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‘Canceled’ LG G7 leak shows off new design with a notch

Soon to be a member of the notch club

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This week at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, LG didn’t announce their next-generation G series that’s supposedly the G7. What was shown to the public was the V30S ThinQ which is practically last year’s V30 but with AI features. As it turns out, the G7 announcement might have been moved or even canceled, but the phone was already ready for the show.

LG is expected to hold its own event to show off the new G7 and Guy Levy of Ynet had a chance to play with it. The images below have been outed by the Israeli publication and they also have a hands-on video up on their site.

Image: Guy Levi (Ynet)

Right off the bat, the first feature of the G7 we noticed is the notch which is 2018’s top smartphone trend. The spaces beside the notch are blacked out at times thanks to some UI customization which reminds us of the secondary display of the V10 from 2015 but split into two — a nice excuse not to label it as a full iPhone X copycat. We also noticed that LG opted to move the clock to the left of the notch, leaving just the signal and battery level indicators on the right. So, what will happen when a notification arrives? We’ll find out soon.

Moving along, the display is a 6-inch OLED panel with rounded corners and a decently small bottom bezel. Its resolution is 3120 x 1440 pixels (572ppi) and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio which is exactly like the iPhone X’s. The notch houses an 8-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera while at the back are two rear cameras — both 16-megapixel shooters with an f/1.6 aperture. A fingerprint reader is positioned just beneath the camera module.

In terms of internal specifications, it’s powered by Qualcomm’s current top-dog — the Snapdragon 845 — with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. Battery capacity is a pretty modest 3000mAh considering the phone’s size.

We’re unsure if LG will still push the G7 as its next flagship because of the floating rumors about a phone codenamed Judy. It doesn’t conform to the specs of the living G7, so it might be a new and different flagship phone and LG already gave up the G7 in favor of that.

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Samsung Galaxy M31 goes official with a 6000mAh battery

And a 64-megapixel camera!

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It seems 2020 has finally arrived in India as companies are now gearing up to launch phones one after the other. Samsung is the latest one to join the bandwagon and has announced the Galaxy M31 today. It’s placed in the affordable segment and shall be going up against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro and Realme X2 Pro.

The M-series has massively helped Samsung in India and the brand’s strong presence in the offline market has worked wonders. The Galaxy M31’s main highlight is its 64-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a huge 6000mAh battery.

On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The body is made of polycarbonate plastic, in-line with all other M-series phones. Powering the phone is an Exynos 9611 chipset along with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage.

The rear features a 64-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 5-megapixel portrait camera. By default, the primary lens captures pictures in 16-megapixels and the user can opt for 64-megapixel output manually. For selfies, a 32-megapixel camera is located on the front in a punch-hole cutout.

Backing these internals is a 6000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging via USB-C. The phone runs on OneUI 2.0 out of the box.

The 4GB+64GB variant is priced at INR 14,999 (US$ 210) and the 6GB+128GB variant is priced at INR 15,999 (US$ 224). The phone will go on sale starting March 5 via Amazon India’s website.

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The new Instax Mini 11 is here!

So many colors to choose from!

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Together with the X-T4, Fujifilm unveiled the latest in its popular instant camera model — the instax mini 11!

Redesigned for portability and ease of use, the new mini 11 comes in a fresh look! It’s now thinner, lighter, and has a rounded body design to fit perfectly in every user’s hands.

Additionally, it’s the first to feature an “Automatic Exposure” function. The mini 11 senses the level of ambient light, optimizing the output depending on the condition. This allows you to illuminate your photos — keeping both the subject and the background evenly lit. Say goodbye to washed out faces!

Another feature is Selfie Mode, which lets you take better selfies and closeup shots. To use this mode, you just need to pull out the lens’ edge.

What’s even more exciting is instax’s new film featuring marble-designed frames. There’s “Blue Marble” that comes in the usual mini-format instax film, and “White Marble” that comes with a square-format instax film.

The instax mini 11 is available in five pale colors: Blush Pink, Sky Blue, Charcoal Gray, Ice White, and Lilac Purple. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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Black Shark 3 will allegedly break the AnTuTu record

Holds a score of 620952

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Recently, Lenovo boasted an incredible promise: a record-breaking AnTuTu score from its upcoming gaming-centric smartphone. The bombastic smartphone promised a score of 600000, upending the current leader, the ROG Phone 2.

Of course, Lenovo and ASUS aren’t the only gaming-centric phone makers on the black. Xiaomi currently distributes a gaming line, the Black Shark series. Besides that, the company has also touted record-breaking AnTuTu scores in the past. Without a doubt, Xiaomi has the necessary credentials to make an AnTuTu run.

On Chinese social network Weibo, a leaker revealed the alleged score of the upcoming Black Shark 3. The result was a huge surprise: a whopping 620952, eclipsing the supposed score of Lenovo’s phone.

Currently, no smartphone has come close to the numbers promised by Lenovo and Black Shark. The current market leader — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — has a score of 507051. Xiaomi has a lot of work to do.

However, Black Shark supposedly has the firepower for such a promise. According to previous rumors, the Black Shark 3 sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and the world’s first 16GB of RAM. Given the specifications, the gaming phone can certainly climb up the ranks of AnTuTu’s scoring system.

Unfortunately, Xiaomi planned the Black Shark 3’s launch during the canceled MWC 2020. Ironically, the initial Black Shark 3 rumors likely encouraged Lenovo to spark its own hype. Now, Xiaomi is catching up, one-upping Lenovo’s promises for the gaming phone market. With talks igniting from all sides, the market will surely heat up in the near future.

SEE ALSO: Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

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