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Sixty percent of smartphones will have glass backs by 2020

Prepare for fragile fingerprint magnets

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What is your phone made of? Until recently, the smartphone market was synonymous with the aluminum market. Everyone loved metal on their phones. Coming from a tacky plastic binge, phones desperately needed the premium vibe that metal exuded. Spearheaded by Apple, makers attached the material to their entire lineups.

As we know now, 2018 popularized an entirely different beast — the glass back. At the time of this writing, the vast majority of smartphone makers already offer a form of glass architecture: Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo, OnePlus, and OPPO. Pioneered by Samsung’s Galaxy S6, the trend sputtered to life slowly. Now, the glass revolution is well underway.

According to analysts at Counterpoint, the glass smartphone will take over 60 percent of the entire market by 2020. As of 2018, the material pervades only 26 percent of the market. By next year, the number will jump up to 41 percent.

The escalation is a marked surprise. Previously, the trend’s beginnings were only at 7 percent and 13 percent from 2016 to 2017, respectively. In just four years, the material skyrocketed from minority to market domination. By 2018, more than half of smartphones will rock glass backs.

Leading the pack, Apple already uses glass backs for 64 percent of its lineup. Additionally, Samsung, despite pioneering the trend, uses glass for only 36 percent of its lineup. (Although, the brand’s more vertical product structure might have contributed to that.)

Despite the trend’s exponential growth, glass has had its fair share of controversies. Currently, OnePlus 6 users are constantly reporting glass breakages, despite not dropping their phones. Moreover, glass is a notorious fingerprint magnet without a protective case.

Logistically, manufacturing glass backs costs less than metal ones. Theoretically, the material also helps with better connectivity and optimized wireless charging. However, since the trend is still in its early stages, additional developments will have to wait.

Of course, if you want to cash in on this trend, buy yourself a good protective case.

SEE ALSO: Corning promises stronger cover glass with Gorilla Glass 6

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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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