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LG G6 Unboxing

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LG’s G6 is a fantastic phone inside and out, but did you know not all countries are getting the exact same features? Our unboxing video covers these differences and more.

In a strange act of region locking, features like wireless charging, the amount of built-in storage, and audio capabilities are specific to certain markets. Not all countries are  getting headphones bundled in the package, either.

It’s a confusing issue, but we’re here to set the facts straight. Watch our unboxing of an unlocked US retail version below to learn the differences, and see just how gorgeous the Platinum color really is!

SEE ALSO: LG G6 Hands-On

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Huawei’s Nova 3 to go on open sale starting August 23

More than 50 million units have been shipped globally

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Just last month, Huawei launched the Nova 3 and 3i in India, and since then the duo has been up for purchase via flash sales in India. The company says the two phones have garnered incredible response globally and more than 50 million units have been shipped as of now.

Huawei has announced that the Nova 3i’s next flash sale will be held on August 21. On the other hand, the more powerful Nova 3 will be available via open sales (not flash) starting August 23, 1 PM. Both phones are exclusively sold on Amazon.in, and Prime members can order the Nova 3 from 12 noon itself.

The Nova 3 is priced at INR 34,999 (US$ 500) and competes against the mighty OnePlus 6. The phone has an edge over the OnePlus counterpart thanks to the beautiful glass backing that has nice color gradients. It features Huawei’s latest processor along with added AI capabilities and a GPU Turbo mode for a more refined gaming experience.

The phone comes with a host of offers including zero fee EMI and screen protection insurance. American Express cardholders are eligible for an instant cashback of INR 3,000, while telecom operator Jio is bundling along 100GB of data worth INR 3,300 along with the phone.

The Nova 3i is a midrange phone that features the same premium glass backing along with a slightly weaker processor. Though, it also houses a host of AI-powered features along with the popular GPU Turbo mode.  The phone is priced at INR 20,990 and competes against the Honor Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Mi A2.

The Nova 3i too has many offers bundled along, including an instant five percent discount when purchased via HDFC credit and debit cards. Zero-fee EMI options up to nine months are also available.

The two phones are cheaper siblings of the P20 Pro and feature the same high-end design language along with a suite of smart features thanks to EMUI.

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Vivo X23 teased online with small notch, in-display fingerprint reader

It’s Vivo’s turn to have a new phone

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OPPO‘s newest phones, the F9 and R17, now have smaller display notches. This is actually a trend among Chinese phone brands with Vivo aboard the wagon.

The upcoming Vivo X23 has just been teased on the company’s website with some of its key features. The main one is probably the latest fourth-generation under-display fingerprint reader which should be faster and more accurate than the NEX’s. It’s pretty obvious that the X23 will not have a complicated front camera setup ala OPPO Find X or iPhone X.

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The X23’s front will have a teardrop notch and reportedly a 91.2 percent screen-to-body ratio. The dual-camera setup on the back of the X23 will now have a secondary super wide-angle camera rather than just a depth sensor for bokeh.

As for the material on the back, it appears to have a glass panel with a 3D color layer with blue or violet colors.

Vivo didn’t unveil much about the X23 apart from its physical design but since it has an under-display fingerprint reader, it’s safe to assume that its display will be an AMOLED panel.

There are no pricing and availability details yet, but Vivo is set to announce it in the coming days.

Source: Vivo

SEE ALSO: Vivo NEX Review: Worth it?

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Huawei faked the Nova 3i’s selfie ads

They were actually taken by a DSLR

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Recently, Huawei has made major waves with their spectacular smartphones. Among others, one of their accolades highlight the brand’s amazing camera capabilities. With that in mind, you would think that Huawei doesn’t need to puff up its chest.

Unfortunately, the scene-stealing brand was recently caught creating misleading marketing materials.

Usually, smartphones advertise their cameras by posting actual shots taken from the device. As you might expect, these photos aren’t always true to life. From processing in post to using other devices, brands can embellish sample photos to suit their marketing. Often minimal, these adjustments usually go unnoticed.

However, Huawei’s ads shone brighter than the Northern Lights. To advertise the new Nova 3i, Huawei Egypt posted an ad that supposedly used the phone’s selfie shooter.

Unfortunately, the hired model accidentally posted Instagram photos from behind the scenes. Among others, the gallery included how they shot the ad. Instead of the advertised Nova 3i, a professional DSLR shot the photo in question.

The photos even show the male model extending his arm towards the camera, as if shooting a selfie.

Eventually, the model deleted the incriminating photos. Unfortunately for Huawei, as with most things on the internet today, keen-eyed observers already lifted the photos before they could disappear forever.

As mentioned above, embellishments are normal enough. However, brands don’t often allow themselves to get caught. More surprisingly, Huawei doesn’t need the camera magic. In fact, the new Huawei Nova 3i wowed in the midrange market.

If anything, the evidence warns users to naturally distrust ads and rely on the phone’s actual performance.

UPDATE (8/20/2018): Huawei has since posted that the ad includes a disclaimer that states the following:

“The mobile photos and the content is made for illustration only.

There might be a difference in the product visuals and sizes than reality, as well as the ad/film content.”

SEE ALSO: Huawei P20 and P20 Pro receive permanent price cuts

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