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BlackBerry KEY2 goes official and it’s definitely a phone for keyboard fans

Ain’t it nice to type on an actual keyboard?

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TCL, the current owner of BlackBerry, just announced their latest phone and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know what it is — the BlackBerry KEY2. The early leaks and rumors about the new BlackBerry phone are true; from pricing to specs, they are correct.

Unsurprisingly, they KEY2 continues the KEYone legacy. It still has a squarish form factor (but not as square as the BlackBerry Passport) with a 4.5-inch IPS display (1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio) and iconic physical keyboard, which has become a rarity in today’s smartphone market. It also has a first for a BlackBerry — dual rear cameras.

BlackBerry is finally on board the dual camera wagon with two 12-megapixel rear sensors: one with a regular f/1.8 lens and another with a telephoto f/2.6 lens. Obviously, the secondary sensor is used for optical zooming as well as portrait shots and bokeh features. An 8-megapixel shooter takes care of the selfies.

The body of the phone is made from 7000 Series aluminum with a textured rubber back. Overall, the phone looks sleeker and more refined than the KEYone. Perhaps the removal of the metal forehead gives the KEY2 much-needed elegance as a modern business phone.

Going back to the keyboard, it’s now 20 percent taller for more comfortable and accurate typing. It also has a matte finish and more spacious layout. The spacebar still doubles as a fingerprint reader and the whole keyboard acts as a trackpad which has always been neat. In addition, there’s a new Speed key that enables shortcut commands to open apps, contact info, or access certain functions. Just imagine how productive you can be without even touching the screen.

Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 660 processor with a generous 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage. Software-wise, the KEY2 boots Android Oreo out of the box with a promised update to Android P. Of course, monthly security updates are also expected.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will go on sale this June starting at US$ 649 in the US, GBP 579 in the UK, and EUR 649 for the rest of Europe.

SEE ALSO: From Curve, Bold to Priv: 10 of the most memorable BlackBerry devices

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vivo Watch with 18-day battery life now official

It’ll be available in two sizes

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vivo has launched its first smartwatch and it’s simply called the vivo Watch. At first glance, it might look like a generic circular smartwatch but has a ton of firepower under the hood. It looks premium while also being perfect for rough usage.

The body consists of stainless steel and brushed ceramic bezel. It’s available in two sizes — 42mm and 46mm. The 42mm one gets two rounded buttons on the side while the 46mm has flat ones. This is the only visual difference between the two.

The 42mm gets a 1.2-inch AMOLED display while the 46mm comes in at 1.4-inches. Powering the watch is an ST miniature main control processor along with the Apollo ultra-low power co-processor for heavy-duty tasks and background activities.

Coming to features, it’ll automatically track all your movement in the background and automatically recognize exercises like outdoor running, indoor running, outdoor walking, swimming, cycling, indoor cycling, mountain climbing, trail running, elliptical machine, and more.

Obviously, in-line with the competition, it gets a heart rate scanner, sleep tracking, and blood oxygen monitoring. Other functions include notifications, music controls, alarms, and vivo’s voice assistant Jovi. It also has NFC support for enabling contactless payments.

The complicated sensor array includes a 5-core optical heart rate monitor, blood oxygen sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, altimeter, ambient light sensor, and a geomagnetic sensor.

Lastly, the 42mm vivo Watch can chug along for nine days on a single charge. On the other hand, the 46mm watch can last a whopping 18 days in one go.

Sales are currently limited to China and both watches cost CNY 1,299 (US$ 190).

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Pixel 5 will include a bigger battery, RAM, and Snapdragon 765G

Price rumored between USD 600-700

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It’s only a few days away before we saw the unveiling of Google’s latest flagship, Pixel 5. However, that doesn’t stop the leaks from pouring in. Detailed specs of the upcoming device have been leaked, leaving little to speculation.

Detailed specs of the Pixel 5

According to WinFuture, Pixel 5 will have a 6-inch display set at FHD+ resolution. Google is keeping the 90Hz refresh rate here, a feature already introduced on the company’s 2019 flagship.

An interesting tidbit is the use of flexible OLED for the display. With the flexible OLED, Google is able to shrink the bezels of the device on each edge. Leaked renders suggest uniform bezels on all sides. This is a nice, tiny must-have for people irked by asymmetrical bezels.

Major changes for the Pixel 5 include an all-aluminum design for the flagship. However, this conflicts with past rumors suggesting that the flagship may include a polycarbonate plastic back. The polycarbonate rumor might still be in play since earlier leaks indicated that Google will introduce reverse wireless charging this year. Still, it is interesting how the company will refine the Pixel’s design.

Overall, the design of the Pixel 4a will carry on Pixel 5. A display cut-out upfront will house the 8MP selfie camera. Unlike last year’s Pixel 4, this year’s Pixel flagship will use a fingerprint sensor on the back for authentication.

In terms of the rear camera, Pixel 5 will sport a dual-camera setup once again. The setup consists of a 12.2MP primary camera with a 16MP wide-angle camera. A new interesting addition this year is support for 4K 60FPS video recording. In recent years, Pixel owners have been complaining about the lack of such a feature that is already present on other flagships.

A major change this year is the battery capacity of the Pixel 5. Google is reportedly fitting a 4,080mAa battery this time around, with 18W wired charging for top-ups. The large battery actually eclipses both Pixel 4’s 2,800mAh battery and Pixel 4 XL’s 3,700mAh battery.

WinFuture also confirms long-rumored specs for the upcoming flagship. This includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with support for 5G networks. Finally, RAM is getting a boost to 8GB, which is 2GB more than last year. Storage options begin at 128GB. Expect a USB-C port, dual bottom-firing speakers but no headphone jack on the device.

Of course, the flagship will run Android 11 out of the box. Considering that this is a Pixel device, expect three years of updates as a standard. Still, it is exciting to see if Google will up the ante and promise additional years of software updates, especially with Samsung setting the bar high.

Pricing and availability

Rumors indicate retail pricing of around US$ 600 – 700 with the Pixel 5. If that holds true, this year’s Google Pixel 5 will deliver serious competition for upper-midrange and value flagship phones. A September 30 unveiling is likely considering that Google has announced a major event for that day. The much cheaper Pixel 4a 5G is also likely to debut that day, along with other products from the company.

Source: WinFuture via XDA-Developers

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Xiaomi Mi 10T series to launch on September 30

Pixel 5 launches on the same day

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Xiaomi follows a two flagship per year cycle and it launched the Mi 10 series earlier this year. Now, the brand’s all set to launch its successor — the Mi 10T series. It’s now confirmed to make its global debut on September 30 in Germany.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T series is likely to boast of three options, the original Mi 10T, an amped-up Mi 10T Pro, and a slightly affordable Mi 10T Lite. The new series is important for the brand because it intends to take-on premium giants like Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung.

The Mi 10 Ultra is also a solid device but limited to China. The new series can bridge the gap and go against the soon-to-launch OnePlus 8T, Pixel 5, and iPhone 12.

Specifications of the phones haven’t been confirmed yet, but it’s safe to assume it’ll have the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 5G connectivity, and a display with a higher refresh rate. It’s also common to see a quad-camera setup on Xiaomi phones and the Pro variant can have a 108-megapixel camera sensor.

The Lite option is said to sport the recently announced Snapdragon 750 SoC that can deliver cutting-edge performance without being too heavy on the pocket.

Adding to this, Xiaomi has a reputation for delivering products with very aggressive pricing. The company has renewed its premium focus in markets like India, where the Mi 10 launched after a long sabbatical. With steadily growing demand, there’s a lot of space for more brands.

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