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Samsung starts rolling out Android Pie beta to Galaxy S9 units worldwide

Full update to come within the coming months

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Baking pie takes a little patience. Of course, patience varies from person to person. However, everyone can agree that it shouldn’t take months. Despite launching months ago, Android Pie is still the rarest operating system in the market.

Throughout Android’s evolution, Google has never been a stranger to this disparaging trend. Seemingly, every succeeding version gets rarer and rarer. However, the system’s developers have, at least, acknowledged the abysmal distribution rates. Developers and phone makers alike are slowly adopting the new version across the industry.

For one, Samsung is finally rolling out some much-needed updates to this year’s Galaxy S9 series. On launch, the series was stuck in Android Oreo. However, with Pie’s launch months later, every Galaxy S9 user’s immediate question was: When are we getting Android Pie?

Probably, it won’t be that far off anymore. The company has started releasing an Android Pie beta to users in South Korea and the United States.

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Based on the update’s changelog, the beta will come with Samsung’s new One UI. The new user interface is Samsung’s next evolution in software design. Among other features, it comes with improved gesture controls and convenience features. Additionally, Samsung’s keyboard will come with Samsung’s take on the new Unicode 11 emojis.

Though in beta phase, Samsung’s latest rollout is a huge step in Android Pie distribution. It signals Samsung’s increasing readiness in releasing Android Pie to a larger chunk of its user base. The move likely indicates a full release within the next few months.

Currently, the update is available only in South Korea and the USA. However, it will likely trickle down to other territories in the coming weeks leading up to the year-end holiday.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils Exynos 9820 chipset based on 8nm LPP FinFET

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Realme X50 Pro 5G confirmed to have 65W fast charging

Fastest charging technology available right now

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Following the cancellation of MWC 2020, Realme has announced it will launch its next flagship product, the Realme X50 Pro 5G, via an online event.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, a Full HD+ display, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage, 65W SuperDart fast charging ability, and the new Android 10-based Realme UI.

Unlike the Realme X50 5G, which comes with a 120Hz IPS LCD display, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will sport an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Multiple cameras on the back are also certain, but it remains to be seen what image sensors make the cut.

 

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit in December, Realme was one of the notable smartphone makers that confirmed the use of the new generation of 5G chipsets for its upcoming smartphones.

OPPO’s Reno Ace is the only phone to support 65W fast charging today and Realme’s offering will be called SuperDart. Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase revealed additional information about the new charging technology over on Weibo, stating that the Realme X50 Pro will use a GaN charger which is more compact, efficient, and generates less heat.

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Lenovo’s new phone will supposedly score 600,000 on AnTuTu

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Since its inception, AnTuTu has dominated the benchmark conversation for mobile devices. Even today, smartphones are still touting higher and higher scores for their marketing campaigns. Naturally, when a device brags about a new top score, all eyes are focused on the new contender.

Today, Lenovo wants to hog all that spotlight. On Chinese social network Weibo, leaks have teased an all-new Lenovo phone that will supposedly score 600000 on the AnTuTu scale. It’s quite a huge boast for the Chinese smartphone company. Currently, Apple owns the highest-scoring phone on AnTuTu; the iPhone 11 Pro Max holds a score of 548239. On the Android side, the ROG Phone 2 holds the high score of 507051. Only Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 has a higher score — a whopping 720076 — but, of course, it’s a tablet and not a phone.

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Like the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo’s new phone will likely cater to the gaming market. One of the posters uses the slogan, “Game On.”

In another poster, Lenovo has confirmed the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 for the upcoming smartphone. A new AnTuTu high score is definitely in the realm of possibility.

Since it will go up against the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo will likely launch the smartphone under its own gaming line, Legion. No word on an official launch yet, though.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo IdeaPad S540 review: A professional’s daily driver

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Xiaomi Mi 10 series goes official with 5G support and flagship specs

Xiaomi’s going all in

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Xiaomi has launched the new Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro at an event in China. The new flagships have only been launched in China but the company was expected to launch them globally in Barcelona, Spain on Feb 23, one day before MWC 2020 was scheduled to begin.

However, after the cancellation of the tech convention, there’s no certainty about the Xiaomi launch event. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, however, the phones were launched at an online-only event.

Both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro feature 6.67-inch OLED displays with a 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865 processors, and up to 12GB of RAM. The duo also sports a 108-megapixel primary lens.

The Mi 10 has a 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. The Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, houses a 12-megapixel lens for portraits, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 10x hybrid zoom, and a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens.

The cameras will be capable of shooting 8K videos. The front camera that is housed in a punch-hole is a 20-megapixel unit. During the launch event, Xiaomi claimed that the Mi 10 Pro managed to score 124 in the DxOMark testing. Additionally, while both feature a 108-megapixel main rear-facing camera, the one in the Mi 10 Pro has an 8P lens.

The Mi 10 houses a 4780mAh unit with 30W fast charging. The Mi 10 Pro comes with a slightly smaller battery with 4500mAh capacity. When it comes to connectivity, the Mi 10 series phones support the latest Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, as well as dual-mode 5G.

The Mi 10 starts at a price of CNY 3,999 (US$ 572) for the 8GB+128GB version, CNY 4,299 (US$ 615) for the 8GB+256GB option, and CNY 4,699 (US$ 672) for 12GB+256GB variant.

The Mi 10 Pro starts at CNY 4,999 (US$ 715) for the 8GB+256GB option and CNY 5,499 (US$ 786) for the 12GB+256GB variant. The top of the line variant with 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage is available for 5,999 (US$ 858).

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