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OnePlus 6T will not have a headphone jack

But promises more battery life

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Today, staunch Android users will adamantly proclaim that their favored brands started Apple’s “innovations” first. Even before, the debate raged on fruitlessly, regardless of its truth.

However, in today’s iPhone-infested world, Android phones are curiously adopting some of Apple’s unique features, too. Unfortunately, some of these shared features often irk both Apple and Android users. Besides the controversial notch, these include the removal of the celebrated 3.5mm audio port.


Since Apple’s decision to remove theirs, other phones have followed suit. Thankfully, a few brands have established themselves as bastions for the dying feature, as headlined by Samsung. Sadly, today, we wave goodbye to one of those stalwart defenders — OnePlus.

Through an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus founder Carl Pei confirmed his company’s tough decision to remove the jack. Despite previous defenses for the jack, he states that now is the right time to make that decision.

Pei claims that 59 percent of OnePlus users already own a wireless headset. He hopes that removing the port now will upset less than half of OnePlus’ market.

Additionally, Pei also claims that the decision allowed OnePlus to fit in more features. Across the industry, brands have always used the same reason to justify the jack’s removal. In OnePlus’ case, the first jack-less phone will flaunt more battery.

Speaking of phones, Pei does not name the OnePlus 6T directly. He only points to the brand’s next model. At this point, multiple leaks have already implied that this is the OnePlus 6T.

Curiously (or perhaps, not), OnePlus is also launching the new Bullets V2. Citing improvements over its predecessor, the new brand-exclusive earphones have switched to a USB Type-C cable from the 3.5mm standard. Timely coincidence or something else?

Regardless of their reasons, Pei and OnePlus will face significant backlash when their first jack-less phone launches.

(In fact, the OnePlus 6 previously bagged extra points on our list for best smartphones with a headphone jack. With the latest decision, that advantage has now been rescinded.)

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6 review: 3 months later

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Some Huawei phones are showing unwanted ads on lock screens

A way for Huawei to earn money?

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Huawei P30 Lite | GadgetMatch

While Huawei continues to find ways to fight off the trade ban implemented by the US, a number of Huawei phone owners are expressing their dismay over sudden ads on their lock screens. Huawei doesn’t need more negative publicity right now, but the company decided to push unwanted ads without users’ permission.

Initially reported by Android Police, users in several countries have noticed an ad for Booking.com on the lock screen of their Huawei phones. Surprisingly, some of the devices affected include the flagship models like the Huawei P30 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and Honor 10. Other models are also presumably affected. [Editor’s note: I noticed this on my Mate 20 X, as well.]


Huawei users now have a Reddit thread to talk about this fiasco, and Twitter reports are coming in. Here some of the tweets showing the reported lock screen images:

It seems like the ads are appearing for device owners who are using the preinstalled landscape background wallpapers. The ads are showing up in certain countries in Europe and South Africa for now.

Huawei phones have a “Magazine unlock” feature that shows a series of curated wallpapers based on the user’s preference. This can be turned off and that should get rid of the advertising. Needless to say, this could be Huawei’s move to earn extra ad cash.

SEE ALSO: Huawei on getting to top spot: ‘This process may take longer’

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Taiwan Excellence is holding its first esports cup in the Philippines

With a prize pool of P360,000

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Esports continue to grow in the Philippines thanks to the help from both organizations and major brands. The latest to make its mark in the local competitive scene is Taiwan Excellence, which will be holding an esports cup in Manila beginning in July.

With the help of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), there’ll be a PhP 360,000 prize pool for the expected 2,000 participants from across the country. The featured games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends (LOL).


Registration for the tournament begins on June 15. The first phase of the competition will start on July 6 for CS:GO and August 3 for LOL. The grand finals will happen from October 4 to 5 at SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City. Taiwan Excellence’s esports cup was previously held in Malaysia and Thailand.

“Taiwan is known for its breakthrough electronics industry, with renowned innovations and quality products being developed for global distribution. Now with esports, we take pride in sharing that industry-leading brands are from Taiwan, with Filipino gamers,” said C.T. Wu, director of the Strategic Marketing Dept. at TAITRA.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T is basically the Redmi K20 for the European market

Yet another superb midranger

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Xiaomi Mi 9T | Image credit: Xiaomi

As scheduled, Xiaomi announced the new Mi 9T which is the latest member of its Mi 9 lineup. For those following Xiaomi’s releases, the phone is a familiar one because it was launched before. The Mi 9T, as expected, is the Redmi K20 for Xiaomi’s international markets.

The Mi 9T isn’t quite the 2019 flagship everyone is expecting, but it’s still a capable midranger on paper. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 730 processor paired with up to 8GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. Those looking for a Snapdragon 855 chip will have to wait for the phone’s rumored Pro version.


Display-wise, the Mi 9T has a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone doesn’t have any cutout in the front thanks to its motorized pop-up camera mechanism.

Xiaomi Mi 9T | Image credit: Xiaomi

Speaking of the pop-up camera, it’s a 20-megapixel selfie snapper. As for the rear cameras, the Mi 9T has three: a main 48-megapixel sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera.

A large 4000mAh battery keeps the phone on and it supports 18W fast charging via its USB-C port. The phone also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and NFC. MIUI 10 runs on the phone with Android 9 Pie at its core.

Xiaomi’s Mi 9T will be available in Europe beginning in Spain by June 17. Price starts at EUR 329 (US$ 370) for the 6GB+64GB variant and EUR 369 (US$ 415) for the 6GB+128GB option.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils Mi Band 4 with a colored display and 20-day battery life

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