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Our daily drivers and what we’d rather use

Each GadgetMatch member chimes in

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While we agree that the best smartphone is the one we have in our pockets, we can’t help but want more out of our gadgets, or simply something else.

In this feature, we expose our daily drivers and which smartphones we’d rather use. Whether they be fictional or real yet unavailable, these are our true GadgetMatches.

Daily driver: Huawei Mate 20
Prefers: Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

In 2018, you can pick up any flagship and expect it to work superbly for your daily needs. So as we end the year, there’s been one phone that does exactly that but also brings an exciting extra feature: the sliding pop-up camera of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. I don’t take a lot of selfies so I won’t necessarily need to slide out those front facing selfie cameras for what it’s actually there for. But I’m not gonna lie, the added feature of being able to fidget with it is something that makes me super curious about wanting the phone on the daily.

Daily drivers: iPhone XS and Honor 10
Prefers: Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

While I’m completely happy with my current daily drivers, I still find myself wanting to use a phone that’s not yet widely available in the world. I was lucky enough to test the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 while I was in Beijing and boy did I want to take it home! It’s essentially a Mi MIX 2S in a sliding form-factor, and with much-improved cameras. I just wish it also came in white like its predecessor.

Daily driver: LG G7 ThinQ
Prefers: OnePlus 6T… but with an ultra wide-angle camera 😜

One of the underrated mobile phones to be released this year is the LG G7 ThinQ. Despite its mouthful name, it’s a pretty good all-around device. Aside from its fun-to-use ultra-wide-angle camera though, everything about the phone is just so-so. That’s why I’d love to go back to using a OnePlus phone, especially the latest model, the 6T. I love everything about the OnePlus 6T — its display, performance, build, and software. Wouldn’t it be nice to also equip it with a wide-angle shooter? The secondary camera of the 6T is rather redundant to the main sensor, so I’m hoping OnePlus would consider adding one soon.

Daily driver: Not Pink Pixel 3
Prefers: An actual pink Pixel 3 🤬

I can’t let go of phones from the Pixel line simply because I trust their cameras most. I don’t just want good selfies, I want an actual phone that I can take in place of cameras. That being said, it really wouldn’t have killed Google if they made an actual pink phone instead of teasing me with this half-baked maybe pink device.

Daily drivers: Galaxy Note 9 and Mate 10 Pro
Prefers: A tougher and more robust flagship smartphone

I love how smartphones today are so feature-packed that they can be used for leisure and productivity on the go. If I’m not out raiding legendaries in Pokémon Go, I’d be out shooting with a camera and my smartphone. Thing is, I’m the kind of user who doesn’t put a case on his smartphone simply because I think feeling the material and its texture are part of the phone’s experience — that plus it bulks up the phone. But today’s high-end phones scratch easily with everyday handling so having a tougher protective glass would really be a good addition. Maybe for Gorilla Glass 10?

Daily drivers: Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro
Prefers: Razer Phone 2

I must say, using the Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro together is a match made in tech heaven. I get the latest Android updates and compact dimensions of the former, as well as the versatile cameras and incredible battery life of the latter. And yet, what I really want is a smartphone that simply games. It’s been a Razer Phone 2 versus ROG Phone type of year, but my money is on Razer’s side. Sticking to the 16:9 screen ratio and front-facing speakers has become invaluable for mobile gaming, which is something I’ve gotten more into lately.

Daily drivers: Huawei P20 Pro and LG V40 ThinQ
Prefers: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

I’ve been in love with Huawei’s P series ever since they collaborated with Leica. It’s been a great travel companion that perfectly captures postcard- and instagram-worthy photos. But sometimes, I’d wish they add a wide-angle feature — something that I like from the LG V40 ThinQ. This is why I prefer the Mate 20 Pro. It’s packed with three versatile rear shooters that can handle any adventure I go on.

Daily drivers: Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and Pocophone F1
Prefers: The Xiaomi Mi 8 with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s cameras

I’m generally happy with the Xiaomi Mi 8. It’s a great performer and I think it’s the absolute sweet spot for me in terms of size. While its cameras are pretty good, they just aren’t at the level of the Mate 20 Pro’s which are great under any lighting condition. Since this fantasy phone isn’t happening any time soon, I’m content with the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro. It’s a great multitasking machine plus I really enjoy MIUI!

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Mi 10 Lite 5G is a midrange phone with quad-cameras

Sales limited to Europe for now

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The Mi 10 has been a sensational phone since launch and Xiaomi has now announced its younger sibling — the Mi 10 Lite. Just like the flagship, it also gets 5G support, but via a midrange chipset. This will offer consumers an option to buy a 5G phone, without the cost attached to a flagship phone.

As the name suggests, the phone is a slightly watered-down version of the flagship Mi 10. However, it’s still a strong contender in a segment that has just one competitor, the Nokia 8.3 5G. 5G roll-out is limited to a few regions, but hardware availability might prompt telecom carriers in developed markets to speed-up their enhancement efforts.

Coming to the phone, the front has a 6.6-inch AMOLED TrueColor display with a waterdrop-style notch. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with the standard face unlock option.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 765G chipset, paired with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1. Backing these internals is a 4160mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. On the side, it also has Quick Charge 3.5 compatibility.

On the rear is quad-camera support consisting of a 48-megapixel primary lens. Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t revealed the details of the other three cameras. However, considering all their previous phones with a similar setup, it’s safe to assume one of them will be a wide-angle lens along with a depth sensor for portrait photography. For selfies, a 16-megapixel sensor has been added on the front.

Mysteriously, Xiaomi also hasn’t revealed details about onboard RAM. Though, we know it’ll be available in two storage options — 64GB and 128GB. It’ll be available in white, grey, and a bluish-green gradient, with a starting price of €349 (US$ 385) from the first and second week of April in a few European markets.

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Leak reveals Lenovo Legion’s design and specs

Built with a cooling fan, physical triggers

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The gaming smartphone race is heating up. Despite harrowing situations, Lenovo is just about ready to reveal its new powerhouse. Lately, the company has released a few teasers pertaining to a powerful gaming phone on the horizon. According to the teaser, the Lenovo Legion will score 600,000 on the renowned AnTuTu scale.

Today, another leak has unveiled more details about the smartphone. Spotted on CNIPA, China’s patent organization, by Pricebaba Daily, the upcoming smartphone has a few tricks up its sleeve.

For one, the Lenovo Legion will likely carry a high-RPM cooling fan. Based on the new render, the rear has an incriminating “COOL” label next to a rendered fan. The phone also has a physical hardware switch to toggle high performance mode. It also has side triggers. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen these details on a gaming phone.

Notably, the phone will have two USB-C ports: one on the bottom and one on the side. The extra feature allows uninterrupted gaming even while charging. Finally, the render depicts a large 5050mAh battery, a huge powerbank for gaming purposes.

However, for all the amazing features revealed in the leak, the render also has a Snapdragon 855 on the back. As we know now, the phone will likely carry Snapdragon 865 upon launch. Even without a previous leak, we are already in a Snapdragon 865 world. It’s probable that the render is an earlier version.

Chipset aside, the phone’s other details seem believable. Also, it’s only a matter of time before we see an official launch, anyway.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo unveils new ThinkPad L-T-X series laptops

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New OnePlus 8 leak reveals purple-orange gradient

Plus more leaks of the green variant

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Image source: Roland Quandt

Recently, we saw our very first glimpses of OnePlus’s upcoming flagship series, the OnePlus 8. As expected, both entries in the series – the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro – are powerhouses for the industry’s high standards. Additionally, a supposedly official render revealed a unique color for the series: mint green.

However, according to a new leak, green isn’t the OnePlus 8’s most unique color. Leaked by Roland Quandt of WinFuture, the OnePlus 8 will come in a dazzling purple-orange gradient called Interstellar Glow. The gradient is hugely reminiscent of retrowave and synthwave (or the recent renaissance of ‘80s style music). However, it’s also similar to the gradient of the current Instagram logo.

Further, other official colors have also received renders and marketing names. As we’ve already seen previously, the mint green variant is officially titled Glacial Green. Finally, a more standard color, Onyx Black, offers glossy darkness for the upcoming flagship series.

Given what we know, these three colors are offered for the regular OnePlus 8. The high-tier OnePlus 8 Pro won’t have the Interstellar Glow variant, but it will have an unnamed and unleaked Blue variant instead.

According to the previous leak, the OnePlus 8 Pro will feature a 6.78-inch QHD+ 120Hz screen, Snapdragon 865, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, a quad-rear camera setup, IP68 certification, and a 4510mAh battery compatible with wireless charging.

Meanwhile, the OnePlus 8 will have a 6.55-inch FHD+ screen, Snapdragon 865, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, a triple-rear camera setup, and a 4300mAh battery.

Both flagships will reportedly launch on April 10.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus will release its new flagship to ten lucky fans before launch

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