Chinese panel suppliers now offer near bezel-less panels for high-end to low-end handsets

The China Information Technology Expo recently came to an end, and based on the panels on display by Chinese manufacturers, it seems that all of these firms are working on the so-called modern look. What exactly does that mean? It means that these companies are now rolling out all-screen panels with an aspect ratio of 18:9. From entry-level models sporting a WVGA resolution display (400 x 840) to high-end smartphones, these companies producing glass panels in China are making the change from the 16:9 ratio that was once widely used. The near bezel-less look is driving the move to the taller …


OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+ vs LG G7 ThinQ: High-end Android specs comparison showdown

The OnePlus 6 is now official and it aims to take on the flagship stock by bringing some of the best possible specs out there at a pretty aggressive price that makes it one of the greatest pretenders for the value-for-money title.

With a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6/8GB of RAM, fast UFS2.1 storage, and 16MP+20MP rear camera, the OnePlus 6, Adreno 630 GPU, the phone has got everything necessary to take on any flagship Android device and emerge victorious. 
In this here piece, we will show you how the phone stacks up against the Galaxy S9+ and the LG …

Deal: High-end Asus ZenFone 4 Pro now costs just $399 ($200 off)

While Asus recently announced a ZenFone 5 series of smartphones, this is not available in the US yet. Thus, the best Asus handset that can be currently bought stateside remains the ZenFone 4 Pro, a high-end device first released in October.
Originally priced at $599.99, the unlocked Asus ZenFone 4 Pro can now be purchased for just $399.99 via Best Buy. This is the official US variant of the phone – it comes with warranty and is compatible with GSM/LTE carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile (but won’t work on Verizon and Sprint).
 
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Apple chip supplier TSMC cuts 2018 revenue forecast citing weak high-end phone sales

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, most likely better known to you as TSMC, just announced a good news-bad news scenario. The company, which manufacturers chips for companies like Apple, NVIDIA and Qualcomm, reported a 2.5% increase in first quarter profit to the equivalent of $3.1 billion, which met analysts’ expectations. That happens to be the good news.

The bad news is that revenue for all of 2018 is likely to grow at the low end of the company’s previously disclosed 10% to 15% range. The reason, as explained by TSMC Co-Chief Executive C.C. Wei, is that the rebound in China’s …

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now official; high-end specs at a reasonable price

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was unveiled this afternoon in Shanghai (early morning in the U.S.) and it is obvious that Xiaomi used the Apple iPhone X as a stalking horse. Several times during the event, Xiaomi compared its new muscle phone to Apple’s tenth anniversary handset. Of course, Xiaomi says that the Mi Mix 2S takes better pictures, runs longer on a single charge, and gives video game players a better experience than the iPhone X.

As expected, the Mi Mix 2S is equipped with a four sided ceramic body that includes Series 7000 aluminum. It will be available in Ceramic White, and …

HTC U12+ to be the only high-end HTC phone of 2018, might be priced competitively

Last year, HTC released two high-end smartphones: the U11 (in May), and the U11+ (in November). Neither handset has attracted a significant number of customers, and perhaps that’s why HTC is reportedly trying a different strategy this year. 
According to HTC Source, the recently seen HTC U12+ will be the company’s only flagship (high-end) phone of 2018. Thus, as previously assumed, a non-plus, regular HTC U12 doesn’t seem to be in the making. Instead, HTC is allegedly planning to launch a U12 life – similar to the HTC U11 life of 2017, this should be an affordable, …

Fatties: Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are the thickest high-end phones in years

Announced yesterday at MWC 2018, Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are introducing a new(ish) design language. Compared to the previous high-end smartphones made by Sony, the Xperia XZ2 series brings 18:9 displays, thinner bezels, and rear fingerprint scanners, thus looking quite different from the handsets the company has released in recent years. 
The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact also bring a weird novelty (if we can call it that): at 11.1 mm and 12.1 mm, respectively, both models are really thick for 2018. As you’ll notice in our size comparison here, Sony’s …

Huawei MediaPad M5 leaked renders reveal lack of audio jack, high-end specs

It appears that Huawei will be one of the few companies to release new Android tablets in the first half of the year. The Chinese giant is ready to unveil one or more slates, but that probably won’t happen until late next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.

We reported last month on an Android tablet that Huawei might launch at some point, the MediaPad M5. It looks like the device made it to FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which means it will be introduced pretty soon.

Along with some information about the MediaPad M5’s specs, FCC also listed several pictures of the …

Verizon offers up to $450 off certain high-end Android phones for new customers with a select trade

If you’ve been thinking about leaving another carrier and making the move to Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier has a great deal on certain top-shelf Android handsets. Port over your existing number, activate a new line on the carrier’s unlimited plan, and purchase your new handset using the Device payment plan to qualify. Verizon is giving you the opportunity to save as much as $450 on the purchase of a new Android phone. If you qualify, you will receive a $150 gift card and as much as $300 in credit for an eligible trade. The latter will be credited to your Verizon account over 24 months ($12.50/month).

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Samsung reportedly working on a Chrome OS tablet with high-end CPU and camera

Samsung is reportedly hard at work on a new Surface-style, detachable tablet, codenamed “Nautilus”, which will be powered by Google’s Chrome OS. What’s more interesting, is that Samsung is apparently not aiming for the high-end, not holding back in the hardware department, even when it comes to the camera. That’s interesting, considering how Chromebooks have never had great cameras (not that anyone’s complaining).
According to Engadget, “Nautilus” will be powered by a 7th gen Intel Core CPU, much like the competition from Microsoft, and will also employ a Sony IMX258 …