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Meizu Pro 6 Plus and M3X take after Samsung’s best

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Meizu Pro 6 Plus

Obviously threatened by the likes of OPPO and Vivo dominating both the Chinese and global markets, fellow rival Meizu felt the need to launch a pair of smartphones that’ll shape its long-term future.

Let’s begin with the 5.7-inch Pro 6 Plus, the company’s newly crowned flagship. It has something in common with Samsung’s own top-shelf smartphone, and this has nothing to do with looks.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus

The metal-clad Pro 6 Plus utilizes an Exynos 8890 processor, which is the same one used in the Samsung Galaxy S7 series. There’s also a Quad HD resolution on top of its Super AMOLED screen and 4GB of memory inside — again, just like Sammy’s current best.

That’s where most of the similarities end, but you’d be surprised at how Meizu surpasses Samsung in some aspects.

For starters, you can find a heart rate sensor baked into the fingerprint scanner, and the display is pressure-sensitive using what Meizu calls 3D Press technology. The 12-megapixel rear camera, which is optically image stabilized and has laser autofocus, makes use of ten tiny LED lights to illuminate subjects.

With a capacity of 3400mAh, the battery isn’t that hefty, but it keeps the profile slim at only 7.3mm. Fast charging is available through its USB Type-C port, so you won’t have to wait that long for a full load.

The real highlight, however, is the price. Retailing for only CNY 3,000 or $435 for the 64GB storage version, the Pro 6 Plus now lives among other bang-for-buck beasts, such as those from OnePlus and Xiaomi. Alternatively, you can fork over an additional CNY 300 ($43) to bump the storage to 128GB.

Meizu M3X

Meizu’s midrange M3X is a lot less interesting, but it favors the more budget-conscious consumers, costing only CNY 1,700 ($246) for the configuration containing 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, or CNY 2,000 ($290) for the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

To keep the costs down, the M3X uses a much weaker MediaTek Helio P20 chipset and just a Full HD resolution on top of its 5.5-inch display. Not bad by any means, actually, if you compare it to the competition.

What’s cool is that the midranger carries over some of the Pro 6 Plus’ best features, including the 12-megapixel rear shooter with 5-megapixel selfie cam, front-mounted fingerprint reader on the home button, and USB Type-C port with fast charging for the 3200mAh battery.

Both handsets apply Meizu’s own Flyme 6.0 operating system, which is based on Android. Shipping will soon begin in the brand’s home market of China, with launches happening in foreign markets in the coming months.

Source: Meizu, (2)

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Apple iPad explodes inside an Amsterdam store

Three employees treated for minor injuries

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It looks like this exploding gadget trend isn’t ending any time soon.

The latest casualty happened in Amsterdam, Netherlands — inside an official Apple store, no less.

An iPad on display burst because of a leaking battery, causing minor injuries to three employees inside the store. Everyone was subsequently evacuated and the local fire brigade checked the scene for damages.

Fortunately, the three employees suffered only respiratory issues based on the latest report. In addition, there was no actual fire involved.

Apple is still investigating the incident and has yet to release a public statement.

This isn’t the first time Apple is facing problems with exploding products, but these cases are still too rare to cause widespread fear or a recall.

At least the device wasn’t bitten this time.

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Netflix is testing engagement by putting ads between episodes

Netflix, no chill

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How would you feel if, after a long day at work, you were relaxing and catching up on a series you’ve been excited to binge, and it gets interrupted by “But first, check out…” followed by a trailer of another show? If you’re miffed at the thought then you should sip your most calming tea, because that’s exactly what Netflix has started to do.

The streaming big shot has confirmed to Ars Technica that this move is a test to see whether or not inserting these ads would help speed up viewers’ discovery of new titles that they’ll like. Right now, these ads only appear for some people globally, but Netflix did not confirm how long this test will last.

The move has garnered some backlash from users encountering the ads, but Netflix has said that, although they are aware of the “chatter on social channels,” their focus is more on the engagement to these ads and that this is what will determine a wider rollout in the future.

If you find yourself faced with these ads though, apparently you can opt out of these tests. That way, you’ll still be able to Netflix, chill, and binge watch the night (and/or day) away.

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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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