ZTE nubia X unveiled with two screens and two fingerprint readers

The nubia X doesn’t have a front-facing camera, as you can easily snap selfies with the dual setup on the back using the secondary screen. You can expect some pretty sharp stills from the 16MP main lens with f/1.8 aperture while the 24MP unit boasts a brighter f/1.7 lens. The cameras are aided by AI scene recognition feature and PDAF phase detection autofocus. The nubia X comes with a 3,800 mAh battery that promises to last at least a full day of usage and we have Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with nubia’s UI 6.0.2 on top. Interestingly, the phone also has two fingerprint readers positioned on the two sides. Depending on which one you use, you can unlock either screen. The scanners also double as navigation buttons, which is kind of cool. Sadly, there’s no 3.5mm audio jack. Read more here:

Lenovo Z5 Pro slider announced, claims highest screen-to-body ratio yet

The catch is that the Lenovo Z5 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 710 instead of the top of the line Snapdragon 845 but the rest of it is mostly flagship stuff.
The phone is built around a full-screen display with no unsightly notches. It’s 6.39″ in diagonal and has FHD+ (1080 x 2340) resolution. Lenovo says it’s covering more than 95% of the front panel and while that’s certainly optimistic (makers like to exclude the frame as part of the body) the direct comparison to the Mix 3 showed slimmer bezels. And the company isn’t shy to share that the screen is Samsung-made. Read more here:

Honor Magic 2 slider arrives with six cameras and UD fingerprint scanner

The front setup is also unorthodox – the 16 MP selfie shooter is accompanied by two 2 MP depth sensors. There is also an IR face scanner for 3D Face Unlock through a depth-sensing bionic lens. If you don’t want to swipe the phone and reveal this whole setup, there is an under-display fingerprint scanner for all the security you might need.Huawei was always about fast-charging, and the Magic 2 comes with 40W capabilities (10V/4A). It is called Magic Charge, and Honor claims it can charge 50% of the 3,400 mAh power cell in 15 minutes and reach 85% in the next quarter hour. It uses the USB-C port that doubles as an audio port since there is no 3.5 mm jack. Read more here

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium arrives with dual cameras and 4K HDR screen

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium arrives with dual cameras and 4K HDR screen

It is still Monday but Sony already delivered what will likely be the biggest announcement of the week. The Japanese company just introduced its first phone with dual cameras – Xperia XZ2 Premium. The phone has a 4K HDR screen, Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 GB RAM and the ability to capture photos and videos in extremely low-lit environments.
The TRILUMINOS display is 5.8” with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels in the standard 16:9 ratio. Wrapped between a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 and a glass back, the phone follows the Ambient Flow design that was introduced with the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018. The fingerprint is in the center of the back panel, positioned right under the biggest talking point – the dual camera. Read all here:

Oppo R15 Pro review

Oppo R15 Pro review

The Oppo R15 announcement was overshadowed by a massive media charade. A barrage of clickbait articles claiming this phone shows us what the OnePlus 6 will look like, took the spotlight off the actual product announcement and misfocused the attention on something else entirely. You won’t see any of that here, this review is all about the latest fashion-centric smartphone duo to come out of the Chinese company – the Oppo R15 and R15 Pro. Read all here:

Xiaomi’s gaming phone is here: Meet the Black Shark

Official renders of the Blackshark in Black

Xiaomi launched its gaming smartphone subrand today with the Black Shark coming to lead the charge. It is an entirely new device with customized hardware to bring out the best gaming performance out of a handset, including a new type of cooling system, new ISP, the latest Snapdragon 845 and a massive 4,000 mAh battery. A 5.99” 18:9 IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution and 97% DCI-P3 coverage takes the front. The Snapdragon 845 chip comes with the usual Kryo 385 cores and Adreno 630 GPU. For optimal performance, Xiaomi equipped the phone with a multi-stage integrated liquid cooling system that brings the CPU temperature 8° C down. Read all here:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s hands-on review

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s is finally official and it’s hard not to feel at least a little bit relieved that this particular hype train is finally at station. The Mi Mix 2s has been frequenting the rumor mill for months now, flaunting, what we know know was an overly-ambitions nearly bezel-free front panel and innovative selfie camera placement. Read all here:

Huawei P20, P20 Pro and Mate RS hands-on review

The company introduces two core new models this year – the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, both with notched screens. The regular P20 build on the successful P10 formula, while the P20 Pro is the carrier of the new jaw-dropping Leica Triple Camera. And then there was the company’s “One more thing” – the Mate RS Porsche Design. While using the Mate name, this one was actually built around the P20 Pro and its revolutionary snapper combo. Read all here:

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ hands-on review

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are here, official, unwrapped, and we go in full hands-on mode. We might be sending off another UNPACKED event preceded by weeks of overwhelming leaks, but we are surely heading towards a new chapter in the smartphone photography. Read all here:

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact hands-on review

Unlike many of its big-brand competitors, Sony didn’t shy away from major announcements at MWC 2018. In fact, it took the wrappers of a shiny new pair of flagships, that boldly marry new design concepts with incremental hardware updates.In many ways, the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are a logical and incremental step up over their direct XZ1 and XZ1 Compact predecessors. A beastly Snapdragon 845 chipset powers both, HDR support is added to the new panels and video recording. Everything is now either bigger, louder or with more pixels. Read all here: