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‘Metal’ smartphone Flash Plus 2 costs P6,990 in PH, exclusively available online through Lazada

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If you’ve been keeping tabs on recent smartphone releases at all, you might have heard about the Flash Plus 2, a budget smartphone sequel from the brand formerly known as Alcatel. The phone was launched just a week ago, and now, it’s gearing up for a Philippine release through Lazada. And just like the Flash phone before it, the Plus 2 will go on sale exclusively online, where its fanbase continues to grow.

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As for the device itself, it’s mostly what you would expect from brands like Xiaomi, Meizu, and, more recently, Huawei — it apes a few design and engineering choices of more premium models and offers good specs while maintaining a remarkably low price point. It’s the result of a formula we’ve seen many times before from this part of the world, mostly from the likes of local companies like Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, but it’s nonetheless impressive that a device with a lot to offer doesn’t cost a lot of money.

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Chief among its attractions is a midrange Helio P10 processor from MediaTek, which comes with 4G LTE connectivity and either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory. The front of the device sports a physical home button that acts as a fingerprint scanner and looks identical to Samsung’s. Just above it is a 5.5-inch display that works at full resolution.

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The back is partly made of metal rather than painted plastic, which may sound a bit confusing given the marketing speak used to describe this supposedly very “metal” phone. It’s removable, too, giving you access to the fixed 3,000mAh battery with fast-charging tech. The Flash Plus 2 also features 13- and 5-megapixel rear and selfie cameras, both paired with wide-angle lenses and LED flash units.

The Flash Plus 2 will be available on May 31, starting at P6,990 in the Philippines, or $160 in other countries where it will be sold.

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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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