Moto Z3 Play goes official with dual cameras and new Moto Mods

It’s missing something…



After launching their budget Moto E5 and Moto G6 devices, Motorola unveiled the Moto Z3 Play. The Z Play series continues to be Motorola’s battery-efficient line of devices even up to this day. There are hardware changes from its predecessor, but the good news remains to be the support for Moto Mods.

Motorola kept the same footprint as the Z and Z2, but they managed to put in a taller 6-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. The bezels of the phone are now slimmer especially the forehead and chin. That being said, Motorola moved the fingerprint sensor to the side — just like how Xperia implemented theirs before.

Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of storage. The camera department also gets an upgrade with the addition of a secondary sensor. The main camera still sports a 12-megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel AF behind an f/1.7 lens, but it’s now paired with a 5-megapixel sensor to help with background effects such as bokeh. The selfie camera is now an 8-megapixel shooter, but it lost its dedicated LED flash.

The Z3 Play doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone port unlike the Z2 Play, but its battery capacity remains at 3000mAh. The loss of the jack didn’t give way to a bigger battery, unfortunately. Thankfully, the support of TurboPower 15W charging is still present.

Since the Z3 Play still has the same size as before, it accepts all existing and new Moto Mods. The back of the Z3 Play, though, is now a Gorilla Glass 3 panel. Also, it runs on a clean version of Android Oreo with a few Moto apps like Moto Display, Actions, and Camera.

Motorola brought the Moto Z3 Play to Brazil starting at a price of BRL 2,299 or roughly US$ 600. In the US, it’s priced at just US$ 499 and it is even bundled with a battery Moto Mod.

SEE ALSO: Motorola announces Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus with 18:9 displays, Android Oreo


Snapdragon’s upcoming chipset beats Kirin 980 and A12 Bionic on AnTuTu Benchmark

The battle of next-gen mobile processors!



Huawei already unveiled the Kirin 980 processor for the Mate 20 series and Apple has the powerful A12 Bionic chip for their new iPhones. Meanwhile, Samsung just announced its next-gen chip — the Exynos 9820 — which will most likely power the upcoming Galaxy phones. Qualcomm, on the other hand, is still cooking the successor to the popular Snapdragon 845, although a leaked AnTuTu Benchmark result shows that it’ll be ready for primetime soon.

The official name of Qualcomm’s upcoming chipset is yet to be confirmed, although it’s rumored to be called Snapdragon 8150. It’ll not be Snapdragon 850 because that’s already taken, but the Snapdragon 855 moniker is still available.

Moving on to what matters, the soon-to-be-unveiled chipset skyrocketed on AnTuTu Benchmark with a score of 362,292 points. This is an unconfirmed test, but if this is true, Qualcomm will soon have the most powerful processor for smartphones. It beats Kirin 980’s official score of 309,628 and A12 Bionic’s 352,405 points.

Again, nothing is certain about the leaked score which came from Weibo. We’ll just have to wait for Qualcomm to officially announce the chip and let users benchmark it on their own. Just in case the numbers are true, Android flagships are in for a treat.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils Exynos 9820 chipset based on 8nm LPP FinFET

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OnePlus 6T now comes in a beautiful gradient color

The color we’ve always wanted



Finally, OnePlus releases a phone color I can get behind!

OnePlus phones have always been known for their performance and great value, but I’ve always found their color choices to be lacking. Black, graphite, red, or white works for a lot of different folks but for those, like me, who want a flashier and prettier option, we are left wanting.

Not anymore.

OnePlus has just announced that we’re getting the OnePlus 6T in a dreamy new shade called Thunder Purple. This particular device has a beautiful black to purple gradient and a shiny curve on its back that moves with the light. So pretty!

Just look at that subtle, stunning color pop

The same color, announced in China last week, will be available in the US and Europe starting today on the OnePlus website. It rocks 8GB of memory with 128GB of storage and retails for US$ 579.

Image credit: Joshua Vergara

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An iPhone X allegedly exploded after installing iOS 12.1

In Washington, USA



Goodbyes are always difficult. Some can go graceful; some, however, lash out in weird directions. As the 2018 iPhones go on their successful world tour, the iPhone X tries to get one more stab at the spotlight. However, the headline is far from positive. One might even call it fiery.

Reported in Washington, an iPhone X supposedly exploded in a user’s home. Rahel Mohamad, the user, posted about the incident on Twitter. According to Mohamed, the iPhone was in the process of installing the iOS 12.1 update.

In an interview with Gadgets 360, Mohamed was using and charging the phone normally. Amid installing the recent update, he plugged the phone into Apple’s original charger and cable. (Of note, Redditors have countered that Mohamed used an iPad charger, instead of an iPhone one.) Shortly after, the phone started heating up, spewing out gray smoke. After the update’s completion, it caught fire and exploded.

Since then, Apple has responded to Mohamed’s original tweet. “That’s definitely not expected behavior,” @AppleSupport replied. According to Mohamed, Apple has invited him to mail the destroyed model for an official investigation. The company has not issued an official statement regarding the explosion yet.

Curiously, this isn’t the first Apple explosion this year. Back in January, a Chinese customer bit into an iPhone’s battery, causing it to explode in his face. In August, an iPad exploded inside an Apple store in Amsterdam, injuring several employees.

To Apple’s luck, none of the three incidents has incited enough controversy to turn into another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. At the moment, Apple’s explosions are isolated incidents. We can only hope that the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR don’t suffer the same fate.

SEE ALSO: Apple patents a holed iPhone design

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