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Gionee S9 tries something new with old tech

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Another day, another China-only smartphone launch. This time, Gionee is in the spotlight with its flagship S9. Check out its dual-camera setup and silly logo…

… because those are the most interesting things about this smartphone. Neither are particularly new, but when put together, you have something to remember Gionee by.

The 13-megapixel rear cam is assisted by another 5-megapixel snapper to create less boring photos of your food and pets using shallow depth-of-field effects. It’s similar to what HTC pulled off with the One M8 two years ago, but that phone was actually memorable, albeit for the wrong reasons.

Gionee S9 colors

Gionee S9 in black and rose gold

Next up is the rear-mounted fingerprint sens—wait, that’s the logo! Thank goodness there’s an actual fingerprint scanner in front; it’s found within the home button below the display, just like on the OPPO F1 Plus.

And then we have the MediaTek Helio P10 processor, which is the same one found on the aforementioned OPPO F1 Plus. It’s not a powerful chipset, so don’t expect wonders when playing new games, or opening several browser tabs for that matter.

The screen is of the 5.5-inch Full HD variety, just like the — you guessed it — OPPO F1 Plus. Luckily, that’s where the glaring similarities end; it gets better from here.

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Users get 4GB of RAM to make up for the underwhelming processor, 64GB of storage to save all those blurry-background pictures, and enough battery power at 3000mAh to guarantee at least a few hours of continuous selfie taking with the 13-megapixel front snapper.

The S9 with its hip and trendy logo will go on sale beginning November 25. Unfortunately, it’ll retail for CNY 2,499 or about $363.

So yes, it’s more expensive than the Vivo V3 Max or Moto G4 Plus. Check out our best sub-$300 smartphone list for more recommendations.

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Meitu will launch a triple selfie camera phone

Showing the selfie some love!

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This year signaled the renaissance of smartphone photography. Starting with Huawei, the triple camera system revolutionized the Instagram game. Suddenly, everyone can take extraordinarily impressive photos from a phone. Of course, the revolution remains exclusive to the coveted rear camera.

Sadly, the front-facing selfie camera has gotten no love. Instead of working on the camera’s hardware, companies have resorted to cheaper smoothing software. The so-called beautification feature paled in comparison to the sharpness of advanced rear cameras.

Thankfully, a handful of companies are working on improving selfie cameras as a whole. Fresh off a Xiaomi acquisition, Chinese company Meitu has revealed its plans for a more capable selfie shooter.

Image source: TENAA

Spotted on TENAA, the Meitu MP1801 sports an astonishing three selfie cameras. According to the posting, the future smartphone will have a 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel + 8-megapixel front-facing camera combination. Sadly, it doesn’t specify what these cameras are for. Based on speculation, its main driver will likely be the 12-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, the 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors could be wide angle and depth sensors, respectively.

On the flip side, the phone will have a standard 12- and 8-megapixel rear camera combination. Under the hood, it will sport a 6.21-inch OLED screen, an unidentified hexa-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage.

Design-wise, the Meitu phone looks similar to the company’s previous selfie beast — the Meitu V6. At the time, the Meitu V6 delivered amazing selfies. Given the company’s reputation, the upcoming triple selfie camera phone will likely follow in the V6’s success.

With Xiaomi taking the reins, Meitu will likely launch this amazing selfie shooter sometime soon. Regardless, this answers the uncertainty that initially surrounded Xiaomi’s acquisition of the company.

SEE ALSO: Meitu V6 Review: A luxury selfie smartphone

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Samsung Galaxy A9 with quadruple rear cameras is up for grabs

Is this every photographer’s dream phone?

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This year has been underwhelming for Samsung. Even though its flagship phones like the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 are top-class, they haven’t been selling like hot cakes due to rising competition from the likes of Huawei and OnePlus. Secondly, the company is facing cut-throat competition in the midrange and budget segment from Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo.

Hence, Samsung has decided to completely revamp its strategy for the coming year and has already started launching phones that have unmatched capabilities. The Galaxy A7 was the first product that brought in a triple rear camera setup to the midrange segment following the success of the P20 Pro.

Now, the brand has unveiled the Galaxy A9 in India that brings in four cameras on the rear. To further sweeten the deal, it also incorporates Samsung’s Infinity Display technology and a glass build.

The phone has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Usually, a majority of the devices from Samsung house an Exynos processor, but the A9 is powered by the popular midrange Snapdragon 660 SoC along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. A second option is also available that has 8GB RAM, and internal storage remains constant at 128GB in both the options.

On the rear is a vertical module that houses the four cameras: a 24-megapixel primary sensor, a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor with 2x optical zoom, an 8-megapixel wide angle camera, and lastly a 5-megapixel depth sensor for bokeh effects. On the front is a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that supports facial unlock.

Unlike the Galaxy A7, this phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back. It runs on Samsung Experience UI that’s built on top of Android 8.0 Oreo and includes the Bixby smart assistant and Samsung Pay. The Galaxy A9 is backed by a 3800mAh battery that charges via a USB-C port.

The phone will be available exclusively online starting November 28 from Flipkart. The base offering of 6GB is priced at INR 36,990 (US$ 515) and the 8GB option costs INR 39,990 (US$ 560).

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Huawei reveals its foldable, 5G-ready smartphone prototype

Bigger than Samsung’s Infinity Flex!

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It begins! After Samsung’s blockbuster announcement recently, the foldable smartphone revolution is well underway. Rumors have begun materializing into concrete news.

After Samsung, Huawei has finally revealed its hand. Previously, the company announced rough plans without revealing a lot of details. At the time, Huawei’s deputy chairman Ken Hu confirmed a foldable, 5G-ready phone for next year’s lineup.

Now, Huawei has unveiled the development team’s considerable progress with the project. According to Korean website ETNews, the company conducted a private demonstration of a foldable smartphone prototype. Aside from its flexibility, the prototype demonstrated the company’s support for 5G technologies. The private demo consisted mainly of Korean telco networks.

According to a Korean government official present during the demo, Huawei’s progress was better than expected.

The report further details the specifications of the existing prototype. According to the report, the prototype has an enormous 8-inch screen when unfolded. Folded, the smartphone has a wieldy 5-inch screen. With that, Huawei’s foldable prototype outsizes Samsung’s model. Based on their previous presentation, Samsung’s prototype has a 7.3-inch/4.6-inch screen combination.

Unlike Samsung’s in-house product, Huawei will source its screen from China’s BOE Technology Group. Throughout the year, the Chinese tech giant has been constantly developing flexible screens for future use. With this focus, BOE goes directly against Samsung as a rival in flexible screen technology. BOE’s positioning makes it a perfect source for Huawei.

Unfortunately, no photos have surfaced from this session. At most, the report includes an artist’s rendering based on various rumors revealed throughout the past few weeks. Noticeably, the render shows a truly bezel-less display when unfolded. However, the folded render curiously portrays a notched screen.

According to the report, Huawei will announce the official product at MWC 2019. The phone itself will launch sometime between 2019’s first and second quarters. Because of the demo session’s focus on 5G networking, it will likely launch alongside the world’s first 5G network launch.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Review: The simpler sibling

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