BlackBerry Athena has physical keyboard and dual cameras

A BB fan’s dream come true?



How often do we still hear about new BlackBerry releases? Well, probably not often enough.

Since being acquired by Chinese company TCL, BlackBerry phones have been more receptive to the wants of its fans by continuing to integrate physical QWERTY keyboards and fully committing to the Android operating system. Sadly, this hasn’t translated to consistent launches, and when one does release, it quickly gets set aside for more popular handsets from other brands.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, we may be in for the next BlackBerry flagship, and it comes with the traditional BB keyboard and one long-overdue feature: dual cameras.

At long last, a BlackBerry phone with a physical keyboard and dual-camera setup may be on its way — if these official-looking renders from Slashleaks are to be trusted.

Going under the Athena name, it looks to be the successor to the well-received KEYone which was unveiled early last year. On top of the aforementioned features, the Athena appears to have a larger display than its predecessor’s and a more uniform color scheme (as compared to the previous two-tone design).

Not much else is known about the Athena, but we’re willing to bet it’ll still arrive this year as a follow-up to the KEYone. BlackBerry needs consistent releases to stay relevant in the highly competitive smartphone market.

If this is their next entry and it comes with updated hardware, we may be looking at a strong alternative to all the great smartphones of 2018 so far.


Huawei P20, P20 Pro, P20 Lite: Prices and availability in the Philippines

More affordable than in most regions



Nearly a month after the international launch and two weeks after the release in Singapore, Huawei’s newest lineup of smartphones is finally coming to the Philippines.

The flagship P20 Pro and P20, along with the midrange P20 Lite, will be available beginning April 28.

Being the best of the lineup (and possibly best of all Android handsets at the moment), the P20 Pro will cost you the most. It’ll retail for PhP 44,990 which converts to about EUR 695 — way below the European launch price of EUR 899. The color options are Black, Midnight Blue, and Twilight Purple.

And then we have the P20, which retails for only PhP 34,990 or around EUR 540. This is, again, much cheaper than the EUR 649 price tag in Europe. For now, it’ll come in Black and Midnight Blue — no sign yet of a local Pink Gold release.

Finally, the P20 Lite will arrive with a price of PhP 15,990. This is only slightly higher than what the Nova 2i (viewed as Huawei’s staple midrange offering since last year) was retailing for. You can purchase one in either Klein Blue or Black.

Pre-orders are also being accepted for the P20 Pro and P20 from April 21 to 27. Do so, and you’ll receive a Canon photo printer for free. And if you buy the P20 Lite during the April 28 launch day, you’ll get a free Huawei accessory for its cameras.

Learn more about Huawei’s P20 series in our hands-on video:

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Moto Z3 Play design revealed thanks to leaked case renders

More Motorola phones are coming!



Just after we saw the upoming Moto E5 series, another Motorola leak is floating on the internet. We already know that the new Moto phones in the budget segment are imminent, but it seems like the company is also prepping to release a new midrange phone.

The Lenovo-owned Motorola brand is set to unveil a plethora of devices this season starting with Moto G6, which is to be unveiled very soon in Brazil. An upper-midrange phone is also expected to be out soon and thanks to the renders from case-maker Poetic, we can now confirm what the Moto Z3 Play will look like.

As foreseen, Motorola’s new device will adopt the 18:9 display trend with minimal bezels on the top and bottom. But, there’s no notch! Now that’s a relief for some fans who dislike the infamous “feature” of newly released 2018 phones. With no space for the usual fingerprint reader on the bottom bezel, Motorola decided to move it. Not to the back though, but to the side — a placement similar to what was on older Sony phones.

The DNA of Motorola’s design is very much present on the Z3 Play with the circular camera module that houses a dual-camera setup coupled with an LED flash. The ergonomic curves of the phone are also undeniably Motorola by design.

The rumored specifications of the phone include a 6.1-inch display, Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and a 3000mAh battery that supports wireless charging.

Motorola is yet to officially confirm any details regarding the Z3 Play and we’re still waiting for them to give us a launch date. Considering that the Z2 Play was unveiled in June, we could also see the Z3 Play in the same month.

Source: Poetic

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OnePlus will launch an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6

Avengers, assemble!



Did you grab one of the Star Wars-themed OnePlus 5T Limited Editions last December? If you missed the first Disney-OnePlus partnership, you might be able to grab their second one coming this April.

In celebration of Marvel Studio’s 10th anniversary, OnePlus is launching an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6. The tie-in phone threads its theme from the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie.

The film is expected to break a lot of records when it premieres worldwide on April 27 (or 25, in some countries). More than just another superhero flick, it represents the culmination of Marvel Studio’s ten years’ worth of world building.

Previously, OnePlus prematurely launched a teaser trailer that announces the partnership earlier this month. OnePlus has since taken down the video from their channels.

Following OnePlus’s confirmation memo nabbed by Android Central, the partnership will strengthen the tech brand’s relationship with Disney’s branch in India. Sadly, this means that the Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 will likely ship exclusively in India.

If it’s truly an exclusive, it follows in the footsteps of the Star Wars tie-in last year. Launched to coincide with The Last Jedi, the previous partnership was also an exclusive for India. The move comes as no surprise since India is still OnePlus’ largest market.

Currently, OnePlus hasn’t released any info on the OnePlus 6, besides any leaked renders and rumors. We don’t even have photos of the Avengers tie-in yet. As for rumored specs, the phone will likely carry a Snapdragon 845 chip and up to 8GB of RAM.

Since OnePlus has confirmed the tie-in, we can now expect the OnePlus 6’s launch around Infinity War’s premiere next week.

For now, it’s time to once again engage in the age-old debate — Iron Man-themed OnePlus 6 or Captain America-themed OnePlus 6?

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6 leaked front image shows full display with a notch

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