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Xiaomi will launch a new non-Xiaomi phone soon

What a weird name, though.

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Throughout its entire existence, Xiaomi has subsisted on two simple, easy-to-remember families — the Mi and the Redmi lineups. To the company’s credit, Xiaomi’s simplicity has contributed to its success for being easily distinguishable.

However, after all this time, Xiaomi is seemingly on the cusp of birthing a new member of its product lineup. Or even, a new brand.

Spotted on America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Xiaomi has successfully trademarked and tested a phone labeled under a new brand called the POCOPHONE. Also, the phone has made an appearance on Taiwan’s NCC. It also rumored to launch in Europe.

According to the FCC, the phone has complied with “applicable test standards,” indicating that it’s technically ready for launch.

Additionally, diagrams and specifications reveal that the phone belongs around the flagship segment. Based on the diagram below, the phone’s 163mm screen translates into a 6.4-inch display. This can also result in an 18:9 display, depending on how much bezels the phone has.

Inside the machine, the phone will tout 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. Accordingly, this suggests that the phone will also come with the industry-leading Snapdragon 845 chipset. Currently, Xiaomi’s flagship, the Mi 8, already rocks this chip.

Finally, the diagrams also depict a phone with dual cameras tacked onto its rear panel.

While not unheard of, Xiaomi’s split branding offers a unique opportunity for the Chinese phone maker. Recently, Chinese brands have earned the ire of the US government, citing cybersecurity issues. Already, Huawei and ZTE are feeling the full brunt of tense Sino-US relations. This bodes ill for Xiaomi’s eventual plans to expand to the US.

Establishing a separate brand might alleviate some of the anti-Chinese pressure. Notably, Huawei’s Honor brand is surviving happily amid all the political mire, despite openly operating under Huawei.

Regardless, the POCOPHONE brand creates a new entrant into an already crowded smartphone industry. Whether it survives or not, only time will tell.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi’s IPO performs poorly in stock market on first day [Update: It’s doing better now]

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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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ASUS unveils prices of new ZenBook and VivoBook laptops

From the cheapest one to the most premium

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After showing off the new notebooks during Computex 2018 in Taipei and IFA 2018 in Berlin, ASUS has now brought all of them to the Philippines. Check out the prices of the new ZenBook and VivoBook laptops.

VivoBook S330 — starts at PhP 45,995
VivoBook S430 — starts at PhP 47,995
VivoBook S530 — starts at PhP 56,995

ZenBook S (Core i7/8GB/256GB) — PhP 74,995
ZenBook S (Core i7/4K/16GB/512GB) — PhP 99,995

ZenBook Pro 14 — starts at PhP 99,995
ZenBook Pro 15 (Core i7/16GB/1TB/GTX 1050Ti) — PhP 119,995

ZenBook 13 (UX333) — starts at PhP 54,995
ZenBook 14 (UX433) — starts at PhP 62,995
ZenBook 15 (UX533) — starts at PhP 74,995

All the new VivoBook and ZenBook notebooks will be available nationwide starting October.

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Huawei serves “juice” to Apple fans

It’s apparently “apple-free”

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Huawei has this trolling thing down to a T. While Huawei Singapore pulled off a “power move” of a stunt, Huawei UK was out on the streets handing out apple-free juice to Apple fans waiting in line for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

The company sent out a van loaded with “Huawei JU%CE that lasts” and equipped with charging stations for the battery-depleted phones of those who queued up for the new iPhones. It wasn’t exactly free though. People who wanted the “JU%CE” needed to post on social media using #HigherIntelligence to get their fix.

While the stunt is a clear dig at the iPhones’ battery life struggles, Huawei’s Director of Marketing in the UK and Ireland Justin Costello made it clear that this is a sign of things to come on October 16 when the company is set to unveil the Mate 20.

“We want people to know that there is an alternative to having a phone that lacks juice and lets you down when you most need it,” said Costello.

It’s quite a brilliant stunt that both hijacked the launch day of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max while also promoting Huawei’s own launch of their upcoming flagship. If that’s not hitting two birds with one stone, I don’t know what is.

Huawei threw the first jab when they thanked Apple for “keeping things the same” during the launch event of the iPhone XS and XS Max. The company effectively threw more punches with these stunts which begs the question: Should we expect a haymaker once the Mate 20’s launch comes around?

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20: What to expect

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