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ZTE Nubia Z17 introduces Quick Charge 4+

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If you want your smartphone to stand out, you must deliver on no-nonsense features and the best possible specifications. ZTE’s Nubia Z17 delivers on both, introducing Qualcomm’s latest fast-charging technology and possibly the best set of specs we’ve seen on an Android.

In an unusual move, Qualcomm granted ZTE the right to unveil its Quick Charge 4+ tech, which is a mild upgrade to its predecessor, Quick Charge 4. The newest version lowers the operating temperature, charges 15 percent faster, and is up to 30 percent more efficient — perfect for topping up the Nubia Z17’s 3200mAh battery.

This is made possible by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, which originally came with Quick Charge 4 when it launched last year. On top of the Nubia Z17 being the first to bring the new charging standard to the masses, it’s also just the second to have a generous 8GB of memory. (The yet-to-ship ASUS ZenFone AR is the first.)

That’s impressive for a China-branded phone that didn’t have much hype surrounding it. Other than that, this Android handset settles for more common specifications: a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display, up to 128GB of internal storage, a dual-camera setup at the back, and oh-so-vital water resistance. Its only real drawback is the exclusion of a 3.5mm audio port.

As expected, only residents in China are fortunate enough to get their hands on this. It has excellent bang for one’s buck, retailing for CNY 2,799 ($410) for the variant owning 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage, and CNY 3,999 ($590) for the more capable version using 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

The Nubia Z17’s closest competition for that price and feature set is Xiaomi’s Mi 6, which also hasn’t been internationally available since its launch yet.

SEE ALSO: ZTE’s Blade V7, V7 Lite phones are easy on the eyes and wallet

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Netflix is testing engagement by putting ads between episodes

Netflix, no chill

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How would you feel if, after a long day at work, you were relaxing and catching up on a series you’ve been excited to binge, and it gets interrupted by “But first, check out…” followed by a trailer of another show? If you’re miffed at the thought then you should sip your most calming tea, because that’s exactly what Netflix has started to do.

The streaming big shot has confirmed to Ars Technica that this move is a test to see whether or not inserting these ads would help speed up viewers’ discovery of new titles that they’ll like. Right now, these ads only appear for some people globally, but Netflix did not confirm how long this test will last.

The move has garnered some backlash from users encountering the ads, but Netflix has said that, although they are aware of the “chatter on social channels,” their focus is more on the engagement to these ads and that this is what will determine a wider rollout in the future.

If you find yourself faced with these ads though, apparently you can opt out of these tests. That way, you’ll still be able to Netflix, chill, and binge watch the night (and/or day) away.

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Huawei’s Nova 3 to go on open sale starting August 23

More than 50 million units have been shipped globally

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Just last month, Huawei launched the Nova 3 and 3i in India, and since then the duo has been up for purchase via flash sales in India. The company says the two phones have garnered incredible response globally and more than 50 million units have been shipped as of now.

Huawei has announced that the Nova 3i’s next flash sale will be held on August 21. On the other hand, the more powerful Nova 3 will be available via open sales (not flash) starting August 23, 1 PM. Both phones are exclusively sold on Amazon.in, and Prime members can order the Nova 3 from 12 noon itself.

The Nova 3 is priced at INR 34,999 (US$ 500) and competes against the mighty OnePlus 6. The phone has an edge over the OnePlus counterpart thanks to the beautiful glass backing that has nice color gradients. It features Huawei’s latest processor along with added AI capabilities and a GPU Turbo mode for a more refined gaming experience.

The phone comes with a host of offers including zero fee EMI and screen protection insurance. American Express cardholders are eligible for an instant cashback of INR 3,000, while telecom operator Jio is bundling along 100GB of data worth INR 3,300 along with the phone.

The Nova 3i is a midrange phone that features the same premium glass backing along with a slightly weaker processor. Though, it also houses a host of AI-powered features along with the popular GPU Turbo mode.  The phone is priced at INR 20,990 and competes against the Honor Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Mi A2.

The Nova 3i too has many offers bundled along, including an instant five percent discount when purchased via HDFC credit and debit cards. Zero-fee EMI options up to nine months are also available.

The two phones are cheaper siblings of the P20 Pro and feature the same high-end design language along with a suite of smart features thanks to EMUI.

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Vivo X23 teased online with small notch, in-display fingerprint reader

It’s Vivo’s turn to have a new phone

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OPPO‘s newest phones, the F9 and R17, now have smaller display notches. This is actually a trend among Chinese phone brands with Vivo aboard the wagon.

The upcoming Vivo X23 has just been teased on the company’s website with some of its key features. The main one is probably the latest fourth-generation under-display fingerprint reader which should be faster and more accurate than the NEX’s. It’s pretty obvious that the X23 will not have a complicated front camera setup ala OPPO Find X or iPhone X.

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The X23’s front will have a teardrop notch and reportedly a 91.2 percent screen-to-body ratio. The dual-camera setup on the back of the X23 will now have a secondary super wide-angle camera rather than just a depth sensor for bokeh.

As for the material on the back, it appears to have a glass panel with a 3D color layer with blue or violet colors.

Vivo didn’t unveil much about the X23 apart from its physical design but since it has an under-display fingerprint reader, it’s safe to assume that its display will be an AMOLED panel.

There are no pricing and availability details yet, but Vivo is set to announce it in the coming days.

Source: Vivo

SEE ALSO: Vivo NEX Review: Worth it?

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