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Moto Z2 Play slims down, keeps modularity

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Last year’s Moto Z Play was the darling of Lenovo’s Z series. It had an incredibly efficient processor, one of the best battery lives out there, and compatibility with all Moto Mods. The Moto Z2 Play is the follow-up, but it doesn’t follow the same ideals.

To be specific, the meaty battery got cut down from 3510mAh to just 3000mAh. This is alarming for fans of the original Moto Z Play, since the overly slim profile and tiny battery of the flagship Moto Z didn’t bode well for its endurance. Don’t worry, the 3.5mm audio port is still around and it’s even thinner at 5.99mm now. Aside from that, everything else got upgraded.

A Snapdragon 626 processor joins the party, with a choice between 3GB or 4GB of memory and 32GB or 64GB of storage which you can expand using a microSD card. In order to preserve compatibility with the Mods, we get the same 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen sandwiched between the rather thick top and bottom bezels.

Without using the Hasselblad camera attachment, you only have a 12-megapixel camera at the back and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Its Android skin is still lightly painted on top of Nougat 7.1.1, and we mean that in a good way; near-stock Android is the best Android for us.

Nothing too special after listing all that, but again, the Mods are the real heroes here. All the ones we tried out in our first look video and full review are as compatible as ever. On top of those, Lenovo introduced four more: Moto Style Shells with wireless charging, the JBL SoundBoost 2, Moto TurboPower Pack, and Moto GamePad.

Here’s the catch: For now, the Moto Z2 Play will be exclusive to Verizon subscribers in the US. It’ll retail for $499, while all the new Mods cost $79 each, except for the updated Style Shells which are valued at $39.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Puerto Galera: Moto M vs Vivo V5 Lite

 

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Official Samsung Galaxy S9 cases are now available including a Hyperknit cover

All are looking good!

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We’re just a week away from the official announcement of the Galaxy S9 from Samsung, but its official cases just can’t wait anymore.

With all the leaks we’ve seen and read all over the internet, we already know everything about the physical looks of the Galaxy S9. It’s supposedly not much different compared to its predecessor, aside from the fingerprint reader placement at back. With probably the same fragile glass body, how do we protect it? Here’s a preview of the official cases from Samsung.

Fabric is the new thing in tech nowadays. If the luxurious Alcantara cases aren’t enough, the Galaxy S9 will also have Hyperknit covers in red or gray. There’s another cloth case with a flap on the front and shows time when closed.

The usual high-quality silicone cases will also be available and they’ll come in pink, black, and gray. The coverage of the silicone cases is the same as the Hyperknit’s sans the sporty-looking fabric cover.

The staple Clear View Stand cases will be on sale as usual. So far, there are three confirmed colors: gold, purple, and blue.

The source link below directs to the listing of MobileFun along with the corresponding prices of these and others like the new Alcantara cases but they don’t have available images as of writing.

Source: MobileFun

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Preview Video

 

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Google kills ‘View Image’ button on searches

Stealing images won’t be that easy

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Google has announced a small, but significant change in their image search. Yesterday, the company announced that they are removing the “View Image” button on Google Image searches.

It’s not just one button that’s being killed. The “Search by Image” button is also getting the axe.

With this change, Google hopes to better safeguard the rights of copyright owners.

Google has also confirmed that these changes are part of settlements with Getty Images, who, nearly two years ago, filed a case against Google for “promoting piracy resulting in widespread copyright infringement.”

Earlier this month, the two companies announced a multi-year global licensing partnership with Getty Images CEO Dawn Airey claiming that “this agreement between Getty Images and Google sets the stage for a very productive, collaborative relationship between [our] companies.”

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel review (3 months later)

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Nokia 7 Plus appears in live photos

Nokia’s first near-borderless phone

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The Nokia leaks keep sneaking in.

Just a few days ago, renders of the Android Go-powered Nokia 1 and Android One-backed Nokia 7 Plus appeared online. This time, an actual photo of the latter got uploaded and has been making rounds throughout the web.

The design closely matches the design we’ve been seeing in previous leaks. Its 6-inch near-borderless 18:9 display, which is supposed to be the company’s first, is seen more clearly in person:

Having Android One means the Nokia 7 Plus will have less bloatware on top of the slimmer bezels, as well as a quicker response to when new Android versions, such as the upcoming Android P, begin rolling out.

Not much else is known about the rumored smartphone, except that it’ll fall under the midrange segment for its assumed Snapdragon 660 processor, although a Zeiss-branded dual-camera setup is expected to appear on the back.

We won’t have to wait much longer to gather all the details; the Nokia 7 Plus (and possibly the Nokia 1) may show up during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain later this month.

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