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Vivo NEX 2 might have two screens, no retractable camera

Vivo’s changing it up again

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This year, Vivo implemented the first adequate solution to the camera notch. Rather than relying on imperfect solutions, the Vivo NEX used a retractable front-facing camera. On launch, the premium smartphone was more than capable, earning rave reviews. It proved the brand’s capabilities in the premium market. It was even the first of its kind, edging out OPPO’s own variant a week earlier. It’s a marked achievement apart from Vivo’s dominance in the midrange market.

Despite the model’s success, Vivo might leave the form factor as soon as next year. Posted on Chinese social media network Weibo, a new leak supposedly depicts the NEX’s successor — the NEX 2.

On this single image, the depicted phone strongly departs from Vivo’s own design. Comparably, the NEX 2 is still a perfectly bezel-less beast. However, the phone doesn’t accomplish this through retractable features. Instead, the phone has a sizable secondary screen fixed on the rear panel.

Overall, the phone’s rear looks like a traditional slab phone. It has thick bezels both above and below the screen. However, the top bezel area houses a triple rear camera system. The setup creates another solution for the camera notch. Simultaneously, it also improves the inherent quality of selfies. Instead of using an inferior selfie camera, it uses the same cameras for rear photos.

Meanwhile, the main screen remains largely similar to the original NEX’s. Of course, with a single leaked image, the phone’s hardware is still shrouded in mystery. However, a deeper look into the original leaker might hold some clues.

According to Weibo, the leaker is a verified source, showing off a tag that indicates such. At the very least, the tag adds to the account’s credibility. Besides this, an earlier post hints that the phone will have a Snapdragon 845 processor and an OLED secondary screen.

Regardless of Vivo’s own plans, the secondary screen is becoming another form factor for tomorrow’s phones. ZTE’s Nubia already launched a similar phone with a secondary screen.

SEE ALSO: Vivo V11: Flagship look on a midrange phone

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Twitter won’t give us an edit button

@jack says they will “probably never do it”

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There have been many demands made of Twitter but perhaps one of the most requested feature is the addition of an edit button, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s likely not happening ever.

In a video Q&A with Wired, Dorsey answered several questions but addressed once and for all the loud majority clamoring for an edit button on the bird app. “The answer is no,” said Dorsey with absolute finality.

“The reason there’s no edit button [and] there hasn’t been an edit button traditionally is we started as an SMS text messaging service. So as you all know, when you send a text, you can’t really take it back. We wanted to preserve that vibe and that feeling in the early days,” Dorsey expounded.

He added that not adding an edit button lets users feel at ease that anything they retweeted or quote tweeted would be the same messaged and won’t be altered later on.

Dorsey did add that they thought about adding something like an “undo send” feature similar to the one found on GMail but ultimately decided against it. Dorsey that if we have other ideas, we’re free to mention him on Twitter.

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Nokia 8.1 now has Android 10

Along with three other Nokia phones

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As promised, Nokia is bringing Android 10 — the latest version of the OS — to many of its phones headlined by the Nokia 8.1.

The other phones that will now also run Android 10 are the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus, and the Nokia 7 Plus.

Ever since HMD Global took over Nokia, there has been a conscious effort to bring the pure Android experience to the smartphones they offer. Being part of the Android One program, Nokia will get three years worth of monthly security udpates as well as up to two years of OS upgrades.

Android 10 brings plenty of new features and refinements from the previous version. There’s an improved gesture navigation, smart reply, privacy controls, among others.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 8.1 review

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ rumor roundup: 120Hz display, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner

Launching on February 11

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It’s every Samsung user’s favorite time of the year. Every January, the grapevine inevitably ramps up the discussion surrounding the year’s upcoming Samsung flagships. For years, the Galaxy S series reveals its latest iteration around this time. January 2020 is no different.

Following a closed-door meeting during CES 2020, Samsung has confirmed the next flagship’s naming convention. Instead of the Galaxy S11, the flagship series will fast forward to the Galaxy S20 number scheme.

Since then, more details have followed. Here’s a short roundup of what we can expect from Samsung’s release this year.

120Hz display

Since last year, the smartphone market has quietly adopted a new trend in display technology: the 120Hz refresh rate. The new display adds in smoother screen animations and scrolling. According to a leak, Samsung’s flagship will allow users to choose between 60Hz and 120Hz. With a 120Hz refresh rate, the Galaxy S20 series will introduce the technology’s first introduction into the company’s phones.

Additionally, the Galaxy S20+ will have a 20:9 aspect ratio, outputting a 3200 x 1440 resolution. No word yet on the other Galaxy S20 smartphones.

Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner

By now, the under-screen fingerprint scanner is already a common feature among smartphones. This time, Samsung is improving the technology even further. Supposedly, the Galaxy S20+ will carry an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, rather than a traditional optical variant. The latter usually needs a lit-up screen to function; the ultrasonic variant doesn’t.

Penta-lens camera

According to Ice Universe, the Galaxy S20+ will have four rear cameras: a 12-megapixel + 64-megapixel + 12-megapixel + ToF camera setup. Similarly, the higher-tier Galaxy S20 Ultra will have a remarkable 108-megapixel + 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel + ToF camera setup.

Similar design philosophy

Finally, a leak has revealed a quick glimpse of the Galaxy S20+. Based on the short video, the smartphone will sport a similar design to last year’s Galaxy S10 series. The front panel carries a peephole camera resting comfortably on the screen’s center. Meanwhile, the rear panel will have a multiple lens camera setup.

More distinctly, the smartphone will lose the headphone jack, marking the first jack-less Galaxy S smartphone. Instead, it will likely come with an AKG USB Type-C set of earphones.

Under the hood, the Galaxy S20+ will allegedly carry the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage, and 4500mAh of battery.

Thankfully, the rumors will come to an end on February 11, Samsung’s confirmed date for this year’s first launches.

Spec sheet leak

The latest leak might be the biggest one yet revealing the names and exact specs of the three Samsung Galaxy S20 models that will be unpacked on February 11. A tweet by user @ishanagarwal24 leaves very little to the imagination in terms of what we should expect come launch day.


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We’ll update this article with every new leak and/or rumor on the Samsung Galaxy S20

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