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Lenovo’s VP Teases a bezel less smartphone with 95% screen-to-body ratio!

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Along with the notched display, the trend of borderless design is catching up fast in the smartphone market. Vivo launched the APEX smartphone this year in March while ZTE teased an image of a upcoming smartphone in Weibo with borderless design and Full Screen 3.0. The next in line manufacturer could be the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Lenovo.

Today the company’s vice president, Chang Cheng teased a “full-screen” smartphone on its official account on Chinese media platform Weibo and not only it comes with the borderless look it manages to work without a notch too.

 

The image reveals one half of the smartphone of what looks like a blue-colored smartphone with no notch. The image was accompanied by a question from Chang Chaeng, asking users what they think a full-screen smartphone really is

  1. 80-84 % screen ratio
  2. 85-89 % screen ratio
  3. 90-94 % screen ratio

Lenovo’s VP further confirms that the upcoming smartphone will cross the 95% barrier and will deliver a truly full-screen smartphone experience with no side or upper bezels. This means the smartphone will have one of the highest screen-to-body ratio in the market and feature a design completely different from what we have seen on the likes of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and the Vivo APEX smartphone.

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The smartphone may be the closest thing we can compare with a true-bezeless display. Not many smartphones are available with screen-to-body ratio more than 85%. Even the Vivo APEX smartphone’s score stands at 91% while the Essential phone has 84.9%. We are not sure about the lower bezel though as it was not shown in the teaser image.

The smartphone in the teaser contains the number 14 and 6, which may hint that the smartphone will be unveiled on June 14. However, there is no official confirmation and may launch sooner. Currently no other information is  available regarding  the specs, price or availablitiy of the smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus gets 3C Certification in China

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There is a lot of hype and expectation from the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10. Samsung already confirmed to be unveiled at an event in San Francisco on February 20. Now, just a couple of weeks before its launch, reports have it that the Korean manufacturer will launch three basic models of the Galaxy S10 along with a 5G model though it is not the first time it’s known to the public.

The 3C certification in China approved two more models of the Galaxy S10 taking the number to 5 in China. China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CMIIT) already granted certification to three models of the smartphone with model number SM-690F, SM-G975F and SM-G073F back in 2018.

The newly certified models with model number SM-G9730 and SM-G9750 are likely to be the Galaxy S10 and the higher Galaxy S10 Plus. The 3C certification revels that they will ship with the EP-TA200 travel charger with 9.0V/1.67A or 5.0V/2.0A output.

From previous reports, the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be available in three variants: a regular version, a Plus version and a flat variant. The handset is said to feature an Infinity-O display with a cut-out notch containing the selfie camera. It is also expected to sport a new in-screen fingerprint scanner that used ultrasonic sound technology along with a technology called “Powershare” (possibly reverse charging). It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in the US while the other markets will get the Exynos 9820 version. There will be a triple camera setup at the rear.

We already know the prices of the variants from previous leaks. The Lite variant of the smartphone with a 5.8 inch display and 128GB storage will be priced at £669 while the regular variant of the S10 featuring 6.1 inch display with 128GB and 512GB storage will come at a price tag of £799 and £999 respectively. The third model will be available a 128GB, 512GB and 1TB storage variant costing £89, £1099 and £1399.The 1TB storage variant is likely to be the 5G variant with 6.7 inch display with six cameras.

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Google Pixel 3 Lite Spotted in Geekbench. Powered by SD710 & 6GB RAM!

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Google is rumoured to be working on two mid-range Pixel 3 devices that will be reportedly called Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. The news has been doing rounds for quite some time and everytime it makes headlines there is some new information about the devices. Finally, the device appeared on benchmarking website GeekBench revealing the specifications of the handset. From the list, it seems that the specifications are of the Pixel 3 Lite XL.

The GeekBench listed the device as Foxconn Pixel 2 XL which could be the new Lite Pixel variant. The listed device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. However, previous reports indicated that the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite will be powered by mid-range 670 SoC and will not have that much of RAM. The Foxconn Pixel 2 XL managed a 1805 and 5790 points on the single core and multi-core test respectively.

Going back to the spec list, the smartphones powered by the SD 710 will definitely make the phones more affordable than their bigger Pixel siblings without compromising much on the processing power. The SD 710 already powers mid-range handsets such as the Nokia 8.1 Plus. Surprisingly, the RAM storage is more than the current Pixels’s top out at 4GB. It will likely run on stock version of Android 9 Pie being a Pixel device.

From the previous rumours it is expected to get a 12MP rear camera from the premium Pixel 3 offerings and will offer a 8MP front camera. The Pixel 3 speculated to feature a 5.5 inch FHD+ display and backed by a 2,915 while the Pixel 3 XL gets a 6 inch FHD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio.

Foxconn is handling the production of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. If this benchmarks turns out to be true, it will be gearing up more production work from Google in the coming months. If previous rumours are to be believed, the smartphone duo will launch sometime in Spring, possibly around March 2019.

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LG V40 ThinQ is finally coming to India as an Amazon Exclusive

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LG launched its flagship LG V40 Thinq last year in September. Equipped with five cameras, it is no doubt among the top flagships launched in 2018. If you happen to be an LG fan and have been waiting for the smartphone to launch in India, the wait is over. According to a new report, LG V40 ThinQ will be soon launched in India as an Amazon exclusive.

According to the report, the LG V40 ThinQ will be sold online in India by Amazon India while also being available from offline retailers across the country. The company has not released any specific launch date, but we expect it to be available before the end of this month. The handset is expected to come with a price tag of around Rs 45,000 in India.

As for the device, LG V40 features a 6.4 inch P-OLED display with a top notch having a QHD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 along with Adreno 630 coupled with 6GB RAM and of 64GB and 128GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the rear sports a 12MP camera with f/1.5 aperture and 1.4µ pixel size, a 16MP camera with f/1.9 aperture and 1.0µ pixel size and a 12MP camera with f/2.4 aperture and 1.0µ pixel size of which two of them is a telephoto and a wide angle lens. On the front the V40 offers a dual camera setup of 8MP + 5MP configuration.

Additional features include Quad DAC, Boombox Stereo Speaker and a IP68 rated water and dust resistant body. The handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS based on LG UX 7.1 but is expected to get the Android 9 Pie update on the second half of this year. It has a fingerprint sensor at the rear for security and is backed by a 3,300 mAh battery with Qualcomms’s Quick Charge 3.0 and fast Qi wireless charging support. LG is expected to announce the launch date in this week or the next.

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