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OnePlus 5T is everything we expected it to be

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Thanks to some teasers and “accidental” leaks — plus clear similarities to the already-launched OPPO R11s — the OnePlus 5T’s announcement didn’t surprise us that much, but this is still a notable upgrade over the OnePlus 5 released earlier this year.

The clearest difference is the switch to a larger 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display without adding much to the phone’s dimensions. Because it uses a slimmer 18:9 screen ratio, the handset looks taller now and has shorter bezels on both the bottom and top.

This also means that the fingerprint scanner had to be moved to the back. Like all other phones with this new design, facial recognition is one of the available security features. But unlike several new handsets, the audio port is still around.

Its dual-camera setup at the back (with 20- and 16-megapixel sensors) looks like its predecessor’s, but the implementation is slightly different. The secondary sensor has a brighter f/1.7 aperture and Intelligent Pixel Technology to combine four pixels into one for greater clarity.

There wasn’t any mention of optical zoom like on the OnePlus 5, and electronic image stabilization was chosen over its optical counterpart. A 16-megapixel image sensor handles selfies in front.

Like any OnePlus smartphone, flagship-level specs are in tow: a high-end Snapdragon 835 processor, 6/8GB of memory, 64/128GB of storage, and a 3300mAh battery. As usual, the company’s blazing fast Dash Charge is on board. It’s still on Android Nougat with Oreo coming in beta form by the end of the year.

Those don’t sound so special after all the premium smartphones we’ve been seeing lately, but if you take the prices of US$ 499 (EUR 499, GBP 449, INR 32,999) for the 64GB storage variant and US$ 559 (EUR 559, GBP 499, INR 37,999) for the 128GB storage model into consideration, this is yet another swell deal from OnePlus.

As announced before the official unveiling, the OnePlus 5T will become available in North America and Europe beginning November 21. Those in India will also get a chance to purchase a unit on November 21 through a flash sale, and China won’t have too wait much longer with their December 1 sale date.

SEE ALSO: OPPO R11s hands-on and photo comparisons

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Qualcomm is testing a new chip series for Android Go phones

Coming soon to budget phones near you!

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Since the birth of the smartphone industry, processors have always fought in an unending arms race. It’s all about power. In this industry, the fastest processor wins.

Recently, the industry properly established market segmentation. Now, processors have leaders in flagship, midrange, and budget segments. However, the industry was still in the arms race, regardless of segmentation.

Despite this trend, Qualcomm has announced a surprising decision. Instead of pursuing the fastest, the chip maker will instead focus on the bottom of the barrel.

Currently, the Snapdragon 200 series populates the company’s entry-level market. However, fiercer competition has edged out the series in this segment. Right now, MediaTek has captured more entry-level phones than Qualcomm.

With this, Qualcomm is testing a new series outside of the iconic Snapdragon lineup. The Qualcomm QM215 will focus on smartphones within the Android Go program. As such, the new chip will offer incredibly budget-friendly options for consumers.

According to a German source, the planned product is a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset, coupled with a 650MHz GPU. Prototype devices are touting LCD screens (1440 x 720 resolution), up to 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, and up to 16GB of internal storage. According to the same source, a “well-known smartphone maker” is already developing a device with the new chip. Likewise, component makers have already created fingerprint readers tailored for the chip. With its currently rumored specs, the chipset matches performance from the Snapdragon 400 series.

Right now, the product is likely in its early stages. The Qualcomm QM215 might even ultimately add to the Snapdragon 200 series after all. If anything, expect a lot more movement from Qualcomm in the entry-level market in the future.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is first-ever 7nm chip in a PC

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Huawei P30 series will officially be revealed on March 26

In Paris once again

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On March 26, Huawei plans to “rewrite the rules.”

That’s because that’ll be the date for the flagship P30’s launch, which is happening exactly one year after the Huawei P20’s unveiling. Paris, France will once again be the venue.

Here’s the short teaser being spread on social media:

Little is known about the P30 and what it’s going to offer. Early leaks say that the Pro model might have four cameras on the rear as an upgrade to the predecessor’s three.

Other reports suggest that the P30 lineup will sport a notch with a curved display, similar to what the Mate 20 Pro has. All we can say for sure is that the primary P30 variants will utilize the high-end Kirin 980 chipset.

With Mobile World Congress happening soon, it’ll be up to Huawei to sustain the smartphone market’s hype come March.

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy M30 phone will have triple rear cameras

The third phone in the series

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After launching the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 budget phones in India last month, Samsung will announce another model in the Galaxy M series — the Galaxy M30.

When Samsung posted the Galaxy M30 teaser online, they didn’t share any hardware details aside from its 6.4-inch Infinity U Display. Since the Galaxy M30 will be upgraded to a Super AMOLED panel, it’ll definitely cost more than the other Galaxy M phones.

Based on the image posted by Samsung, the Galaxy M30 will have a waterdrop notch on the display and triple rear cameras. It’ll also have a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Overall, it has a similar design to the rest of the Galaxy M phones.

Rumor has it that it’ll sport an Exynos 7904 processor with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. A 5000mAh battery is also expected to power the device for a whole day.

As for the cameras, it could have a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. At the back, the triple shooters might be composed of a main 13-megapixel sensor accompanied by two 5-megapixel sensors.

All are rumors for now, except for the display. Everything will be confirmed on February 27, the official launch date of the Galaxy M30. The phone will be sold exclusively through Amazon India at launch.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

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