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OPPO Find X is the company’s most premium and innovative phone to date

No fingerprint scanner but has unique pop-up cameras

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OPPO’s newest phone is finally here and, for the rarest of times, it’s not just about selfies. The Find X is OPPO’s most premium phone to date and it’s the result of the company’s effort to make an all-screen phone.

In a nutshell, the Find X is a phone with a large 6.4-inch curved OLED display encased in a one-of-a-kind chassis. There’s no notch and the bottom bezel is very minimal, making the phone truly an all-screen device.

According to The Verge‘s article, OPPO claims that the Find X has a 92.25 percent screen-to-body ratio (although the official press release still claims it’s 93.8 percent). That’s a few points shy from the early reports but still manages to beat the Vivo NEX’s record. Thankfully, we didn’t get fooled like with the Lenovo Z5.

Without a notch and a chin wide enough to house a camera, where did OPPO place the selfie shooter? The answer lies behind the screen; OPPO’s approach is pretty similar to the Vivo NEX’s popup camera. The Find X’s camera system is more unique and futuristic to some extent, though.

When you access the camera app, the entire top section of the phone motorizes up which then reveals a 25-megapixel front shooter along with a 3D facial scanning system. The upper portion also houses the rear cameras: a combo of 16- and 20-megapixel sensors. When not in use, all three cameras are hidden inside the phone.

Ignoring all the fancy camera tricks, the Find X is a typical 2018 flagship phone. It has a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of memory, up to 256GB storage, and it lacks a 3.5mm headphone port. Curiously, the Find X also has no fingerprint sensor — nothing at the back and in the display.

Instead, the phone uses the 3D facial scanner dubbed as O-Face Recognition, so the camera has to slide up automatically when you’re unlocking the phone. It works pretty well, but just imagine the phone always activating its sliding motor every time you have to authenticate.

The phone has a large 3730mAh battery and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo topped with ColorOS 5.1. If you’ve used an OPPO phone before, you know that it looks more like iOS rather than the usual Android interface.

The Find X is going to be available worldwide and it’ll be the first OPPO phone to be sold in North America and Europe. As always, it’ll be available in China first before it finds its way to other markets.

SEE ALSO: Vivo NEX Unboxing and Hands-on: The future!

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You might need to pay Google for Android soon

Because of EU’s US$ 5 billion fine

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Will we soon have to pay to use Android? According to Google, that dystopic possibility might eventually become our reality.

Recently, the Silicon Valley giant butted heads with the European Commission over an anti-competition rap. According to the commission, Google is purposely preventing competitors from getting a leg up, creating a dangerous oligopoly on the mobile OS market.

Google currently requires phone makers to bundle eleven apps with their phones, if they want to use Android. The most concerning ones are Google’s Search and Chrome. The company draws much of its profits from their mobile ad revenue.

After weeks of deliberation, the EU has hammered down a guilty verdict on the accused. As a result, Google will pay a whopping US$ 5 billion in fines. On its own, the fine is just spare change for the multi-billion-dollar company.

However, the sanction also requires Google to unbundle the concerned apps from Android. Also, the EU requires Google to hand over an open-source version of their software to phone makers. As a result, Google’s entire revenue stream threatens to collapse. This also enables competitors to create their own versions of Android.

In response to this, Google CEO Sundar Pichai posted a statement on the company’s blog. Despite using a warm, imploratory tone, Pichai’s statement underscores a threat directed towards Google’s consumers and partners.

According to the post, Android’s ubiquity speaks for itself. Android powers 1,300 brands, 24,000 devices, and more than 1 million apps. Seemingly, the EU sanctions will undercut the millions of consumers that enjoy Android on a free basis.

Pichai concludes by introducing the possibility that Android might become a pay-to-play system.

“If phone makers… couldn’t include our apps… it would upset the balance of the Android ecosystem. So far, the Android business model has meant that we haven’t had to charge phone makers for our technology, or depend on a tightly controlled distribution model,” says Pichai.

If Google is issuing a threat, phone makers will initially feel the brunt of renewed pricing schemes. However, consumers will ultimately shoulder the responsibility of paying for their own mobile operating systems.

SEE ALSO: Android Oreo now on more devices but Nougat remains the most popular

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Nokia 6.1 Plus unveiled as the international version of the Nokia X6

The first notched phone of Nokia goes global

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Nokia has started to roll out their new smartphones to the global market. After its initial launch, the Nokia X6 is now available outside of China. Under the name Nokia 6.1 Plus, the brand’s first notched phone is now on its way to Hong Kong.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus boasts the exact same specifications as the Nokia X6’s. The phone is still powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. Unlike the Nokia X6 though, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is only available in one memory/storage configuration.

Nokia 6.1 Plus in white and blue

The display of the phone measures 5.8 inches and has a Full HD+ resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio. As you can see, the phone has a notch which could be a deal breaker for some, but it’s actually pretty popular among phone manufacturers.

A respectable 3060mAh battery is sealed inside the glass and metal body of the device. The battery also supports Quick Charge 3.0 through the reversible USB-C port.

What makes the 6.1 Plus different from the X6 is its Android One software. This means the phone will receive timely updates with no bloatware, just like the rest of the Android-powered Nokia phones currently in the market. Out of the box, the phone will have Android 8.1 Oreo.

In Hong Kong, the phone will be available starting July 24 for HK$ 2,288 or roughly US$ 290.

SEE ALSO: Nokia X5 (Nokia 5.1 Plus) is a more affordable X6, retains notch

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Samsung is finally updating the Galaxy J series to Android Oreo

At least some of them

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Samsung is not known to push out the latest Android version available, but they do make an effort to update their latest devices as much as possible. These past few months, the company has been busy updating their flagship and midrange phones. But what about the cheaper ones?

Today, Samsung passed a total of 11 models from the Galaxy J series through the Wi-Fi Alliance group. All of these phones are currently in the market and are now Wi-Fi certified with the latest Android 8.0 or 8.1 Oreo software.

Unfortunately, not all the Galaxy J phones are on the list but it’s a start. Here are the specific models that’ll soon get the Android Oreo update:

  • Galaxy J3 2017 (SM-J330FN, SM-J330F, SM-J330F/DS)
  • Galaxy J3 Pro (SM-J330G, SM-J330G/DS)
  • Galaxy J7 Neo (SM-J701MT/SS, SM-J701M/DS, SM-J701MT, SM-J701M)
  • Galaxy J7 Nxt / Galaxy J7 Core (SM-J701F, SM-J701F/DS)

Since the update is already been certified by Wi-Fi Alliance, it’ll be out in the coming weeks or maybe months, depending on Samsung’s timetable.

SEE ALSO: Samsung, LG promise to launch better midrange phones this year

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