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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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Snapdragon’s upcoming chipset beats Kirin 980 and A12 Bionic on AnTuTu Benchmark

The battle of next-gen mobile processors!

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Huawei already unveiled the Kirin 980 processor for the Mate 20 series and Apple has the powerful A12 Bionic chip for their new iPhones. Meanwhile, Samsung just announced its next-gen chip — the Exynos 9820 — which will most likely power the upcoming Galaxy phones. Qualcomm, on the other hand, is still cooking the successor to the popular Snapdragon 845, although a leaked AnTuTu Benchmark result shows that it’ll be ready for primetime soon.

The official name of Qualcomm’s upcoming chipset is yet to be confirmed, although it’s rumored to be called Snapdragon 8150. It’ll not be Snapdragon 850 because that’s already taken, but the Snapdragon 855 moniker is still available.

Moving on to what matters, the soon-to-be-unveiled chipset skyrocketed on AnTuTu Benchmark with a score of 362,292 points. This is an unconfirmed test, but if this is true, Qualcomm will soon have the most powerful processor for smartphones. It beats Kirin 980’s official score of 309,628 and A12 Bionic’s 352,405 points.

Again, nothing is certain about the leaked score which came from Weibo. We’ll just have to wait for Qualcomm to officially announce the chip and let users benchmark it on their own. Just in case the numbers are true, Android flagships are in for a treat.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils Exynos 9820 chipset based on 8nm LPP FinFET

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OnePlus 6T now comes in a beautiful gradient color

The color we’ve always wanted

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Finally, OnePlus releases a phone color I can get behind!

OnePlus phones have always been known for their performance and great value, but I’ve always found their color choices to be lacking. Black, graphite, red, or white works for a lot of different folks but for those, like me, who want a flashier and prettier option, we are left wanting.

Not anymore.

OnePlus has just announced that we’re getting the OnePlus 6T in a dreamy new shade called Thunder Purple. This particular device has a beautiful black to purple gradient and a shiny curve on its back that moves with the light. So pretty!

Just look at that subtle, stunning color pop

The same color, announced in China last week, will be available in the US and Europe starting today on the OnePlus website. It rocks 8GB of memory with 128GB of storage and retails for US$ 579.

Image credit: Joshua Vergara

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An iPhone X allegedly exploded after installing iOS 12.1

In Washington, USA

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Goodbyes are always difficult. Some can go graceful; some, however, lash out in weird directions. As the 2018 iPhones go on their successful world tour, the iPhone X tries to get one more stab at the spotlight. However, the headline is far from positive. One might even call it fiery.

Reported in Washington, an iPhone X supposedly exploded in a user’s home. Rahel Mohamad, the user, posted about the incident on Twitter. According to Mohamed, the iPhone was in the process of installing the iOS 12.1 update.

In an interview with Gadgets 360, Mohamed was using and charging the phone normally. Amid installing the recent update, he plugged the phone into Apple’s original charger and cable. (Of note, Redditors have countered that Mohamed used an iPad charger, instead of an iPhone one.) Shortly after, the phone started heating up, spewing out gray smoke. After the update’s completion, it caught fire and exploded.

Since then, Apple has responded to Mohamed’s original tweet. “That’s definitely not expected behavior,” @AppleSupport replied. According to Mohamed, Apple has invited him to mail the destroyed model for an official investigation. The company has not issued an official statement regarding the explosion yet.

Curiously, this isn’t the first Apple explosion this year. Back in January, a Chinese customer bit into an iPhone’s battery, causing it to explode in his face. In August, an iPad exploded inside an Apple store in Amsterdam, injuring several employees.

To Apple’s luck, none of the three incidents has incited enough controversy to turn into another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. At the moment, Apple’s explosions are isolated incidents. We can only hope that the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR don’t suffer the same fate.

SEE ALSO: Apple patents a holed iPhone design

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