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Samsung’s next high-end flip phone leaks in full



The most outrageous smartphone we covered last year was Samsung’s high-end W2017 flip phone. It had a traditional clamshell build with a price beyond what you’d ever expect. If these new leaks are anything to go by, Samsung is readying an equally outrageous successor.

These renders and live photos come courtesy of Slashleaks:

Currently tagged as the W2018 — or codename SM-G9298 based on the rumors — the flagship flip phone is set to come with specifications that would rival last year’s premium smartphones, such as a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of memory, and up to 64GB of storage for its Android software.

What’s more interesting, however, is the return of the back-to-back 4.2-inch Full HD AMOLED displays. This would allow you to check notifications without having to open up the phone every time.

Here’s how it could look like:

If it’s anything like its predecessor, the W2018 will only be available in China and have a price close to, if not more than, US$ 3,000.

That price may sound crazy, but the fact that there’s a successor to the overpriced W2017 means people are willing to shell out cash for such a handset — well, in China at least.

SEE ALSO: Samsung W2017 is the flip phone of your dreams


Huawei will bring Android Oreo to 9 Honor phones

Sweet news for Honor fans



Huawei’s sub-brand Honor announced some sweet news today regarding Android 8.0 Oreo. The Chinese tech giant promised to bring the latest Android version to nine Honor phones.

Android Oreo will be available for models with the EMUI 8.0 skin which we first saw and experienced on the Huawei Mate 10 series. If you own any of the following devices, you’re in luck:

  • Honor 7X
  • Honor 8
  • Honor V8
  • Honor Note 8
  • Honor 8 Lite
  • Honor 9
  • Honor 9 Lite
  • Honor V9
  • Honor V10

Since these devices have different specs, the official announcement from Huawei’s forum clarifies that certain phones may not receive some of the EMUI 8.0 features. The aforementioned handsets will still undergo beta testing for the software update.

There’s no exact rollout date yet, but it should be available in the next few months. At least for now, we know Huawei is committed to bringing Oreo to their latest Honor devices.

This announcement comes after Xiaomi unveiled their promise to bring MIUI 9 to 40 Xiaomi devices.

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space



How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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Ulefone Power 3 Max will have biggest phone battery at 13000mAh

New meaning of ‘Max’ in phone batteries



Our smartphones nowadays can last the whole day before asking for a recharge. But, what if you have a phone that has four times the capacity of the average battery? If ASUS claims the ZenFone Max Plus to be the “Battery King,” is this new phone from Ulefone a “Battery God”?

The Ulefone Power 3 Max will have the biggest phone battery to date — 13000mAh to be exact! It’s more than twice the capacity of the non-Max variant in the Ulefone Power 3 series with 6080mAh, which is already available on GearBest.

Not much has been disclosed about the Power 3 Max, but we can expect it to be similar to the Power 3 with just a bigger battery. It’s expected to have a Full HD+ 18:9 display, MediaTek Helio P23 processor, quad-camera setup, and the latest Android Oreo software.

You probably haven’t heard of Ulefone because it’s mostly available in China. In the Philippines, a lot of smartphone users actually own a rebranded Ulefone handset from local brands.

So, will the Power 3 Max find its way to other parts of the world? We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: GizmoChina

SEE ALSO: 10 smartphones with huge batteries (2017 Edition)

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