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

The latest midrange phones to beat

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Meet the new Moto G6 family, Motorola’s latest trio of midrange smartphones. Each comes with its own strengths, but they have a number of similarities.

Each G6 phone has Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with no skin on top, a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, front LED flash, water-repellent coating, and fingerprint reader. They also share a common design that’s starting to get old since every Motorola phone has had the same shape.


Moto G6

The regular Moto G6 comes with a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display and Snapdragon 450 processor which easily puts it in the same league as lower-midrange phones. It’ll have up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. There’s a microSD card slot just in case you need more space.

A dual rear setup is onboard with a 12- and 5-megapixel combo and bright f/1.8 lens. It records video up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. An 8-megapixel front camera takes care of selfie needs.

With a 3000mAh battery and 15W TurboCharger bundled in the box, you can quickly charge the phone and it’ll last (most likely) the whole day.

It uses Gorilla Glass 3 for both of its front and back with similar curves we first saw on the Moto X4. The same goes for the G6 Plus variant.

Pricing starts at EUR 250.

Moto G6 Plus

The Moto G6 Plus gets the best features in the series. It has the biggest display with a 5.9-inch IPS LCD sporting a Full HD+ resolution. It also has a more powerful Snapdragon 630 processor with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage.

Camera-wise, the G6 Plus features dual rear cameras as well — a 12- and 5-megapixel combo with a large 1.4µm pixel size and f/1.7 aperture. It has Dual Pixel autofocus for quick focus times and support for 4K video recording. As for selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front camera complete with beauty mode and filters.

The Plus model has a slightly larger battery than the regular variant with its 3200mAh capacity. Fast charging is also a feature of the Plus using the included 15W TurboPower charger and USB-C cable.

Pricing starts at EUR 300.

Moto G6 Play

Lastly, we have the G6 Play — the G6 phone with the biggest battery at 4000mAh packed into a body sporting a 5.7-inch display. Motorola claims it can last up to 36 hours on a single charge which is pretty impressive. The large battery phone is also bundled with a 15W TurboPower charger just like its siblings.

The Play version is all about longetivity, so its specifications are not the best in class but still capable. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

There are no dual cameras here but the single 13-megapixel rear shooter should be enough for quick snaps, while the 8-megapixel selfie camera is on par with the more expensive models.

Its price is only EUR 200.

All of the new Moto G6 phones are going to be available in markets where Motorola is present, except for the Moto G6 Plus which will skip North America.

SEE ALSO: Motorola Moto X4 Review: Beautiful and fragile

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Apple is buying Intel’s 5G modem business

For a billion dollars

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When are Apple’s iPhones getting 5G modems? For such a simple question, Apple has notoriously barreled through controversial hoops just for a conclusive deal. Notably, Qualcomm, a known modem supplier, kept barring the company from fulfilling its 5G dreams. The two companies buried the hatchet only a few months ago. The newfound peace treaty awakened a new multiyear deal, supposedly bringing Qualcomm’s 5G chips to the iPhone.

Despite the good news, the deal still carries a modicum of controversy and uncertainty. For one, Qualcomm is still a volatile business partner. The chipmaker infamously goes for quirky tactics to gain an upper hand. Just this week, the European Commission brought the hammer down against Qualcomm’s unfair pricing schemes.


Secondly, because of the deal, Qualcomm’s competitors suffered a huge blow in the 5G race. For example, Intel surrendered its efforts after the new deal’s inking. Before the deal, Apple was a steadfast customer of Intel’s chips. Even with uncertainty, Qualcomm is forging a subtle oligopoly in the modem race. (Samsung is still in the race.)

Unsurprisingly, some companies refuse to submit to the impending monopoly. However, Qualcomm’s newest defector comes as a huge surprise: Apple itself. Reported by The Wall Street Journal, Apple is finalizing a deal to acquire Intel’s modem business. For a staggering US$ 1 billion, the iPhone maker will acquire Intel’s slew of patents, resources, and staff. The deal will reportedly close as early as next week.

Naturally, Apple’s purchase will allow an eventual independence from its third-party suppliers. In the future, Apple might make its own 5G chips in-house rather than relying on Qualcomm. Right now, a 5G-capable iPhone is still in the works. Apple is eyeing a potential 2020 release date.

SEE ALSO: Apple might bring back the old-school rainbow logo this year

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ASUS ROG Phone in China comes in many variants

So many options!

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ASUS made quite a splash after releasing the update to their gaming phone — the ROG Phone 2. While the rest of the world waits for pricing details, China is getting it ahead of everyone else.

In case you missed the initial reveal, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 retains most of the design of its predecessor. Why fix what’s not broken, right? The improvements, though, are easily noticeable.


You’re getting the world’s first 120Hz AMOLED display on a smartphone. It’s also the first phone to take advantage of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.

The accessories have also been improved. Specifically, there’s the Kunai gamepad that makes the ROG Phone 2 look like a Nintendo Switch. You can also attach the controllers to the Kunai Holder and use them as you would a gamepad.

For more details on what is shaping up to be the ultimate mobile gaming device, make sure to watch our Hands-On video.

Pricing and availability in China

The ROG Phone 2 will come in different variants.

It starts with the Tencent Depth Customisation which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that will retail for CNY 3,499 (US$ 509). The next variant is called Enjoy Peace in Beijing which has the same configuration but is priced at CNY 3,699 (US$ 538). The 12GB RAM and 128GB Storage for the same variants are priced CNY 5,999 (US$ 872) and CNY 6,199 (US$ 901) respectively. These are now available for pre-orders.

In a Weibo post, ASUS revealed that there are two more variants: A Zhizun version priced at CNY 7,999 (US$ 1173) and an Esports Armour version priced at CNY 12,999 (US$ 1890). Configurations weren’t revealed but some are speculating these will have 12GB RAM and 512GB of storage.

 

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Samsung’s next-generation RAM is super fast

It’s tailor-made to handle 5G and AI

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Slowly but surely we’re approaching the 5G era. As more infrastructure is built to provide this next-gen mobile connectivity, we’ll also need a new batch of smartphones that can handle it without sucking up all your phone’s juice. This is where Samsung comes in with their new 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM.

The new DRAM is optimized for enabling 5G and AI features in future smartphones. Not only that, Samsung said it’s also power efficient which means it will allow phones to fully leverage 5G as well as AI driven features like ultra-high-definition video recording and machine learning while also extending the phones battery life.


The 12GB LPDDR5 should be around 1.3 times faster than the previous mobile memory found in most high-end phones today. This means it should be able to transfer 44GB of data in only a second.

Not coming until the S11

Don’t expect to see this on the Galaxy Note 10 though. Instead, look for it to be equipped on the Samsung Galaxy S11. With the rise of more 5G infrastructure, 5G-capable flagships will be the norm in 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 ‘official’ photos leak

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