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Honor 20 Lite to arrive on October 15 in fancy gradient colors

New Honor 20 Lite is on its road to its home country of China after George Zhao promised its arrival. The phone already appeared on TENAA, the brand director of Honor shared some of its upcoming colors, and on top of that, the official Weibo profile of the company announced the launch date – it is October 15.

The phone is listed in TENAA as LRA-AL00 and will have a 2.2 GHz processor, which is most likely part of the Kirin 810 chipset. It is coupled with 4/6/8 GB RAM and up to 256 gigs of storage. The display is listed as 6.3” OLED panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, which is slightly taller than the 19.5:9 screen ratio.

Honor 20 Lite on TENAA

Looking at the camera department, we have a 48 MP main shooter, coupled with an 8 MP snapper and a 2 MP depth sensor, while the front-facing camera is 16 MP. It is tucked in a waterdrop notch and not in a punch-hole like the Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, or the Honor 20S.

Since the device is aimed at the midrange market, the appearance of the Honor 20 Lite is as important as the specs sheet. Ms. Xiaoyun Zhang, the chief brand officer, shared some of the paint jobs, expected to make their way to the back of the phone. Some of the sketches reveal diagonal gradients with green-orange-peach combo or a colder aqua-purple-violet solution.

Various colors of the Honor 20 Lite

The phone is expected to have Magic UI 2.0 (that’s the rebranded EMUI for Honor phones), based on Android Pie, while the battery will be at least 3,900 mAh. At tomorrow’s event, we will see how much will the Honor 20 Lite cost – our expectations are to be positioned between the Honor 20i (globally known as Honor 20 Lite) and Honor 20S, so a starting price of around CNY1,799 or about $250.

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Top 10 trending phones of week 41

From hero to zero in seven days – after leading our trending chart for the past two weeks the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is now out of the top 10 entirely.

Its place is taken by the Redmi Note 8 Pro – the mid-ranger capitalizing on its expanding market presence.

Oppo introduced the high-flying Reno Ace this week, but it was actually the mid-range K5 that came alongside it that got more people interested – it’s the second most popular phone of the week.

In third we have the Samsung Galaxy A50 – the best-selling midranger making yet another comeback despite already having a successor.

Another Galaxy phone follows with the M30s taking fourth ahead of the rapidly rising Realme 5 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which retained sixth.

Undoubtedly fueled by many comparisons to its successor the Redmi Note 7 reentered the chart to grab seventh, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy A70s.

Xiaomi Mi A3 stays ninth, while the upcoming Realme X2 Pro got the last available spot.

This means the OnePlus 7T is the other member of last week’s elite to miss out this time.


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Week 38 in review: Samsung, Xiaomi and Meizu bring new smartphones

A few interesting announcements took place in week 38 and three of those came courtesy of Samsung – the first mid-ranger with a triple camera Galaxy A7 (2018) and a couple of entry-level devices in Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+.

Meanwhile Xiaomi gave us two more members of the Mi 8 family – the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro, while Meizu gave us four new handsets – the 16X, the X8 and the V8 duo.

Meanwhile OnePlus was a prominent feature in our rumor mill with its 6T flagship, along with Xiaomi and its upcoimng Redmi Note 6 Pro mid-ranger. .

We are also still feeling the aftermath of the iPhone XS and XS Max launch – the duo went on sale and we got to learn more about their hardware through reviews and teardowns.

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Official OnePlus 6T video surfaces, teases the in-display scanner

The first official OnePlus 6T promo video has surfaced, featuring Indian legend Amitabh Bachchan and the upcoming phone.

The video is a short clip that teases the in-display fingerprint inside the OnePlus 6T and shows the actor handling the phone for a second.

The video was reportedly planned to air during the India vs Pakistan cricket match during the Asian Cup 2018.

The OnePlus 6T will have an in-display fingerprint scanner, a dual camera on the back, most likely an AI-powered variant of the current 16MP + 20MP main cameras, a slightly larger 6.4-inch 1080x2340px Optic AMOLED with a water drop notch, Snapdragon 845 chipset and no audio jack. The phone could become official on October 17 and will go on sale online as an Amazon exclusive.

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Week 36 in review: iPhone rumors intensify as vivo V11 and nubia Z18 debut

The week after the IFA show was always going to be a bit slower, but it still brought enough so we didn’t get bored until next week’s big iPhone announcement.

There were a announcements too – the Motorola P30 Note as a ZUI 4.0-powered variant of the One Power, the ZTE nubia Z18 and the vivo V11.

Leaks made for interesting reads too. The projected pricing of Apple’s iPhone 9, iPhone Xs and Xs Max was revealed – the entry-level 6.1-inch iPhone will cost as much as an iPhone 8 does now, the updated 5.8-inch iPhone Xs will cost as much as a current iPhone 8 Plus and the flagship 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max will start at the same price as an iPhone X.

In related news we saw a bunch of 6.1-inch iPhone 9’s in different colors and even what looks like the dual SIM tray of the entry-level 2019 iPhone.

The Google Pixel 3 XL was once again subjected to an unauthorized hands-on. Also this week we learned that Google will unveil its next Pixel phones at a special event in New York on October 9.

An interesting leak was a purported Nokia 9 with a penta camera

Blend-Off: Vitamix vs. Blendtec

By Lesley Stockton

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full Vitamix vs. Blendtec guide here.

Vitamix and Blendtec are the two biggest names in high-powered home blenders. In our testing, we’ve always preferred Vitamix. We still get asked about Blendtec, though, maybe thanks to its popular “Will It Blend?” campaign, which features a Blendtec pulverizing iPhones and other objects that would taste bad in smoothies. The image of a phone turned to dust is a compelling demonstration of raw power, but pulverizing a phone and making a good smoothie are two very different tasks.

To prove it, we pitted the Blendtec Designer 675 against the Vitamix 5200 (our top-pick blender) in a series of tests, and the Vitamix won every time. The Vitamix was much better at smoothies, soups, nut butters—the things you’d need a kitchen blender for, in other words.

We chose to compare those two models because they offered roughly similar features and control schemes. The 5200 is Vitamix’s original variable-speed model, and it offers the power and performance Vitamix blenders are known

Promoting Pixel 2 photography from an iPhone is the ultimate Android humiliation

We’ve seen it happen a thousand times: Android device makers hire stars to promote their latest devices, and those influencers tweet their endorsements from the device they actually use, which is Apple’s iPhone. But when it happens to Google’s latest Pixel, and when it involves photography, which is one of the best things about the Pixel, it’s the ultimate humiliation for Android as a whole.

In a matter of weeks, Google will unveil the Pixel 3 series and the phones’ photography skills will be put on display. Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature dual-lens selfie cams, and single-lens main cameras, which already has us puzzled. Google will surely explain its camera decisions, and will probably tell us how the new Pixels will deliver a camera experience that’s unparalleled.

In the meantime, Google is still promoting the Pixel 2 XL around the world, with Bollywood star Anushka Sharma having inked a Pixel advertising contract for India. She posted the following images on Twitter making sure the message that those pictures were taken with the Pixel is clear. Just check out all the Google and Pixel hashtags. Little did she know that well-known tech reviewer Marquess Brownlee will

Kritika Kamra makes Bollywood debut with 'Mitron'

Well-known to Hindi television viewers as Arohi of Kitani Mohabbat Hai and Nidhi of Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, actress Kritika Kamra is now taking the Bollywood plunge with Mitron. She says she has been on the verge of making a film debut a couple of times, but somehow things didn’t work out then.

Set in a Gujarati milieu, Mitron also features Jackky Bhagnani, and is a slice-of-life film directed by Nitin Kakkar of Filmistaan fame. It is a remake of the Telugu film Pelli Choopulu.

Is Mitron the kind of launchpad Kritika hoped for?

“Can I be honest? I have been close to making a debut a few times in the past now. I had signed things, we had almost gone on floors and the films did not happen… Sometimes the film did not take off… And they were all, according to me, logical decisions. I was very cautious that I wanted to do a film with a good director, with a great script, with a production house wherein you would know the film won’t get canned… But I found that even films with big studios sometimes don’t literally take off.

“But I had my own journey, and when I got to do this film Mitron, it happened very fast. I signed the film and in 15 days we were shooting. There was prepping up, reading… I was so engrossed in that process. But now when I look back, I am very grateful that this happened to be my first film because I can very proudly say that I am doing a film I believe in,” said Kritika.

“Films are very male-centric unlike TV, which is very female-centric, but even in a male-centric medium, I am getting to do a very good female part. So I am really happy that my film debut is this (‘Mitron’),” said the actress, who was also loved for her role as Ananya in Reporters.

Images: Kritika Kamra on Instagram
Text: IANS