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Vivo brings in high-end Xplay 6, midrange X9 and X9 Plus

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Vivo has really stepped up its game this week. After releasing the V5 in India a couple of days ago, the Chinese manufacturer went back to its home country to launch its new flagship Xplay 6, along with two additions to the X series.

This has to be the company’s answer to pressure forged by rivals Xiaomi and Huawei after they came out with some of the most impressive hardware we’ve seen this year. Vivo can rest easy with its second-place ranking in China, but there’s no telling when the tides could shift to another brand’s favor — just ask former top-ranker Xiaomi.

The Xplay 6, in particular, is no joke. Although it imitates a lot of the established ideas from fellow Chinese flagships, the price competes with Google’s Pixel phones at a bewildering CNY 4,498; that’s $655, seriously!

What makes this smartphone so special? Looking down the feature list, there’s nothing out of this world if you’re updated on the latest mobile tech.

Vivo Xplay 6 rose gold

Vivo Xplay 6 in rose gold

Standing out the most is the curved 5.46-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, which is something you’d find on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. But the Xplay 6’s advantage over its Korean counterpart is the use of 6GB of memory and a larger 4080mAh battery with built-in fast charging.

There’s also the inclusion of smartphone technology’s latest trending feature: a dual-camera setup. With a pair of 12- and 5-megapixel rear cameras, the former does the photo taking with the help of optical image stabilization, while the latter provides depth information to produce sharper subjects with blurred-out backgrounds.

Curiously, Vivo decided to go with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor instead of the newer 821. Reminds us of what HTC had done earlier with the Bolt. The Android version is also stuck at 6.0 Marshmallow, and not the much maturer 7.0 Nougat.

Vivo Xplay 6 gold

Vivo Xplay 6 in gold

Even if you consider the full-metal body, fingerprint scanner in front, and super-cool rose gold color, the Xplay 6 is a tough sell. You can purchase it beginning December 12, if you really must.

And then we have the X9 and X9 Plus, which fit between the lower-end V5 and premium Xplay 6. The 5.5-inch X9 retails at CNY 2,798 ($407) for the 64GB storage variant, and the 128GB storage option goes for CNY 2,998 ($436); both are already available for pre-order. No details have been revealed for the 5.88-inch X9 Plus.

The X9 and X9 Plus have one thing in common, and that’s the dual-front-facing cameras. One is 20 megapixels in resolution, and the other has an 8-megapixel image sensor for depth info, just like the rear camera setup of the Xplay 6. Both have a plain 16-megapixel shooter at the back.

Vivo X9 rose gold

Vivo X9 in rose gold

Other than that, you can already spell out what else they offer. The smaller X9 has a midrange Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of memory, and 3050mAh battery. As for the larger X9 Plus, it has a faster Snapdragon 653 chipset, 6GB of memory, and 4000mAh capacity for its battery.

If all these sound too expensive for you, you can always look down the pricing ladder towards the Vivo Y55. It got our thumbs up in both its full review and our best budget phones list, plus it costs only $165.

Sources: Fone Arena, (2)

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Apple iPhone XS Max undergoes scratch and bend tests

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t bend!

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The latest iPhones from Apple are already available in key markets around the globe. Quite a number of people already have their hands on one (including us), so it’s time to review the phone. While we’re still working on our insights about the new iPhone XS, let’s witness the device go through a series of durability test.

If you’re fond of seeing phones get through sharp blades, you should definitely check out Zack Nelson’s JerryRigEverything channel on YouTube. The latest phone to suffer on his table, of course, is the newest iPhone — the iPhone XS Max to be specific.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone XS Max practically survived the whole test. The front and back glass body managed to withstand scratches like most high-end smartphones on the market. The stainless steel frame did scratch too, but Zack pointed out that it’s less prone to damages compared to previous aluminum-made iPhones.

Everything was not perfect, though. Apple claimed that the new iPhone XS and XS Max have “sapphire crystal lens cover” for the dual rear cameras. That’s ideal to fully protect the camera from unsightly scratches which will greatly affect the image quality. Unfortunately, it seems to be just a marketing gimmick. Compared to an actual and pure sapphire crystal face of a Tissot wristwatch, the iPhone’s lens cover is not hard enough and it scratches easily.

At least, though, the iPhone XS Max didn’t bend at the end of the video.

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 gets tested for durability

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro official cases leak online

That’s a wide notch

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Huawei is set to announce their latest flagship phone next month, but we’ve seen seeing leaks about it all over the internet. The latest one is this: the upcoming Mate 20 Pro is seen inside the official case renders.

Similar with the P20 series that was announced earlier this year, the Mate 20 Pro will once again have a notched display. However, the new notch appears to be wider which indicates that Face ID-like technology is coming to the new Huawei phone. The overall front design is pretty iPhone X-esque, to be honest, but there’s a bit of a chin towards the bottom of the display.

Check the upcoming official cases from Huawei for the Mate 20 Pro:

At the back, you can see the new square-shaped camera module. This will house three cameras and a dual-tone LED flash. It’ll be quite unusual, but it’s a welcome change.

Also noticeable is the lack of a fingerprint reader. Neither the front or rear of the phone has a visible fingerprint scanner. Huawei could implement an in-display reader, though.

The Mate 20 Pro will go official on October 16 in London along with the regular Mate 20 variant.

Source: Slashleaks

SEE ALSO: Leaked Huawei Mate 20 copies from Apple and Samsung

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OnePlus 6 officially gets stable Android Pie update

The update is rolling out in stages

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Earlier this month, OnePlus announced the open beta version of Android Pie for its latest smartphone. Thankfully, it didn’t take them long to have the final and stable version available. If you own a OnePlus 6, turn your update notification on because Android Pie is coming to your phone.

OxygenOS 9.0 brings Android Pie features to OnePlus devices, starting with the OnePlus 6. The version number of OxygenOS jumped from 5.x to 9.0 to match Google’s latest version number.

OnePlus also adopted the Android Pie user interface and gestures, but the support for custom accent colors is still present. There’s also the Adaptive Battery feature, new Do Not Disturb settings, and updated Gaming Mode v3.0. The September 2018 security patch is also in tow.

The update is rolling out in stages. Only a few users are getting it first, so they can report any missed bugs before the wider roll out in the next few days.

Source: OnePlus

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3 and 3T will surely get Android P

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