vivo Z1 Lite arrives with gradient color and vivo V9’s body

What a beautiful day for launching smartphones said a vivo executive, probably. The vivo Y95 appeared in the Philippines just as the vivo Z1 Lite was quietly listed at the company website today. It has the same footprint as the vivo V9 midranger but with a fancier back panel and less impressive cameras. The vivo Z1 Lite comes with a Snapdragon 626 chipset that has its octa-core CPU running at 2.2 GHz. There is 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage on board with a microSD slot for up to…

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Fossil launches Fossil Sport, a Wear OS smartwatch running the Snapdragon 3100

Today, Fossil announces its latest smartwatch simply called: the Fossil Sport. The fitness-oriented Wear OS device will run the latest version of Wear OS with a revamped fitness and navigation UI. It also has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip that replaces the far-outdated 2100 chip. The Fossil Sport has a 350 mAh battery and comes in six body colors and there are 28 available silicone strap colors. There are also two sizes 41mm and 43mm with 18mm or 22mm bands, respectively, and the watch cases are made of aluminum…

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Apple iPad Pro smashes another benchmark record, this time at AnTuTu

The first Apple iPad Pro benchmarks arrived on Thursday, revealing a massive increase in GPU performance for the A12X Bionic over the A12 Bionic in the newest iPhones. Today AnTuTu also revealed the score for the latest slate, and it confirmed the superiority of the newer chipset. The iPad Pro 11” yielded the massive score of 557,679, or over 50% increase from the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that we tested a month ago. AnTuTu benchmarks in details The result can be broken down to four core components –…

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BlizzCon 2018: Warcraft III remastered, and Overwatch gets a new cowboy

BlizzCon 2018 is the end of an era. Just a few weeks ago, Blizzard announced that co-founder and longtime president Mike Morhaime would be stepping down, replaced with J. Allen Brack. Today’s Opening Ceremony kicked off with Morhaime saying goodbye, and you know what? I’ll miss him. He was a great presenter, not in the overly slick way I’m accustomed to seeing at these sorts of shows, but with a quietspoken passion for the company he’d helped guide for 20-plus years. Blizzard lives on, though, and while 2019 won’t be…

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EVGA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition graphics card hits the fabled $999 price point

When Nvidia announced the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at Gamescom, it said that models starting at $999 would be available. But in reality, all the custom models available since launch meet or exceed the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition’s hefty $1,200 price point. Asus announced the $999 RTX 2080 Ti Turbo with a blower-style fan, but we’ve never actually seen it available despite being listed on Newegg. A new EVGA offering promises to finally bring big Turing below $1,000. As first noticed by Hot Hardware, EVGA has listed…

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Apple stores now stocking iPhone XR but pre-ordering is still smarter

Today is the day the iPhone XR starts to fill the shelves in Apple stores but you’re still not guaranteed a pickup. Many stores will have the phone stocked but not all. Several of Apple’s online stores still list the XR as unavailable for local pickup. But a deeper dive leads to stores with available iPhone XR stock. If you pre-order the iPhone XR through Apple’s website it will be delivered in 3 to 5 business days. To the disappointment of many hardcore Apple fans, Apple still doesn’t offer an…

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 gets a 103 DxOMark score, boosted by 108 for photos

DxOMark were quick to give the freshly announced Xiaomi Mi Mix 3’s dual camera a detailed run. Xiaomi’s latest and greatest posted a combined score of 103 which breaks down to a 108 photo and 93 video score. For reference, the combined score of 103 matches the Samsung Galaxy Note9 but sits below the iPhone XS Max (105) and Huawei P20 Pro (109). The photo score of 108 more or less matches the Galaxy Note9’s 107 photo score. DxO praised the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3’s reliable and fast autofocus –…

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Honor Magic 2 official images show the slider, gradient back, and black box

The Honor Magic 2 will be announced on October 31. This all-screen smartphone with a slider has been leaking a lot in recent days and weeks, but not only that – the Huawei sub-brand itself has been posting quite a few teasers already. Today it’s gone ahead and outed a slew of new official images of the device through its Weibo account, and these are more than simple teasers – they show the box and the smartphone itself in all its glory – in two gradient colorways, blue and pink/purple….

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Android Confidential: Just how big is that notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL anyway?

The notch. By now it’s become a fairly commonplace feature on premium phones. Even some budget handsets are starting to get in on the act. But the Google Pixel 3 XL reignites the notch frenzy. Why? Because it’s so damn big. Google didn’t just add a normal screen cutout to the top of its latest flagship phone, it added the biggest one I’ve ever seen, big enough to house two cameras and a speaker. I generally don’t mind phone notches, but there’s something about the Pixel 3 XL’s that really…

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Google Chrome for Android soon to get a new Explore UI when opening a new tab

Google is testing a new “Explore” feature on its Android Chrome app and the good news is that you can test it out by yourself without needing to install Chrome Beta or Chrome Canary. The feature introduces a new layout when opening a new tab that will help you explore topics and websites based on your interests and browsing history. Here’s how it looks.     Screenshots from the new tab If you want to get it too, just head over to your Chrome app for Android, open a new tab,…

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