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Mystery phone might upstage Samsung Galaxy S8

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Essential Products phone teaser

Galaxy S8 this, iPhone 8 that — how about a phone that might outshine both?

Andy Rubin, who was a founding member of Android and now owns his own company named Essential Products, has been working on a bezel-less smartphone aimed at the high-end market with a planned release in a few months.

Although this juicy information was revealed by Bloomberg last January, it’s only now we’re getting a chance to see what the handset in question may look like, courtesy of a teaser posted by Rubin himself:

Lots of folks, including YouTube personality Marques Brownlee, clearly weren’t too happy about the lack of details:

And why not? The phone — whatever it’s called — bears some resemblance to the gorgeous Xiaomi Mi Mix which launched late last year. Taking the borderless concept a step further would allow it to compete with the equally stunning Galaxy S8 that’s launching tomorrow and Apple’s grand tenth-anniversary iPhone coming out later this year.

As of now, there aren’t even any leaks or rumors to confirm what operating system Rubin’s phone will use. What we know for sure is it’ll reach Google Pixel pricing, in the vicinity of $650. Doesn’t sound promising for a newcomer with absolutely no brand identity to boast, but we have a lot of faith in the guy who brought Android to life and had the guts to leave Google for his own projects.

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Huawei will bring Android Oreo to 9 Honor phones

Sweet news for Honor fans

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Huawei’s sub-brand Honor announced some sweet news today regarding Android 8.0 Oreo. The Chinese tech giant promised to bring the latest Android version to nine Honor phones.

Android Oreo will be available for models with the EMUI 8.0 skin which we first saw and experienced on the Huawei Mate 10 series. If you own any of the following devices, you’re in luck:

  • Honor 7X
  • Honor 8
  • Honor V8
  • Honor Note 8
  • Honor 8 Lite
  • Honor 9
  • Honor 9 Lite
  • Honor V9
  • Honor V10

Since these devices have different specs, the official announcement from Huawei’s forum clarifies that certain phones may not receive some of the EMUI 8.0 features. The aforementioned handsets will still undergo beta testing for the software update.

There’s no exact rollout date yet, but it should be available in the next few months. At least for now, we know Huawei is committed to bringing Oreo to their latest Honor devices.

This announcement comes after Xiaomi unveiled their promise to bring MIUI 9 to 40 Xiaomi devices.

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space

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How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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Ulefone Power 3 Max will have biggest phone battery at 13000mAh

New meaning of ‘Max’ in phone batteries

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Our smartphones nowadays can last the whole day before asking for a recharge. But, what if you have a phone that has four times the capacity of the average battery? If ASUS claims the ZenFone Max Plus to be the “Battery King,” is this new phone from Ulefone a “Battery God”?

The Ulefone Power 3 Max will have the biggest phone battery to date — 13000mAh to be exact! It’s more than twice the capacity of the non-Max variant in the Ulefone Power 3 series with 6080mAh, which is already available on GearBest.

Not much has been disclosed about the Power 3 Max, but we can expect it to be similar to the Power 3 with just a bigger battery. It’s expected to have a Full HD+ 18:9 display, MediaTek Helio P23 processor, quad-camera setup, and the latest Android Oreo software.

You probably haven’t heard of Ulefone because it’s mostly available in China. In the Philippines, a lot of smartphone users actually own a rebranded Ulefone handset from local brands.

So, will the Power 3 Max find its way to other parts of the world? We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: GizmoChina

SEE ALSO: 10 smartphones with huge batteries (2017 Edition)

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