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BlackBerry has a new security-focused flagship phone

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BlackBerry, the innovative maker of mobile phones, is dead. But by the genius of branding and the company’s software expertise, the BlackBerry name will carry on, at least for the time being. To wit, BlackBerry just announced the successor to the DTEK50, which broke cover earlier in the year.

The unimaginatively named DTEK60, like the DTEK50, takes its design cues from an existing Alcatel, or should we say TCL, phone, but ramps up the specs and price considerably from its predecessor. The result is the most powerful handset to bear the BlackBerry logo, though there are faster and cheaper models out there, outside of BlackBerry’s walls.

You can already purchase the DTEK60 from the company’s website for $499. It’s available in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.S., and the U.K. BlackBerry says it is looking to release the phone to more territories in the “coming weeks.”

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For the money, you’re looking at Android Marshmallow; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset backed by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage; a high-resolution, 21-megapixel camera (and a huge camera bump); a fingerprint scanner; and a 3,000mAh battery that charges over a USB Type-C interface. The hardware itself sports a dual-glass design and a 5.5-inch Quad HD display. It looks like a lovely piece of tech, for sure, even though all the credit must go to TCL.

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The DTEK60 has a metal frame and a glass back.

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But don’t let the logo fool you; BlackBerry didn’t design this phone.

The software, however, has BlackBerry written all over it. The DTEK60 is billed as one of the “most secure Android smartphones,” all thanks to the additional privacy, security, and enterprise apps that come preinstalled on it. The extra software features are the same as the Priv’s and the DTEK50’s.

As for the brand’s future devices, expect them to be “fully developed” by hardware partners, meaning we’ll probably run into one or more TCL-turned-BlackBerry phones down the line.

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Source: The Verge

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OPPO AR Glass launches, works like the HoloLens

Looks like the HoloLens

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At its on-going OPPO Inno Day 2019 conference, the company has today announced its first AR Glasses. These new augmented reality smart glasses run OPPO’s Glass OS and work quite a lot like the Microsoft HoloLens or Google Glass.

The announcement comes at a time when the smartphone company has said that it is now focusing on diversifying its portfolio of product categories. According to Android Authority, the Oppo AR Glass will be released in 2020, however, the specifics on exact availability or pricing are yet to be revealed.

The AR glasses include support for 3D surround sound to offer users an immersive AR experience. It also comes with various modes of interaction, including gestures and voice recognition.

The company didn’t go into detail about the technical aspects of these AR glasses, suggesting it’s still at the prototyping and development stage. It does reveal that the eyewear sports as much as four cameras, two fisheye, one HD, and one Time-of-Flight (ToF) to give it a comprehensive view of the world

OPPO didn’t give a release date for the glasses, but it also announced other new products. The company said its first smartwatch will be released in the first quarter of 2020, and it announced a 5G CPE connection Hub.

OPPO founder and CEO Chen Mingyong said that the company plans to invest a whopping CNY 50 billion (US$7.1 billion) in research and development over the next three years. In addition to 5G and AR, research will focus on IoT and AI

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How to identify counterfeit Xiaomi products

Always purchase via official channels

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Xiaomi is most popular for its smartphones, but the brand makes a wide range of other products that range from lifestyle to smart home. It has also invested in a lot of companies like Yee Light, Amazfit, Huami, and more.

Most of the quirky products are sold exclusively in its home market of China, though the brand is slowly trying to get them to other markets. Accessories like power banks and earphones are among the fastest-selling and Xiaomi is often unable to match the demand.

This has created a huge vacuum for counterfeit products. Recently, fake Xiaomi products worth INR 13 lakh (US$ 18,200) were seized by the local police in New Delhi, India. Even in Mumbai, counterfeit copies are sold widely on the streets as well as reputed offline stores.

These counterfeit products are not trust-worthy because they barely have any quality norms. Using fake copies can also be hazardous in case of powerbanks or charging bricks.

If you’ve recently purchased a Xiaomi product or intend to buy something in the future, follow these steps to ensure you’ve received a genuine offering.

  • Mi Powerbanks come with a security code that can be used to verify its authenticity. Just enter the code on Xiaomi’s website here.
  • Ensure that the packaging is original. Makers of counterfeit products are trying to replicate the original packaging, but often fail.
  • Mi Band will have no compatibility issue and will seamlessly connect to Mi Fit app.
  • Lastly, purchase products via authorised channels only. These include Mi.com, Mi Stores, and Mi Partner Stores.

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Vivo V17 launches with quad-cameras and Snapdragon 675

But is it better than Xiaomi or Realme’s offering?

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Vivo’s V-series has been a top-seller for a few years and the brand has positioned it perfectly in the midrange segment. The brand unveiled the phone in India today and it’ll be going up against the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Realme XT, and Nokia 7.2.

The phone’s unique selling point is its quad-camera setup on the rear, a punch-hole camera on the front, and 4500mAh battery. It’s elder sibling — the Vivo V17 Pro, has already been launched in the Philippines and we expect it to come to India soon.

On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with better screen-to-body ratio thanks to a punch-hole cutout. Other additions include a blue-light filter and a wide color gamut.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 675 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Similar to other phones in the segment, it also gets a microSD card slot and dual SIM support.

The rear sports a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The punch-hole cutout houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Night mode is now supported on the front as well as the rear and other additions include AR stickers and portrait mode.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with Vivo’s proprietary dual-engine fast charge technology. For gaming, a dedicated mode has been provided that optimises the system and controls heating.

The phone is priced at INR 22,990 (US$ 320) and will be available for purchase from December 17 via all major online as well as offline retailers.

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