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Unknown Vivo phone appears with slimmest bezels we’ve ever seen

Where could the front camera be?

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The term “borderless” or “bezel-free” gets thrown around a lot for phones that have trimmed edges, but truth be told, they aren’t exactly devoid of extra space surrounding their screens — even the Essential Phone, Mi Mix 2, and iPhone X have some form of notch or workaround to fit the front-facing camera and earpiece.

For this mysterious phone, it’s as borderless as it could get for a smartphone.

Picked up from Weibo, this is supposedly a concept device from Vivo. It has an incredible screen-to-body ratio, the likes of which we’ve never seen before:

Seeing no fingerprint reader on the front of this handset leads to the possibility of Vivo being its maker, since they’ve already released a smartphone with an under-display fingerprint sensor. The brand can also be identified by its app icons, which look just like those from Vivo’s FunTouch Android skin.

But there’s a bigger concern: Where’s the selfie camera? With no space on the thin bottom bezel and no known technology for an under-display camera yet, we question the usability of this smartphone, let alone its authenticity.

Still, if this is the future of smartphone design, we’re all for it — just as long as it can take our selfies like we’re used to.

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Introducing: Daisy, Apple’s newest recycling robot

Yay for the Earth!

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Apple’s newest announcement doesn’t involve an iPhone or a MacBook.

A few days before Earth Day, the tech company unveiled a robot they’ve named Daisy.

Daisy is not your typical Apple machine. In fact, it takes iPhones apart.

This is because Daisy is a recycling machine. It takes devices apart so that materials in old iPhones can be reclaimed and reused.

This isn’t Apple’s first venture into tech that will help save the Earth. In 2016, Apple launched Liam, its very first disassembly robot. According to the tech brand, Daisy “incorporates revolutionary technology that was developed from what Apple learned” from the previous robot.

In an hour, Daisy can disassemble 200 iPhones — nine different types of smartphones.

But, that’s not all Apple is doing for the environment. Starting April 30, every device purchased from the Apple store will lead to a donation to Conservation International through the Apple GiveBack program. All this comes after Apple announced that all their facilities are now powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

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Motorola officially launches new Moto E5 phones for the budget-conscious

Three new Motorola phones!

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Apart from the Moto G6 family, Motorola also launched their new generation of budget-oriented Moto E phones. But even if it’s positioned below the Moto G, the Moto E now borrows the design of the midrange lineup. And like the Moto G, the new Moto E comes in three versions with various differences.

Let’s tackle their similarities first. All three new Moto E5 phones are going to be available in their respective markets in the coming months with Android Oreo and a hidden fingerprint reader (disguising as a Moto logo) on their backs. They all have a water-repellent coating, but that doesn’t mean liquids cannot get into the phone.

Moto E5

The base model of the Moto E5 already features a large 4000mAh battery and 5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ display. It has a Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage.

Camera-wise, there’s a single 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera with its own LED flash.

Pricing is at EUR 150 only. It’ll be available in Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

Moto E5 Plus

The Moto E5 Plus comes with a larger battery at a whopping 5000mAh capacity and a bigger 6-inch 18:9 HD+ display — the biggest so far in the series. As for the processing power of the phone, it has a modest Snapdragon 425 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

It still has a single rear shooter with a 12-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Each of the cameras has its own LED flash to help in low-light environments.

The phone is priced at EUR 170 and it’s coming to Europe, Americas, and Asia Pacific.

Moto E5 Play

For those who prefer a more compact budget phone, there’s the Moto E5 Play. The Play is basically a smaller variant of the base Moto E5 with the same processor (or a Snapdragon 427 in some regions), memory, and storage configuration.

The smaller 5.2-inch display comes with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. Of course, it also has a smaller battery at just 2800mAh but it’s user-replaceable.

Basic 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors are used for its rear and front cameras, respectively. Again, each camera has its own LED flash.

There’s still no price for the E5 Play, but it’s only going to be available in North America.

SEE ALSO: Motorola announces Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus with 18:9 displays, Android Oreo

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Nubia Red Magic looks exactly what a gaming phone should look like

Move over, Razer!

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Candy Crush or Fortnite? The recent resurgence of mobile gaming has killed its stereotype as a bastion for casual gamers. With more users switching to competitive games like Mobile Legends, PUBG, and Fortnite, gaming phones are quickly gaining popularity in the market.

ZTE sub-brand Nubia has launched the Red Magic, a gaming phone that pulled out all the stops as far as how a gaming phone should look.

The Red Magic follows in the footsteps of other gaming phones like last year’s Razer Phone and the Xiaomi-owned Black Shark gaming phone.

Needless to say, it shares a lot of its design inspiration from today’s edgier gaming laptops. It even rocks a switching RGB LED strip on its back panel. In addition, it sports hexagonal slots for the camera and the fingerprint reader. The Red Magic also boasts a unique cooling system powered by red vents spread across its back panel.

Despite is glamour as a gaming phone, the Red Magic touts a less-than-optimal driver. Rather than the leading Snapdragon 845, the phone has last year’s Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm.

Thankfully, the phone’s 6-inch screen keeps a cool dominance at a 2160 x 1080 resolution, albeit without a 120Hz panel like on the Razer Phone.

On top of that, the phone has up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also carries a 24-megapixel rear shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie cam. (Alternatively, the Red Magic also comes in a lower variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.)

For software, it’s bundled with Nubia’s own GameBoost app to optimize usage for gaming. Curiously, it also carries a gaming button with a still-unknown function.

With a heavy slant towards gaming, power becomes a crucial factor. To help with the heavy usage, the Red Magic contains a huge 3800mAh battery, a league beyond today’s standards.

The Nubia Red Magic will start taking pre-orders on April 25, exclusively in China. The higher 8GB variant will retail for CNY 2,999 (US$ 477). Meanwhile, the 6GB variant will retail for CNY 2,499 (US$ 397).

SEE ALSO: ZTE Nubia Z17 introduces Quick Charge 4+

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