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Google gives gadget fans first official look at its Pixel 4 smartphone

Posted by Andres Marmolejo on

Google has given gadget fans a sneak peek at the next iteration of its Pixel smartphone. Rumours were already circulating online about the phone and some unofficial renders had been leaked showing a potential design change. It appears that Google wanted to capitalise on some of the hype and has done so by tweeting out the first official image of the Pixel 4. As some of the leaks had suggested, the main change will be around the camera styling of the phone. Although Google’s picture doesn’t give much away, it does show a camera bump with at least two lenses...

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OnePlus 7 Pro Review: The Fastest Smartphone On The Market

Posted by Andres Marmolejo on

I’ve been reviewing OnePlus phones since the third model, released in June of 2016, and there’s been a common theme in all my reviews through the years: the phone is fast. The fastest, in fact. Other devices aren’t slow per se, but use a OnePlus phone for a couple of days and jump back to an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy and you’ll notice that apps take just a beat longer to pop open after a thumb tap, and then require another extra split second to load. But you can only crank up speed so far before it becomes unnecessary. App launch speed had...

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Xiaomi shows off 'under display' smartphone camera, challenging Oppo

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Smartphone manufacturers are always testing out new placements for front-facing cameras, from the ever-shrinking notch to pop-up, 'punch-hole' and side-mounted snappers, and it seems a sudden race to create 'under display' cameras has just popped up. After Oppo tweeted a video of its own under display camera tech, Xiaomi has 'fired back' in a way by releasing a video of its own, more advanced looking, under display snapper.   These are the best camera phones you can buy This is what we want to see in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G was the UK's first 5G phone In Xiaomi's video,...

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The Moto Z4 launches as a $500 mid-range smartphone with 5G upgradability

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Motorola announced its latest flagship smartphone, or at least the highest-end phone the company bothers to make anymore. The Moto Z4 is a mid-range Snapdragon 675-powered device that will launch June 13 on Verizon for $499.99. The phone still supports MotoMods. Motorola has been chained to its modular ecosystem for four generations now, which has limited what it can do in terms of phone design. MotoMod compatibility means the phones all have to essentially share the same body, so the Z2, Z3, and Z4 are all stuck coloring within the lines set up by the original Moto Z, which were laid out in 2016....

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Review: Google's Pixel 3a Is the Best Low-Cost Smartphone You Can Buy

Posted by Andres Marmolejo on

Turns out, not everyone wants a fancy smartphone. The latest and greatest might be catnip for the early adopters among us, but for someone who wants a phone that just works, spending thousands of dollars can be overkill. Even half a grand might seem like a lot for something you’ll probably accidentally drop in a river, leave behind in a taxi or simply get bored of after a few years. So what’s a budget-conscious smartphone shoppers to do? Google thinks its new Pixel 3a smartphones — more affordable versions of the company’s flagship Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones — are the answer. While...

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