This week, on our weekly news roundup: the Google Pixel 3 XL appears on a video, the world’s first 10 gigabyte RAM smartphone may just be right around the corner, and more!
Pixel 3 appears on a video
While we’ve seen numerous leaks in the form of photos and renders before, this is the first time that we get to watch the Pixel 3XL from up close in a video. As you can see above, it doesn’t differ too much from what we’ve seen before.
The back is mostly made of glass with metal on the sides. As for the front, fortunately, for some people, and unfortunately for others – there is a big notch.
The size is about the same with the Pixel 2XL but the screen is slightly bigger – maybe because of the notch? One negative aspect that is mentioned in this video is that the camera is kinda sticking out a bit which makes the phone very ‘bouncy’ when you set it on a level surface. We wouldn’t consider this a big deal, but, hey, to each their own.
Vibration is now improved and feels better than before. And when it comes to the camera, it seems like Google is not willing to use the dual-camera setup. Still, let us not forget that Pixel devices have some of the best smartphone cameras that we’ve ever seen.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL will be officially announced in the 9th of October. So, we’re getting pretty close now. All we can do is sit tight and wait patiently to find out more without having to worry about what’s real and what’s not.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes into a new color
Samsung officially announced that starting from the 5th of October, the Note 9 will be available in a new color that’s called Cloud Silver. You can take a look at how that looks on that early look that Samsung allowed us to look at. Sorry – that was bad.
It looks simply gorgeous. When the time comes, we’ll be able to get it from the official website of Samsung and BestBuy. At first, it’s only going to be available at the USA. We don’t have any information yet on when it’ll become available in other countries as well. However, we’ll keep you updated once we find out anything new.
There’s also the Midnight Black which will be available on various retailers on the 12th of October. However, the 512 model will only be available after the 26th of October.
A smartphone with 10 gigs of RAM may just be right around the corner
In the image above, you can see the Oppo Find X – a bezel-less smartphone that’s kinda similar to the Vivo Nex that we’ve looked at before. After the whole bezel-less revolution, Oppo now seems to be planning the next big thing – which is nothing less but a phone with 10 gigs of RAM.
TENAA certified it a few days ago and it seems like this Oppo device will actually be the world’s first phone to come with 10 gigs of RAM. If you think about it, it’s kinda funny because your average computer only has 8 gigs of memory.
You might think that 10 gigs are way more than anyone will ever need – and you’re most likely right. However, let us not forget that the same once applied to devices with 1 gigabyte of RAM.
Yep. There was a time where a gigabyte of RAM on a device was absolutely overkill. Now, it’s the absolute minimum for running the latest versions of Android. Even budget devices generally have 2 gigs of RAM.
All we’re trying to say is that yes – 10 gigs of RAM is overkill right now. However, that can possibly change in the future and that turns this Oppo device into a sort of future-proof option.
OnePlus 6T leak reveals a bigger battery
We spotted a photo on Weibo which seems to display the battery of what we assume to be the OnePlus 6T.
The OnePlus logo is clearly visible and the rated typical capacity is 3700 mAh which means that this is a new OnePlus device – likely the 6T. Of course, this is nothing but pure speculation. So, take it with a grain of salt.
A battery upgrade is always a good thing. However, let us not forget that the competition is adopting more and more the 4000 mAh battery trend.
Hell, even one of our budget devices had a 4000 mAh battery. So, we’re really hoping that the 4000 mAh will become the flagship standard one day.
Huawei Mate 20 may support SuperCharge 2.0
Leaks regarding the appearance of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro have been getting around the web for a while now. You can see one of these leaks in the image above. However, regarding the hardware side of things, not much reliable information was available.
Now we have new information which suggests that the Mate 20 will be using SuperCharge 2.0. If this is true, then you’ll be able to charge this device from 0 to 70% in half an hour.
Other than that, the battery is expected to be at about 4000 mAh. If this information is true, then we’ll be able to easily get a full day of usage with just 30 minutes of charging which is rather awesome.
There’s also a lot of information about the cameras and such. But, we’d rather leave that out for now cause there’s just too much information that is questionable at best and we’ve also kinda talked about the camera aspect before.
Overall, when it comes to smartphones, battery life seems to be getting more and more important by the day.
The Note 9 tops Consumer Reports ratings
While the report of a Note 9 bursting on flames took the whole world by a storm for a moment – possibly because it reminded us of the Note 7 tragedy – nothing like that has occurred yet (and there’s no proof that this happened in the first place). In fact, nothing but praise has been coming from those who use this smartphone.
Consumer Reports recently finished testing this device and they seem to have nothing but good words. That’s rather impressive if you consider that most of the time they’ll find a bad aspect to criticize.
A few of the negative aspects that CR talked about were the rather big size of the device and the high price. However, even those are mostly a matter of personal preference rather than a generally bad thing.
Clearly, not everyone likes big devices and some of us are not willing to spend a thousand bucks on a phone. And that’s completely alright.
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SOURCES: SAMSUNG, MY SMART PRICE, WEIBO, G-RAFA, CR
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