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Samsung Galaxy S10+ with 12 GB RAM reaches impressive benchmark scores
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:30:01 +0100

Earlier this week we received the final detailed specs of the Galaxy S10 trio. The most premium among those will be the Galaxy S10+'s top edition with its 12 GB RAM and 1 TB internal storage and that exact phone ran a couple of benchmarks. AnTuTu and Geekbench listed a device with the model name SM-G975F, which is the global variant of the phone, and the results it reached, were extraordinarily high for an Android smartphone. Geekbench AnTuTu Single-core performance is about 20% higher than the result the Galaxy S9+ yielded a year ago. Multiple cores going steadily over 9000...

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Oppo R19 is not coming this year, VP confirms
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:30:02 +0100

Oppo released a teaser, showcasing super thin bezels on the upcoming F11 Pro and a pop-up camera. Many people expected a similar design of the Oppo R19, but with a UD fingerprint scanner and more powerful internals. Apparently, this will not happen, since the R19 is not coming this year. Brian Shen, Oppo Vice President and the leader of the Domestic division, posted on Weibo that there will be no Oppo R19 soon. In a series of replies on the Chinese social network, Shen also said the elevating mechanism for selfies would be pushed to emerging markets. This means the Oppo F11 Pro is...

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Samsung Galaxy M20 is headed to Europe
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:30:01 +0100

The Samsung Galaxy M20 - the company's first notched smartphone and the first handset from the M-series along with the Galaxy M10 is headed to Europe. After launching in India, Samsung is looking to expand the availability of the affordable smartphone. SamMobile obtained the German, Italian and Spanish firmwares suggesting that the launch is fast approaching. We are yet to hear an official word from Samsung on the exact released dates and pricing. Source

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Sony's newest entry-level offering leaks in renders
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:30:01 +0100

We've been keeping a close eye on Sony leaks in the past month or so as the MWC approaches. The latest Sony leak is a full set of renders depicting Sony's newest entry-level smartphones: the Xperia L3. The renders look just like the first renders that leaked along with the XA3 and XA3 Ultra from January. The phone doesn't have the new "CinemaWide display that we are expecting on the XZ4 and XA3 (now rumored to be called Xperia 10). The report from WinFuture lists some alleged specs of the L3 including a 5.7-inch display with an HD+ (720p) resolution and an 18:9 aspect...

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Android 9 Pie now rolling out on Motorola G6, G6 Play, and Z3 Play in Brazil
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:50:01 +0100

The latest devices to get Android 9 Pie are three smartphones from Motorola. The Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and Moto Z3 Play are all now receiving the Android update in Brazil as of February 13. The Android Pie updated brings a cleaner UI with smarter features like Adaptive battery and redesigned notifications. It also brings new adaptive brightness controls, improved screenshot controls, updated audio controls, new emoji, and overall performance and optimization improvements. Moto Z3 Play; Image courtesey of We've already seen the Moto G6 in the US get Pie so we'd...

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Google Pay supports 17 new banks in the US
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 06:00:02 +0100

Google Pay is becoming more widely accepted in the US but I still run into places that are yet to accept chip cards, and still far behind accepting tap-to-pay methods. Google Pay on the Huawei Watch 2 Google has added 17 new banks and credit unions to its ever-growing list of financial institutions supported by Google Pay. Here is the list: Alpena Community Credit Union American Bank, NA Coleman County State Bank Columbia Credit Union First Area Credit Union Jefferson Credit Union Members Choice West Virginia Federal Credit Union NESC Federal Credit...

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Sony Xperia 10 (aka XA3) will cost 350, the 10 Plus will go over 400
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 04:00:01 +0100

Sony's new mid-rangers have been frequenting the rumor mill recently, but it is only now that we find out what sets the two siblings apart - screen size, obviously, but also chipsets and price. The Sony Xperia XA3 - actually, the Xperia 10 - will have a Snapdragon 630 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The dual camera on the back will have a 13MP main sensor plus a 5MP depth sensor. The phone will be powered by a 2,870mAh battery. The Xperia 10 will cost 350 on the Old Continent. Sony Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra side by side The Sony Xperia 10 Plus (formerly known as...

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1. Microsoft discounts Surface for college kids, goes for price edge over Apple's MacBook Air
Microsoft has kicked off a month-long deal on its new Surface Pro 3 tablet-slash-notebook for college students, cutting prices between 10% and 19%.
2. Surface damage mounts at Microsoft as red ink reaches $1.7B
Microsoft lost money on its Surface tablets throughout its just-concluded 2014 fiscal year, adding hundreds of millions of dollars in red ink.
3. Surface survives Microsoft cuts, but tablet strategy remains muddled
Microsoft plans to press ahead with its in-house Surface tablets, but the company's strategy remains vague and elusive.
4. Microsoft wants MacBook Air owners to trade up to a Surface Pro by trading in
Microsoft has launched a buyback program to try to get MacBook Air owners to part with their laptops and replace them with new Surface Pro 3 devices.
5. Surface Pro 3 'notebook' reaches retail today
Microsoft today kicked off retail sales of the Surface Pro 3, the 2-in-1 device touted by the company as a notebook replacement.
6. Whoops! Microsoft goof confirms Surface Mini
Microsoft inadvertently confirmed in a user guide that it had a smaller Surface tablet ready to release when it unveiled the larger Surface Pro 3 last month.
7. Perspective: The Surface Pro is Microsoft's latest premature introduction problem
Microsoft has become mildly famous -- in hindsight -- for being early, far too early, to important technology products and trend swings. Is history repeating itself with the Surface Pro 3?
8. Surface Pro 3's 'tweener' screen is too small for a laptop, too big for a tablet
Microsoft picked the wrong screen size for its new Surface Pro 3 if it really plans to push the hybrid device as a replacement for premium-priced notebooks, a retail analyst said.
9. Windows RT isn't dead -- yet
The troubled Windows RT operating system got nary a mention at Microsoft's Surface event today, but don't plan for RT's funeral just yet.
10. Microsoft doubles down on 2-in-1, enterprise-first Surface strategy
Microsoft today doubled down on its strategy of pushing the Surface tablet as a two-in-one device that does duty as laptop or tablet, serving not consumers but business customers.
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