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Honor 9X series with pop-up camera launches

Coming to global markets soon

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We’ve been seeing a pop-up sliding camera module on phones for quite some time now. Vivo was the first one to equip it and OPPO, OnePlus, and Xiaomi were quick to follow. With this mechanism, brands are able to skip the display notch and offer a better screen-to-body ratio.

Today, the Honor 9X series was announced in China and it’ll be the first phone from Honor to sport a sliding camera module. Two models were launched: the Honor 9X and 9X Pro. The only difference between them is a dual versus a triple rear camera setup.


The two sport a 6.6-inch Full HD+ display on the front. The back has an X-shaped 3D gradient glass along with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Powering the phone is an octa-core Kirin 810 chipset with 4GB RAM in the starting option of Honor 9X and 8GB RAM in the Honor 9X Pro. Built-in storage is at 64GB and 128GB respectively and they are expandable via a microSD card.

The phones ship with Android Pie based on EMUI 9.1.1 and incorporate GPU Turbo 3.0 technology for better image processing and energy efficiency. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery which the brand claims can provide video-playback for 10 hours on a single charge.

The Honor 9X gets a dual-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor. On the other hand, the Honor 9X Pro gets a triple camera setup including the same two sensors of the Honor 9X and an additional 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. Both have a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and the software includes auto scene detection, portrait mode, and a beauty mode.

Pricing and availability

Honor 9X comes with a starting price of CNY 1,399 (US$ 203) for 4GB+64GB configuration. The 6GB+64GB option costs CNY 1,599 (US$ 230), followed by the 6GB+128GB variant at CNY 1,899 (US$ 275). It’ll be available in Midnight Black, Midnight Blue, and Red color option from July 30.

The Honor 9X has a starting price of CNY 2,199 (US$ 320) for 8GB+128GB, followed by 2,399 (US$ 350) for 8GB+256GB offering. It’ll be available in Midnight Black and Midnight Blue options from August 9.

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Mi Mix Alpha could be truly an all screen phone

Could have 100% screen-to-body ratio

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Xiaomi is scheduled to host an event on September 24 in China. According to leaks, the company is expected to launch Mi 9 Pro 5G and the next Mi Mix series phone. According to a post on Weibo via their official handle, the next Mi MIX device will be dubbed the “Mi MIX Alpha” and will have an insane screen-to-body ratio.

Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone, the NEX 3 was unveiled a few days back and featured a Waterfall FullView curved display that gave a whopping 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.


Xiaomi has also shared a teaser image of the phone, flaunting a radically curved display that wraps around the edges and might even hit the 100 percent screen-to-body ratio mark, becoming the first phone to do so. The last teaser hints that the Mix Alpha will bring the highest screen to body ratio in Xiaomi’s lineup.

As far as specifications go, we’re confident it’ll house a Snapdragon 855+ chipset. The processor will be paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 512GB of UFS internal storage.

Furthermore, there have been rumors suggesting that the device will sport a triple-rear camera with a 108-megapixel primary camera.

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 Pro 5G will be a stunner as wll. It’s expected to offer a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 48-megapixel triple rear camera setup and a 4000mAh battery.

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Samsung admits redesigned Galaxy Fold is still too fragile

Don’t press on the phone too hard!

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Early in 2019, Samsung introduced the year’s most revolutionary form factor, the foldable smartphone. Naturally, the Galaxy Fold had its fair share of skeptics. Will the foldable smartphone hold up to durability standards?

Months after the launch, Samsung answered this controversial question. Early viewers discovered a fatal flaw in the Galaxy Fold’s first iteration, prompting a global delay. After months of reworking, Samsung has finally released the second version.


You’d expect a much stronger phone. In most cases, you’d be right. However, Samsung itself has released a critical disclaimer on the new Galaxy Fold’s durability. Despite getting a major rework, the Galaxy Fold still requires your tender touch.

In an official YouTube video, Samsung advises new users to “just use a light touch.” The warning specifically pertains to the phone’s inner spine. In its previous iteration, the inner hinge easily broke — the plastic film comes off, dirt slides underneath the screen. Worse, the screen shuts off after being infiltrated.

In this second iteration, Samsung has added plastic covers and an extended film for added protection. Despite the addition, you should still handle the new device with utmost care, particularly around the hinge. Further, Samsung advises against screen protectors which may interfere with the actual screen.

Also, Samsung has another disclaimer for the Galaxy Fold’s magnetic clasps. To keep it securely closed, the Galaxy Fold uses magnets on both panels. The device’s magnets are likely stronger than the normal smartphone. As such, the magnet might interfere with other metallic objects like credit cards or key cards. In the video, Samsung asks users to “be mindful of objects that may be affected.”

The Galaxy Fold is still a fragile beast. For a US$ 1,980 device, the foldable smartphone still requires extra care. At the disclaimer video’s conclusion, Samsung promotes its Galaxy Fold Premier Service, a training and support program specially built for Galaxy Fold users. According to Samsung, the care program is required “for the complete experience.”

Regardless, if you’re buying the new Galaxy Fold, you might want to trade the extra screen protector for cotton gloves.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold Hands-on: The Redo!

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Vivo V17 Pro with dual pop-up camera launches

It has a total of six cameras

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While Xiaomi and Realme are trying to outbid each other by offering higher resolution cameras, Vivo is busy adding as many sensors as possible. The brand was the first to incorporate a pop-up camera mechanism and is now leveraging the technology in all its products.

The phone will be going up against the OnePlus 7 and instead of focusing on performance, Vivo is eyeing an ideal all-rounder. The phone has been launched in India today and shall be landing in more markets soon.


It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.65 percent. The display is surrounded by a 2.5D curved glass and Schott Xensation UP protection. The rear has Gorilla Glass, but it’s always recommended to slap a case on it.

The V17 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It runs on Funtouch OS 9.1, that’s based on Android 9 Pie.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The setup is capable 2x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom.

The front gets a dual-camera pop-up selfie module that houses a 32-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. The front camera also supports Super Night Selfie mode for low-light photography. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with face unlock.

Backing these internals is a 4100mAh battery that supports 18W Dual-Engine fast charging. Vivo has also added a headphone jack, but the charging is still dependent on a microUSB port.

It’s priced at INR 29,990 for the sole 8GB+128GB offering and will go on sale from September 27 via Vivo eshop, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm Mall, and Tata CliQ. Color options include Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice.

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