"Blueline" shows up again as codename for Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL; mid-range Pixel codenamed "Bonito"

You might recall that last October, the third generation of Pixel handsets was said to have three possible fish-related codenames of “Crosshatch”, “Albacore”, and “Blueline.” At the time, the thinking was that the third model would be a super-premium version of the phone. However, in recent days it has become apparent that there will be a mid-range Pixel reportedly equipped with the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform. This model is expected to be released in the first half of 2019.
Now, it appears as though the Google Pixel 3 or the Google Pixel 3 XL will indeed carry …


OnePlus will not launch a mid-range smartphone until at least 2021

After sticking to its flagship-only roadmap for a number of years now, OnePlus’ CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that this strategy will continue until at least 2021, with cost efficiency being the main reason behind the decision.

Ultimately, this strategy means OnePlus has no current plans for a follow up to 2015’s mid-range OnePlus X, but it appears the brand will also stick to selling just one flagship device at a time, making sure stocks of previous devices are depleted entirely ahead of launches. After all, according to OnePlus, this allows its newest offerings to always gain maximum exposure …

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We are very, very soon going to see LG’s next flagship phone — the G7 ThinQ. But that’s not going to make the 2017-made LG G6 entirely obsolete. On the contrary — the latter still runs pretty well, has a small body with a large screen in it, and comes with cool wide-angle cameras. In fact, it’s probably better than your average $420 midranger.

Why did we bring up that last bit? Well, because we just spotted B&H Photo Video selling brand-new, …

Mid-range Pixel phone aimed at emerging markets reportedly in the works

Google has been targeting emerging markets with its Android One and Android Go initiatives, but the company is now reportedly also working on a mid-range Pixel-branded smartphone, aimed at the price-sensitive market segment. According to a report by Economic Times, the new device is expected to launch sometime in July or August of this year.

Google won’t be holding back on large-scale marketing and will expand distribution into general trade in India, senior industry executives claim. After all, India has been one of the most important emerging markets in the smartphone …

Best mid-range "$400/$500 flagship" phones in 2018

These days, you can get a phone with a flagship-grade look, feel and often even performance for just $400. Many people have started calling these phones simply the “$400 flagships”.
And while the price on these phones has fluctuated and grown to include $500 phones, these are devices that still offer amazing value for the money and will make you reconsider whether you need to spend more on a phone.
The “$400 flagships” that we’ve picked below all excel in terms of performance and their design and overall finish. Most of them, though, will not …

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 …

MediaTek said to be have a pair of 12nm mid-range chipsets on the way, Helio P40 and Helio P70

MediaTek is pretty much unknown in the U.S. as most of its chips are found inside devices that are made and sold in China. But if current reports are true, Apple is about to give the company a huge shot of publicity, stateside. Thanks to its quarrels with Qualcomm, Apple appears to be ready, willing and able to replace the Snapdragon modems that might have been deployed on the 2018 CDMA flavored iPhone units, with MediaTek’s version of the broadband chip.

MediaTek is also believed to be working on a couple of mid-range chipsets, the Helio P40 and Helio P70. If the rumors are legit, both …

HTC to launch fewer smartphones in 2018, including a mid-range version of U11+

HTC is having a hard time, especially after selling most of its mobile staff to Google. Even so, the Taiwanese company plans a comeback in the smartphone business, but that might not happen in 2018.

According to industry sources, HTC will launch a limited number of smartphones in 2018. The company’s R&D and marketing efforts will focus on a single flagship and a few mid-range Android smartphones, which will be released next year.

To improve its presence in the mid-range segment, HTC plans to release a water-down version of the HTC U11+ in January 2018, …

Honor 9 Lite mid-range phone goes official with 18:9 display and Android Oreo

Honor 9 Lite was at the Chinese regulatory commission about a week ago, so today’s announcement might not be a total surprise for some of you who’ve read our previous report. However, we now have more information on the phone’s price and availability, in case you’re considering buying one.

As the title says, the Honor 9 Lite is one of the not so many mid-range Android smartphones that features an 18:9 aspect ratio display. The 5.65-inch screen with full HD+ resolution is probably one of the phone’s selling points.

Furthermore, Honor’s new handset comes with dual-camera setup, so you’ll …

LG K10 (2018) will be the first mid-range smartphone to feature LG Pay solution

Samsung, LG, and probably a few other companies, are expected to introduce new smartphones early next year at CES (Consumers Electronics Show) 2018. South Korean media reports Samsung is likely to introduce the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+, which leaked out way ahead of the official announcement.

As far as LG goes, the South Korean handset maker won’t unveil anything out of the ordinary unless you’re into mobile payments solution. The new LG K10 (2018) is supposed to be the company’s first mid-range smartphone to come with LG Pay, a mobile payment solution usually reserved …