Samsung is in talks to lend Exynos chips to ZTE, other phone makers

Trying to take a piece of the chipset food chain



The ZTE saga continues. After weeks of turmoil, ZTE finds itself on the hunt for saviors from certain death. A few days ago, the unlikeliest of heroes, President Donald Trump, has been trying to save the company. Now, another unlikely savior is stepping up to stave off ZTE’s lack of hardware — Samsung.

A ban order from the US government has prevented ZTE from engaging in business with American companies. As such, the company has substantial contacts for its hardware including Qualcomm and Dolby.

With most of their phones relying on these suppliers, ZTE’s survival chances are rapidly withering. Even with a new supplier, the company’s public perception might plummet.

Recently, Taiwan-born hardware supplier MediaTek has pledged their support to ZTE. At the very least, the support breathes a sigh of relief for the dying ZTE. However, the disparity between Qualcomm and MediaTek has become one of the most contentious debates of recent years. A move might take its toll on ZTE’s marketing.

Now, Samsung has started talks to provide their Exynos chips to ZTE.

Currently, Samsung makes their chips mostly for their own phones. Despite the near exclusivity, the Exynos brand enjoys a modicum of respect in the smartphone industry. Thus, a move to Samsung’s line can provide adequate replacements for ZTE’s Qualcomm-dependent phones.

Besides ZTE, Samsung is also discussing their chip’s distribution with other phone makers. The company has not revealed their complete list yet. However, according to Samsung, they are treating every phone maker equally.

Samsung hopes to unveil their new list of clients by next year. In the meantime, ZTE is on survival mode until they find an adequate solution to their US woes.

SEE ALSO: ZTE faces ban from using Qualcomm, Android on their phones


Apple iPhone XS Max undergoes scratch and bend tests

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t bend!



The latest iPhones from Apple are already available in key markets around the globe. Quite a number of people already have their hands on one (including us), so it’s time to review the phone. While we’re still working on our insights about the new iPhone XS, let’s witness the device go through a series of durability test.

If you’re fond of seeing phones get through sharp blades, you should definitely check out Zack Nelson’s JerryRigEverything channel on YouTube. The latest phone to suffer on his table, of course, is the newest iPhone — the iPhone XS Max to be specific.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone XS Max practically survived the whole test. The front and back glass body managed to withstand scratches like most high-end smartphones on the market. The stainless steel frame did scratch too, but Zack pointed out that it’s less prone to damages compared to previous aluminum-made iPhones.

Everything was not perfect, though. Apple claimed that the new iPhone XS and XS Max have “sapphire crystal lens cover” for the dual rear cameras. That’s ideal to fully protect the camera from unsightly scratches which will greatly affect the image quality. Unfortunately, it seems to be just a marketing gimmick. Compared to an actual and pure sapphire crystal face of a Tissot wristwatch, the iPhone’s lens cover is not hard enough and it scratches easily.

At least, though, the iPhone XS Max didn’t bend at the end of the video.

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 gets tested for durability

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro official cases leak online

That’s a wide notch



Huawei is set to announce their latest flagship phone next month, but we’ve seen seeing leaks about it all over the internet. The latest one is this: the upcoming Mate 20 Pro is seen inside the official case renders.

Similar with the P20 series that was announced earlier this year, the Mate 20 Pro will once again have a notched display. However, the new notch appears to be wider which indicates that Face ID-like technology is coming to the new Huawei phone. The overall front design is pretty iPhone X-esque, to be honest, but there’s a bit of a chin towards the bottom of the display.

Check the upcoming official cases from Huawei for the Mate 20 Pro:

At the back, you can see the new square-shaped camera module. This will house three cameras and a dual-tone LED flash. It’ll be quite unusual, but it’s a welcome change.

Also noticeable is the lack of a fingerprint reader. Neither the front or rear of the phone has a visible fingerprint scanner. Huawei could implement an in-display reader, though.

The Mate 20 Pro will go official on October 16 in London along with the regular Mate 20 variant.

Source: Slashleaks

SEE ALSO: Leaked Huawei Mate 20 copies from Apple and Samsung

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OnePlus 6 officially gets stable Android Pie update

The update is rolling out in stages



OnePlus 6

Earlier this month, OnePlus announced the open beta version of Android Pie for its latest smartphone. Thankfully, it didn’t take them long to have the final and stable version available. If you own a OnePlus 6, turn your update notification on because Android Pie is coming to your phone.

OxygenOS 9.0 brings Android Pie features to OnePlus devices, starting with the OnePlus 6. The version number of OxygenOS jumped from 5.x to 9.0 to match Google’s latest version number.

OnePlus also adopted the Android Pie user interface and gestures, but the support for custom accent colors is still present. There’s also the Adaptive Battery feature, new Do Not Disturb settings, and updated Gaming Mode v3.0. The September 2018 security patch is also in tow.

The update is rolling out in stages. Only a few users are getting it first, so they can report any missed bugs before the wider roll out in the next few days.

Source: OnePlus

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3 and 3T will surely get Android P

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