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Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus go official with secondary display

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Meizu has officially announced its flagship Android smartphones for 2017. After the numerous leaks, the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus have made their debut in China flaunting their unique feature: a second display on the back.

We’ve seen the leaks and tease of Meizu for its new devices that lead us to think they’ll use E Ink for their secondary display, but as it turns out, they opted for something better — AMOLED.

Meizu has shown off the 1.9-inch second screen for displaying the usuals like notifications, weather, time, and a music player. The small display also serves as a screen for taking selfies with the rear cameras. It’s been a while since we took a selfie using rear shooters, but Meizu wants to prove it could still be a thing.

Both phones have dual rear cameras (this feature is starting to become a staple) with two 12-megapixel sensors: one for capturing color and another for monochrome. As for its front-facing shooter, it’s got 16 megapixels of digital goodness with beautification mode, of course.

Moving on to other aspects of the phones: Both phones are the first Android devices to sport MediaTek’s latest 10nm processor with 10 cores — the Helio X30. The Pro 7 is the base package among the two (obviously) with its 5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 4GB of memory, and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The Pro 7 Plus is beefier (and bigger) with its 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, 6GB of memory, and 64GB or 128GB of storage.

Battery capacity is at 3000mAh for the Pro 7 and slightly bigger at 3500mAh for the Pro 7 Plus. Both phones support Meizu’s fast-charging tech called mCharge. The 3.5mm headphone jack is present along with a USB-C port.

There are four price points for the new Meizu phones:

The Pro 7 starts at CNY 2,880 (US$ 425) with a midrange Helio P25 processor option and 64GB of storage, while the Helio X30 variant with 128GB is priced at CNY 3,380 (US$ 500). Color choices include black, gold, and red.

The Pro 7 Plus’ storage options of 64GB and 128GB are priced at CNY 3,580 (US$ 530) and CNY 4,080 (US$ 605), respectively. You get to choose between matte black, space black, amber gold, and crystal silver.

All four variants will be available on August 5 in China.

Update (08/09/17 8PM): Only the Helio P25 variant of the Meizu Pro 7 will be sold globally. The Meizu Pro 7 Plus with the Helio X30 processor is heading to the international market.

SEE MORE: Meizu Pro 6 Plus Unboxing and Hands-On

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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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