HTC’s new Desire 12 and 12+ return to a shiny, chrome look

All that glitters is gold



Once again, HTC brings back the dated shiny chrome phone to our smooth matte 2018. After relative silence over the upcoming U12 line, the phone maker debuted the midrange variants of their new phones — the HTC Desire 12 and 12+.

At 5.5 inches and 6 inches respectively, the Desire 12 and 12+ sport the new 18:9 ratio with a 1440 x 720 IPS LCD screen. The unique design shares its philosophy with last year’s U11 line.

Under the hood, the Desire 12 builds off a MediaTek MT6739 chipset with a variety of options — 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and up to 2TB of microSD expansion. Meanwhile, the Desire 12+ rocks a Snapdragon 450 chipset with the better of the Desire 12’s options — 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and up to 2TB of microSD expansion.

Behind the camera, the Desire 12 both shoot with a 13-megapixel rear image sensor. However, the Desire 12+ carries an additional 2-megapixel rear shooter for portraits.

The Desire 12 plays with a 5-megapixel front camera, while the Desire 12+ has an 8-megapixel front shooter. As with most phones now, the Desire line promises adequate facial recognition tech.

For batteries, the Desire 12 packs in a 2730mAh battery while the bigger Desire 12+ peaks at 2956mAh.

Both phones will enjoy LTE compatibility and GPS/GLONASS features. They will also rock a 3.5mm audio port, a welcome feature amid the rise of wireless connectivity. Meanwhile, the Desire 12+ will have a rear fingerprint sensor.

HTC is keeping mum on how much both phones will cost and where they’ll be available. However, they do confirm that it will ship in shiny gold. Further, additional photos confirm a purple and a black variant.

With the reveal of the Desire 12 series, the HTC U12 flagship will likely debut soon.

SEE ALSO: HTC U12 specs leaked, will have Snapdragon 845 and dual cameras


Snapdragon’s upcoming chipset beats Kirin 980 and A12 Bionic on AnTuTu Benchmark

The battle of next-gen mobile processors!



Huawei already unveiled the Kirin 980 processor for the Mate 20 series and Apple has the powerful A12 Bionic chip for their new iPhones. Meanwhile, Samsung just announced its next-gen chip — the Exynos 9820 — which will most likely power the upcoming Galaxy phones. Qualcomm, on the other hand, is still cooking the successor to the popular Snapdragon 845, although a leaked AnTuTu Benchmark result shows that it’ll be ready for primetime soon.

The official name of Qualcomm’s upcoming chipset is yet to be confirmed, although it’s rumored to be called Snapdragon 8150. It’ll not be Snapdragon 850 because that’s already taken, but the Snapdragon 855 moniker is still available.

Moving on to what matters, the soon-to-be-unveiled chipset skyrocketed on AnTuTu Benchmark with a score of 362,292 points. This is an unconfirmed test, but if this is true, Qualcomm will soon have the most powerful processor for smartphones. It beats Kirin 980’s official score of 309,628 and A12 Bionic’s 352,405 points.

Again, nothing is certain about the leaked score which came from Weibo. We’ll just have to wait for Qualcomm to officially announce the chip and let users benchmark it on their own. Just in case the numbers are true, Android flagships are in for a treat.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils Exynos 9820 chipset based on 8nm LPP FinFET

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OnePlus 6T now comes in a beautiful gradient color

The color we’ve always wanted



Finally, OnePlus releases a phone color I can get behind!

OnePlus phones have always been known for their performance and great value, but I’ve always found their color choices to be lacking. Black, graphite, red, or white works for a lot of different folks but for those, like me, who want a flashier and prettier option, we are left wanting.

Not anymore.

OnePlus has just announced that we’re getting the OnePlus 6T in a dreamy new shade called Thunder Purple. This particular device has a beautiful black to purple gradient and a shiny curve on its back that moves with the light. So pretty!

Just look at that subtle, stunning color pop

The same color, announced in China last week, will be available in the US and Europe starting today on the OnePlus website. It rocks 8GB of memory with 128GB of storage and retails for US$ 579.

Image credit: Joshua Vergara

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An iPhone X allegedly exploded after installing iOS 12.1

In Washington, USA



Goodbyes are always difficult. Some can go graceful; some, however, lash out in weird directions. As the 2018 iPhones go on their successful world tour, the iPhone X tries to get one more stab at the spotlight. However, the headline is far from positive. One might even call it fiery.

Reported in Washington, an iPhone X supposedly exploded in a user’s home. Rahel Mohamad, the user, posted about the incident on Twitter. According to Mohamed, the iPhone was in the process of installing the iOS 12.1 update.

In an interview with Gadgets 360, Mohamed was using and charging the phone normally. Amid installing the recent update, he plugged the phone into Apple’s original charger and cable. (Of note, Redditors have countered that Mohamed used an iPad charger, instead of an iPhone one.) Shortly after, the phone started heating up, spewing out gray smoke. After the update’s completion, it caught fire and exploded.

Since then, Apple has responded to Mohamed’s original tweet. “That’s definitely not expected behavior,” @AppleSupport replied. According to Mohamed, Apple has invited him to mail the destroyed model for an official investigation. The company has not issued an official statement regarding the explosion yet.

Curiously, this isn’t the first Apple explosion this year. Back in January, a Chinese customer bit into an iPhone’s battery, causing it to explode in his face. In August, an iPad exploded inside an Apple store in Amsterdam, injuring several employees.

To Apple’s luck, none of the three incidents has incited enough controversy to turn into another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. At the moment, Apple’s explosions are isolated incidents. We can only hope that the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR don’t suffer the same fate.

SEE ALSO: Apple patents a holed iPhone design

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