BLU Vivo XL3 makes its debut in the US: Android Oreo, facial recognition and 18:9 display

The sequel of the Vivo XL2 is finally available for purchase in the United States, in case you were looking for a mid-range Oreo-powered smartphone priced at less than $200. Although it packs mid-range specs, the BLU Vivo XL3 promises to offer a premium feel design-wise.

Amazon has the BLU Vivo XL3 smartphone up for purchase for $190 (free shipping included), a decent price for what it has to offer, at least on paper. Before talking about the insides of the handset, it’s worth noting that the phone features a metallic finish that incorporates a so-called “electrolyzed metal” effect.


Huawei Y7 (2018) leaked press render shows off yet another upcoming 18:9 smartphone

We reported over the weekend about a mid-range Huawei smartphone with more than decent specs, which will soon make it debut on the market – the Y9 (2018). Today, its smaller and possibly slightly cheaper brother – Huawei Y7 (2018) made headlines, although the information doesn’t really come from the Chinese handset maker.

The Y7 (2018) looks pretty much like the Y9, but it’s slightly smaller and less feature packed. For example, the phone comes with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, whereas the Y9 model has a dual-camera setup on the back.

Unfortunately, no other details about the …

Huawei Y9 (2018) officially unveiled with 18:9 display, four cameras, massive battery

Huawei is determined to go with the flow and adopt the new 18:9 display trend. The company’s new mid-range smartphone offers not just such a screen, but also a gigantic battery. Seen as something unusual not long ago, 18:9 displays have become the norm these days, so it will be interesting to see what other parts of a phone will suffer such modifications in the coming years.

Anyway, Huawei’s newly introduced Y9 (2018) smartphone sports a 5.93-inch display with FHD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels) and 18:9 aspect ratio. Hardware-wise, the handset is quite decent since Huawei included an octa-core …

Alcatel's 5 new budget phones: 18:9 screens, special camera features, face unlock, Android Go

Alcatel has always been committed to offering devices that give users more for their money. TCL Communication — Alcatel’s parent company — will usually have an “affordable flagship” in their lineup, followed by a few midrangers and an entry-level device that are easy on the pocket but try to offer more than what you would expect.

So, MWC 2018 is here, and Alcatel is ready with its new portfolio. Aside from the flagship Alcatel 5, it includes an entry-level phone and three distinct midrangers. Let’s take a closer look at them!

Alcatel 5
The super-affordable flagship, …

Nokia 7+ live photo shows off the handset's thin bezels and 18:9 aspect ratio

We’ve seen images of the Nokia 7+ before, but today we have a new live photograph that shows the upcoming device’s lock screen and thin bezels. The Nokia 7+ is the first handset from Nokia licensee HMD Global to feature the so called “near bezel-less” display that is all the rage these days. Part of that look includes the use of an 18:9 aspect ratio, which results from the 1080 x 2160 (FHD+) resolution employed on the unit’s 6-inch screen.

Speaking of the display, it also will be the first Nokia smartphone to feature a screen with rounded corners. Under the hood you’ll find the Snapdragon …

Interesting Nokia 7 Plus (with tall 18:9 screen) and Nokia 1 leak out

Having sold more than 4 million smartphones in the last quarter of 2017, HMD Global (maker of Nokia-branded handsets) is certainly in a good position to release new phone models throughout 2018. 
Not long ago, we heard that a Nokia 7 Plus and a Nokia 1 should be launched sometime this year. HMD hasn’t confirmed their existence, but we can now take a pretty good look at both these upcoming devices – thanks to photos revealed by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks).
The Nokia 7 Plus (or Nokia 7+) is quite an interesting device, and seems to be the …

Sony H8266 appears again on a different benchmark site with SD-845, 18:9 aspect ratio and 4GB RAM

Back in December, we told you about a Sony handset with the model number of H8266. The phone appeared on the Geekbench benchmark site, powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. 4GB of RAM was inside and Android 8.0 was pre-installed. Today, the very same model number surfaced on a handset that was run through AnTuTu’s benchmark test. The specs listed match the ones revealed back in December.

That means the Sony H8266 was once again seen carrying Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, with an octa-core CPU, the Adreno 630 GPU and Android 8.0 pre-installed. According to the benchmark …

Asus ZenFone 5 smartphone with 18:9 display shows up in leaked images

Asus confirmed its ZenFone 5 series will be officially introduced on February 27, but it didn’t reveal anything related to the upcoming smartphones. If you don’t mind spoilers, we now have information about one of the ZenFone 5 handsets expected to be unveiled later this month.

Several pictures taken from a manual show the unannounced Asus ZenFone 5 from all angles. The information contained in the document also confirms the smartphone will feature a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

Asus hasn’t dropped the 3.5mm audio jack, which is positioned on top of the smartphone. The microUSB …

ZTE Blade V9 with Android Oreo and 18:9 display may soon be launched in the US

The Blade V9 is the next Android smartphone ZTE is likely to introduce in the United States. It won’t be the first Blade series handset to go on sale in the US, and most likely not the last, but the phone will certainly mark a premiere. The Blade V9 could be ZTE’s first smartphone powered by Android Oreo to make its debut in the US.

The device was recently spotted at FCC (Federal Communication Commission), which indicates ZTE might ready the Blade V9 for a US release. As far as specs go, this looks like a decent mid-range device.

The phone sports a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 …

Blu Pure View will offer an 18:9 display and mid-range features for $199

Blu, seller of affordable unlocked smartphones, is seemingly getting ready to launch its very first handset with an 18:9 aspect ratio display, thus joining the elongated screen trend started last year by the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. According to an Amazon listing, the upcoming Blu handset is called Pure View (no relation to Nokia or Microsoft), and will cost $199.99 in the US.  
The screen of the Blu Pure View is a 5.7-inch HD+ one, which should mean it’s got a 720 x 1440 pixel resolution – not terrible, but not too exciting, either. The new smartphone …