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ZTE Blade Z Max comes with dual cameras, super-affordable price

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The big players may be grabbing all the headlines, but ZTE is discreetly building a lineup of smartphones with excellent value. The Blade Z Max is the newest of which, and it offers features you’d normally find in handsets more than twice its price.

You wouldn’t think the Blade Z Max could offer anything substantial with its US$ 129 price tag, but all that changes at the first glance alone.

The back shows off a dual-camera setup composed of a 16-megapixel sensor coupled with a secondary 2-megapixel shooter to help with portrait duties. Below that, you can find the fingerprint scanner — another feature that was once reserved for much more expensive phones.

You can’t tell by the renders above, but the Blade Z Max has a massive 6-inch Full HD display and 8-megapixel selfie camera up front, as well as a 3.5mm audio port at the bottom. While the large screen would suck more energy out of the battery, the capacity is a healthy 4080mAh, and unlike most entry-level phones, this one has the more future-proof USB-C connection.

To keep things efficient, this ZTE model has a Snapdragon 435 processor and a decent amount of memory at 2GB. This means it’ll struggle to play graphics-intensive games, but running several light apps simultaneously should be manageable. On the bright side, its 32GB of storage can be expanded using a single microSD card.

All these are encased in a metal frame and textured back — again, not bad for a Android Nougat-powered smartphone costing less than US$ 150! The official release date is August 28; if you want it earlier, you may pre-order through MetroPCS in the US starting today.

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Apple iPhone XS Max undergoes scratch and bend tests

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t bend!

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The latest iPhones from Apple are already available in key markets around the globe. Quite a number of people already have their hands on one (including us), so it’s time to review the phone. While we’re still working on our insights about the new iPhone XS, let’s witness the device go through a series of durability test.

If you’re fond of seeing phones get through sharp blades, you should definitely check out Zack Nelson’s JerryRigEverything channel on YouTube. The latest phone to suffer on his table, of course, is the newest iPhone — the iPhone XS Max to be specific.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone XS Max practically survived the whole test. The front and back glass body managed to withstand scratches like most high-end smartphones on the market. The stainless steel frame did scratch too, but Zack pointed out that it’s less prone to damages compared to previous aluminum-made iPhones.

Everything was not perfect, though. Apple claimed that the new iPhone XS and XS Max have “sapphire crystal lens cover” for the dual rear cameras. That’s ideal to fully protect the camera from unsightly scratches which will greatly affect the image quality. Unfortunately, it seems to be just a marketing gimmick. Compared to an actual and pure sapphire crystal face of a Tissot wristwatch, the iPhone’s lens cover is not hard enough and it scratches easily.

At least, though, the iPhone XS Max didn’t bend at the end of the video.

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 gets tested for durability

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro official cases leak online

That’s a wide notch

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Huawei is set to announce their latest flagship phone next month, but we’ve seen seeing leaks about it all over the internet. The latest one is this: the upcoming Mate 20 Pro is seen inside the official case renders.

Similar with the P20 series that was announced earlier this year, the Mate 20 Pro will once again have a notched display. However, the new notch appears to be wider which indicates that Face ID-like technology is coming to the new Huawei phone. The overall front design is pretty iPhone X-esque, to be honest, but there’s a bit of a chin towards the bottom of the display.

Check the upcoming official cases from Huawei for the Mate 20 Pro:

At the back, you can see the new square-shaped camera module. This will house three cameras and a dual-tone LED flash. It’ll be quite unusual, but it’s a welcome change.

Also noticeable is the lack of a fingerprint reader. Neither the front or rear of the phone has a visible fingerprint scanner. Huawei could implement an in-display reader, though.

The Mate 20 Pro will go official on October 16 in London along with the regular Mate 20 variant.

Source: Slashleaks

SEE ALSO: Leaked Huawei Mate 20 copies from Apple and Samsung

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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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