Vivo NEX 2 might have two screens, no retractable camera

Vivo’s changing it up again



Image source: Weibo

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


Forget iPhone 11, Apple’s secret weapon is the iPhone XR

OnePlus and Samsung should be worried



Continuing the legacy, Apple announced the iPhone 11 series in September and response has been widely positive. The phones pack the latest A13 Bionic chipset, exponentially improved cameras, and best-in-class display.

However, Apple’s secret weapon is a generation old iPhone that is often perceived to be low-cost. In developing regions like India, the latest offerings are extremely expensive and amid a global slowdown, demand has remained unchanged.

Apple’s secret weapon is the iPhone XR and its recently announced price-cut. The phone is now available for INR 44,990 (US$ 635), down from its launch price of INR 76,900 (US$ 1,100). And, even though it’s one-year-old, the specifications are still class-leading with an A12 processor, kick-ass single-lens camera, and smooth iOS experience.

Apple’s market share has taken a massive beating in the country due to increasing competition from OnePlus and Samsung. Being a very price-sensitive market, the iPhone XR has been selling like hotcakes since the official drop. In fact, further discounts were also available during festive sales and the device was out-of-stock in no time.

Apple is doubling down on India and has been slowly ramping up local production to avoid import duty as high as 20 percent. Older models like the iPhone 7 and iPhone X are already being sourced locally and the brand has now started with the iPhone XR.

Multiple sources confirmed to IANS that production of the iPhone XR is up and running at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai.

For years, Apple has been accused of ignoring the Indian market, but multiple developments this year have confirmed that the brand is indeed serious about establishing itself. After almost a decade of trying, the brand finally got approval to directly sell products in India and not rely on third-party vendors that are termed “Authorised Resellers”.

There have also been reports about an iPhone SE 2 launching in the first quarter of 2020 and if this materializes, India will be a primary market for the low-cost iPhone.

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Netflix might limit password sharing between users

In order to gain more revenues?



Netflix isn’t chill when it comes to password sharing. During its third-quarter earnings interview, the streaming giant discussed its plans. The company tackled users sharing one account to find a way around paying for a monthly subscription.

Netflix CFO Spencer Neumann says the company is continuing to monitor the situation. Neumann added, ”We’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that.”

It’s still unclear on how Netflix will limit password sharing since the streaming giant didn’t announce anything specific. Netflix’s goal seems to restrict account sharing to people living in the same household. Some speculate that the company will take a look into IP addresses, but it poses a problem for families living apart. But for now, you can still enjoy sharing your account with friends and families as Netflix claimed they have “no big plans to announce at this time in terms of doing something different.”


Presently, users can log onto Netflix regardless of how many devices they have. Its only limitation — depending on the subscription plan — is how many people can stream all at the same time. In the near future, it isn’t surprising for Netflix to push through with their plans to limit password sharing since the competition with Disney+ and Apple TV+ is getting tight. In order to gain more revenue, Netflix might have to convert people to pay for their own subscription.

SEE ALSO: 5 reasons why Disney+ is better than Netflix (and 1 big reason why it’s not)

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OPPO to launch a dual-mode 5G phone

Coming end of 2019



OPPO just announced at a Qualcomm 5G Summit 2019 in Barcelona that they will be launching a Qualcomm-powered dual-mode 5G smartphone at the end of 2019.

OPPO’s 5G Chief Henry Tang made the announcement saying, “The unrelenting efforts from OPPO and other industry peers have paved the way for the rapid adoption of 5G, with users in select countries and regions already becoming early adopters of OPPO’s 5G smartphones.”

The announcement was preceded by Singapore’s plan to roll out 5G mobile networks in 2020. The plan indicates there will be 5G coverage for at least half of Singapore by the end of 2022.

Tang said OPPO is now actively working with more than a dozen global operators to accelerate the commercialization of 5G worldwide. Moving forward, OPPO will consistently introduce more 5G products to its global markets.

SEE ALSO: The new online generation: Explaining 5G internet

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