OnePlus is expected to launch its next flagship smartphone sooner rather than later, but it’s unlikely to happen next week. The company has been teasing the unveiling of a new product in India on March 3, but it has now been basically confirmed that it won’t be the OnePlus 8-series that many would have been hoping for. OnePlus earlier this month announced that it is working on “a special project” that’s “not a phone (or a) commercial product”, so the upcoming event could be a showcase for a new concept product.
It’s not immediately clear what the press conference next week will be about, but from the teasers posted by the Twitter accounts of both OnePlus UK and OnePlus India over the past couple of days, it looks like the company is teasing something mechanical. The short video below, posted last night, shows off what seems to be parts of an automotive engine, so it will be interesting to see what the company actually comes up with on Tuesday. It will also be interesting to see if it will be a concept device on the lines of the OnePlus Concept One smartphone shown off earlier this year.
Meanwhile, even though the OnePlus 8 won’t be announced next week, the company has been teasing the upcoming smartphone on its official Weibo account, revealing some of its key design elements, including a punch-hole display with a curved glass on top. In related news, the OnePlus 8 5G quick start guide has also seemingly been leaked this week, giving us a look at how the device might look from the front.
While the company has remained tight-lipped about its next-gen smartphones, rumors suggest that the OnePlus 8-series is expected to include three models this year, including a mid-range OnePlus 8 Lite alongside the premium OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The ETA of these devices remain a mystery for now, but we’ll hopefully get more info in the days ahead.
In the Android world, there is no denial that Snapdragon chipsets are better than Exynos, Kirin or MediaTek SoCs in almost every aspect. Be it battery efficiency, graphics performance, or mobile connectivity — Qualcomm surpasses almost all the chipmakers and is only slightly behind Apple’s A-series chips. Qualcomm also has a solid modem business and that’s what makes this chip manufacturer distinct from others. In December last year, Qualcomm announced its flagship SoC Snapdragon 865 and the headline feature was predictably 5G connectivity. In addition, the Snapdragon 865 has seen almost 25% performance jump from the last-gen 855 SoC. So if you are someone who wants a top-tier smartphone with Snapdragon 865 then go through our list below.
Snapdragon 865 Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now
1. Realme X50 Pro
Realme X50 Pro is not only the first device to launch with Snapdragon 865, but also the first one to come with 5G capability in India. Along with that, it brings up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of dual-channel UFS 3.0 storage. So far, it seems X50 Pro is the most premium device released by Realme which has an AMOLED display and support for 90Hz refresh rate. Further, Realme X50 Pro features a primary 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor with an 80-degree FOV and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 105-degree FOV. In all aspects, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is top-notch and you can definitely rely on this hardware.
Just after the day Realme launched the X50 Pro, iQOO unveiled its flagship smartphone, iQOO 3 that packs the latest Snapdragon 865 by Qualcomm. However, iQOO has announced two variants of iQOO 3: one with 5G capability and another one without 5G support. Since 5G is not ready in India and will take at least two years to deploy the infrastructure, the non-5G variant is a far better value for money given that it’s much cheaper as well. So if you are looking for a Snapdragon 865 phone then iQOO 3 has you covered with both 5G and non-5G variants.
3. Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra (US Model)
If you are from the US and looking for the best Snapdragon 865 phone then I would recommend the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. Unlike the global variant that comes with Samsung’s homegrown Exynos chip, in the US, the Galaxy S20 series packs the Qualcomm processor due to patent issues. In addition, you will get 5G support on all the S20 variants and that is powered by Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem which is much better than Exynos’ 5123. Simply put, the Galaxy S20 series with Snapdragon 865 is a beastly combination and you simply can’t go wrong with it.
Just after Samsung’s launch, Xiaomi released its flagship duo Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro and both the devices come with Snapdragon 865. The duo has an AMOLED panel with a punch-hole display, 5G support, 108MP quad-cameras, and huge battery packs. On top of that, you also get a 90Hz refresh rate display so that is awesome. Having said that, it’s unlikely you will get Mi 10 in India, but if you are from China or Europe, you can easily grab this Snapdragon 865 phone.
While everyone seems to have written off Sony, the company is still releasing flagship-grade smartphones with top-of-the-line specs. Recently, Sony unveiled its Xperia 1 Mark II and it’s powered by the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset from Qualcomm. Do note that Xperia 1 II is also Sony’s first 5G smartphone and it includes Qualcomm’s X55 modem. The chipset is accompanied by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and it will be available for order this Spring starting in Europe.
With major smartphone makers like Samsung and Xiaomi releasing their flagship smartphones in February, LG couldn’t delay further and unveiled the V60 ThinQ. It goes without saying that the V series is LG’s flagship lineup so it comes with the latest and most powerful processor, the Snapdragon 865 by Qualcomm. Other than that, the smartphone also has support for 5G and is backward compatible with other legacy networks as well including 4G, 3G, and 2G. Further, you can make it a dual-screen device using the foldable case.
Axon 10s Pro by ZTE is another Snapdragon 865 smartphone that you can buy in the US. Similar to other flagship phones, Axos 10s Pro brings 5G support and is packed with Qualcomm’s Adreno 650 GPU for powerful graphics performance. The smartphone also packs a 48MP image sensor, 4000mAh battery, up to 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. Not to mention, you also get a microSD card slot for expandable memory just like Samsung devices.
If you are from Japan then Sharp has you covered with a Snapdragon 865 phone. The company recently introduced its latest flagship, the Aquos R5G. It packs the octa-core Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G on board. Since it’s Sharp, the 6.5-inch screen seems pretty good in QHD+ resolution. In addition, the Sharp Aquos R5G also brings 120Hz refresh rate display which is commendable. So if you want a flagship Android smartphone with the 865 processor, Sharp Aquos R5G is a decent option in the Japanese market.
One of the most anticipated smartphones of 2020 is undoubtedly the Redmi K30 Pro. According to some sources, the K30 Pro is going to be launched in China in early March and then it will make its way to Indian and Europe. Just yesterday, Qualcomm confirmed that K30 Pro will indeed come with the latest Snapdragon 865 processor. In addition to that, 5G has also been certified for K30 Pro, but it will be left to be seen if Redmi brings the 5G capability to India. In any case, the K30 Pro, similar to its predecessor will bring top-notch hardware at an affordable price. Who does not love that? So if you want an affordable flagship then hold your horses till late March or early April for an India launch.
10. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro
After the K30 Pro, if there is another device that evokes the same level of excitement then it’s the OnePlus 8 series. As always, both OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will come with the latest octa-core Snapdragon 865 SoC and it has been confirmed by Qualcomm itself. Other than that, both the devices will have a high refresh rate display supposedly 90Hz for the standard variant and 120Hz for the Pro model. Since the Adren650 GPU has gone through a lot of improvement, we expect OnePlus to strike a fine balance between high refresh rate and battery efficiency. So, if you are looking for a proper flagship that can give Samsung Galaxy S20 a run for the money then wait till late March.
11. Zenfone 7
After Asus released Zenfone 6 and Asus 6Z in India, the company is back into the mobile business. Earlier, there were rumors that Asus will not bring flagship smartphones in India and instead will focus on gaming phones like ROG I and II. However, Qualcomm confirmed that Asus is indeed working on a Snapdragon 865 phone and will soon launch the device in many markets. If we go by Asus’ earlier lineup, it’s certain that you are going to get a clean stock Android experience with powerful hardware, multiple-camera system and maybe this time, a higher refresh rate display.
12. Oppo Find X2
Oppo was all geared up to launch its flagship Find X2 at the MWC this year, but due to cancellation of the event, now the launch is moved to March 6. It goes without saying that you will get the flagship Snapdragon 865 processor packed in a huge 6.5-inch AMOLED screen. Further, the display has a refresh rate of 120Hz in 3K resolution which is simply phenomenal. If there is one thing that defines this device other than Snapdragon 865 SoC then it’s Oppo’s truly exceptional display technology. So wait till March 6 and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
Last year, Nubia had launched itsRed Magic 3 and 3s in India and got a pretty good response from the mobile gaming community. On similar lines, we are expecting that the new Nubia Red Magic 5G will also come to India with all the bells and whistles. In its report, Qualcomm confirmed that Nubia Red Magic 5G is being developed on the Snapdragon 865 platform and it will launch soon since the device has passed the TENAA certification. Other than that, Nubia Red Magic 5G will be packing a 144Hz display which is excellent. So if you are a mobile gamer and want a gaming flagship with top-notch 865 processor then wait for a month or two for Nubia’s official launch.
14. Asus ROG Phone 3
After a considerable success of ROG Phone I and II in India, Asus is set to unveil the third successor ROG Phone in the next few months. And unsurprisingly, it’s equipped with the Snapdragon 865 processor which got confirmed by Qualcomm itself. Rumors also suggest that Google Stadia will come pre-loaded on Asus ROG Phone 3 so that is quite exciting for mobile gamers. Not to mention, the ROG Phone 3 will have a 120Hz refresh rate display just like its predecessors. Further, Asus will also introduce a slew of gaming accessories so that is great. To conclude, if you want a gaming phone, we recommend you to wait till early May and then decide between ROG Phone 3 and Nubia Red Magic 5G.
15. Black Shark 3
The Black Shark 3 is finally being launched on March 3 and it does come with the latest and powerful Snapdragon 865 SoC by Qualcomm. In fact, AnTuTu revealed that Black Shark 3 is, by far the most powerful 865 phone as it broke all previous records on the benchmarking app– surpassing the Realme X50 Pro and iQOO 3. In addition, it comes with 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage and a 120Hz refresh rate display with 3120×1440 pixel resolution. So from all aspects, Black Shark 3 seems a solid device, but it might just be limited to China and perhaps Europe only.
16. Lenovo Legion Gaming Phone
Smartphone makers have been creating sub-brands to project gaming-centric phones which include Black Shark by Xiaomi, ROG phone by Asus, Nubia by ZTE and so on. To tap this market, Lenovo is also launching the first gaming flagship under its Legion brand. And as expected, the device is powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC and comes with a host of new features and optimizations. Further, it’s rumored that Lenovo Legion phone will have faster charging over 55W which is simply crazy. Currently, the Realme X50 Pro holds the position of fastest charging smartphone with a 65W power rating. All in all, it’s going to be interesting to see how Lenovo shapes the Legion brand in the smartphone world with Snapdragon 865 on its back.
17. Sony Xperia Pro
While Sony unveiled the Xperia 1 Mark II, it also hinted at a possible Xperia Pro that is going to launch in the next few months. And similar to Mark II, it will come with the Snapdragon 865 SoC and Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem. The main difference between the two devices is that Xperia Pro will have support for both mmWave 5G and sub-6GHz 5G networks. On the other hand, Mark II is limited to just sub-6GHz 5G networks. In essence, the Xperia Pro will be the first device by Sony which will have support for real 5G networks. However, keep in mind, mmWave network is scarce at this point even in the US and 5G-ready regions. Nevertheless, if you want support for complete 5G bands, you can get the Sony Xperia Pro in the coming months.
Pick the Best Snapdragon 865 Phone
So that is our comprehensive list of smartphones with Snapdragon 865 onboard. After Qualcomm’s event in December, now we are seeing a high number of smartphone launches with the 865 SoC and it’s only going to increase in the coming months. If you want a top-tier smartphone, I would recommend you to wait till March or April as OnePlus and Redmi are going to unveil their flagship phones somewhere in the middle. Anyway, that is all from us. We will be continuously updating the list so stay tuned with us as we will keep updating the list with more Snapdragon 865 phones.
After the Quad-camera setup and faster charging, it’s time for high refresh rate displays on smartphones. Smartphone makers have been launching some excellent devices with high refresh rate displays both in premium and budget segments. While features like high refresh rate displays generally find their way to premium smartphones first, in today’s time, we see the flagship features trickle down to budget devices in no time. So in this article, we bring you a comprehensive list of smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rate display. We have also mentioned some upcoming smartphones which are going to be launched in the next few months. So with all that said, let’s begin.
List of Smartphones with 90Hz Refresh Rate Display
1. OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T, 7T Pro, Mclaren Edition
OnePlus is one of the first few smartphone makers that spearheaded the high refresh rate trend in smartphone displays. Even before Samsung, OnePlus brought the OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T, 7T Pro and its Mclaren Edition with a 90Hz display panel. Further, the display is accompanied by excellent AMOLED panel and you have the option to force 90Hz refresh rate all the time — unlike the Pixel 4. So if you are looking for the best smartphone that comes with a higher refresh rate, I would say OnePlus devices having a 90Hz display panel is a much-balanced product in terms of both battery efficiency and fluid performance.
Specifications: Snapdragon 855/855+, Full HD and QHD + Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 3800-4000mAh battery capacity
Unsurprisingly, OnePlus’ sister company Realme has released two excellent smartphones having a 90Hz refresh rate display: the Realme X2 Pro and India’s first 5G phone, Realme X50 Pro 5G. Both have a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display having FHD resolution. On top of that, the X50 Pro 5G comes with a 180Hz touch-sensing sampling rate which means you will have a much better experience while gaming and navigating through the UI.
Specifications: Snapdragon 865/855+, Full HD Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4000-4200mAh battery capacity
3. Pixel 4 Series
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both come with a 90Hz display, however, it deploys a dynamic mechanism to switch between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rate to save battery. Further, at low brightness, the refresh rate is switched to 60Hz. Nevertheless, you have the option to force 90Hz refresh rate all the time from the Developer Options. All in all, if you want the clean Google experience with a dash of higher refresh rate then the Pixel 4 series is also a great option.
Specifications: Snapdragon 855, Full HD and 2K Display, 6GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 2800-3700mAh battery capacity
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest flagship, the Mi 10 Pro 5G in China and there are rumors that it will make its way to India as well. The Mi 10 sports a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED panel and has a refresh rate of 90Hz in FHD resolution. Apart from that, the display has a 180Hz touch-sensing rate and is HDR10+ compliant.
Specifications: Snapdragon 865, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 256-512GB Storage, 4500mAh battery capacity
After OnePlus and Realme, Oppo followed suit and released the Reno Ace in October last year, but only for China. It comes with a beautiful 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s also among the very few smartphones to have the latest Gorilla Glass 6 protecting the screen. Not to mention, the display has Full HD resolution and supports HDR10 content as well.
Specifications: Snapdragon 855+, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4000mAh battery capacity
If you are looking for a gaming phone that comes with a high refresh rate then Nubia Red Magic 3 series is an excellent pick. Both the smartphones come with a 6.65-inch FHD AMOLED display and sport a 90Hz refresh rate panel. Further, to make the display color accurate, it’s 100% calibrated using the DCI-P3 color profile.
Specifications: Snapdragon 855/855+, Full HD Display, 6-8-12GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 5000mAh battery capacity
List of Smartphones with 120Hz Refresh Rate Display
7. Poco X2 / Redmi K30
After a long break, Poco finally released its second smartphone which indeed turned out to be a rebranded Redmi K30. Nevertheless, the phone is amazing and brings a 120Hz refresh rate display although in an LCD panel. I don’t have any problems with LCD displays as far as Xiaomi’s panels are concerned. Further, I have used the Poco X2 for quite some time and can say that it’s the best budget smartphone out there with a higher 120Hz refresh rate display.
Specifications: Snapdragon 730G, Full HD Display, 6-8GB RAM, 64-128-256GB Storage, 4500mAh battery capacity
With the launch of the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung has finally embraced the higher refresh rate trend. All smartphones launched under the S20 series, be it the normal or 5G variants, have 120Hz refresh rate display. However, keep in mind, 120Hz kicks in only when you have set the device resolution to Full HD. Samsung says this has been done to extend the battery life. Apart from that, all the smartphones under the S20 lineup have top-of-the-line Dynamic AMOLED panel with support for Always-on display too.
While the Asus ROG Phone I came with a 90Hz refresh rate display, the newer model, ROG Phone II sports a 120Hz panel with a touch-sensing rate of 240Hz. As we know, the ROG phone is designed primarily for gamers so you get top-notch experience while gaming or navigating through general tasks. In addition, both the models are HDR compliant and come with Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
Specifications: Snapdragon 845/855+, Full HD Display, 8-12GB RAM, 128-256-512GB Storage, 4000-6000mAh battery capacity
A few days ago, Realme announced the X50 Pro 5G variant in the Indian market but did not bring the affordable X50 5G model. The standard Realme X50 5G model comes with the Snapdragon 765G processor and has a 120Hz refresh rate display. Although the panel is LCD, you won’t have any kind of issue with color accuracy, vibrancy or brightness.
Specifications: Snapdragon 765G, Full HD Display, 6-12GB RAM, 128-256GB Storage, 4200mAh battery capacity
Razer was the first smartphone maker that started this trend of higher refresh rate display on smartphones way back in 2017. Its first phone focused on gaming which had a 120Hz refresh rate display and a screen resolution of 2K. Now, Razer has released its second phone and that too has a 120Hz refresh rate with support for wide color gamut. Apart from that, the display is an IPS LCD panel with a 90% screen-to-body ratio and 580 nits of maximum brightness.
In line with other smartphone makers, Lenovo has also released a smartphone with a high refresh rate display, the Z6, but skipped the launch in India. The standard model comes with a 6.39-inch Full HD display which has a 120Hz refresh rate panel. Among other things, the Z6’s panel is also HDR10 compliant and calibrated with DCI-P3 color space.
Specifications: Snapdragon 730, Full HD Display, 6-8GB RAM, 64-128GB Storage, 4000mAh battery capacity
List of Upcoming Smartphones with 90Hz and 120Hz Refresh Rate Display
13. Realme 6 and 6 Pro
It has not been even a year since the high refresh rate trend took off and now Realme has announced that they will be launching their budget devices, Realme 6 and 6 Pro with a 90Hz display. That’s amazing and if Realme prices it well then the Realme 6 series is going to be the obvious choice for the masses, sidelining the Redmi Note 8 series. Realme 6 and 6 Pro will be launched on March 5.
Get ready as we are all set for the biggest launch of the year!
Except for the Poco X2 and Mi 10, Xiaomi does not have a long list of devices with 90Hz or 120Hz display. However, that is going to change with K30 Pro in a few weeks. Rumors suggest that it will pack the Snapdragon 865 and an AMOLED screen having a 120Hz refresh rate display. While the specs look great on the paper, we want to see how Xiaomi positions the device in the Indian market. You can expect the launch within the next two months in India.
15. OnePlus 8 Series
OnePlus in its earlier launch promised that all their upcoming smartphones will have a high refresh rate display to make the Android experience fast and fluid. And now, we are hearing that OnePlus will be releasing three devices this year: OnePlus 8 Lite and OnePlus 8 with a 90Hz display; OnePlus 8 Pro supposedly with a 120Hz display. That’s going to be awesome, right? So it’s going to be an exciting high refresh rate face-off between the Galaxy S20 series and OnePlus 8 series, hopefully in April.
16. Oppo Reno3 Pro and Find X2
Oppo is going to launch two of its flagship devices, the Oppo Reno3 Pro and Find X2 in March this year. While the Reno3 Pro will come with a 90Hz display, Find X2– which has an expansive display– will sport a 120Hz refresh rate panel. Not to mention, both the devices will have an AMOLED screen so that is great.
17. Nubia Red Magic 5G
Nubia is going one step ahead than other smartphone makers and bringing a 144Hz refresh rate display with its 5G variant. Apart from that, the device will have a 6.65-inch display and a battery capacity of 4400mAh. It recently passed the TENAA certification and will be launching in China, India and other markets within a few months.
18. Black Shark 3
With Nubia and Asus bringing smartphones having high refresh rate displays for gamers, Xiaomi has also entered the fray with its game-centric smartphone, Black Shark. Rumors suggest that Black Shark 3 will pack a 120Hz refresh rate display and will have a 270Hz sampling rate so the touch response while gaming will be excellent. You can expect the launch in early March, but it might be limited to China only.
Pick the Best Smartphone with High Refresh Rate Display
So those are the 18 smartphones that have higher refresh rate displays be it 90Hz, 120Hz or in some cases 144Hz too. While most of the devices have been launched, there are some upcoming smartphones like Realme 6 and OnePlus 8 series that is going to bring high refresh rate displays to the masses at an affordable price. We are very excited to see how well this trend goes in the budget category. Anyway, that is all from us. We will keep updating this article with new smartphones having a higher refresh rate so stay tuned with us.
Over the past few weeks, most of the posts on Xiaomi India’s social media handles were filled with requests and queries regarding Android 10 update for the company’s budget Android One device – the Mi A3.
Unlike other device update requests, there was a solid reason for this rapid inflow of requests from Mi A3 users. Xiaomi’s VP and MD of Xiaomi India Manu Kumar Jain had been promoting that Mi A3 will be one of the first few devices to get Google’s Android 10, as we see in the tweet dated August 22 below.
Since then, Mi A3 users had been anticipating Android 10 update with every other system update that came their way. Unfortunately, the users were disappointed every time since all those updates ended up being security patches over Android Pie.
Now, Sumit Sonal, the Brand Lead at Xiaomi India took to Twitter to share the reason why the company missed the expected software update timeline for Mi A3. In the tweet, he mentions that Mi A3’s Android 10 update was scheduled for mid-February but it got delayed due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
“At Xiaomi, business is critical but the value of human life is the topmost priority. We are working towards getting the final certification on the update and will communicate the rollout plan very soon.”, wrote Sumit Sonal in a follow-up tweet.
If you’ve been keeping track of software updates, you might already be aware that Xiaomi is not the only brand whose software update timeline got affected by coronavirus. OnePlus, the company known for its regular software updates, had to halt its updates for almost two months to recover and take control of the situation. The company was able to resume updates for its devices earlier this month.
Even though Wi-Fi calling (aka voice over WiFi or VoWiFi) has been around for quite some time, the high definition voice service has just started to gain traction in India. Without getting into the detail as to why it has taken so long for VoWiFi to go mainstream despite being way better than VoLTE, I am happy that the age of seamless communication has finally arrived. So, no more sluggish cellular connection, rather poor reception, or out of the blue disconnection when you are in buildings or at remote locations! With that said, if you are getting ready to hop onto the train of VoWFi but aren’t sure if your smartphone is compatible with the HD voice service, here is the complete list of WiFi calling supported smartphones in India in 2020.
List of WiFi Calling Supported Smartphones in India in 2020
From Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi to Mobiistar, most smartphone makers have added support for voice over WiFi in their latest devices. But keep in mind, only Airtel and Jio offer the support for VoWiFi as of now, with Vodafone still lagging behind in the race. As to how you can enable Wi-Fi calling on your Android or iOS smartphone, the process is quite straightforward. You guessed it, didn’t you? You can activate it by heading into the Settings app on your device. To get started, check out our hands-on guide.
List of Smartphones That Support Jio Wi-Fi Calling
Complete Roster of All the Wi-Fi Calling Compatible Smartphones
There you go! So, these are the smartphones that have support for VoWiFi in India. Hopefully, other major carrier providers like Vodafone jump into the bandwagon sooner than later, considering how user-friendly it is. By the way, have any feedback? Toss it up in the comments down below.
Samsung is reportedly sending weird notifications that just says “1” along with another “1” below it to its Galaxy phones. Several users across the globe are reporting the issue, as we see in Samsung Community forum posts and Reddit.
The issue appears to have risen after some internal testing has gone wrong in the Find My Mobile app. Samsung users are reporting that the notification disappears when they tap on it.
Huh. Girlfriend and I just had exactly the same Samsung push notification: her Note 10+ and my Galaxy Z Flip each alerted with a Find My Mobile notification. When tapped, it disappeared. Different Samsung accounts on each phone.
For the uninitiated, Find My Mobile app is the South Korean giant’s take on tracking your lost phone, similar to what Google offers with its Find My Phone app and Apple with its Find My app.
The issue seems to have affected a wide scale of devices, ranging from the company’s flagship offerings to mid-range handsets. Also, as I mentioned earlier, users are reporting the issue from different parts of the world, including the US, Germany, Australia, and Asia.
In case you’ve received such a notification, do note that your device has not been compromised, at least there has not been evidence for a potential security breach just yet. However, we will wait for Samsung’s official statement for a clear understanding of the situation. We will be updating you once Samsung issues an official statement regarding the issue and hence, stay tuned.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time we’re seeing smartphone brands push weird notifications to users. Last year, we saw OnePlus accidentally commit the same mistake by pushing Chinese text characters to OnePlus 7 Pro users.
When it comes to comparing phones online, we rely on 2D pictures on the websites for the looks and dimensions of the device. As we cannot get our hands on the physical device, sometimes it becomes difficult to understand how the device will look like in real-life.
Well, this website solves a part of that problem by rendering 3D images of the latest smartphones for us to compare. Discovered by a Reddit user, going by the name of “Dung3onlord“, the user posted about the site on r/android community.
Hotspot3d.com is a website that helps users to compare the latest smartphones side by side in 3D. Currently, the devices listed on the website is not long, but it contains some of the flagship devices including the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup. You can choose a device which you currently own to compare with a device that you are planning to buy. The website will give you the exact dimensions of the devices that you are comparing. You can also choose the available colours of the devices from a drop-down menu below the names of the devices. One unique feature of the website is that as it is a 3D render, it also shows how the light will reflect when you hold the device at various angles.
Now, when comparing the devices, you can click on them and move around to view from every possible angle. The rendering quality of the 3D image is pretty good with rich details. However, there is no option to zoom in to watch the devices closely.
Currently, there are only 41 devices listed on the website for you choose from. This list includes the latest iPhone lineup, the Google Pixel 4 lineup, the Galaxy Note 10 and S10 series and few devices from Xiaomi, Honor and OnePlus. Click on the link below to start comparing your favorite smartphone.
Pro tip: When inside the website, to get a clutter-free experience, press F11 to enter the full-screen mode.
OnePlus has started rolling out new software updates for the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, and the OnePlus 7T Pro. OnePlus 7T, however, is not getting the new update as of now.
The new OxygenOS update for OnePlus 7 series bears the version number 10.0.4 in the EU and global markets while the Indian variants will have the version 10.3.1. On the other hand, the OnePlus 7T Pro is getting OxygenOS 10.0.7 globally and 10.3.1 in India.
The update brings the January 2020 security patch along with optimized RAM management and other incremental features. The global version of the update adds reminders for privacy alerts, improved black/blank screen issues with some apps, and a few miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements.
The India-specific update comes with all the above-mentioned features along with VoWiFi support for Jio, cloud sync integration for Notes and Contacts, improvements to Work-Life Balance, and cricket scores.
In case you’re unaware, this is the first stable update OnePlus has rolled out in almost two months as Chinese New Year holidays and the recent coronavirus outbreak affected the company’s software update timeline. Until now, the devices were stuck with November 2019 security patches.
OnePlus mentions that the update is being rolled out in phases and hence, it might take a couple of days for the update to hit your device. The company is expected to bring the new update to 7T in the coming days. We will be updating you when it happens and hence, stay tuned.
Has your OnePlus device received the latest OxygenOS update yet? Let us know in the comments.
With the recent outbreak of coronavirus, Chinese smartphone giants will be facing drops in sales throughout the first quarter of 2020. A new report from Counterpoint Research now predicts that Huawei would be the most affected brand since it accounts for over 60% of smartphone sales in the country.
The research firm anticipates over 50 percent year-over-year decline in smartphone sales this quarter, especially in the offline segment. Counterpoint expects over 20% drop in the overall smartphone sales during the time period. It continues to add, “OPPO and Vivo will also be impacted because of their greater reliance on offline sales channels. The influence on sales of Xiaomi, OnePlus and Realme will likely be less severe as they are more online-centric and overseas-focused.”
In case you’re wondering, Huawei is not the only brand affected by the novel coronavirus. In fact, Apple’s offline stores across China have been shut for a while now. Initially, Apple was planning to reopen the stores on 15th February but given the current situations, we could expect the Cupertino giant to expand the timeframe. We recently talked about the impact of coronavirus on the tech world, so don’t forget to check it out:
The firm expects the outbreak of coronavirus to be contained in March. With that said, the research director at Counterpoint Research Tom Kang points out that it will take more than two months for sales to get back on track as it used to be. He also thinks the decline in smartphone sales could affect the second quarter of 2020 as well, both in China and the international market. So, what are your thoughts on this situation? Let us know in the comments below.
The upcoming Realme X50 Pro 5G is expected to be a high-end device with a boatload of premium features, and one of those has been revealed today by the company’s European Twitter account.
According to Realme Europe, the phone will ship with 65W SuperDart Charging. This is an upgrade from the company’s 50W SuperVOOC fast-charging technology, both of which it’s borrowed from Oppo. The company is keeping the rest of the tech specs under wraps for now, but we will hopefully know more in the days leading up to the launch, which will be streamed online from Madrid instead of MWC 2020.
We could think of a million situations in which having no battery could ruin your day.
But during the time you have been thinking about this, you would have already charged the #realmeX50Pro with its 65W SuperDart Charge to keep you going. #realme5G
In another noteworthy development, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth didn’t miss out on an opportunity to take a dig at Xiaomi and its 50W fast-charging tech in the flagship Mi 10 Pro, which was launched just yesterday. In a tweet posted late last night, Sheth said ‘Not 50W, but 65W’ in a not-so-subtle reference to Xiaomi’s flagship. Sheth also claimed that Realme’s 65W fast-charging mechanism will generate no excess heatwhile charging, thereby enhancing the phone’s battery life.
Not 50W, but 65W. Introducing DART Charge Technology! – No heating while charging – Enjoy Gaming while Charging – Enhanced Battery Life See you in Madrid on 24th Feb. https://t.co/V9fCCoVGTX
Following the launch of its first 5G phone, the Realme X50 in China last month, the BBK-owned brand was expected to unveil the Realme X50 Pro at the MWC 2020 in Barcelona later this month. However, following the cancellation of the event because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the company has shifted the launch to Madrid, but it will be held online on February 24, presumably, to reduce the risk of transmission.
Meanwhile, Sheth will be one of the attendees at the Madrid event and is expected to lay out the company’s future AIoT plans. He will most likely talk about the upcoming Realme TV, which is confirmed to be unveiled at MWC 2020 alongside the Realme X50 Pro. It will be interesting to see if Realme goes toe-to-toe with Xiaomi’s Mi TV lineup by pricing its smart TVs super-aggressively or opts for higher margins and goes the way of the OnePlus TV, which was launched last year starting at Rs. 69,990.