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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 With the latest decision, that advantage has now been rescinded.)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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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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