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Rumored Moto M exposed before November 8 launch

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It’s funny how leaked photos of upcoming products always turn out so blurry, considering how great the cameras of the subjects usually are. The latest live images of the rumored Moto M aren’t any different, but they do give away everything we need to know before the possible November 8 launch.

Unlike the Moto Z series everyone’s falling in love with, the rumored M-series handset doesn’t seem to have any form of modularity, bringing it closer to the midrange G-series Moto phones.

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To make up for the incompatibility with Moto Mods, the upcoming midranger will instead have a full-metal body and fingerprint scanner on the back, the latter of which would be a first for the company.

Like in any unreleased gadget, some of the specs and features are still up for debate. What most sources can agree on is that the Moto M will have a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 4GB of memory, and at least 32GB of internal storage.

Those don’t sound too special, but if some leaks hold true, we might be seeing a new processor or high-powered battery on board.

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Latest leaked photos of Moto M

Phone Arena obtained a specifications sheet detailing the presence of the brand-new MediaTek Helio P15 chipset, and GSMArena claims a battery capacity of 5100mAh could make an appearance.

The latter leak is the more unlikely one, but if there is in fact another phone launching on November 8, it might be the 5100mAh-capacity Lenovo P2, which was revealed during IFA 2016 but hasn’t begun shipping yet.

It’s difficult to tell how legitimate each piece of information is, but either way, the Moto M is shaping up to be worthy of occupying the middle ground between the Moto G4 Plus and Moto Z Play.

Moto M leaked specs

Leaked specs of Moto M

Our only concern is the origin of the leaks. All screenshots and information sheets have appeared with written Chinese on them, pointing to an exclusive release in China.

Such a launch would make sense when you think about the company being owned by China-based Lenovo, but every other Moto handset has experienced a worldwide release.

Pricing is also a mystery, as this will be a fresh series altogether. We see it falling between $300 and $400 — enough to distance itself from the rest of the Moto pack.

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Google asks smartphone makers to pay for Play Store

In response to EU’s ruling

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Months ago, Google landed in a scalding pool of Europe’s hot water. The European Competition Commission accused the company of anti-competition practices. Among other things, Google forced smartphone makers to bundle Chrome and Google Search as a requirement. According to the commission, the stipulation gives the company an unfair advantage over its rivals.

Eventually, the Commission hammered down a guilty verdict. From this, Google paid a record-breaking fine to the European Union. Besides this, the company had to stop the indicted practice.

Now, Google is finally implementing a resolution for the guilty verdict. Starting this month, the company will change its offered bundles for smartphone makers in the EU.

As opposed to enforcing the bundle, Google will offer Android’s apps for a price. Instead of a strong-arm strategy, Google’s new strategy aims for the best of both worlds. Smartphone companies can opt out of the program. Historically, some companies have already opted out of Android’s app ecosystem. For example, Chinese smartphones often implement their own variants because of China’s prohibitions.

Additionally, Google will loosen its regulations against forked versions of its Android operating system. Some smartphone makers alter Android’s inner workings for their own uses. Most notoriously, Xiaomi uses its own MIUI software. Previously, the bundling scheme swayed the deal towards Google’s favor, despite any proprietary changes. With looser regulations, companies can fork all they want.

Now, companies can sell smartphones running forked Androids. That is, if they also sell a separate smartphone with Google’s untouched software.

Amid all these changes, Android remains as free software for smartphones. Android can maintain its status as the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. However, if this issue elicits any questions, it’s this: How will Google’s new schema affect the casual consumer? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: You might need to pay Google for Android soon

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Nokia X7 goes official in China with PureDisplay and Zeiss cameras

It could be the Nokia 7.1 Plus for the international market

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HMD Global has announced a new smartphone for the Chinese market. It’s called the Nokia X7, which sounds similar to the old Symbian-powered Nokia phone from 2011, and has near-flagship specs with competitive pricing.

The phone has a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with a notch. The face of the phone has a bit of a chin with the Nokia logo, but HMD Global claims the phone has an 85.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.

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The display is one of the strengths of the Nokia X7. It’s called the PureDisplay, a marketing term of Nokia for their HDR-enabled screens. The panel also has 500 nits of brightness, 1500:1 contrast, 96 percent NTSC coverage, and DCI-P3 support. Basically, it’s a high-end display similar to flagship phones’.

Another main feature of the Nokia X7 is its cameras. It’s got dual rear shooters: a main 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 aperture plus optical image stabilization and a secondary 13-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The rear cameras feature AI recognition, Dual Pixel AF, and Zeiss-branded lenses.

For selfies, there’s a 20-megapixel front-facing camera hiding in the notch that can do pixel binning for better low-light selfies.

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Inside the phone is the new Snapdragon 710 processor that’s paired with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but the update to Android Pie is coming soon.

Sealed inside the Series 6000 aluminum and glass body of the phone is a respectable 3500mAh battery. The phone even comes with an 18W USB-C fast charger that’s claimed to fill half of the battery in just 30 minutes.

Other specs of the phone include a 3.5mm audio port, dual-SIM capabilities, microSD card support, and VoLTE.

The Nokia X7 is now available for pre-order in China. It comes in blue, red, silver, and black color options. Starting price is at CNY 1,700 (US$ 245) for the 4GB+64GB model, CNY 2,000 (US$ 290) for the mid-tier 6GB+64GB, while the most expensive version with a 6GB+128GB combo is priced at CNY 2,500 (US$ 360).

The phone is expected to be the upcoming Nokia 7.1 Plus for the international market.

SEE ALSO: Nokia touts an ‘asset-light’ approach to smartphone success

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Huawei Mate 20 X is company’s ultimate gaming smartphone

It’s absolutely huge!

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Out of nowhere, Huawei introduced yet another member to the Mate 20 family: the Mate 20 X.

It joins the regular Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Porsche Design Mate 20 Pro. While each of those have their own specialties, the Mate 20 X is simply Huawei’s ultimate gaming smartphone.

If you recall, this was the gaming phone Huawei teased earlier this year, alongside the foldable smartphone that everyone is so excited to see.

Even though it has the same Kirin 980 chipset and camera setup as its siblings, the Mate 20 X sets itself apart with a much larger 7.2-inch OLED display and massive 5000mAh battery.

And since this is a gamer-centric device, an optimized cooling system is in place to prevent overheating while pushing pixels at fast frame rates. However, what’s more interesting is the compatibility with Huawei’s new M-Pen, which is a direct answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series.

The Mate 20 X will retail for EUR 899 for the 6GB+128GB variant beginning on October 26. Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver are the two available colors.

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