Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are here: 18:9 displays, excellent battery life, ultra-affordable pricing

Major Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi just announced its two newest affordable troopers, the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus. Ushering a whole new era for Xiaomi’s aggressively-priced and pleasantly affordable lineup, the two new devices aim to bring the flashy new trend of tall displays  to the masses. Granted, the two devices never step into Mi Mix 2-levels of streamlined bezel-less design.
We’ve already seen what the two phones look like, with the rear on either one literally unchanged from what we saw on the Redmi Note 4 and a front that allows Xiaomi …


Asus unveils its first ZenFone series smartphone to pack an 18:9 display, the ZenFone Max Plus (M1)

Asus is one of the many companies that recently jumped into the 18:9 screen technology bandwagon. After introducing its first ever smartphone to feature such a display, the Pegasus 4S, Asus unveiled today its first ZenFone series handset with an 18:9 display, the Max Plus (M1). Although we have yet to learn when it will be available for purchase and how much it will cost, we already know quite a lot about its specs.

First off, Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1) is a purely mid-range smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0 on top. Also, it comes in two …

Are there actual benefits to the 18:9 aspect ratio on the iPhone X and Note 8?

Ever since the iPhone debuted in 2007, signaling the proverbial Big Bang of the smartphone sector, we’ve seen a lot of different trends come and go. Instead of seeing devices becoming smaller and smaller, they started getting bigger and bigger to accommodate larger displays in what was increasingly becoming a pocket-sized personal computer. Ten years after the first-generation iPhone, Apple launches the iPhone X, an impressive device as well as Apple’s first foray into a new trend for smartphones: the 18:9 aspect ratio.

Whether you’re a so-called “Apple fanboy” or an Android …

Latest YouTube update brings pinch-to-zoom to phones with 18:9 screens

After scoring pinch-to-zoom support on iOS 11, the Android version of the official YouTube app is getting the same treatment in its latest update. Owners of smartphones with 18:9 (and similar) will now have the option to choose between regular letterboxed mode for 16:9 content, or simply pinch with two fingers to make the video fill the entirety of the display.
Since most of the video content on YouTube is still in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, and will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future, the pinch-to-zoom gesture is a welcome …

Asus announces its first smartphone with 18:9 display, the Pegasus 4S

Since everyone has decided that an 18:9 display is innovative enough to drive the sales of a high-end smartphone, Asus didn’t want to sort of “live in the past.” The Taiwanese company has decided to jump in the 18:9 display bandwagon and announced the upcoming availability of its first smartphone to feature such a screen – the Pegasus 4S.

Despite having a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, the smartphone isn’t really a flagship. For starters, the screen features HD+ (720 x 1440 pixels) resolution. On the bright side, Asus Pegasus 4S has very thin bezels and packs a massive 4,030 mAh …

HTC U11+ is announced with 18:9 HDR display, translucent back design, huge battery

HTC just announced what’s quite possibly its best smartphone ever, and if you live in the US, you can’t have one.
Say hello to the HTC U11+. As the name implies, this is a phone that has a lot in common with the company’s flagship, the HTC U11. It isn’t regarded as its successor, however. The HTC U11+ is more of a refined version, squeezing in a few extra bits and features that smartphone enthusiasts and fans of the brand would appreciate. This includes a larger battery, a rather unique translucent design, and a larger screen built around the increasingly …

Honor 7X leaks out: 18:9 screen in a very affordable phone

The Honor 7X is the newest affordable phone by Huawei off-shoot Honor, a company known for selling devices online and offering great features for a lower price than most others. And just recently, the Honor 7X has leaked out nearly entirely on Chinese regulator TENAA.
True to earlier rumors, the Honor 7X will feature a 6-inch display, but it will not be much bigger than its predecessor, the 5.5-inch Honor 6X. This will be possible thanks to a new design as the Honor 7X adopts a narrower display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a change from the …

Real-life images of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 leak out: 18:9 display, dual cameras

One of the latest trends in the smartphone industry is throwing tall, 18:9 displays up front. For one reason ore another, some manufacturers claim they do that due to the obviously-impending arrival of 2:1 multimedia content whereas others are merely following suit for no explicit reason whatsoever. That said, one noteworthy upside of devices donning such display is simply how easier are they to handle compared to similarly-sized 16:9 devices. But we digress…

One of the possible newcomers to the 18:9 scene is none other than China’s Xiaomi, which is reportedly looking forward …

The Mate 10 Lite officially introduced as Huawei Maimang 6: four cameras, 5.9-inch 18:9 display

The Mate 10 is one of the last major smartphones to hit the market this year, a flagship that Huawei says it’s worth waiting for. There have already been lots of leaks about the Mate 10 and its many variations, but no official word on any of them.

Today, Huawei introduced the Maimang 6 in China, the company’s first smartphone to feature an 18:9 ratio display. We don’t usually report on devices that are exclusively available in China, but the Maimang 6 is expected to be introduced in the rest of the world as Huawei Mate 10 Lite or G10.

The Maimang 6 is now …

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is now official: 6-inch 18:9 display, Snapdragon 835, global network support

The Xiaomi Mi MIX was certainly one of the most interesting products of 2016: in fact, one could argue it was the device that kickstarted the bezel-less design trend we’ve seen gain immense popularity over the course of the past year, with everyone from Samsung to LG jumping on the trend.

But even though Xiaomi positioned the Mi MIX more as a proof-of-concept than an actual mainstream product — quantities were limited, and the phone was only sold in a handful of countries — it was a pretty effective PR move, pushing people’s perception of Xiaomi …