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HTC launches the notch-less, translucent U12+

Sports an 18:9 display

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Finally, HTC has lifted the veil off its much-anticipated flagship. After weeks of leaks and rumors, the HTC U12+ has arrived on the scene. In a global launch event, the Taiwanese company has completely unveiled both the specs and price of their new flagship.

Unlike most smartphones today, the U12+ will not carry the controversial camera notch. Instead, it sports a 6-inch Quad HD+ screen. The sizable display packs in an 18:9 resolution of 2880 x 1440.

The screen features HTC’s upgraded Edge Sense 2. Besides the usual complement of gesture controls, the feature can now detect which hand is being used. The extra detection allows for convenient one-hand phone handling with gestures.

Under the hood, the U12+ touts the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 processor, and comes with 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of internal storage (expandable up to 2TB with a microSD).

Camera-wise, the U12+ snaps photos with a dual 12-megapixel wide-angle (1.4µm, f/1.75) and 16-megapixel telephoto (1.0µm, f/2.6) rear shooter. Additionally, the dual-flash camera supports speedy phase detection and laser autofocus. It also supports up to 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom.

On the other hand, the dual 8-megapixel (1.12µm, f/2.0) front shooter touts wide-angle capabilities of up to a 84-degree field of view.

Further, the U12+ can churn out crystal-clear sound with support for active noise cancellation, hi-fi playback, and wireless audio.

For connectivity, the dual SIM phone supports up to dual 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1 Type-C, and HTC Connect for wireless streaming.

Finally, the U12+ owns a 3500mAh battery. According to HTC, it can power through up to 23.8 hours of talk time on 4G. It also supports fast charging with an included Quick Charge 3.0 charger.

It comes in Ceramic Black, Flame Red, and Translucent Blue. Notably, the Translucent Blue variant’s unique design (called Liquid Surface) allows users to see the inner workings of the phone through the back panel.

Online pre-orders are now available. The HTC U12+’s 64GB variant retails for NT$ 23,900 (around US$ 800). Meanwhile, the 128GB variant sells for NT$ 24,900 (around US$ 830).

SEE ALSO: HTC will launch a blockchain-powered phone in October

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

The battle of next-gen mobile processors!

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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

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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.

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An iPhone X allegedly exploded after installing iOS 12.1

In Washington, USA

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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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