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Samsung opens One UI 3.0 beta for Galaxy Note20 series

Not too long after Samsung pushed its One UI 3.0 beta to the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra, the Korean tech giant has begun seeding the new beta firmware to its Galaxy Note 20 series in the US, Germany and South Korea. Note20 and 20 Ultra owners can now access the early beta by signing up on the Samsung Members app. Once registered the beta will be available to install directly from the software update menu. The new firmware should bear the N986NKSU1ZTJH build number and brings plenty of new functionality and looks which we detailed here. The One UI 3.0 beta based Android 11 is…

Apple iPhone 12/mini vs iPhone 11

As if 2020 could get any stranger,  shape up to be unlike any phone launches it has done so far. Both the smallest and the largest iPhone of the “all-screen” notch-y type design are expected, but there will be another more models to accompany them.
Of those middle children, only one will be orthodox, though, and a direct descendant of its  predecessor, while the other will introduce a new form factor, too. In total, 2020 brings the largest reshuffle of iPhone screen sizes in history.
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LG Q52 leaks in multiple live shots, looks like a rebranded K52

LG introduced the K52 midranger last month. The phone is expected to sell in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia, but apparently, the home scene is getting the phone under a new name – LG Q52. That is revealed by leaked hands-on photos, which show a phone of the same size with triple LED flash, appeared. LG Q52 with some promo materials This LG Q52 is said to have a Helio P35 chipset, coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The screen is 6.6” in diagonal and is LCD with HD+ resolution. There is a single punch hole in the top center for the 13MP selfie…

Popular tipster shares Samsung Galaxy S21+ mockups

Following up on its recent tweet, the popular Samsung-related leaskster Ice Universe shared two mockups aiming to give us a better idea of the upcoming Galaxy S21+ design. The series is reportedly launching in January. Samsung Galaxy S21+ from the front The mockups combine the flat panel with the symmetrical bezels all-around. If the tipster’s sources are correct the S21 lineup might have the slimmest bottom bezel and one of the highest screen-to-body ratios around. The Galaxy S21 is also expected to feature a flat panel, with the S21 Ultra the only one to retain a curved…

Micromax “in” series launch set for November 3

Last week phone maker Micromax announced it will soon make a comeback to the smartphone industry in India with its new “in” series of handsets, and later we heard rumors about the brand launching the new lineup in the first week of November. Today the company confirmed that its “in” series is indeed coming on November 3. The launch event will start at 12PM IST (6:30AM UTC) and will be streamed live on the company’s official channels. Micromax also shared a video clip, which takes a potshot at the Chinese brands as it writes “Aao Karein Cheeni Kum” above a glass of tea, which roughly…

Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro now on sale, pre-orders open in second wave countries

Official sales for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro as well as the new iPad Air are now open. Users who participated in last week’s first wave pre-order will now receive their new phones and tablets. Apple is offering both contactless delivery and in-person store pickup options for buyers. As usual buyers in Australia and New Zealand got their devices first due to time zone differences. In addition, Apple is expanding its “Express Storefront” format to 29 more of its retail stores across the US, UK, Canada and France. This format follows all COVID-19 safety protocols including plexiglas…

Samsung Galaxy S21 rear camera housing surfaces

Earlier this week, we saw renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 which revealed the phone’s design. It packs a flat, punch hole display and around the back are three snappers with the camera bump wrapping around the corners. Now an image of what’s said to be the S21’s camera housing has surfaced on Twitter, which is in line with the camera module in leaked renders. There’s no word from Samsung yet about its 2021 Galaxy S flagships, but a recent report claimed the S21 series will be unveiled in January next year instead of February. Alongside the S21, renders of the S21 Ultra had also…

Xiaomi to launch Redmi K30S on October 27

The Xiaomi Redmi K30S appeared several times, revealing itself as a rebranded Mi 10T. We still don’t have any official date set for its arrival, but according to several leaks it’s going to be October 27. The phone will bring a 5,000 mAh battery, a 64MP main camera, with the only difference compared to the Mi 10T likely to be the branding on the back. Leaked Xiaomi Redmi K30S promo images That means we can expect a Snapdragon 865 chipset, big 6.67” LCD with 1080p resolution, and 33W fast-charging for the battery. Initial memory combos of the Mi phone were 6/128 GB or 8/128…

Huawei Mate 40 Pro tops DxOMark charts for both front and rear cameras

Huawei unveiled the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, and Porsche Design Mate 40 RS today, but it seems like every media outlet was only sent the Mate 40 Pro, just like what initially happened with the P40 family. So we have our Mate 40 Pro review out already, but so does DxOMark, and the new device has entered its charts at No.1 both for its rear camera system as well as its selfie prowess. For the rear cams, the Mate 40 Pro takes the crown from the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, while for selfies it’s a family affair, with the previous record holder being the Huawei P40 Pro. If you’re…

Huawei Mate 30E Pro makes quiet debut with Kirin 990E chipset

Huawei had a big day today, announcing the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+, and Porsche Design Mate 40 RS. As it turns out, however, those four just weren’t enough, and so the company quietly unveiled a fifth phone in its home market, China. This is the Huawei Mate 30E Pro, which is now up for reservation in the country. It’s basically identical to the Mate 30 Pro from last year, save for one difference: the new model is powered by a new chipset, the Kirin 990E. This is itself an improved version of the Kirin 990 that made its debut in the Mate 30 Pro. The Kirin 990E in the…

Samsung pushes two updates to Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung pushed two separate firmware updates to the Galaxy S20 FE. The first, which was released last week – version G78xxXXU1ATJ1, lists improved stability as well as a fix to a reported touchscreen issue where the phone would register ghost touches. We haven’t experienced such issues with our unit, so we can’t confirm if are they successfully addressed. The second firmware – G78xxXXU1ATJ5, seeding now across Europe, doesn’t list anything touchscreen related in the changelog, although some users apparently have reported improved touchscreen responsiveness (quite the subjective thing to…

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

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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