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Everything we know about the Vivo NEX 3

Yet another ground-breaking device from Vivo

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Vivo pioneered features and trends last year that other brands are now adapting on phones across different price points, but it’s been a while since Vivo last announced a flagship smartphone.

If images and sketches popping up on Weibo are any indication, however, Vivo seems to be gearing up for what could be the Vivo NEX 3. Here’s everything we know so far about Vivo’s upcoming release:

5G 

The latest image posted by NEX product manager Li Xiang points to a 5G-ready device, which, shouldn’t be a surprise for a flagship from Vivo. The company has been developing a 5G phone since last year.

Its sub-brand iQOO already showcased a 5G-enabled model of its gaming device at MWC Shanghai this year.

Headphone jack

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition came with a 3.5mm audio jack

Li Xiang also confirmed in a separate leak that the NEX 3 will still have a fan-favorite feature: a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both the original Vivo NEX and Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition retained the audio port. This makes its upcoming flagship one of the few remaining in the market to have the feature.

Circular camera

The rear cameras will maintain the circular shape first seen on the NEX Dual Display Edition. The design is inspired by a traditional wristwatch as seen in a sketch Li Xiang shared on Weibo. The sketch also shows that the upcoming smartphone will sport three cameras, instead of two.

No notch

The same sketch also shows a seamless display which could mean one of two things: the Vivo NEX 3 will have a pop-up selfie camera like the original NEX, or it’ll be the first retail smartphone to have an underscreen camera — a technology its sister company first teased at MWC Shanghai. If Vivo decides to use the latter, more than the selfies, what we’re curious to see is its implementation of face unlock, which is something Vivo ditched with the first NEX phone.

Waterfall screen

Lastly, the NEX 3 will seem to adapt another design feature OPPO teased just last month — an ultra-curved display inspired by waterfalls. This comes as no surprise as Vivo Design Director Kyle Hsiao shared that the idea behind the NEX line is to solve the notch problem, and come up with an all-display smartphone.

Super fast charging

Vivo Super FlashCharge 120W | GadgetMatch

Hsiao’s vision for the NEX line to always offer something different — something that breaks barriers. 5G will drain any smartphone’s battery faster than what we’re used to. Announced at MWC Shanghai 2019, Vivo’s Super FlashCharge 120W promises charge a large 4000 mAh battery from zero to 50 percent in just five minutes. Based on the company’s track record, features they first tease on prototype devices land on retail units immediately after, so the Vivo NEX 3 will likely come with this feature once it becomes available.

Availability

At MWC Shanghai 2019, Vivo also hinted that its first 5G phone will be available in the third quarter of 2019. While they didn’t specify the model of the smartphone then, it’s safe to assume that the first 5G phone under its belt would come from the NEX line.

What feature do you want to see on the Vivo NEX 3? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: GSMArena

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Xiaomi’s foldable phone spotted in the wild

Is this a prototype?

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Everyone’s getting into foldable smartphones these days. After Samsung’s semi-successful foray into the market, other smartphones are rushing to compete with the South Korean giant. One of the earliest experimenters with the form factor, Xiaomi is apparently making strides in the foldable market. In China, Xiaomi’s foldable phone was spotted out in the wild.

In a now-deleted Weibo post (saved by GSMArena), the leaked phone is a whopper of a device. It’s obviously that Xiaomi’s foldable phone since it runs MIUI 12. It looks a lot larger than Samsung’s Galaxy Z lineup. However, it’s large enough to wield in a subway, as the photo portrays.

Whatever this is, it doesn’t look like it’s doing well. The device has a sizable crease running along its midsection. Back in the Galaxy Fold’s early days, Samsung had the same problem before fixing it in later iterations. Since the technology already exists, it’s likely that the spotted Xiaomi device is an early version of whatever the company is actually working on.

Xiaomi has teased an upcoming foldable phone in the past. However, the company has not outed a consumer-friendly foldable phone outside of prototypes. The last time we heard about a potential Xiaomi foldable phone was an old patent revealed last year.

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Samsung will remove the free charger from more phones

Confirmed in an official Q&A

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The cat’s out of the bag. After months of persistent rumors, Samsung has finally ended its free charging adapters and wired earphones starting with the Galaxy S21 series. The controversial decision mimics Apple’s identical ones last October. One question remains, though: Will Samsung remove the free charger in other smartphones? Apparently, yes.

In an official Q&A with Samsung’s officials, the company explained why it chose to remove the free charger from the flagship series. As expected, Samsung is taking the same stance as Apple; that is, everyone already has a bunch of extra chargers lying around anyway. Further, the removal will help in Samsung’s sustainability goals for the future.

However, in explaining their stance, Samsung has revealed its plans for the future. “To support our Galaxy community in this journey, we are transitioning to removal of the charger plug and earphones in our latest line of Galaxy smartphones,” Patrick Chomet, executive vice president of product and innovation, explains.

Besides the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung is likely phasing out the free chargers in future models, too. Thankfully, if you haven’t acclimated to the charger-less future yet, the company is not changing last year’s smartphone packaging; not yet at least, according to online store pages.

If Samsung is truly removing its chargers for future models, we’ll know soon enough. Unlike Apple, who releases smartphones more sporadically, Samsung launches numerous models throughout the year. After starting the year off with a charger-less bang, 2021 is going to be an exciting roller coaster for flagship users.

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Trump administration blacklists Xiaomi, 10 other Chinese companies

Xiaomi headed the Huawei way?

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The US has added Xiaomi and 10 other Chinese companies to a blacklist amid national security concerns. The current blacklist is only focused on companies that have military ties and strategic importance in China.

The Defense Department released names of additional “Communist Chinese military companies” operating directly or indirectly in the United States.

Although adding Xiaomi to the list is surprising, the company has largely remained apolitical and focuses on making affordable smartphones. Considered to be China’s answer to Apple, Xiaomi plays a crucial role in progressing China’s telecommunication industry. It surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales in the third quarter, according to IDC.

Xiaomi is China’s second-largest smartphone maker and dominates multiple developing markets like India. Xiaomi’s stock plunged more than 10 percent following the announcement, although it’s considered to be a knee-jerk reaction at the moment.

The ban means that Xiaomi risks getting delisted from global benchmarks like MSCI and American stock exchanges. Just last week, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom were removed from MSCI indexes. This largely affects their ability to raise capital from the open market in the future due to global compliance complications.

In response, a Xiaomi spokesperson told GadgetMatch, “The Company has been in compliance with the law and operating in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of jurisdictions where it conducts its businesses. The Company reiterates that it provides products and services for civilian and commercial use. The Company confirms that it is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with the Chinese military, and is not a “Communist Chinese Military Company” defined under the NDAA. The Company will take an appropriate course of actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.”

Other companies banned

Apart from Xiami, the additional companies blacklisted include Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Luokong Technology Corporation, Beijing Zhongguancun Development Investment Center, GOWIN Semiconductor, Grand China Air Company, Global Tone Communication Technology, China National Aviation Holding, and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

Furthermore, the ban is a stepping stone for US authorities to curb Chinese companies’ growth in the international market. The US took a similar step with Huawei and gradually pushed it out of every possible industry. Today, Huawei can’t use Google Mobile Services, cannot ship phones to the US, and has lost significant ground in supplying 5G equipment to telcos worldwide.

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