

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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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Google is going to allow iPhones, Samsung, and OnePlus devices to Project Fi

Earlier today, a post over at BGR was posted prematurely which revealed that Google is going to open up its Project Fi network to more devices starting tomorrow. Actually, Google is supposed to officially announce it tomorrow but word got out and Droid Life reported about it before the original post was taken down.

According to the now deleted post, Google Fi will allow you to bring phones from Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and iPhones “in Beta”. Google mentions that the “full Google Fi experience” won’t be available to phones that weren’t “designed for Fi”. These phones (Pixel 3, 3XL, 2, 2XL, LG G7, LG V35, Moto G6, and Moto X4), can seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Sprint towers to achieve well-rounded coverage.

Source: Google Fi

Not all phones are 100% compatible with Fi, so using an iPhone won’t get you the quick Wi-Fi/LTE “enhanced” transition that is compatible with only devices on Android Pie. Still, even without the Wi-Fi LTE hand-off, you’ll have pretty good combined coverage from three LTE carriers and a great value for those who don’t use too much data on an individual plan.

In any case, Google hasn’t announced this yet, but is expected to at 10AM Pacific time – should anything else come up, we’ll update this post.

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Sprint and HTC to release a 5G “mobile smart hub” in H1 2019

Sprint and HTC announce that the two companies are working together with Qualcomm to launch a “mobile smart hub” in the first half of next year. No further details were given about what exactly this smart hub looks like or what it do. But Sprint says it will “deliver multimedia and connected data capabilities in a compact and portable design.” It could be have a built-in projector, perhaps?

HTC is going to deliver the second 5G product meant for Sprint’s future 5G network. The first one is going to be a smartphone from LG which was announced for H1 of 2019 as well, back in August. It’s going to be the first official 5G smartphone – as long as you don’t count the Moto Z3’s 5G MotoMod.

Sprint is going to rollout and launch its network over the first half of the year and the first markets to receive the rollout are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. with more markets expected to be announced.

It will be interesting to see how Sprint and T-Mobile’s 5G networks will combine once T-Mobile and Sprint merge into a single carrier. Back in April, CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere has said that he expects the merger to complete in Q2 of 2019.

Perhaps Sprint and T-Mobile are already working together on a 5G rollout that could easily be combines once the two companies become one – which we don’t expect to happen anytime soon. It took a while before Metro PCS customers were transitioned to T-Mobile towers back when the carrier acquired the pre-paid network

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