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Black Shark 2 launches with a pressure-sensitive screen

It sports 12GB of RAM!

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Gaming smartphones occupy a strange position in the market. When the category started, it consisted mostly of devices with high-end hardware. The gaming aspect was just a nice addition supplemented by a few gaming-centric features. Sadly, the first gaming smartphones funneled into a premium niche.

Years after, the gaming smartphone evolved into a more versatile device. The category now sports several premium features. For example, Xiaomi has recently launched the Black Shark 2, a gaming smartphone that puts the premium on gaming.

The Black Shark 2 touts a Samsung-sourced 6.39-inch AMOLED screen, pumping out images at 2340 x 1080 resolution. Additionally, the display’s brightness goes up to 430 nits. Latency has also been reduced to 43.5ms. It has motion interpolation, optimizing the display for gaming purposes.

The screen also comes with new pressure-sensitive features. Users can map separate button functionalities for both left and right flanks, like how a game controller works. Both buttons trigger with additional pressure. It will also come with an under-screen fingerprint sensor.

Under the hood, the Black Shark 2 boasts a Snapdragon 855 chipset, Adreno 640 GPU, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage. Liquid Cooling 3.0 will keep the phone in workable temperatures even during heavy gameplay sessions.

For photography, the smartphone carries a dual 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel AI rear camera combination and a 20-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing shooter. Speaking of front-facing, it also has two front-facing speakers, preventing any blockages during gameplay.

Complementing this heavy machinery, the Black Shark 2 will use a huge 4000mAh battery, with 27W fast charging capabilities.

The Black Shark 2 is already available in China. A lighter 6GB+128GB variant retails for CNY 3,200 (US$ 475). Meanwhile, the stronger 12GB+256GB variant retails for CNY 4,200 (US$ 625). It comes in either Shadow Black or Frozen Silver.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Black Shark 2 shows up in quick hands-on video

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Xiaomi unveils budget-friendly Redmi 7 with liquid-repellent coating

It’s cheap but it doesn’t lack great features

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Redmi 7 | Image credit: Xiaomi

Xiaomi‘s Redmi sub-brand has a new phone and it seems to be the latest budget device to beat. After impressing fans with the Redmi Note 7, now comes the Redmi 7. This phone is the successor to the Redmi 6 and it brings quite a lot of features despite being an inexpensive model.

First of all, the Redmi 7 doesn’t look as cheap as its predecessor. The phone is still primarily made of plastic, but the glossy back finish gives it a polished look. Also, the phone has P2i liquid-repellent nano-coating for resistance against water splashes, similar to some Motorola phones.

The display now stretches to the top edges and it has a cute waterdrop notch. It’s quite bigger at 6.36 inches, but still has a resolution of just HD+. It’s not the sharpest screen around, but it dons a modern 19:9 aspect ratio. The display has Gorilla Glass 5 protection as well.

Redmi 7 | Image credit: Xiaomi

The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632 processor with up to 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of expandable storage. The Redmi 6 sports MediaTek’s Helio P22, so the switch to a Snapdragon chip will surely please the fans.

Camera-wise, the Redmi 7 still has dual rear shooters: a main 12-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for bokeh. In front, it features an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. Both the rear and front cameras are equipped with AI features including beauty mode.

Redmi 7 | Image credit: Xiaomi

The large 4000mAh battery of the Redmi 7 is also an outstanding feature for a budget phone. It supports fast charging (up to 10W) through its micro-USB port. The phone comes 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack, GPS, and an IR blaster too.

As for pricing, the Redmi 7 starts at CNY 699 (US$ 105) for the base 2GB+16GB variant. The 3GB+32GB variant is at CNY 799 (US$ 120), while the highest configuration will cost CNY 999 (US$ 150). The device will be available in China starting March 26. A global version is expected to come in key Xiaomi markets soon.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 7 Pro with new design and 48MP camera

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ZTE Axon V concept renders show new all-screen design phones

Manufacturers are being creative

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ZTE Axon V concept render | Image credit: ZTE/Notebook Italia

In order to deliver an all-screen experience to phone users, manufacturers have resorted to different solutions. They either chose to use the notch, hole-punch, or pop-up cameras. Chinese manufacturer ZTE, which tried putting two displays on a phone, has a new concept that’ll allow them to still offer phones with thin bezels, but without cutouts or moving parts.

This is the next crazy idea from ZTE: the Axon V concept. This is not yet in production, but it’s a preview of what’s to come — at least from ZTE. Since it’s a concept phone, there aren’t many details available about the Axon V.

According to Notebook Italia, there’s a chance that this concept design might be applied to an upcoming 2019 phone from ZTE. So, what makes the Axon V special?

ZTE Axon V concept render | Image credit: ZTE/Notebook Italia

The most noticeable feature of the Axon V is its pair of front-facing cameras sticking out from the side of the phone’s chassis. The bulge on the side is permanent and it’s not some sort of sliding mechanism. It’s like an outward notch.

The source also notes that the Axon V will be using a 6.8-inch OLED display with a really tall 21:9 aspect ratio, similar to the likes of the Sony Xperia 1. The cameras on the phone (specifically the front) are said to be for 3D or AR functions.

With this design, ZTE will also be able to put in a bigger battery which could be one of the phone’s main features. With a truly borderless display, users would want to watch and play on the phone for hours.

No information regarding pricing or release date yet, but we’re pretty sure this concept won’t be as expensive as foldable phones or even hole-less devices.

SEE ALSO: ZTE Nubia’s Alpha wearable is basically a phone on your wrist

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