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OPPO announces A79, bears strong resemblance to F5

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OPPO’s F5 and R11 brands are so popular that it’s easy to forget that the company’s lower-end A-series is just as formidable. The recently launched A79 is the newest member of that family, and it follows through with the latest smartphone trend.

That trend is the elongated 6-inch 18:9 display (2160 x 1080 pixels in resolution) with trimmed bezels on the top and bottom. Trust be told, the A79 looks nearly identical to the F5 with this design.

The similarities extend to the specifications, as well. The A79 shares the same MediaTek P23 processor as the F5’s, as well as the 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage configuration. Oddly enough, the A79’s battery capacity is smaller at 3000mAh despite the matching dimensions, but it does come with OPPO’s VOOC fast charging.

As for the cameras, there’s more emphasis placed on the rear shooter. Both the front and back have a single 16-megapixel image sensor, but the latter has a brighter f/1.8 aperture opening compared to the former’s f/2 aperture, making the A79 less selfie-centric compared to its siblings.

Like with most newly released phones from China, the A79 only comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and a heavy coating of ColorOS 3.2 on top. Android Oreo will have to wait. You’ll also have to deal with the older micro-USB standard at the bottom.

Sales for the A79 will begin on December 1 in China with a price of CNY 2,399 (US$ 365). Smartphones from this segment have made it to other parts of Asia before, but no confirmation has been made for this specific model yet.

The available colors are black and gold.

SEE ALSO: OPPO R11s Unboxing and Hands-On

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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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