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Asus ROG Phone 2 Spotted in Geekbench. Flexes it’s Snapdragon 855 Plus Muscles!



ASUS will be announcing the ASUS ROG Phone 2 on July 23 next week. It will be the first smartphone to be powered by the new Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. Now the device has appeared in benchmarking website GeekBench showing how powerful the new chipset is.

The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is benchmarked as the “asus ASUS_I001DC” with 12GB RAM though we can expect another RAM variant. It runs on Android’s 9 Pie. The spec sheet shows the motherboard name as “msmnile”, the same tag it shows for other devices housing the SD 855. The base frequency is also the same at 1.78GHz but the ROG 2 scores are slightly higher in the tests.

In the single-core test, the tested device managed to score 3612 and 11,103 points on the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. This put the scores a bit higher than the average score of the Snapdragon 855 smartphones. But the difference in scores isn’t large because the difference between the SD855 and the SD855+ is the higher CPU and GPU clock speed of the latter.

Qualcomm claims that the new Snapdragon 855 Plus is designed to offer between gaming performances and enhanced experience with 5G, AI processing, AR and VR. The chipset’s Kyro 485 cores are clocked at a higher 2.96 GHz while the ones at the SD 855 are clocked at 2.84 GHz. The CPU performance boost is about 4.2 percent while the GPU has been claimed to receive a 15 percent boost as well.

As for the ASUS ROG Phone 2, a couple of alleged live images of the smartphone has surfaced online. It shows a familiar design with thick top and bottom bezels and copper accents on the dual front-facing speakers that are the most likely stereo speaker. There is an antenna band at the top left edge suggesting a metallic real panel build.

The new Snapdragon 855 Plus is expected to come with other phones like Black Shark, Xiaomi, Redmi, Nubia’s Red Magic line and Vivo’s iQOO later this year. We will be finding more about the ASUS ROG Phone 2 on July 23. Till then, keep tuned.

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A new Motorola One Series Smartphone With Pop-up Selfie Camera & 64MP Rear Camera Leaked



Motorola, once a pioneering brand but now a mere subsidiary of Lenovo seems to be desperate to get back into the smartphone race again. Recently Motorola launched quite a few smartphones under its Moto One Series. And now, another upcoming Moto One smartphone has been leaked. Looks like Spanish publication ProAndroid has already managed to get the device in hand as some real-life photos have been leaked.

The upcoming Moto One smartphone has a bezel-less display, thanks to the pop-up selfie camera, the first one a Moto smartphone. ProAndroid has made some claims regarding the specifications of the device. The device is said to feature a 6.39-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD. There is a pop-up selfie camera, but at the back, there is a dual-camera setup- A primary lens and a depth sensor. There is an LED flash separated from the protruding camera module and now, the Motorola One branding has been placed vertically. On the back, there is a fingerprint scanner as well, but sadly there is no Motorola branding on it. However, there is an LED ring surrounding the fingerprint sensor.

Also, there seems to be another Moto One smartphone which is said to have a 32MP pop-up selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture. However, on the back it has got a triple camera setup- a 64MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture, 8MP secondary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and a depth sensor. The rear camera is said to be capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps, Full HD videos at up to 60fps, Full HD slow-motion videos at up to 120fps, and HD slow-motion videos at up to 240fps.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. The phone will be running Android 10 out of the box and just like every other Moto One smartphone, it will run Stock Android. The phone packs a 3,600mAh battery and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. But there will also be a 3.5mm headphone jack. These are many speculations regarding the phone as some source say it could be the upcoming Moto G8 and G8 Plus, but it’s not confirmed yet.

Source: ProAndroid

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Microsoft Surface Duo Foldable Dual Display Android Smartphone to Arrive Next Year!



At the Microsoft 2019 event in NYC, the company unveiled its next generated of Surface Devices that will hit the market in 2020, including the dual-screen Surface Neo tablet. The Windows software also had one more surprise: the Microsoft Surface Duo, a smaller Android smartphone with two screens. The company was careful not to provide much detail about the Surface Duo, which will be accompanied by another large dual screen device called the Surface Neo.

Microsoft Product Chief Panos Panay said

This product brings together the absolute best of Microsoft, and we’re partnering with Google to bring the absolute best of Android in one product.This is industry pushing technology.

Microsoft tried its hands-on mobile operating system for two decades without success. With the high competition of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, the company gave up on the effort two years ago and moved to expand its Office software and other services to rival devices. Now, it is ready for its first Android smartphone launch.

This is the first time we are hearing about this product. The Surface Neo is a larger tabled sized device while the Duo is made for handheld used with two 5.6 inch displays split by a visible center hinge and unfolds into a bigger 8.3-inch split screen. In that sense, it will not be as seamless as the Huawei Mate X or the Samsung Galaxy Fold. But with a Gorilla Glass protection, it might give an edge over the Galaxy Fold’s plastic display problems.

Microsoft is partnering with Google for bringing “the best of Android into one product”, Panay said. This means the Surface Duo will be able to run every single app in the Android ecosystem. “With Surface Duo, we are building upon Android to marry cutting edge hardware with familiar software and services”, Microsoft explains in its blog post. We’re excited to work with developers and the industry to create the next wave of dual-screen computing and unlock a new era of mobile creativity”.

Interestingly, Microsoft wouldn’t label it as a phone and instead calls it a “communications device”. The Windows blog mentions the duo can take phone calls but didn’t mention whether it will support SIM cards and sold by carriers as smartphone-categorized devices. Going by the listed specs of the Surface Neo, the Duo may feature the same Custom Intel Lakefield processor that packs Intel Gen11 graphics. 

The company didn’t give an exact launch date but it said it will be available on holiday 2020. Microsoft isn’t the first company to make a smartphone with two displays but it is sure hoping to make a triumphant return. 


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Mi 9 Pro & Mi Mix 4 5G Smartphone Launch Date Announced



5G race has already started for telecom equipment makers, and slowly the race is also being witnessed in the smartphone market as smartphone makers are eager to launch smartphones that support 5G. Xiaomi has also joined the race and has announced the launch of Mi 9 Pro and Mi Mix 4. The company has announced a launch event in Beijing, China on September 24. At the event, Xiaomi will also unveil a new Smart TV.

Xiaomi announced the launch of these two phones via its official Twitter and Weibo account. Along with the mention of Mix, there is also a mention of MIUI 11. So, we can expect that we will get a glimpse of the MIUI 11 as well on September 24.

However, even before the launch, some details regarding these phones have been out there. 5G is something very obvious but apart from that, it is known that the Mi 9 Pro Mi Charge Turbo, 30W superfast wireless charging. In terms of hardware, the Mi 9 Pro is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset, coupled with massive 12GB of RAM, a configuration quite similar to what we get on ASUS ROG Phone II. In terms of camera, the Mi 9 Pro would feature a triple camera setup on the back where there is a 48-megapixel primary camera, alongside a 12-megapixel telephone lens and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens.

The Mi Mix 4 is even closer to what we have already seen, except the 5G connectivity option. It would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, coupled with 12GB of RAM and 1TB onboard storage. The phone is said to have a display with a high refresh rate of 90Hz and it would support 40W fast charging. The phone will have a popup camera setup and there will be a 100-megapixel camera- Yes, you read that right! That’s all known for now regarding the Mi Mix 4.

We may also take a look at some of the new features of MIUI 11 and how Xiaomi has redesigned its custom skin. The MIUI 11 may bring new icon styles, an always-on display mode, dark mode scheduler, redesigned file manager and a quick reply feature, but very little is known about it so far. However, it will be pretty interesting for many skeptic people like me who are most curious to know whether Xiaomi would get rid of stupid ads with MIUI 11 or not. At the event, a new Mi Smart TV may be unveiled, and some reports suggest that it would be an 8K premium smart TV. So, looks like September 24 would be quite a busy day for Mi Fans!

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