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Cheaper Huawei phones are set for a big boost with Kirin 710 chipset

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The Huawei Nova 3i with Kirin 710 chipset. Huawei

  • Huawei has revealed a brand-new chipset, the Kirin 710, with its Nova 3i smartphone.
  • The new chipset represents the biggest leap in power for Huawei’s lower-tier phones since 2016.
  • It’s unclear whether the processor is indeed a successor to the Kirin 650 series of budget chips.

Huawei has quietly announced the Nova 3i this week (h/t: GSMArena), a less powerful version of the standard Nova 3. Nevertheless, the new phone is a landmark moment for the company, as it’s running the all-new Kirin 710 chipset.

Aimed at devices below the flagship level, the Kirin 710 is the biggest step for mid-range Huawei chips since the Kirin 650 in 2016’s P9 Lite.

Every Kirin 65X chip since the Kirin 650 has delivered the same octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU setup, the same aging Mali T830-MP2 GPU combination, and a 28nm manufacturing process. So aside from storage, RAM and clock speed improvements, the P9 Lite is roughly as powerful as the latest P20 Lite.

Read: Hate EMUI? Get stock Android on your Huawei/Honor phone with OpenKirin

Now, the Kirin 710 has landed and it looks like a massive improvement upon the older mid-range chipsets. It packs four lightweight Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores which, while not as powerful as the latest Cortex-A75 and A55 cores, still represent a big upgrade. The new chip’s CPU setup is similar to Huawei’s recent flagship processors, which also feature four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores.

The new Nova 3i listing doesn’t reveal the GPU, but an XDA article notes that it’s 1.5 times better than the Kirin 659’s GPU. So while we are getting improved graphics, we expected a bigger leap in performance because the Kirin 659’s GPU was a mid-range GPU even back in 2016. It’s also a few versions behind the new Mali-G72 GPU seen in the likes of the Mediatek Helio P60 and Huawei’s flagship Kirin 970 processor.

Rounding out the list of major changes is a shift to a 12nm manufacturing process, which is much smaller than the 28nm process used by the Kirin 65X series. The smaller process usually translates to better-sustained performance and longer endurance.

The Huawei Nova 3i.

Earlier rumors suggested the Kirin 710 would offer a neural processing unit (NPU), akin to the Kirin 970 flagship chip. This doesn’t seem to be the case in the finished product, although the Nova 3i does indeed support various AI-branded functions, such as scene recognition and Apple-inspired animated emoji.

The big question is how Huawei plans to use the new chipset — will it replace the Kirin 659 processor or is it an entirely new family? In the case of the former, we can expect a power boost for Huawei’s mid-range devices, from the Lite series to even the mid-range Honor phones.

If the Chinese brand plans to use the Kirin 710 for “upper mid-range” devices, it’ll still be a boon for non-flagship Huawei and Honor smartphones. Either way, the gap between mid-range and high-end power might be plugged by the new chipset.

What to know about Nova 3i?

The Huawei Nova 3i. Huawei

The Nova 3i shares a few features with the standard Nova 3, such as a 24MP+2MP front camera pairing, a virtually identical 6.3-inch full HD+ display, animated emoji, and up to 128GB of storage. But the similarities seem to end here.

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The Nova 3 has a Kirin 970 chipset with an NPU and 6GB of RAM — the Nova 3i has the less powerful Kirin 710 and 4GB RAM. The standard Nova model also sports a 24MP+16MP f/1.8 rear camera pairing, while the Nova 3i has a 16MP+2MP rear camera setup. Finally, the Nova 3 has a larger 3,750mAh battery and USB Type-C connectivity compared to the 3i’s 3,340mAh battery and microUSB port.

According to a listing on the Huawei Philippines website, the Nova 3i has a retail price of 15,990 Philippine pesos (~$298). Meanwhile, the Nova 3 has a ~$446 price tag in China. The Nova 3i’s price bodes well for those hoping the Kirin 710 comes to more affordable devices, but we’ll have to wait and see anyway.

Intrigued by the Nova 3 and Nova 3i? What do you think of the new Kirin 710? Let us know in the comments below!



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Quick tiles, dark mode, and more: Highlights from today’s Android dev AMA

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Periodically, members of the Android development team do a Reddit AMA to keep other developers in the loop on what’s going on with Android. It’s a rare and terrific opportunity for professionals and amateurs alike to get answers to pressing questions.

With the stable release of Android P right around to corner, today’s AMA was especially active. While a lot of the questions and answers were extremely technical in nature – and therefore difficult to explain to a non-development audience – there still were some interesting tidbits about Android P (and beyond).

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We’ve compiled some of the more general statements from the AMA below. If you feel like taking a deeper dive, the full AMA is available here.

  • Battery saving: Right now, each OEM institutes its own battery-saving functions within Android. These different, unregulated processes can sometimes interfere with apps, especially notifications. As an example, OnePlus’ OxygenOS has a feature that will often prevent an app from issuing any notifications at all until you manually open the app (learn more about that here). In Android P, a new Background Restrictions feature is the first step to unifying these kinds of features so it is consistent across all devices. In the meantime, the development team is giving helpful guidelines to OEMs…although it’s still their choice whether to follow those guidelines.
  • Adaptive Battery: Android P features an “adaptive battery” program that will use AI and machine learning to extend battery life based on your individual usage habits. One of the concerns brought up by a Redditor is that erasing what’s learned to start over from scratch is only possible through a factory reset. However, the Android team says that this is intentional and that the model learns your habits quick enough that a manual reset shouldn’t be necessary in most cases.
  • Dark mode: The development team clarified what’s going on with the “Dark Mode” in Android P. Contrary to what many Android fans would want, there is no intention to develop a true dark mode inside Android (i.e. pure black backgrounds with pure white text). Instead, the “Dark Mode” in Android P’s purpose is to filter blue light, and that’s all. Although the development team didn’t have any announcements to make about a true dark mode coming to Android, they said the suggestion is under advisement. In other words, don’t hold your breath.
  • Quick tiles: In Android P, Quick Tile actions become universal: a tap on a Quick Tile toggles the associated function “on” or “off” (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, etc.), while a long-press on a Tile opens the options for that function. This new rule will make all Quick Tiles work in the same fashion, bringing cohesion to the feature. However, this is likely to upset some folks who like the fact that certain Quick Tiles open options with a tap, rather than a long-press. C’est la vie.
  • Android release frequency: Why are Android releases happening once a year? Why not twice a year, or every other year? A member of the Android team explained that releasing too many versions too quickly is a burden on device manufacturers and causes customer issues. On the other hand, releases that are too far apart would prevent essential functionality from getting out fast enough. Annual releases make the most sense and are how the team sees things going for now.

Is there anything you read in the AMA that you thought was cool? Let us know in the comments!

NEXT: How stable is the Android P beta?



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Learn the tricks of Linux Systems Administration

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If you’re one of those ‘techies’ who’s the go-to computer whiz for your friends and family, it’s about time you stepped up and got recognized.

Linux and Unix operating systems have become increasingly popular in commercial computing environments, which means systems administrators have also become very much in-demand. That could be your calling.

The Linux/Unix Certification Training Bundle is a valuable resource if you’d like to go for one of these lucrative roles. Not only does it give you the skills that you need, it also specifically prepares you for two of the top certification exams in the industry: CompTIA Linux+ and the Novell Certified Linux Professional.

Adopters of Linux includes tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and Amazon.

The two-part Linux and Unix bundle is produced by Vision Training Systems, and combines an array of teaching methods to ensure you’re engaged and prepared for the exams. These include instructor-led lectures, visual demonstrations and presentations, test simulations, flash cards, educational games, and even online support.

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Linux and Unix bundle features:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and support a Linux or Unix server.
  • Learn to control and troubleshoot the boot process.
  • Attach local storage and create file systems.
  • Use visual demonstrations and multimedia presentations to learn.
  • Test your progress with quizzes and exam simulators.
  • Interact and collaborate with other students and Vision Training Systems employees to form study groups and discussions.

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What Android app permissions mean and how to use them

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Menu of various Android app permissions

Ever since Android 6.0 Marshmallow launched, Android has granted users control over app permissions, dictating what our apps can and cannot do. This level of control seems more important now than ever so let’s dive into what app permissions do and how to use them.


As the name suggests, app permissions govern what your app is allowed to do and access. This ranges from access to data stored on your phone, like contacts and media files, through to pieces of hardware like your handset’s camera or microphone. Granting permission allows the app to use the feature. Denying access prevents it from doing so.

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Applications cannot automatically grant themselves permissions, they have to be confirmed by the user. Apps will ask you to accept each of their permissions the first time you launch them via a popup that asks you to “allow” or “deny” each request.

Well maintained modern apps will continue to function if you deny it a permission, although some features obviously won’t work. Often if you try to use a feature requiring a previously denied permission, you’ll see the permission popup appear again. There’s often no problems with denying app permissions you feel uncomfortable with, they always be changed later.

Older apps that haven’t been updated might crash or fail to work correctly if you deny some permissions.

Most of Android’s app permissions are self-explanatory, but here’s a breakdown of what each one actually means.

list of chrome app permissions

App permissions explained

  • Body Sensors – allows access to your health data and step count, from paired heart-rate monitors, fitness trackers, and other sensors.
  • Calendar – allows apps to read, create, edit, or delete your calendar events.
  • Camera – taking photos and recording video.
  • Contacts – read, create, or edit your contact list, as well as access the list of all accounts used on your device.
  • Location – access your location using GPS for high accuracy, and cellular data and Wi-Fi for approximate accuracy.
  • Microphone – used for recording audio, including for video.
  • Phone – access your phone number and network info. Required for making calls and VoIP, voicemail, call redirect, and editing call logs.
  • SMS – read, receive, and send MMS and SMS messages.
  • Storage – read and write files to your phone’s internal and external storage.

Finding app permissions in the settings menu

Adjusting app permissions

An App will always ask you to confirm its permissions the first time you run it, but you can always go back and readjust app permissions after installation by digging through your phone’s settings menu. There are two ways to view app permissions, either by sorting apps by permissions or by viewing each app individually.

The first place to start for either method is to head to the Apps & notifications page in the Android Settings menu.

Toggle permissions by app

If you want to see the permissions that you’ve enabled for a specific app, then head into the Apps section of the Apps & notifications. Select your desired app and scroll down until you find the option labeled Permissions.

This option will present you with a quick overview of the permissions that you’ve already granted the app (see the image above). Clicking on the option will display a list of all the possible permissions that the app has requested along with which ones you’ve allowed or denied. Clicking the toggle will allow or deny the associated permission, allowing you to make changes to apps without reinstalling them.

Toggle permissions by type

If you prefer an overview of all the apps granted a certain permission, such as those that can record from your microphone for example, then you can sort apps by this criteria too.

Head to the Apps & notifications menu in settings, and find the Permissions option. If this isn’t displayed on the main menu, it might be tucked away in the hamburger icon in the top right. From here, you can browse through all of the available permissions on your phone, as well as a quick overview of how many apps have been granted each permission.

Clicking on any of the permissions will display just the apps that have requested this particular feature. You can make changes here too, by using the toggles in this menu to allow or deny access for individual apps (see the image below).

Apps that request camera permissions on Samsung Galaxy

Which permissions to allow and deny?

Denying permissions to dodgy apps is one of the best ways to keep your phone and data safe from malicious applications. The go-to case study is the plague of flashlight apps that requested contact data, microphone access, and often even more just to toggle a light on and off. No doubt many of these apps were requesting access for data collection purposes and perhaps worse.

Broadly speaking, reputable app developers usually only request the permissions their application requires, but this isn’t a green light to allow anything a popular app requests. You might not want to use certain features tied to data extraction, either for diagnostic or advertising purposes.

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Generally, consider whether the requested permission is appropriate for the given app and be wary of those that don’t seem to make sense. Messaging apps will certainly need your contacts, SMS, and probably camera and microphone too for video calls. They probably don’t need your health information.

Remember, you can always check out all the permissions an app requests before you install it by checking out the description in the Google Play Store. A good app developer will always divulge what each permission is needed for too, which can help with peace of mind.



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Xiaomi Mi A2: All the rumors in one place (Updated July 19)

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Xiaomi Mi A2

This post will be updated regularly as we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2.


After the reveal of the Mi Mix 2S and Mi 8, the next phone from Xiaomi that will grab headlines is expected to be the Mi A2. The smartphone will likely stick to the same recipe as its predecessor, featuring a solid spec sheet, a bloat-free Android experience, and an affordable price tag.

Although Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed anything about the Mi A2 yet, we have a good idea of what to expect thanks to the latest rumors and a few educated guesses — check them out below.

Xiaomi Mi A2: Release date

Xiaomi Mi A2

The nitty-gritty

  • Xiaomi announced that it will introduce the Mi A2 July 24 in Spain.
  • The smartphone could go on sale on August 8.
  • In addition to Spain and Switzerland, the Mi A2 could launch in Russia and Western Europe.

The Mi A1 launched last September at a press conference in India. According to MySmartPrice, Xiaomi will launch this year’s device on July 25 in Spain. Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed this, but the date makes sense based on the fact the company is hosting the Mi Explorer Program in Madrid between July 23 and 26, where a new device will make its debut.

That report was very close to being on the money. Xiaomi confirmed that it will launch the Mi A2 July 24 in Spain

There’s no word on which markets the smartphone will be available in. In addition to Spain, we know you’ll be able to get it in Switzerland, with the country’s largest online retailer Digitec Galaxus already accepting pre-orders on its website. The sales page claims the Mi A2 will start shipping on August 8, two weeks after its launch. We assume it will be released in a lot of other markets at the same time.

There is also a chance that the Mi A2 makes it to Russia and Western Europe. The phone recently passed through the EEC regulatory commission’s website, though it does not guarantee a launch in Russia and Western Europe.

Xiaomi Mi A2: Specs and features

Xiaomi Mi A2

The nitty-gritty

  • The Xiaomi Mi A2 could be a rebranded version of the already announced Mi 6X.
  • The handset could feature a 6-inch display, the Snapdragon 660 chipset, and 4 or 6GB of RAM.
  • It should be part of the Android One family and sport a dual-camera setup.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a rebranded version of the Mi 5X. The only difference between the two is that the Mi 5X runs Android with the company’s MIUI skin on top, while the Mi A1 is an Android One device. The story is expected to be the same this year, meaning the Mi A2 could be a rebranded variant of the already announced Mi 6X.

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If that’s the case, the phone could sport a 6-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and pack a Snapdragon 660 chipset under the hood. According to MySmartPrice, the device will be available in four configurations, featuring 4GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. For comparison, the Mi A1 comes with a smaller 5.5-inch Full HD display, the Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 32/64GB of storage.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 may also feature dual cameras on the back with 20MP and 12MP sensors for those fancy bokeh shots. The setup should support AI-powered scene recognition to identify what’s in frame and automatically adjust the settings to produce the best image possible. The selfie snapper up front should come in at 20MP.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Other specs include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an IR blaster, and up to 128GB of storage. The battery could have a 3,010mAh capacity, making it slightly smaller than the one of the Mi A1 (3,080mAh). Unfortunately, there likely won’t be a headphone jack on board, which could be a deal breaker for some.

On the software side, the device is expected to be part of the Android One family, offering a clean version of the OS without any bloatware. This will likely be the main selling point of the Mi A2, especially for those who dislike Xiaomi’s MIUI skin.

A retail site in Poland put up a listing of the Mi A2, and the details on that listing line up with what we’ve already heard via the rumor mill. However, the page was taken down quickly, so we can’t consider that information as anything other than rumor.

  Xiaomi Mi A2 rumored specifications Xiaomi Mi A1
Display 6-inch IPS LCD panel
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
5.5-inch IPS LCD panel
1,920 x 1,080 resolution
16:9 aspect ratio
Processor Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 625
RAM 4/6GB 4GB
Storage 32/64/128GB 32/64GB
MicroSD No Yes
Camera Rear: Dual-camera setup with 12 and 20MP sensors

Front: 20MP
Rear: Dual-camera setup with two 12MP sensors

Front: 5MP
Battery 3,010mAh 3,080mAh
Headphone jack No Yes
Software Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One) Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Android One)

Xiaomi Mi A2: Design

MySmartPrice

The nitty-gritty

  • The Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to look the same as the Mi 6X.
  • The handset could sport slimmer bezels than its predecessor.
  • It may feature a metal back and a vertically-positioned dual-camera setup.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to come with the same design as the Mi 6X, so we already know what it may look like. The device could sport slimmer bezels than its predecessor and ditch the capacitive buttons on the chin for a more modern look. It will likely retain the metal back and feature a vertically-positioned dual-camera setup instead of a horizontal one. The back may also feature a fingerprint scanner in the middle and Xiaomi’s branding further down.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi 6X MIUI Forum

According to MySmartPrice, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will come in three colors: black, blue, and gold. The Mi 6X is also available in these three colors, although you can get it in red, gold, and rose gold as well. We expected Xioami to release the Mi A2 in a few unique color options to differentiate it from the Mi 6X, but it looks like that may not happen.

MySmartPrice also acquired official renders of the Mi A2, which looks to come in three colors: red, gold, and black. The outlet’s previous report pegged a blue color option, so we do not know if that will come later or if it exists at all.

Xiaomi Mi A2: Price

Xiaomi Mi A2

The nitty-gritty

  • The Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to cost roughly the same as the Mi 6X.
  • That means it could be a little more expensive than its predecessor.
  • Pricing could start at around $250.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage retailed for 15,000 rupees in India at launch (~$225), making it similarly priced as the Mi 5X. Although pricing for the Xiaomi Mi A2 hasn’t been confirmed yet, we can assume it will go for roughly the same as the Mi 6X.

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That means it could be a tad more expensive than its predecessor, as the Mi 6X with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage launched with a price tag of 1,600 yuan in China (~$250). The 6GB and 64GB model went for 1,800 yuan (~$280), while the high-end 6GB and 128GB variant was priced at 2,000 yuan (~$310).

Prices in Europe could be even higher. Swiss retailer Digitec Galaxus has the Xiaomi Mi A2 with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage listed on its website at CHF 290, which translates to around 250 euros or $290. The 4GB/64GB model is up for pre-order at CHF 330 (~285 euros/$330).


These are all the rumors we’ve come across so far about the Xiaomi Mi A2. We’ll update this page as we hear more.

In the meantime, would you consider getting Xiaomi’s latest if it comes to your region? Let us know in the comments!



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LG V40 ThinQ: All the rumors in one place

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In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding LG’s upcoming V40 ThinQ smartphone.

At the beginning of the year, it was reported that LG’s CEO told the G7 ThinQ team to stop development and start from scratch. Because of this, not only was the LG G7 going to have a delayed release, it brought a lot of uncertainty to the future of the company’s V-series.

Well, if you’ve been keeping track, instead of playing it safe and only releasing as few phones as possible, LG has already released two V-series smartphones in 2018. Now, to end the year off with an even number, the company is reportedly planning to release a fourth flagship smartphone called the LG V40 ThinQ.

LG V40 ThinQ: Release date

The nitty-gritty

  • LG will likely skip IFA and host a private launch event sometime in September.
  • The V40 ThinQ is rumored to launch in Korea on October 5 and internationally on October 18.
  • While nothing has been confirmed, this launch period would strategically place the LG V40 ThinQ between the Galaxy Note 9 and new iPhones.

In past years when the LG would only release a single V-series flagship, the company would host a pre-IFA event to unveil the handset. This year though, according to ETNews, LG is pushing back the announcement and release of the V40 ThinQ to better compete with the upcoming iPhone.

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A source for the Korean news publication believes LG is aiming to have the V40 ThinQ on the market by October 18. This move would strategically place the release of the flagship roughly one month after the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s August 24 unveiling and one month before the next iPhones hit the market.

As LG typically doesn’t release its smartphones immediate after its announcements, the company will likely host its own unveiling sometime in September. LG has yet to release any details about the forthcoming release.

Additionally, in the past, LG has released some of its hardware in Korea weeks before launching things internationally. According to ETNews, South Korean customers should be able to pick up the V40 ThinQ as soon as October 5.

LG V40 ThinQ: Specs

The nitty-gritty

  • Expect pretty much the same specs in this phone that we’ve seen in every 2018 handset.
  • One perk for audiophiles will be the built-in Hi-Fi Quad DAC and 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Rumored to be LG’s first phone with three rear-facing cameras.

As not much has leaked out about the LG V40 ThinQ at this time, we don’t have a clear image as to what the South Korean company has in store. Of course, the phone is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 octa-core CPU and probably 4 or 6GB of RAM, but that’s all we can assume for internal specs.

But what has been strongly rumored is that the V40 ThinQ will sport five cameras in total and include an OLED display. Going back to the rumored cameras, it’s believed that two of them will point forward and allow the V40 ThinQ to use 3D facial mapping tech to let users unlock the device. The three on the back will likely all have different use cases. It’s believed that the first camera might have a standard wide-angle lens, the second will feature an ultra-wide lens, and the last camera will use a telephoto lens.

The same ETNews report mentioned earlier claims that the phone’s three sensors will be able to shoot at 20MP, 16MP, and 13MP. The publication wasn’t able to confirm which sensor would be associated with each lens.

Let’s talk about the V40 ThinQ’s display. Back in May, LG suggested that it would start only putting OLED displays in its V-series line and using LCDs for the G-line. As the company went through with this on the V35 ThinQ, it safe to assume it’ll also come to the V40 ThinQ. The inclusion of OLED means that the handset’s display should look pretty sharp and beautiful.

In addition to the fact that the screen size will likely be 6 inches or larger, it is pretty clear that LG will include a notch at the top of the phone similar to the G7 ThinQ. Not everyone is a fan of this design, but it will reportedly allow LG to have a 90 percent screen to body ratio. The notch seems like a worthy tradeoff.

  LG V40 ThinQ specs (rumored)
Display OLED
Notched display
90 percent screen-to-body ratio
SoC Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPU Mali-G72
RAM 4/6GB
Cameras Rear
Three rear-facing sensors with one wide-angle lens, one ultra-wide lens, one telephoto lens

Front
Dual front-facing sensors with 3D face mapping technology
Audio 3.5mm headphone jack
Hi-Fi Quad DAC
IP rating IP68
MIL-STD 810G certification
Extras Dedicated Google Assistant button
Software Android 8.1 Oreo

LG V40 ThinQ: Design

The nitty-gritty

  • The LG V40 ThinQ is rumored to sport two front-facing cameras and three rear-facing cameras.
  • The handset’s display will most likely include a notch.

Surprisingly, the V40 ThinQ has yet to have any leaked renders which normally allow us to get an idea of what the device will look like. One key detail, though, that will help shape the flagship’s look and feel is the phone’s rumored three rear-facing cameras.

Having three cameras on the rear of the V40 ThinQ wouldn’t be too strange as we’ve seen a growing number of phones like the Huawei P20 Pro launch with a similar setup. If LG keeps with its current design language, there’s a possibility that all three cameras will just be lined up at the top of the handset over the fingerprint sensor.

Again, it’s widely believed that LG will be bringing a notched display to the V40 ThinQ. This would be the first V-series phone with a notch, and with the rumored 90 percent screen to body ratio, it should hopefully have a much smaller chin and bezels compared to the G7 ThinQ.

LG V40 ThinQ: Price

The nitty-gritty

  • The LG V40 ThinQ will likely cost the same if not more than its predecessors.
  • The unlocked model will likely set you back more than $900.

Just this year, we’ve seen some price variation in LG’s V-series line. When released back in May, the LG V30S ThinQ with its slight spec bump was on sale for $930. Then, shortly after that, LG unveiled the V35 ThinQ for $900.

So while we haven’t heard any rumors about what the V40 ThinQ’s price tag might be, let’s assume that the more premium nature of the phone will likely increase its cost. This is a pretty substantial chunk of cash for a phone that will probably not differ that much from the V-line’s previous devices.

Even asking just $900 for the LG V40 ThinQ when you can spend that amount or less on a similarly-beefy device from other manufacturers and even LG might be too much. LG makes great phones, but just like many other companies, their sales are dropping fast as consumers switch to other devices like the Google Pixel 2 which offers timely updates and is overall a more reliable smartphone.

In the meantime, share your thoughts on LG’s upcoming smartphone with us. Is the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack and built-in DAC enough to keep you from leaving LG behind? Let us know in the comments!



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The DC Universe subscription gets you DC movies, shows, and comics (Update: Pricing)

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A screenshot of the DC Universe website. DC

Update, July 19, 2018 (1:39PM EST): DC announced its new DC Universe subscription plan in June, but didn’t announce many details. Now we know that the service will cost you $8 per month, and early adopters can pay in advance for the next 15 months at the reduced rate of $75, a savings of $45 per year.

However you choose to pay, your subscription gets you access to DC Universe on all your devices, unlimited viewing of DC television series, animated movies, “select” live-action films, and a curated selection of DC comics. You also get access to exclusive DC news and the chance to win exclusive contests and sweepstakes.

You can pre-sign up for DC Universe here. The service is expected to launch in the fall of this year.


Original article, June 29, 2018 (2:46PM EST): Although the Marvel universe of superheroes and supervillains dominates the media landscape these days, there’s a whole lot of DC stuff out there in the world of movies, TV shows, and obviously comic books. There’s so much, it’s hard to keep track.

Enter DC Universe, a new subscription-based product from DC that delivers you a huge assortment of DC media. There’s no release date or pricing information as of yet, but there is this nifty YouTube trailer describing the service:

If you read the fine print at the end of the trailer (which is actually pretty funny), the service is slated to come “this fall.”

So what will you get from your DC Universe subscription? First up, you’ll get access to movies centering on DC characters. However, your subscription doesn’t appear to get you everything DC-related in film. The Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher Batman movies are here, as are the Christopher Reeve-era Superman films. But the recent Justice League and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice are missing for some reason.

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You’ll also get TV shows, like the live-action show Titans, the animated Young Justice: Outsiders, and even some future shows exclusive to subscribers.

And of course – this being DC and all – you’re going to get comics. However, it doesn’t appear you’ll be getting every DC comic ever, and it’s not clear how long you’ll get the comics once they’re made available.

In brief, the DC Universe subscription seems cool, but there’s very little solid info about the service right now. We’ll update this article once we know more like a release date and pricing.

In the meantime, enroll to try the beta whenever it goes live by visiting this page.

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Android hacking crash course: trojan perspective

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Android HackingDevelopers will pay good money for pentesters who can identify security breaches in their apps. Today’s deal is a great chance to learn how.

Smartphones are big targets for hackers. They look for weaknesses, and the computer in your pocket is usually more vulnerable than the one in your house. It’s less likely to have firewalls or antivirus software, and it’s connecting to different Wi-Fi networks all the time.

In the Python For Android Hacking Crash Course you can quickly learn some of the best techniques the hackers use. Learn from experienced penetration tester Hussam Khrais, how to use Python coding to build a Trojan for ethical hacking purposes.

And once you know how to do it, you know how to prevent it. You can turn your own device into Fort Knox.

Highlights of the Android hacking course:

  • Access 26 lectures and 3.5 hours of content 24/7.
  • Code a simple Android GUI interface with Python.
  • Build a simple cross platform SSH botnet in Python.
  • Create an SSH Android Trojan.
  • Transfer and exfiltrate data out of a target device.
  • Run Python SSH reverse shell on Windows, Linux, Android.

This online training originally retailed at $199, but until the end of the week Tech Deals are offering lifetime access for $45. It’s a pretty big saving, and especially good value if you end up making some cash on the side as a freelance pentester.

If you like the sound of going beyond no-root Android hacking, head to the deal via the button below.

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Vivo launches its flagship smartphone with an elevating front camera, Vivo NEX, in India

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In a press conference in New Delhi today, Vivo launched its latest flagship – Vivo NEX – in India.

The NEX sports an almost bezel-less display with a 91.24% screen-to-body ratio. The highlight of the smartphone is the world’s first elevating front camera that allows for a notch-free display. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner that we first saw on the Vivo X21.

The Vivo NEX packs in top-of-the-line specifications with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.

  Vivo Nex
Display 6.59-inch Super AMOLED, Full HD+ (2316 x 1080, 338ppi), 19.3:9 aspect ratio
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with AI Engine, 64-bit, octa-core, 10nm
GPU Adreno 630
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
Cameras Rear: Dual pixel 12 MP f/1.8 (Sony IMX363) with 1.4µm pixel size, OIS and EIS + 5MP f/2.4
Front: 8MP, f/2.0 with elevating mechanism
Audio 32-bit/192kHz audio, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 4,000 mAh, fast charging
IP rating No
Sensors Fingerprint (3rd generation in-display), accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, infrared, ambient light
Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5.1G/5.8G, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0
A-GPS
microUSB 2.0
3.5mm headphone port
USB Type-C
SIM Dual SIM/hybrid slot
Software Android 8.1 Oreo
Funtouch OS 4
Dimensions and weight 162 x 77 x 7.98mm
199g

In line with the company’s commitment towards ‘Make in India’ initiative, the flagship device is being manufactured at the company’s facility in Greater NOIDA, a suburb of New Delhi.

Priced at ₹44,990 ($652), Vivo NEX will be available in black colour across select offline stores and online on shop.vivo.com/in as well as Amazon.in starting July 21.

What are your thoughts on the Vivo NEX and its pricing, and would you like to pick one up? Tell us in the comments!



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