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OnePlus Watch could actually be a thing

But, will it run WearOS?

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OnePlus is a fairly young brand that has managed to stand side-by-side legacy behemoths like Samsung. With its premium phone offering, the brand has grabbed a huge chunk of the market in developing regions of Asia.

Now, there are rumors that suggest OnePlus Watch could actually be a thing and could launch as soon as 2020. We first heard about a OnePlus wearable way back in 2016, but there was complete silence after that. Reports now claim that a OnePlus Watch is again on its way and it’s almost ready for primetime.

Online forums and social media chatter have been discussing the design renders and a launch date. OnePlus officially shared the below sketch a couple of years back, but we aren’t sure if it’ll actually materialize soon.

Sketches from 2016

OnePlus as a brand has expanded massively and has already launched four new phones this year. Adding to this, the brand has forayed in the television segment and is also slowly ramping up its audio products like the Bullets Wireless.

As a rising technology company, it’s essential for them to expand to new segments. Wearables are the next big thing and Apple has been leading the space for a long time. Xiaomi has been shipping insane volumes in the smart fitness band category, along with Fitbit. However, Google’s WearOS is yet to take-off and multiple OEMs like Moto, Fossil, and LG have failed to popularise it.

OnePlus considerably changed Android with OxygenOS, in a good way obviously. Can the brand revive WearOS by adding a layer of custom functionality? Or will it opt for a brand new operating system?

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MG is the official mobility partner of 30th Southeast Asian Games

A special partnership for the company

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MG or Morris Garages has signed an agreement with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and Mediapro Asia to be the official mobility partner of the 30th SEA Games and the 10th ASEAN Para Games.

There will be 80 MG vehicles to feature the 30th SEA Games logo and these will be used to transport athletes and teams to and from games. These special edition MG 30th SEA Games edition vehicles will be scattered and seen in various parts of the country during the much-awaited, multi-sport biennial event.

The full lineup of MG vehicles including the MG 5 sedan, the RX5 SUV, the ZS Crossover SUV, and the MG 6 Fastback Sedan will be featured during the entirety of the 30th SEA Games.

This partnership is part of MG wanting to channel youthful energy as well as celebrate the pursuit of excellence. According to the company, the same values that drive MG forward: discipline, honesty, innovation, hard work, character, and fun are mirrored in each and every SEA Games athlete.

MG Philippines President & CEO Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, says: “To be part of the 30th Southeast Asian games—an edition that features so many milestones and firsts—is a distinct honor for us at MG Philippines. As the Official Mobility Partner of the 30th SEA Games, we are grateful to provide meaningful assistance to all local and international athletes and teams by equipping them with safe, comfortable, and stylish rides for the duration of the games.”

 

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Redmi K30 could have a 120Hz display, 60MP camera

Another premium offering is on its way

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The rumor mills are overclocking and suggest Redmi could have a surprise for all of us. At the Xiaomi Developer Conference (MIDC), Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed that the Redmi K30 5G will launch in December.

According to strings in MIUI 11’s code, Redmi K30 will reportedly feature a 120Hz display, a feature that has been limited to flagship phones for now. XDA-Developers has spotted the mention in MIUI 11 nightly builds of an upcoming Xiaomi smartphone codenamed “Phoenix”, which is tipped to debut as the Redmi K30.

The code also suggests it’ll have a dual-camera punch-hole cutout and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The final major feature spotted was confirmation that the device supports Sony’s IMX686 camera sensor

Redmi has successfully turned itself into a separate brand this year and they’ve been experimenting with new waters. Earlier, the brand was restricted to the affordable segment and had ancillary revenue sources like ads to offer aggressive pricing.

This slightly changed with the launch of the Redmi K20 series. Targeted as a premium offering, it came with midrange specifications and a competitive price. Realme has followed the same path with its recently launched Realme X2 Pro.

Similar to the Redmi K20, the soon-to-launch Redmi K30 is also expected to be powered by Snapdragon 700 processor. Details about the beefier Redmi K30 Pro are scarce at the moment but rumors indicate it could be powered by a flagship processor.

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Huawei gets some of its suppliers back

It’s finally starting

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For Huawei watchers, the critical question is “when.” When will the US stop bullying China’s biggest smartphone brand? When will we see an Android-based Huawei flagship again? When will we see an end to the Chinese-American trade war?

Today, we finally get an answer to one of these questions. Particularly, the US government has started to roll out application responses to operating license requests. Since the government has announced a total ban against Huawei’s operation in the States, American companies have applied for exceptions to the rule. Besides Huawei’s continued survival, an operating license will ensure the continued business of a valued customer. Unfortunately, nothing was heard about the applications for a while.

Now, the government has finally started responding to several applications. According to reports, “roughly 300 license requests” have been processed. The figure estimates around half of the total applications received by the US government. Further, half of the responded requests are approvals.

Unfortunately, both sides remain mum regarding which companies received an approval. If anything, further reports have hinted at priority for the semiconductor industry. However, both hardware and software industries already have responses.

Neither Huawei nor Google have commented. For now, we don’t know if the approvals include the most awaited one, Google’s Android OS.

At the very least, we are finally seeing progress on Trump’s crackdown against Huawei. Additionally, the government has also granted a new three-month extension on Huawei’s operating license in the US.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s foldable Mate X is finally on sale

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