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LG G4 Unboxing

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The LG G4 is a 5.5-inch smartphone with one of the best cameras of 2015. LG’s flagship shoots 16 megapixel images, has an f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, and a dedicated color spectrum sensor. The phone also sports a new genuine leather back that’s removable, allowing users to swap batteries and memory cards. In this video we unbox the LG G4 and take a look at some of its features.

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These Xiaomi phones have officially received permanent price cuts

In time for the holiday season!

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Just this week Xiaomi announced that a few of its products were receiving a price hike, these include the Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Mi LED TV 4C Pro, Mi LED TV 4A Pro, and the 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i. The company said a depreciating rupee had consistently increased acquisition costs and hence was forced to bring in a price hike.

Today, Xiaomi signaled a price cut for a few of its Redmi phones. These include two options of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, two variants of the Mi A2, and the Redmi Y2 4GB.

All the listed phones have received a flat price drop of INR 1,000 (US$ 14). The Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB is available for INR 13,999 (US$ 195), instead of INR 14,999 (US$ 208). Similarly, the 6GB option is now available for INR 15,999 (US$ 223), instead of INR 16,999 (US$ 236).

The Mi A2 64GB is available for INR 15,999 (US$ 223) while the 128GB option costs INR 18,999 (US$ 264). Lastly, the Redmi Y2 4GB now costs INR 11,999 (US$ 167). These new prices are already effective across all sales platforms.

All the above devices have been launched this year and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has been a best-seller. When combined, these devices have contributed in making Xiaomi the top smartphone brand in India and even widen its lead over Samsung.

The company had long back announced its intention of keeping profits under control. The company never intends to cross more than a five percent profit margin on any hardware product, and in case it does, the sum will be given back to the “Mi Fans.”

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Samsung starts rolling out Android Pie beta to Galaxy S9 units worldwide

Full update to come within the coming months

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Baking pie takes a little patience. Of course, patience varies from person to person. However, everyone can agree that it shouldn’t take months. Despite launching months ago, Android Pie is still the rarest operating system in the market.

Throughout Android’s evolution, Google has never been a stranger to this disparaging trend. Seemingly, every succeeding version gets rarer and rarer. However, the system’s developers have, at least, acknowledged the abysmal distribution rates. Developers and phone makers alike are slowly adopting the new version across the industry.

For one, Samsung is finally rolling out some much-needed updates to this year’s Galaxy S9 series. On launch, the series was stuck in Android Oreo. However, with Pie’s launch months later, every Galaxy S9 user’s immediate question was: When are we getting Android Pie?

Probably, it won’t be that far off anymore. The company has started releasing an Android Pie beta to users in South Korea and the United States.

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Based on the update’s changelog, the beta will come with Samsung’s new One UI. The new user interface is Samsung’s next evolution in software design. Among other features, it comes with improved gesture controls and convenience features. Additionally, Samsung’s keyboard will come with Samsung’s take on the new Unicode 11 emojis.

Though in beta phase, Samsung’s latest rollout is a huge step in Android Pie distribution. It signals Samsung’s increasing readiness in releasing Android Pie to a larger chunk of its user base. The move likely indicates a full release within the next few months.

Currently, the update is available only in South Korea and the USA. However, it will likely trickle down to other territories in the coming weeks leading up to the year-end holiday.

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

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Sharp Aquos R2 Compact is the first phone to have two notches

We finally got two notches

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When the infamous notch was introduced to the world of phones, it received mixed reactions from consumers. Apple‘s wide notch houses a complicated camera system, while Essential‘s minimal approach was embraced by other manufacturers like Vivo and OPPO. As if one is not enough, Sharp is giving us two notches.

This is the Aquos R2 Compact from Sharp. It’s a fairly pocketable smartphone with a Full HD+ 5.2-inch display that crams in two notches: one on the top and another at the bottom. Unlike the Pixel 3 XL’s bug, the two notches serve a purpose. The one on the top is for the 8-megapixel front camera and the other one gives way for the fingerprint reader.

If you dislike having a notch, then this will definitely turn you off. Although, the Aquos R2 Compact is actually a solid flagship-specced phone. First, its display is an IGZO LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and supports Dolby Vision for HDR viewing. Then, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. Not bad, right?

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Moving over to the back, the phone sports a 22.6-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture. And since the phone is relatively small, Sharp is only able to put in a 2500mAh battery. In return, it’s got fast charging support via the USB-C connector.

The phone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box with Sharp’s own custom theme, but they promise to deliver major software updates within two years of the phone’s release.

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Speaking of release, it’ll come sometime in January next year with no price as of writing. The phone will be available in three shades: green, white, and black.

To fully appreciate Sharp’s new phone, here’s a video showcasing the Aquos R2 Compact:

SEE ALSO: ZTE’s new concept phone has two notches

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