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Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is experiencing a revival

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The most important takeaway from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 press conference yesterday is that the Korean tech giant has learned from its mistakes, and is not afraid to take full responsibility for the explosive incident. Now that the investigations are over and all issues have been set aside, Samsung is already announcing the next phase for the Galaxy Note line.

In an interview with CNET, Samsung’s mobile chief D.J. Koh said his company “will bring back a better, safer, and very innovative Note 8.” After rumors spread about Samsung possibly killing off the Note series with all the bad press last year, hearing this is sweet music to loyal fans.

And yet, it’s a risky move. The Note 7 is now synonymous with exploding devices; airlines went out of their way to prevent people from taking the smartphone on board planes, and even went as far as stopping flights when there was just a hint of one in the area.

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Samsung Galaxy Note series through the years

Even worse, Samsung’s greatest phone to date has become an internet meme, and not in a good way. Like everything posted on the web, the image of Samsung’s safety hazard will never be erased. With the pending announcement of the Galaxy S8 coming near the end of March, Samsung must begin enforcing the fact that it’s now the most well-equipped manufacturer after this disaster.

Just to prove how confident Samsung is in reviving its stylus-wielding Galaxy brand, the company is looking into relaunching the Note 7 — the redesigned ones, of course. While there’s no announced date or adjusted price yet, the company is listening to consumers and gauging which regions are most demanding.

The slow recall of the Note 7 should be proof enough how clingy users are to Samsung’s 2016 phablet. Out of the three million units sold globally, four percent are still in consumers hands; that’s a total of approximately 120,000 units still on the loose. As of last month, there were more discontinued Note 7 smartphones in use than the LG V20 and OnePlus 3T combined.

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Vivo to release a white NEX Dual Display Edition

It’s coming soon

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Prototype of the white NEX Dual Display Edition

Vivo Design Director Kyle Xiao tells GadgetMatch that a white NEX Dual Display Edition is coming in 2019, in roughly four months.

While developing the new NEX phone, Vivo found that users find white smartphones to feel cheaper than the usual black phones.

Vivo’s design team is currently working on using different materials to make the best white NEX Dual Display Edition possible, although Xiao says that the NEX line isn’t about being premium or using expensive materials.

Prototype of the white NEX Dual Display Edition

He says the ultimate vision for the NEX line is to be different from the current crop of smartphones — to have a notch-free experience. “We’re not saying that we’re leading the trend but we want to break the barrier. The smartphone as we know it is heading to an era that needs to be changed.”

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition was made official in Shanghai this week, a few months after the original Vivo NEX, which featured a pop-up selfie camera, was announced.

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Stable Android 9 Pie for Pocophone F1 is now available for download

Still with MIUI 10

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The Xiaomi-made Pocophone F1 continues to stir us with the value it offers to consumers. After impressing us with its incredible price to specs ratio, Pocophone proves again that it can deliver flagship features pretty well — this time in the software department. While other premium phones are still waiting in line for the Android Pie update, the Pocophone F1 already has it.

The Pocophone F1 or Poco F1 in some markets just started getting its stable over-the-air update to Android 9 Pie. Although, users might not be able to feel the jump from Oreo to Pie because the phone is already running MIUI 10.

Xiaomi’s Android Pie update is still based on MIUI 10, so the overall UI will remain untouched. But of course, it brings a number of changes under the hood including core Pie features, bug fixes, and Google Lens.

The update is already making its way through the cloud. It might come a bit late depending on your location, but that’s perfectly normal. Weighing at 1.7GB, the update is quite heavy.

If you’re getting impatient, you could also download the firmware and manually update your phone using this link. Simply place the downloaded files in your phone in the “downloaded_rom” folder and go to the system update settings to install it.

While we’re at it, check out our Pocophone F1 video review:

Source: Android Police

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 teardown shows the ‘LiquidCool’ system inside its body

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ASUS outs cheaper ZenFone Max M2 with pure Android software

A great contender in the budget segment

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Alongside the launch of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, ASUS also introduced a budget-oriented device: the ZenFone Max M2. The non-Pro version of ASUS’ newest line of phones with big batteries cuts down its specs to meet the affordable price point.

Understandably, the ZenFone Max M2 is rocking a slightly less powerful chipset than what the Pro variant has. It’s using the new Snapdragon 632 processor with either 3GB or 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of storage.

Its 6.26-inch display is less sharp because of its HD+ resolution, but it still has a full-screen design and, of course, a notch. ASUS has to cut corners in battery capacity as well by putting a humbler 4000mAh cell. It’s still bigger than most, though.

It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader that works hand-in-hand with face unlock using the front camera.

Speaking of camera, the ZenFone Max M2 is equipped with an AI-enabled 13-megapixel main shooter paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front snapper with its own LED flash.

The phone runs a stock version of Android, which is something that fans asked for according to ASUS. It’s still on Oreo with no timeline for when Pie is coming. Just to be clear, this is not an Android One phone, so don’t expect timely software updates for it.

Pricing starts at INR 9,999 in India for the 3GB+32GB variant and INR 11,999 for the 4GB+64GB model. In Indonesia, Lazada will exclusively offer the ZenFone Max M2 starting at IDR 2,300,000.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 is bigger, faster, and still runs pure Android

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