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President Donald Trump is trying to save the dying ZTE

We didn’t see that coming

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Recently, we reported on the impending death of Chinese tech maker ZTE. Now, the collapsing brand is getting a deus ex machina save from the unlikeliest of sources — US President Donald Trump himself.

Since last year, ZTE’s woes originated from their violations of US trade policies with Iran. Despite a clear ban, the company was caught trading with the country, and the US government sanctioned ZTE. However, the company failed to comply with the sanctions as well. The US had no choice but to impose heavier punishments including a nationwide ban on business to and from ZTE.

Unsurprisingly, the Twitter-happy Trump had much to say on his favorite social media platform. And yet, his tweet on the matter at hand brought a shocking twist.

Instead of praising his government’s sanctions, Trump declared that he was in talks with President of China Xi Jinping to restore ZTE’s status in the US. Strangely, this runs counter to his previous tweets decrying China’s unfair trade practices.

The tweet further explains that the ZTE ban cost a lot of jobs in China. Finally, Trump concludes the tweet by basically ordering his commerce department to resolve the matter.

Experts and other government officials have complained that Trump’s latest statement focuses more on the welfare of the Chinese, rather than of his own people. Besides their blatant violations of US policy, ZTE has also brought on the ire of national security pundits worried about the company’s allegiances.

Regardless of his actual intentions, Trump’s actions present a miraculous opportunity for the brand.

Also, the save will likely affect other companies as well. Before the ban, ZTE enjoyed a spot as one of the world’s biggest phone makers. As such, they provide valuable business for tech companies like Qualcomm and even Google. Without ZTE, these companies have to fill the vacuum on their sales bracket.

Is ZTE dead? It’s all up to Donald Trump.

SEE ALSO: ZTE Blade V9 delivers full-screen design and dual cameras

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Vivo to release a white NEX Dual Display Edition

It’s coming soon

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Prototype of the white NEX Dual Display Edition

Vivo Design Director Kyle Xiao tells GadgetMatch that a white NEX Dual Display Edition is coming in 2019, in roughly four months.

While developing the new NEX phone, Vivo found that users find white smartphones to feel cheaper than the usual black phones.

Vivo’s design team is currently working on using different materials to make the best white NEX Dual Display Edition possible, although Xiao says that the NEX line isn’t about being premium or using expensive materials.

Prototype of the white NEX Dual Display Edition

He says the ultimate vision for the NEX line is to be different from the current crop of smartphones — to have a notch-free experience. “We’re not saying that we’re leading the trend but we want to break the barrier. The smartphone as we know it is heading to an era that needs to be changed.”

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition was made official in Shanghai this week, a few months after the original Vivo NEX, which featured a pop-up selfie camera, was announced.

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Stable Android 9 Pie for Pocophone F1 is now available for download

Still with MIUI 10

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The Xiaomi-made Pocophone F1 continues to stir us with the value it offers to consumers. After impressing us with its incredible price to specs ratio, Pocophone proves again that it can deliver flagship features pretty well — this time in the software department. While other premium phones are still waiting in line for the Android Pie update, the Pocophone F1 already has it.

The Pocophone F1 or Poco F1 in some markets just started getting its stable over-the-air update to Android 9 Pie. Although, users might not be able to feel the jump from Oreo to Pie because the phone is already running MIUI 10.

Xiaomi’s Android Pie update is still based on MIUI 10, so the overall UI will remain untouched. But of course, it brings a number of changes under the hood including core Pie features, bug fixes, and Google Lens.

The update is already making its way through the cloud. It might come a bit late depending on your location, but that’s perfectly normal. Weighing at 1.7GB, the update is quite heavy.

If you’re getting impatient, you could also download the firmware and manually update your phone using this link. Simply place the downloaded files in your phone in the “downloaded_rom” folder and go to the system update settings to install it.

While we’re at it, check out our Pocophone F1 video review:

Source: Android Police

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 teardown shows the ‘LiquidCool’ system inside its body

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ASUS outs cheaper ZenFone Max M2 with pure Android software

A great contender in the budget segment

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Alongside the launch of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, ASUS also introduced a budget-oriented device: the ZenFone Max M2. The non-Pro version of ASUS’ newest line of phones with big batteries cuts down its specs to meet the affordable price point.

Understandably, the ZenFone Max M2 is rocking a slightly less powerful chipset than what the Pro variant has. It’s using the new Snapdragon 632 processor with either 3GB or 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of storage.

Its 6.26-inch display is less sharp because of its HD+ resolution, but it still has a full-screen design and, of course, a notch. ASUS has to cut corners in battery capacity as well by putting a humbler 4000mAh cell. It’s still bigger than most, though.

It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader that works hand-in-hand with face unlock using the front camera.

Speaking of camera, the ZenFone Max M2 is equipped with an AI-enabled 13-megapixel main shooter paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front snapper with its own LED flash.

The phone runs a stock version of Android, which is something that fans asked for according to ASUS. It’s still on Oreo with no timeline for when Pie is coming. Just to be clear, this is not an Android One phone, so don’t expect timely software updates for it.

Pricing starts at INR 9,999 in India for the 3GB+32GB variant and INR 11,999 for the 4GB+64GB model. In Indonesia, Lazada will exclusively offer the ZenFone Max M2 starting at IDR 2,300,000.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 is bigger, faster, and still runs pure Android

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