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Leaks reveal the truly bezel-less Vivo NEX, NEX A, NEX S

They will carry the pop up camera

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Recently, Lenovo baited everyone into thinking that they were releasing a truly bezel-less phone. Unfortunately, that wasn’t true. Now, with its competition well behind it, Vivo is in a prime position to launch the first truly bezel-less phone from a major phone maker.

Rumors surrounding this pioneering phone have circulated for weeks. In fact, GadgetMatch even got intimate private time with the prototype. Nicknamed the APEX, the bezel-less feat was all but confirmed.

Recently, a set of new leaks have revealed what the APEX might look like on launch.

Spotted in the wild, Vivo has likely renamed their bezel-less phone into the Vivo NEX. Additionally, they will launch three different variants — NEX, NEX A, NEX S — aimed for both upper-midrange and flagship markets.

On the one hand, both the NEX and the NEX A will carry octa-core Snapdragon 710 processors. Of the two, the budget-friendly NEX will sport a 6.01-inch FHD+ screen. Its most notable feature is a 24-megapixel front shooter and a 20-megapixel with 16-megapixel rear combo. It will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage under the hood. It will carry a 3320mAh battery.

The NEX A will sport 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Additionally, it will have a 6.59-inch screen with 2316 x 1080 resolution, plus a 12-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera combo. Finally, the NEX A will carry a huge 4000mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the flagship NEX S will boast the latest Snapdragon 845 processor. Of the three, leaks have revealed little about the NEX S. However, with the previous specs already leaked, it will likely carry the bigger 6.59-inch screen and the sizeable 4000mAh battery.

Likewise, the leaks have not revealed which of the three will carry the APEX’s touted pop-up camera.

Regardless, Vivo will launch all three phones on June 12.

SEE ALSO: Vivo unwraps X21 World Cup Edition

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Google Pixel 4 XL fails a bend test

Apparently, made of plastic inside

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Image source: JerryRigEverything

Prior to its official announcement, Google’s Pixel 4 was one of the most leaked phones in recent history. Even before Google could say a word, the world has seen the latest flagship from all possible angles. Unfortunately, the Pixel 4’s buzz died down immediately after the official launch. Even sadder, the smartphone’s latest appearance in the news is about a failed bend test.

As you’ve likely read from the headline, the Google Pixel 4 XL has failed a crucial bend test. Administered as always by the infamous JerryRigEverything, the test ended in a hopelessly broken flagship. Like most bend tests, the vlogger applied hand pressure twice — on a front bend and a back bend.

The first front bend concluded without a hitch. However, the second bend test cracked the phone’s upper and lower portions. Notably, the upper crack ran below the device’s camera, alluding to a clear divide between inside sections.

After the first video dropped, the vlog went deeper, hollowing out the Pixel 4 XL’s insides to discover the cracks’ true cause. Apparently, despite the glass and aluminum covering the outside of the phone, a huge chunk of the inside is molded in plastic. The design decision makes the phone lighter than other phones of similar caliber. However, it also reduces the phone’s internal integrity.

The Google Pixel 4 XL starts at US$ 899. If you’re planning on making this smartphone your daily driver, keep it out of your back pocket.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL still great for photos, now with 90Hz panel

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This case turns your AirPods into an iPod Classic

It screams retro

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The iPod was a revolutionary gadget when it was launched. Back then the market was filled with bulky music boomboxes ranging from a Walkman to a simple MP3 player. Apple changed the course of portable media forever thanks to close integration between the iPod and iTunes.

Today, the iPhone combines all legacy music requirements along with streaming via Apple Music. Further, AirPods have been a huge success due to the closed ecosystem and near-native support.

Case manufacturer Elago wants to take things further. Their AW6 case mimics the look of the iPod, complete with the iconic click wheel —  the circular touch-sensitive navigation ring.

The case is made entirely from high-grade silicone. It’s flexible and impact-resistant, and thick enough to ensure that all accidental drops have some level of protection. For AirPods 2 owners, there’s a special cut-out to show the charging indicator.

The case has been deemed an Amazon Choice product and have received some pretty high praise online. Not only does it look funky, but they also deliver a retro-feel to the now-defunct iPod Classic.

Last month, Elago also launched an ‌AirPods‌ case that was looks like the original Macintosh, followed by an Apple Watch inspired case.

Elago’s AW6 Case (iPod Classic) for ‌AirPods‌ is available on the company’s website and on Amazon for US$ 11.99. It also comes in black with a red click wheel.

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Airbnb partners with the Olympics in 9-year deal

Just in time for Tokyo 2020

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Airbnb and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has signed a new deal to support five Olympics and Paralympics for the next nine years, making the platform a Worldwide Olympic Partner. Apart from the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the partnership covers Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, Milan 2026, and Los Angeles 2028.

According to the IOC, the joint effort will be “in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to provide travel options that are economically empowering, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable.”

The partnership hopes to minimize construction of new infrastructure for host cities to accommodate not just athletes, staff, and workers, but the surge of tourists as well. This also means generating extra income for new and existing hosts in the local communities during the Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said that the partnership underpins their strategy to ensure that staging the Olympic Games leaves a legacy for the host community.

Airbnb is also launching a new category of Experiences to be hosted by Olympians themselves. These activities can help provide financial support for athletes while they train, as well as career opportunities even after competing.

Airbnb as a more sustainable option

Airbnb has previously supported Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 as a domestic sponsor. A recent World Economic Forum study found that in Rio, the additional capacity provided through Airbnb was equivalent to 257 hotels. This saved the city unnecessary construction and carbon emissions, while also providing approximately US$ 30 million in direct revenue for hosts. It also generated an estimated total economic activity of US$ 100 million in three weeks.

Similarly, during the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang last year, Airbnb hosts earned approximately US$ 2.3 million collectively by providing accommodation to 15,000 visitors who would have required 46 hotels.

Most recently, Airbnb hosts across Japan welcomed more than 650,000 travellers during the Rugby World Cup, and earned more than US$ 70 million collectively.

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