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LG Q8 looks like a mini version of the V20

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After the announcement of the Q6 series, LG has another new “Q” smartphone acting as a mini version of one of its flagships. This time around, it’s the V20 that gets the treatment.

Complete with a secondary display, metal body, and Quad DAC, the LG Q8 is no doubt a V20 mini in disguise. Just look at it:

The phone has a 5.2-inch Quad HD display and a secondary one for notifications and extra screen real estate. The panel is Quantum IPS — same with LG flagships — topped with Gorilla Glass 4. Powering the phone is a former top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 processor (pretty old but still capable) with 4GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage. Unlike with the V20, the Q8’s battery is non-removable but sizeable at 3000mAh.

It has a fingerprint reader on its back (something that the Q6 doesn’t have) and uses a reversible USB-C connector. Powering the phone is Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 5.0.

As for its cameras, it has two rear shooters: a 13-megapixel main and another 13-megapixel with a wide-angle lens. The main sensor has optical image stabilization and an aperture of f/1.8. There’s a 5-megapixel wide-angle shooter for group selfies.

The V-series of LG is known for its multimedia prowess, and the Q8 (being its smaller cousin) is no exception. Aside from the Quad DAC, it has Hi-Fi audio recording and full manual video control.

Looking through what the LG Q8 offers, we wonder why it’s not just called the LG V20 mini or an international version of the LG V34 that was exclusively available in Japan. Only LG can answer that.

The phone is slated to formally launch this month, and only then will we know how much this tiny ex-flagship phone will cost.

SEE MORE: LG Q6 series cuts both bezels and price

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Apple iPhone XS Max undergoes scratch and bend tests

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t bend!

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The latest iPhones from Apple are already available in key markets around the globe. Quite a number of people already have their hands on one (including us), so it’s time to review the phone. While we’re still working on our insights about the new iPhone XS, let’s witness the device go through a series of durability test.

If you’re fond of seeing phones get through sharp blades, you should definitely check out Zack Nelson’s JerryRigEverything channel on YouTube. The latest phone to suffer on his table, of course, is the newest iPhone — the iPhone XS Max to be specific.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone XS Max practically survived the whole test. The front and back glass body managed to withstand scratches like most high-end smartphones on the market. The stainless steel frame did scratch too, but Zack pointed out that it’s less prone to damages compared to previous aluminum-made iPhones.

Everything was not perfect, though. Apple claimed that the new iPhone XS and XS Max have “sapphire crystal lens cover” for the dual rear cameras. That’s ideal to fully protect the camera from unsightly scratches which will greatly affect the image quality. Unfortunately, it seems to be just a marketing gimmick. Compared to an actual and pure sapphire crystal face of a Tissot wristwatch, the iPhone’s lens cover is not hard enough and it scratches easily.

At least, though, the iPhone XS Max didn’t bend at the end of the video.

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 gets tested for durability

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro official cases leak online

That’s a wide notch

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Huawei is set to announce their latest flagship phone next month, but we’ve seen seeing leaks about it all over the internet. The latest one is this: the upcoming Mate 20 Pro is seen inside the official case renders.

Similar with the P20 series that was announced earlier this year, the Mate 20 Pro will once again have a notched display. However, the new notch appears to be wider which indicates that Face ID-like technology is coming to the new Huawei phone. The overall front design is pretty iPhone X-esque, to be honest, but there’s a bit of a chin towards the bottom of the display.

Check the upcoming official cases from Huawei for the Mate 20 Pro:

At the back, you can see the new square-shaped camera module. This will house three cameras and a dual-tone LED flash. It’ll be quite unusual, but it’s a welcome change.

Also noticeable is the lack of a fingerprint reader. Neither the front or rear of the phone has a visible fingerprint scanner. Huawei could implement an in-display reader, though.

The Mate 20 Pro will go official on October 16 in London along with the regular Mate 20 variant.

Source: Slashleaks

SEE ALSO: Leaked Huawei Mate 20 copies from Apple and Samsung

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OnePlus 6 officially gets stable Android Pie update

The update is rolling out in stages

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Earlier this month, OnePlus announced the open beta version of Android Pie for its latest smartphone. Thankfully, it didn’t take them long to have the final and stable version available. If you own a OnePlus 6, turn your update notification on because Android Pie is coming to your phone.

OxygenOS 9.0 brings Android Pie features to OnePlus devices, starting with the OnePlus 6. The version number of OxygenOS jumped from 5.x to 9.0 to match Google’s latest version number.

OnePlus also adopted the Android Pie user interface and gestures, but the support for custom accent colors is still present. There’s also the Adaptive Battery feature, new Do Not Disturb settings, and updated Gaming Mode v3.0. The September 2018 security patch is also in tow.

The update is rolling out in stages. Only a few users are getting it first, so they can report any missed bugs before the wider roll out in the next few days.

Source: OnePlus

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3 and 3T will surely get Android P

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