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Sharp Aquos R2 Compact is the first phone to have two notches

We finally got two notches

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When the infamous notch was introduced to the world of phones, it received mixed reactions from consumers. Apple‘s wide notch houses a complicated camera system, while Essential‘s minimal approach was embraced by other manufacturers like Vivo and OPPO. As if one is not enough, Sharp is giving us two notches.

This is the Aquos R2 Compact from Sharp. It’s a fairly pocketable smartphone with a Full HD+ 5.2-inch display that crams in two notches: one on the top and another at the bottom. Unlike the Pixel 3 XL’s bug, the two notches serve a purpose. The one on the top is for the 8-megapixel front camera and the other one gives way for the fingerprint reader.


If you dislike having a notch, then this will definitely turn you off. Although, the Aquos R2 Compact is actually a solid flagship-specced phone. First, its display is an IGZO LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and supports Dolby Vision for HDR viewing. Then, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. Not bad, right?

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Moving over to the back, the phone sports a 22.6-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture. And since the phone is relatively small, Sharp is only able to put in a 2500mAh battery. In return, it’s got fast charging support via the USB-C connector.

The phone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box with Sharp’s own custom theme, but they promise to deliver major software updates within two years of the phone’s release.

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Speaking of release, it’ll come sometime in January next year with no price as of writing. The phone will be available in three shades: green, white, and black.

To fully appreciate Sharp’s new phone, here’s a video showcasing the Aquos R2 Compact:

SEE ALSO: ZTE’s new concept phone has two notches

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Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

Try Spotify Premium for a longer period of time

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Spotify offers a free trial for everyone wanting to try the Premium experience. Spotify Premium used to be free for just 30 days, but that is changing today. Starting this August, Spotify is extending its Premium free trial for three months.

Spotify Premium is now offering the first 3 months for free. Everyone can try it out. The feature is rolling out globally with all of the plans eligible upon sign-up.


However, the three month offer is open only for those who haven’t tried Premium before. To activate, visit the website of Spotify Premium. Signing up requires either a credit card or a carrier billing.

Those lucky to grab the three month offer gains access 50 million song tracks available on-demand and ad-free, along with access to 450,000 podcast titles. Spotify is the leading music streaming service globally, and it offers an Android, iOS, desktop and web apps for all. Today, it boasts 217 million users across 79 markets.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

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Android Q is just Android 10

10 is not a dessert

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Android is changing things up. After years of naming its newest iteration after a sweet treat, the newest version will now just be called Android 10.

Google’s mobile operating system explains that the decision to change its naming convention is aimed at being more inclusive.


Android says that while using names of tasty treats and desserts has always been a fun way of releasing each update annually, it wasn’t immediately understood by everyone. Especially not with a 2.5 billion user-base that’s spread all around the world. They’ve even gone out of their way to explain that “L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages.”

They also made a fair point that it’s not easy for most people to identify if they’re device is running the latest OS. After all, there’s no clear indication that KitKat comes after Lollipop.

By switching to just Android 10, it becomes more easily understandable for all of its users, and the company felt that it was time for a change.

A new name also merits a new look. The Android robot is now officially part of the logo and the font color changed to black. The video below details the evolution.

 

 

 

 

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Redmi teases the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, confirms 64MP camera

Better cameras, batteries, and performance

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The race to 64-megapixel has begun. Earlier this month, Redmi and Realme both announced that they’ll sport Samsung’s 64MP sensor on their next smartphones. In trying to beat Realme to the punch, Redmi tries to get ahead of the game by announcing a launch date sooner than expected.

Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing revealed the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s existence on Weibo. The Redmi Note 8 features the most-awaited 64-megapixel sensor from Samsung. To further prove its capability, Weibing showed off its sample.


Image credit: Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing

It’s not just the cameras that people should be excited about. It seems the new smartphones will have better batteries and performance. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro might house a 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh battery, respectively, with the Note 8 Pro capable of supporting 18W fast charging.

Gearing towards gaming and performance, both devices will be powered by a MediaTek Helio G90T processor. Additionally, the Note 8 Pro will feature a liquid cooling technology for heat dissipation.

Design-wise, Redmi doesn’t seem like veering away from its usual aesthetic. In a hands-on photo from GizmoChina, the Note 8 and Note 8 Pro looks like a K20 Pro, only in a dark green variant packed with triple cameras and a fingerprint sensor. It has an all-metal body weighing below 200 grams, with a pop-up camera dedicated for selfies. Both phones are also expected to equip a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a notch.

More details are underway and all we can do is take everything with a grain of salt until further announcements have been made. The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro’s launch will coincide with Redmi’s smart TV launch on August 29.

Via: GizmoChina

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaks | Realme XT teased

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