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Android Q will have Face ID and screen recording

Apple comes to Android

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Last year, Android Pie launched to tepid applause. At the time, most Android users were still waiting for the previous year’s Android Oreo update. Half a year later, the same story continues. Android Pie has only started to trickle down to consumers within the past few months.

Still, despite Android’s abysmal distribution, life goes on. Google is already developing Android Q. More details are gradually coming out as we near the traditional launch period. Currently, the early build has confirmed a system-wide dark mode.

Now, a newer build has revealed more upcoming features. Based on 9to5Google’s digging, Android Q will come with facial recognition, screen recording, and easier emergency contacting.

Facial recognition has been a feature for some Android phones already. Sadly, Android’s current version relies on image processing: scanning the image of a face, rather than the face itself. As such, the version is easily bypassed by pointing the correct photo at it.

Based on the new APK, Android Q will finally implement support for a more secure dot projector. Currently, Apple already uses the technology for its Face ID feature. Although Apple is already the first, Google’s own implementation will surely increase the system’s security.

Additionally, Android Q will have improved screen recording. Usually, Android phones need third-party software to record the screen. Only a handful of phones can record using pre-installed software.

Finally, a more accessible emergency contact button is coming to Android. Right now, the button lies in the lock screen. Its current location is still the most tactical, offering a discreet strategy during emergency situations. However, the button is hard to access if you’re already on the home screen. As such, Android Q will add another button on the home screen.

In the coming months, Android Q will likely launch more revolutionary features. However, today’s leaks are already painting an optimistic future for Android. If they get it out to a lot of phones this time, that is. Now, who wants some Android Queso de Bola?

SEE ALSO: Google is already working on Android Q!

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Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 9 is powered by Snapdragon 855

This is going to be a powerful phone

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Earlier today, Xiaomi teased us by showing the Mi 9 in its new gradient finish. The Chinese tech company is not done in giving us information about its upcoming flagship phone, though. Wang Xiang, Xiaomi’s Senior VP, announced on Twitter that the Mi 9 will sport Qualcomm’s latest chipset.

The Snapdragon 855 processor will be a hit among premium Android smartphones this year, and the Mi 9 will be among the first to have it. This is the fruit of Xiaomi’s first R&D center in the US, according to Wang Xiang.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Snapdragon 855, it’s currently the most powerful chip from Qualcomm. It’s an octa-core processor built on 7nm technology and has a clock speed of up to 2.84GHz. It promises a 45 percent increase in CPU performance and 20 percent faster graphics compared to its predecessor.

Qualcomm’s chip is also 5G-ready, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Mi 9 will have a 5G modem when it launches. Besides, 5G is not readily available for consumers to enjoy at the moment.

Aside from proudly announcing the Mi 9’s processor, Xiaomi’s Senior VP posted the AnTuTu Benchmark score of the Mi 9. With a score of above 380,000, it’s currently the fastest Android smartphone we know of based on AnTuTu. Previously, ZTE’s Nubia Red Magic Mars held the title, while the early Snapdragon 855 reference device scored 362,110 points.

Xiaomi will launch the phone first in China on February 20 before its international debut on February 24 at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9 official teasers show triple cameras and gradient finish

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Energizer’s Power Max P18K Pop smartphone has 18000mAh battery

Is this a phone or a power bank?

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When we first heard about the soon-to-be-announced Energizer phones, we were a bit disappointed that they don’t live up to the brand’s core legacy: long-lasting batteries. But, France’s Avenir Telecom is finally giving us the Energizer phone we want: the Power Max P18K Pop.

Energizer’s upcoming phone might be a mouthful, but at least you’ll be glad to know that the “P18K” in its name stands for the massive 18000mAh battery. Phones nowadays have around 3000mAh inside, so that’ll make Energizer’s six times more generous.

To supply power to this huge battery, the phone supports 18W quick charging with USB-C Power Delivery 2.0. Of course, you can use it as a power bank to charge other phones and accessories. To be honest, this phone has twice the capacity of the power bank I bring around.

Specs-wise, the phone practically has the same hardware as the U620S Pop we previously featured. To house the much larger battery though, the thickness grew to 18mm from 10.3mm. It’ll also have a pop-up selfie camera with dual 16- and 2-megapixel sensors. On the back, it’ll have three more 12-, 5-, and 2-megapixel cameras.

Screen size is at 6.2 inches with a Full HD+ resolution, but no cutout or notch. It’s powered by MediaTek’s Helio P70 paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

According to GSMArena, the phone will be available by June. Pricing is unknown, although the phone will be present at MWC 2019. A total of 26 new Energizer phones will be unveiled during the convention.

SEE ALSO: Energizer smartphones will have pop-up dual selfie cameras

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Canon EOS RP is company’s cheaper and smaller full-frame mirrorless camera

The second model in the series

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After the first EOS R last year, Canon has a new full-frame mirrorless camera — the EOS RP. It’s positioned below the EOS R, yet it happens to be Canon’s smallest full-frame camera. It’s also cheaper, which means it’s aimed for the mass market.

For starters, the EOS RP has a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, only a slight step down from the 30.3-megapixel sensor of the EOS R. It still features the same ISO range of 100 to 25600, DIGIC 8 image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Of course, the camera uses the new RF-mount system.

To make the EOS RP cheaper and smaller, Canon had to cut down some features like the continuous shooting speed to 5fps (from 8fps of the EOS R) and 4,779 autofocus points (EOS R has 5,655).

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Both the 0.39-inch OLED EVF and 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD have fewer pixels at 2.36 and 1.04 million dots, respectively.

The EOS RP can only shoot 4K at 25fps with 120Mb/s bitrate and 8-bit color depth. It also doesn’t support Canon Log for professional color grading. It only has one SD card slot as well, so you’ll need high capacity memory cards when shooting non-stop.

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Size-wise, this is where the EOS RP shines. It measures 132.5 x 85 x 70mm and weighs 485g with a battery and card already. This makes the EOS RP significantly smaller than the EOS R and even entry-level Canon DSLR cameras.

Other features of the EOS RP include focus peaking, 8.3-megapixel still photo capture when recording in 4K, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, stereo microphones, water and dust resistance, 250-shot battery life, and USB-C charging.

Despite some of the shortcomings of the EOS RP, its price is a pretty sweet deal. It’ll be available by the end of the month starting at US$ 1,299 for the body-only package, but it’ll come with an EG-E1 extension grip and an EF-mount adapter in the box. It’ll also come bundled with a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for US$ 1,699 or with a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for US$ 2,199.

SEE ALSO: Canon unveils EOS R, its first full-frame mirrorless camera

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