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Wileyfox Pro quietly unveiled with Windows Phone

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Have you seen 28 Days Later? In the opening scene the main character wakes up to find the city abandoned with no living soul in sight. We only bring it up because Amazon put up the Wileyfox Pro on pre-order, a Windows 10 phone. Aside from a few tottering zombies, Windows on phones is dead.

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Wileyfox Pro runs Windows, wants to be a business phone

Not to be discouraged, the British phone maker armed the Pro with a 5” 720p screen, a quad-core processor and an 8MP camera. Memory-wise, the phone gets 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage. Not bad for… wait, £190?

Wileyfox Pro quietly unveiled with Windows Phone

Okay, okay, the Wileyfox Pro is targeted at businesses and the key selling point seems to be support until mid-2020. Note that this is for the software only, there doesn’t seem to be any extended warranty offered by Wileyfox.

Still, most Android makers obsolete their phones as if it was a competitive sport so extended software updates may be desirable to business owners looking to buy company phones. Follow the Source link if you’re interested, Amazon will start shipping on December 4.

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Black Friday 2017 deals master list: All of this year’s best deals

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Black Friday 2017 is finally here! It’s not Friday yet, of course, but “Black Friday” is no longer a day. For some retailers it’s a full week, and other retailers kick off their early Black Friday sales two weeks in advance. But regardless of when the early sales begin, every single online retailer begins their official Black Friday sale on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. After all, what better way is there to spend all that time you have while your family prepares a massive feast than saving a ton of money on just about anything and everything you can think of.

Before we get to the fun stuff, we have a few points of order. Firstly, our Black Friday 2017 Hub should be the very first bookmark in your browser right now. Our deals team has been absolutely killing it for the past two weeks, digging up all the best deals from around the web and sharing them with our readers.

If you’ve been following along, you’ve undoubtedly already scored some killer deals on products across every category imaginable. 4K TVs? Duh. Smartphones and computers? Covered. Home audio, headphones, and video games? You bet. Heck, our team even shared two killer sales on some of the best mattresses money can buy. After all this shopping you’re going to want a good night’s sleep, after all.

The BGR Deals team has no intention of slowing down, so follow along as they share the best Black Friday 2017 deals from every major retailer. While they’re busy doing all the heavy lifting, we’ll be taking all the best Black Friday deals they find and aggregating them right here in this post. Below, you’ll find the cream of the Black Friday crop from every major product category, and you’d better hurry because some of these Black Friday deals are so good that inventory might not even last until Friday.

TVs

Streaming Media

Wireless Speakers

Home Audio

Headphones

Smart Home

Tablets and E-readers

Gaming

Fitness Trackers

Dash Cams

Mattresses

Other

Deal: LG G6 for £363 on Amazon

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The V30 may be the hottest LG phone these adys, but the LG G6, introduced in February, is still a pretty solid device. And now you can own one for as low as £363.20 on Amazon.

Deal: LG G6 for £390 on Amazon

This is a 42% discount from the original asking price for a 32 GB unit in either Astro Black or Platinum Ice color. Sure, it’s the smaller memory option, but LG G6 has a microSD that can take up to 256 GB storage.

With a great camera and one of the first 18:9 ratio screens, the LG G6 sure sounds like a steal if you can overlook the fact that it’s rocking a Snapdragon 821 chipset, which was last year’s top dog.

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Today only: Amazon has a huge Black Friday sale on SanDisk memory cards and more

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Yup, this is the one you’ve been waiting for boys and girls. SanDisk storage devices and memories cards are always among the hottest product lines during the Black Friday shopping blitz. After all, you need new memory cards for all the hot new gadgets you picked up, right? Well Amazon definitely did not disappoint this year — the retailer has more than 20 different SanDisk products on sale today. Highlights include terrific prices on a SanDisk Ultra 256GB microSDXC UHS-I card, Sandisk Ultra 128GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card, SanDisk 64GB iXpand Base, SanDisk 1TB Extreme 500 Portable SSD, and SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive.

Unlike most Black Friday deals, this huge SanDisk sale is actually only good today for one day, so it’ll be over by the time Black Friday rolls around. In other words, get in on the action now while you still can. Shop the full SanDisk sale right here, and check out some of our favorite deals below.

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OnePlus 5T wins charging sprint in latest ad

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One of the best features on the OnePlus 5T is Dash Charge – it makes other other phones feel painfully slow to charge. The company decided to highlight that in its new add – how much will the phone charge in 30 minutes with the screen on?

The 5T phone got from 2% to 57% in that half hour. Which is pretty much in line with our own tests, we got to 65% in the same time, but with the screen off. How did certain competing flagships stack up? Not that great.

Check out the video, it only takes a minute:

Of course, to be fair we need to take into account the battery capacities of the phones involved. The OnePlus 5T does not have the biggest battery here, the Galaxy S8+ and Pixel 2 XL are essentially even here. The 5T does have the fastest charger though. Here’s a table for easy comparison

Phone Battery Charge (in 30min) In box charger
OnePlus 5T 3,300mAh 57% 20W
iPhone 8 Plus 2,691mAh 16% 5W (!)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 3,500mAh 17% 15W
Google Pixel 2 XL 3,520mAh 11% 10.5W

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Early Galaxy S9 leaks show Samsung can’t copy the iPhone fast enough

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A report from a noteworthy insider said on Wednesday that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be nearly identical to their predecessors when it comes to the design. However, it also highlighted one unexpected detail about the upcoming pair of high-end Galaxy phones. The Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy S9 will not offer the same set of features, something that will annoy some of the loyal fans out there.

The report also seems to suggest Samsung needed more than a year to replicate Apple’s recent success and strategy, and may further fall behind its biggest rival.

The iPhone is still a major source of inspiration for Samsung, and while Galaxy phones may debut some features before Apple incorporates them into its flagship device, it’s always Samsung that’s expected to follow Apple’s lead. And Samsung usually delivers.

After tweeting that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be itteratie upgrades, Evan Blass shared more details on VentureBeat about the two phones, including the unexpected revelation that the Galaxy S9+ will have a dual lens camera on the back and more RAM, while the Galaxy S9 will only get a single lens cam.

That’s what Apple did with the iPhone 7 last year, equipping the supersized smartphone with a dual camera and extra RAM to handle the Portrait Mode functionality. Samsung was not able to add a dual lens camera to the Galaxy S8, even though it tried to do it, and only introduced one such camera setup with the Galaxy Note 8 that launched almost a year after the iPhone 7 Plus.

From the looks of it, equipping a dual cam on the Galaxy S9 might still be a pretty challenging endeavor. Either that, or Samsung is looking to raise the average selling price of the Galaxy S line by restricting some features to the bigger model.

The Galaxy S9’s dual cam will be available some 18 months after Apple launched its own dual camera handset. But since then, Apple found a way to equip a dual camera on a smartphone about as big as the iPhone 7. And the iPhone X brings several other novel features, like an incredibly fast processor that has no rival in the Android world, and a facial recognition system that uses 3D technology to offer security that trumps Touch ID.

These are features that won’t be available on a Galaxy phone for some time to come. Recent leaks suggested the Galaxy S9’s chips won’t be able to match the power of the A11 Bionic. As for a Face ID equivalent from Samsung, you should not expect one on the Galaxy S9, reports said. Samsung may equip 3D sensors on other 2018 handsets, with the Galaxy Note 9 being a likely candidate.

Finally, what’s also interesting is that Samsung will stick with 3.5mm headphone jacks for at least one more year. By now, it should be fairly safe to ditch the aging jack without having to face too much backlash. Keeping the port may also be an indication that Samsung’s AirPods aren’t ready for mass consumption just yet. The norm seems to be that if you do plan to murder the 3.5mm jack, the least you could do is launch wireless headphones of your own.

That doesn’t mean the Galaxy S9 will not be a compelling device, or that it should be ignored because it’s a minor upgrade over the Galaxy S8. That’s hardly the point. But these early reports seem to indicate that Samsung is having a harder time “copying” the iPhone than before, and some of the things you see on a brand new iPhone won’t be available almost immediately on the next Galaxy S model. And yes, Samsung could very well refrain from replicating iPhone features every year. It’s just that many customers may expect Samsung phones to do everything an iPhone can, and perhaps even more.

Mysterious Sony Xperia ZG Compact appears again on Geekbench

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Back in August, several Sony Xperia ZG Compact listings appeared in the Geekbench database. Now, the phone makes another appearance with slightly different scores.

Mysterious Sony Xperia ZG Compact appears again on Geekbench

Both scores are a bit lower than the results in August, and a lot lower than the Xperia Z5 Compact results with Snapdragon 810 from 2015.

It is highly unlikely Sony is building a phone with such an old chipset, especially when the Xperia XZ1 Compact came out in August with Snapdragon 835.

There are two possible explanations for this. For one, the device name may have been falsified and all of this is just someone feeding fans false hopes. Alternatively, this could be a device of lower standing, compared to the XZ1 Compact, and so it’s running older hardware. Smart money is on the first version, but you never know.

Shoutout to Andras Petnehazy for the tip!

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Black Ceramic and Starck Edition Mi Mix 2 go on sale on Nov 28

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Xiaomi will start selling the Black Ceramic Edition and the Starck Edition Mi Mix 2 on November 28 with China being the first market to get it. Until now only the White Ceramic was available for purchase.

The Starck Edition has the phone’s designer, Philippe Starck’s name inscribed on the back but is otherwise a Mi Mix 2 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The price of the Stark Edition Mi Mix 2 is 4,999 CNY (€641) while the Ceramic Black model is priced at 4,699 (€600) – both will be available from November 28.

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The Morning After: Thursday, November 23rd 2017

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

To go along with the Thanksgiving feast, we have the FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality. It’s not much of a treat but should provide some reading material if you have the day off. Otherwise, we have an alert about Intel CPUs, and a peek at Apple’s work on self-driving cars.


Speak up before the commission votes December 14th.FCC releases the final draft of its proposal to kill net neutrality

The FCC has released the final draft of its proposal to rollback 2015 net neutrality protections. If enacted, the order would reclassify broadband internet service as an information service and Title II regulations would no longer apply. While chairman Ajit Pai says his process is more transparent than previous efforts, it’s unpopular across wide swaths of the internet, and as written places a lot of trust in ISPs to do the right thing. How much faith do you have in Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and the rest?


No hybrid taxBMW 530e review

With a sticker price that’s the same as its all-gas 530i counterpart, the 530e offers hybrid power minus the premium. They also match in horsepower; however, the hybrid setup does add some extra torque — if that’s what you’re looking for. It can even drive up to 19 miles in all-electric mode. There are some other small differences, but check out Roberto Baldwin’s review to find out if a slightly greener experience can still be just as luxurious.


FYI.Intel’s latest Core processors have serious security flaws

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-generation Core chips (Skylake, Kaby Lake and Kaby Lake R), along with Pentium, Celeron, Atom and multiple Xeon chips, have a security flaw in their Management Engine. Security researchers have identified several ways someone could take advantage of them to take over systems, but there is some good news: Only one of the vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely. Still, PC makers are working on firmware updates to patch the holes, so keep an eye out for updates coming soon.


More than just multiplayer.‘Gran Turismo Sport’ brings back a classic solo-racing mode

In December, an update for the newest Gran Turismo game will introduce GT League, a new single-player mode. Like cup tournaments in previous games, some of the races will require certain cars, and Polyphony Digital says it will expand with more races in 2018. Plus, there are some new cars on the way — look forward to driving 12 more next month (including the Ferarri F40 and Enzo) and 50 more next year.

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Apple gets in the holiday spirit with latest promo video

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Apple has released its new holiday-themed ad, starring the new iPhone X and the AirPods. The video shows a girl, dancing to the sound of “Palace” by Sam Smith around the snowy streets of Prague.

The Apple ad reveals the mobility and freedom AirPods give to the listener, or as in the video, even for two listeners, dancing at the same time.

The cinematography, the beauty of winter Prague and the lovely new Sam Smith song sure add to the holiday vibe, with Thanksgiving today and Christmas just a month away.

Apple iPhone X vs LG V30

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Exciting, appealing, futuristic – these are just some of the words we’d use to describe Apple’s iPhone X. But so are “expensive” and “imperfect”, as those who have read our iPhone X review should know. Long story short, the iPhone X is a phone worth being thrilled about, but it doesn’t quite tick all the boxes that a $1000 phone should, and many rivals in the high-end space could give it a good run for its money. One of these rivals is the LG V30, which is no less rich in features, but comes at a considerably lower price. Let’s now dive deeper and see how these two phones compare.

Design

On the surface, the iPhone X and the LG V30 seem similar in many ways. They are both made of glass and metal, they are both designed around “bezel-less”, extra-tall displays, and they’re both water resistant. But the closer we examine the two, the more differences we encounter. The iPhone X, for instance, uses a stainless steel frame, and while steel is heavier than the aluminum used in the V30, it is also stronger. The V30, on the other hand, has a higher water resistance rating and retains the 3.5mm headphone jack which the iPhone lacks.
Both phones have a certain visual appeal to them – not only thanks to their stylish glass-and-metal construction, but also by the fact that their screens fill nearly all of their front areas. LG’s execution looks better, though. The iPhone X’s notch eats up screen space and simply takes away from the experience. But we must admit that the iPhone X feels better in the hand. It may be heavier than the V30, but it is also narrower, allowing for a firmer grip and more comfortable single-thumb navigation.

The dedicated mute switch is a nice perk you get only with the iPhone X. What you don’t get is a fingerprint scanner. In its place is Face ID, which is Apple’s facial recognition system – a facial recognition system that is difficult to fool and works reliably most of the time. Still, a fingerprint scanner is a fast and convenient alternative, and that’s exactly what we have on the V30, where a fingerprint scanner is embedded in the power button at the back.

Display

First things first, we must point out that the two displays we’re comparing here are based on the very same OLED technology, which is known for its greater contrast compared to traditional LCD panels. The screens are also packed with plenty of pixels: 1125 x 2436 pixels (459 ppi) for the iPhone X and 1440 x 2880 pixels (537 ppi) for the LG V30 is more than enough resolution to produce clear and sharp visuals.

Still, the iPhone X is superior when it comes to color reproduction. Colors are accurate and vivid, but without any of that artificial saturation boost OLED screens are known for. In contrast, the V30 produces colder whites and pumped-up colors. This is a look that some might actually find appealing, but it is unnatural nonetheless. Thankfully, color reproduction can be configured from the settings menu.

Despite its shortcomings, the screen on the LG V30 has a thing or two going for it. For instance, the Always-on Display feature is kind of neat, and the greater area has the potential to fit more content. But most importantly, it doesn’t have a notch getting in the user’s way.

Software and interface

Android vs iOS: it’s an ever-going rivalry of mobile platforms, and while labeling one as better than the other would be tricky, we can easily list a number of factors that set them apart. To put it briefly, the theme with the LG V30 is that it is a phone made for power users. LG’s software experience, running on top of Android 7.1, is highly customizable and packed with features, most of which would be appreciated primarily by enthusiasts: the Floating Bar and side-by-side multitasking, for instance, or the option to adjust the screen’s resolution to save battery.

The iPhone X, on the other hand, running iOS 11.1, has a much shorter list of bells and whistles. But Animoji is definitely on it, and by now we’re pretty sure you know what these are. Sure, they’re fun, and the face-tracking technology behind them is remarkable, but we feel like most people (read: people who can actually afford an iPhone X) would get tired of them quickly. Animoji aside, iOS 11 remains a fast and rich operating system acclaimed for its visual consistency and for being a gateway to a universe of quality apps and games.

You might have noticed that the iPhone X lacks a home button. There are no on-screen buttons either. To get back to your home screen, you just swipe from the bottom of the screen. New gestures for Reachability and for switching between apps are also implemented. Fear not, as these are mostly easy to get the hang of. Meanwhile, the LG V30 relies on familiar on-screen buttons. These do eat a small fraction of screen space, but can be configured to disappear when not needed. Also, it is neat that their arrangement can be modified, and a handy shortcut for pulling down the notifications panel can be added.

Processor and memory

Here we could have listed the technical specs of these two phones side by side: processor cores, clock frequency, amount of RAM and so on. However, we chose not to, as that wouldn’t be giving you the slightest clue as to how these two phones actually perform. In a nutshell, neither the iPhone X, nor the LG V30 feel slow in any way. Both are fast and responsive in real life and deliver performance of roughly the same level, although benchmarks indicate that the iPhone X has a greater potential as far as raw number crunching goes.

On-board storage starts at 64GB for both phones. Unsurprisingly, there is no storage expansion slot on the iPhone X, so if you need extra gigs, you will have to spend the extra cash on a 256GB model. The LG V30 offers a microSD card slot, which is nice having, but one should keep in mind that microSD cards are neither as fast, nor as reliable as on-board storage.

Camera

Both phones are playing the dual camera game, but with a totally different strategy. On the iPhone X we find a regular camera paired with a secondary telephoto shooter providing 2X optical zoom, bringing the subject in the frame significantly closer. Also, the arrangement enables Portrait Mode, which adds artistic background blur to images, and Apple’s software algorithms let us apply lighting effects to the image, even after it has been taken.

On the LG V30 we have a standard camera as well, but it is coupled with a wide-angle shooter, which fits much more in the frame than any other standard camera would. While image quality and detail suffer, the secondary cam allows you to fit epic sceneries, monuments, or parties without having to step back. In tight spots, this camera proves a valuable asset.

Both of these dual cam setups have their pros and cons and we can’t say that one approach is better than the other. It’s all a matter of what kind of photographer you are and what kind of situations you find yourself into. But no matter which side you’re on, regardless of which phone you pick, you’ll be definitely using its primary camera more often. Their secondary cameras just aren’t as sensitive to light as the normal ones are.

One thing worth mentioning is that the LG V30 comes with full manual camera settings out of the box. In other words, you can take full control of how images and videos look, which is great news for camera enthusiasts. On the iPhone X you need the help of a third-party app if you require manual adjustments of any kind.

Image quality

We recently featured the iPhone X and the LG V30 in a camera comparison across a number of situations. Both phones did well, especially in daytime and well-lit situations, where the two perform at the same level. But the outcome was in favor of the iPhone, mostly thanks to its consistent low performance and better handling of scenes where HDR mode is required. Low light images from the iPhone are livelier, with better colors and detail, while the V30 tends to leave such images a tad underexposed.

Selfie quality

All in all, both phones take good-looking selfies, but it is different features that make their selfie cameras special. On the iPhone X you can use Portrait Mode and Studio Lighting when taking selfies to achieve a more dramatic or more professional look, but the results are mostly hit and miss. Still, regular selfies turn out great, with faithful colors and more than enough detail.

The LG V30 has a skin softening effect to smooth out imperfection and a lighting slider to make faces brighter, but we kept these set to a minimum level to avoid an unnatural look in our selfies. The selfie cam’s top feature, however, is its extra wide lens mode. While it adds some distortion near the edges, it has a very wide field of view that lets you fit the whole party in a single shot. Admittedly, overall image quality is still better from the iPhone, but the V30’s wide-angle selfie cam could prove useful when snapping group shots.

Video quality

The LG V30 is advertised as a phone that excels at video capturing. It comes with full manual video controls and advanced modes that experienced videographers could find useful. And indeed, videos out of it look pretty good, but as far as every-day video recording is concerned, the iPhone produces better results with less effort on the user’s side. Videos are more detailed, better stabilized, and the 60fps 4K mode produces footage of epic clarity.

Multimedia

One detail that we haven’t mentioned yet is that both phones support HDR video, which delivers richer color and contrast. Such content is still in short supply, but can be found on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, even on YouTube. But as far as general video playback is concerned, the V30 is the more suitable device. It may not have the iPhone X’s excellent color calibration, but it has a larger screen where there isn’t a notch in the way.
As we mentioned in the beginning, the LG V30 has a headphone jack for those who still prefer conventional, wired headphones. Plus, its Quad DAC has a high-enough output to drive even large, high-impedance earphones. But you don’t get a pair of headphones in the box, at least not with the V30 sold in the US. Since the iPhone X has no headphone jack, you can either use the dongle found in the box to connect a pair, or you can just use Apple’s own Lightning Earphones that come included. Or you can always go wireless, of course.

When it comes to loudspeaker quality, however, the iPhone X has the upper hand. While the V30 sounds okay with its single bottom-firing speaker, the iPhone’s stereo speakers are clearer and with more substantial bass to accentuate any music you may be listening to.

Battery life

How long a phone lasts between charges depends greatly on how it is used and configured. That’s why we level the playing field by subjecting phones to our custom battery test, which runs at a constant screen brightness level and simulates real-life usage. All in all, both the iPhone X and the LG V30 scored really well, meeting our expectations for a phone of this class.
Charging, however, is significantly quicker on the LG V30. The phone is supplied with a rapid charger out of the box, which allows it to charge nearly twice as quickly as the iPhone X. To get faster charging on the iPhone X, you need both a more powerful charger and a special cable, both sold separately.

Wireless charging is available on both phones, assuming you have a Qi wireless charging accessory. Right now, however, only the LG V30 supports fast wireless charging, while the iPhone X charges at a slower rate.

Conclusion

At $1000, the iPhone X is one of the most expensive phones around. While the LG V30 isn’t cheap either, it costs $200 less, which is a considerable price gap – enough to get you 2 years of Spotify Premium or a decent budget backup phone like the Nokia 6 or the fifth-generation Moto G.

Yet despite the four-digit figure, the iPhone X has been selling really well, and it is easy to tell why: it is a phone surrounded by hype and excitement, and owning one is like holding a piece of the future – today. For many people, choosing the iPhone X over any other phone would be an emotional decision above all. But the good news is that the iPhone X, while expensive, is also a great phone – fast and good-looking, with excellent cameras, clear-sounding speakers, and, ahem, a top-notch display. If money is no object, that’s the phone to go with.

On the other hand, the LG V30 still has a lot going for it. Just like the iPhone X, it is an enthusiast-grade device, but while the iPhone X is targeted at early adopters, the V30 is more suitable for tinkerers and power users. It may not have the iPhone’s color-accurate display, but it doesn’t have a notch to distract you with. Its cameras may not have Portrait Mode, but its wide-angle lenses could be of use in tricky situations. And while you won’t find Animoji on it, you will find a fast charger in the box. In other words, if you value practicality over showmanship, perhaps the V30 is the phone to consider.

Pros

  • Bright and color-accurate display
  • Better fit in the hand
  • Superior cameras take great photos and videos
  • Loud and clear stereo speakers

Pros

  • Larger screen without a notch on it
  • Wide-angle cameras can be useful
  • Fast charging out of the box
  • Cheaper, easier, faster to get

Nokia 2 to hit India tomorrow

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HMD has announced the India launch date for its entry-level Nokia 2 smartphone. The device – which was officially unveiled in the Asian country late last month – will go on sale tomorrow, November 24.

The handset will cost INR 6,999 ($108). The phone will be available through offline retailers in Pewter/Black, Pewter/White and Copper/Black color schemes. There are also some launch offers for Reliance Jio and new Kotak bank customers.

Previously, the Nokia 2 launched in Russia, the US, and South Africa.

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Apple tops UK smartphone market in Q3, Samsung close second

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According to market research firm Counterpoint, Apple is the top smartphone player in the UK. The stats shared by the firm reveal the Cupertino based company had a market share of 34.4% in the country in Q3.

Samsung followed closely with a 34% slice, while Chinese manufacturer Huawei came in third with 13% of the market. Alcatel and Motorola rounded up the top five with 4% and 3% shares, respectively.

“Like we see in the US market, Apple & Samsung together control more than two thirds of the UK smartphone market in sales volumes and more than 80% in sales value,” the report says.

As for best selling smartphones, the Apple iPhone 7 topped the charts with 15% of the sales. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ followed with 9% and 6% share, respectively.

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Razer Phone arrives in Asia, Singapore gets it first

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After the US, UK, and a few other western markets, the Razer Phone is now available in Asia, with Singapore becoming the first market on the continent to get it. Pre-orders for the device are now live in the country through Singtel, with the window closing on November 26.

Razer’s CEO had the following to say about it : “while we founded Razer in California, US, I’m a Singaporean still and I’m very excited to make Singapore the first country in Asia to release the Razer Phone.”

First 200 pre-orders will get free Razer Hammerhead Bluetooth headset (worth $169). There’s no clarity on exactly when the pre-orders will begin shipping. Officially, Razer will begin selling the phone in the country December 1 onwards.

Coming to pricing, the off contract tag is SGD 1,068, ($790). Of course, you’ll have to pay less if you purchase the device on a plan.

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Android Oreo Beta 3 for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ now rolling out [Updated]

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Update: The Android 8.0 Oreo update is now rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ units across the UK. It’s a 600MB update, which includes the November security patch and major improvements to Bluetooth stability.

This close to launch, there are no new features to speak of (save for the option to hide the notification of “Apps running in the background”). There are, however, plenty of bugfixes, check out the official change log below:

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Looks like Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users who are part of the Oreo beta group may soon get to test the third beta build of the Android 8.0 firmware. The information comes courtesy of a Samsung representative who is part of the company’s UK Beta Team.

In the rep’s own words, the update will be released “very very soon.”

To quickly refresh, the Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8/S8+ – officially called Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta – kicked off earlier this month. The second beta build arrived just a week later, bringing some minor improvements as well as stability and bug fixes.

The beta program is currently limited to the UK, US and South Korea. The second wave of countries that’ll get access to it include Germany, Spain, France, Poland, India and China – no info on exactly when will that happen though.

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