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The best Android smartphones announced this week: Android Updated Picks for Week 14 April

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Welcome to Android weekly. Let’s have a look at the best Android smartphones launched in the 13th week of 2018:

The best Android smartphones announced this week: Android Updated Picks for Week 14 April


  • Xiaomi Black Shark
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 lineup (2018)
  • ZTE Nubia Z18 mini
  • BlackBerry Athena
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 (6X)

Xiaomi Black Shark

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Xiaomi recently launched its gaming subbrand with the first smartphone being the Black Shark. The Black Shark smartphone has some pretty amazing specifications at a very compelling price.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB/8GB of RAM. At the display front, we get a 6.99-inch Full HD+ panel which has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a 97% DCI-P3 coverage at the front.

There is a dual camera setup at the back (12 MP f/1.75 + 20 MP f/1.75) which is backed up with a dual-tone LED flash. At the front, we get a 20MP selfie snapper.

Running the Black Shark is a massive 4,000 mAh battery capable of quick charging.

Read:


xiaomi black shark full reviewXiaomi Black Shark full review: Everything you need to know


Samsung Galaxy A6 lineup (2018)

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The upcoming Samsung smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A6+ is reportedly going to feature an 18:9 aspect ratio infinity display.

The Galaxy A6+ is rumored to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The storage will have a scope of expansion with the help of an external SD card.

The device will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the latest Samsung Experience 9.0 on top. There is no word as to whether or not the device will have support for Bixby.

The Samsung Galaxy A6 and the Galaxy A6+ came to highlights last week when several reports suggesting their specifications popped up on the internet. You can follow our previous coverage on the same by following the link below:


Samsung Galaxy A6 full featuresSamsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ (2018): Everything you need to know





ZTE Nubia Z18 mini

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The ZTE Nubia Z18 mini is one of the most significant smartphones announced this week. The device has pretty solid specifications and an amazing design.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. At the storage front, we get two variants of the device – one with 64GB of internal storage and the other one with 128GB.

Coming to the camera of the device, the Z18 mini sports a dual camera setup at the back (24MP, f/1.7 + 5MP) and an 8MP front camera with a f/2.0 aperture and an 80-degree wide angle field of view.

At the display front, we get a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio giving out a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. The device is covered entirely by a Corning Gorilla Glass at both the sides, surrounded by a metal chassis. It certainly is one of the most premium looking smartphones in its price range.

On top of that, the Z18 mini is certainly one of the most colorful devices as well. The device is going to be available in 5 color variants – Pink, Purple, White, Black, and Light Blue.

Read:


zte nubia Z18 mini color variants and priceZTE Nubia Z18 mini review: Everything you need to know





BlackBerry Athena

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BlackBerry Athena is the successor to the last year’s BlackBerry Keyone. The device is indeed the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature a dual camera setup at the back. The company has decided to keep the keyboard intact this time around as well. The fingerprint scanner is going to be embedded onto the spacebar.

Read:


Blackberry Athena camera performanceBlackBerry Athena initial impressions: Everything you need to know


Xiaomi Mi A2 (6X)

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Xiaomi is soon going to launch the Xiaomi Mi A2 or the Xiaomi Mi 6X. The device is reportedly going to be unveiled on April 25.

While earlier rumors suggested that the device would make use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset, new developments have surfaced out which suggest that it would be powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 processor instead.

The device is going to sport a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio. At the memory front, the device is tipped to be coming in two variants. While the base variant will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, the top model will pack in 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The device might house a 2,910 mAh battery. As far as the OS is concerned, the Mi 6X is most likely going to run on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 on top.

Read:


mi a2 mi 6x full specificationsXiaomi Mi A2 (6X): Everything you need to know




These were the best Android smartphones announced this week. What are your thoughts on them? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

Former National Defence Academy Cadet, Mukul Sharma is an Android Lover. He makes Android reviews on Android Updated. You can find him at Android Updated or at Stuff Listings.

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Nice to see that many old and New brands are launching there smartphones with pack of new features and some features are upgraded as well.And also one more thing to say is that some companies are providing features of flagship smartphons at very cheap price.

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True that. The ZTE Nubia mini would make an insane amount of sales if it’s launched in India. Waiting for it to arrive.

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Oppo Reno lineup to have 5 devices – Pro, Plus, Zoom, Lite, and Youth

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We got to know about the upcoming Oppo sub-brand Reno a couple of weeks ago. The Reno lineup of smartphones will be focused on youth as it will pack in punchy and vibrant colors at the back.

Now, courtesy of Letsgodigital, we have got intel on the various models in the lineup. As per the report, the lineup will have five devices (initially) – Reno Pro, Reno Plus, Reno Zoom, Reno Lite, and Reno Youth.

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On March 20, 2019, Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications submitted the trademark applications to the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and to the IPO (Intellectual Property Office UK). The trademarks are classified as Class 9, which includes smartphones. The names are Reno Pro, Reno Plus, Reno Zoom, Reno Lite, and finally Reno Youth.

The trademark was applied for by Domingo Galletero Company, a law firm in Alicante. This company has often acted in the name of Oppo, as the Spanish company also applied for brand name protection at the beginning of this year for the name Oppo Limn.

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Oppo Reno Pro

Based on the name you can assume that the Pro model will be a top model. It was previously known that the Reno will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, or this will apply to all models is still unknown. But this powerful chipset will probably be used for the Oppo Reno Pro. It also seems obvious that this phone will offer 5G support.

Oppo Reno Plus

The name Reno Plus can have several meanings. This may involve an extra large screen, extra memory or an extra large battery. This last option certainly does not seem unlikely, it has already been announced that the Reno will be equipped with a 4,800 mAh battery. Oppo’s fast charging technology, called SuperVOOC Flash Charge, will certainly not be missing.

Oppo Reno Zoom

It is obvious that the name Reno Zoom refers to the zoom function of the camera. Earlier this year Oppo announced to have a smartphone with 10x optical zoom in development. This phone was already demonstrated at MWC 2019 last month. It is a triple camera with image stabilization. The triple camera consists of a 48-megapixel main camera, an ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel zoom camera.

Oppo Reno Youth

The name Youth does not leave much to the imagination. Young consumers are an important target group for innovative Oppo. The Reno Youth seems to be meant for that. What this will mean for the functionality is still unknown, but this will probably be one of the cheaper models.

Oppo Reno Lite

The name Reno Lite also reminds me of a cheaper smartphone model. It is possible that this smartphone will be provided with less powerful hardware, in order to be able to offer an affordable device for every consumer.

The will run on the Android 9.0 operating system in combination with the recently introduced ColorOS 6 user interface from Oppo. Oppo’s own voice assistant, Breeno, will also be available.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Oppo Reno lineup of smartphones? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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Huawei accidentally treats us with the official P30 lineup leaks

The Huawei Netherlands official website recently uploaded the live shots of the P30 lineup. The page was removed shortly after, but the world of leakers was quicker…

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We are going to witness the official launch of the Huawei P30 lineup of smartphones come March 26. Right ahead of the launch, Huawei has (accidentally) leaked the live shots of the Huawei P30 and the Huawei P30 Pro. This might very well be planned, but we cannot say anything for sure.

Huawei’s Netherlands website recently uploaded a new page which contained all the details of the upcoming devices. The page was removed pretty quickly, but the world of Android leaks, once again, came out quicker.

Though the images don’t tell us anything we already do not know of, they reassure us about the previous rumors and leaks surrounding the lineup.

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Furthermore, we have finally got an idea as to what all we would get if we would pre-order the devices. If you pre-order the P30, you will get a Sonos One speaker, and if you pre-order the Pro variant, you will get the speaker and a wireless charger.

Huawei P30 Pro: Geekbench scores

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  • Single-core score: 3289
  • Multi-core score: 9817
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 8GB RAM
  • Android 9 Pie

A couple of days ago, MobielKopen discovered a Geekbench benchmark for the Huawei P30 Pro. As presumed, the phone will be driven by a 1.8Ghz octa-core Kirin 980 processor with 8GB of RAM memory and runs on Android 9 Pie. The same hardware can be found in Huawei’s current flagship model, the Mate 20 Pro.

We already know that the Huawei P30 (and the P30 Pro) will feature a periscope camera on the back and a triple camera setup will make its way to the device.

To know more about the devices, you can head to our existing coverage of the same.

What are your thoughts on the Huawei P30 lineup of smartphones? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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Meizu 16s appears in yet another leaked image confirming previous rumors

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A couple of days ago, the upcoming Meizu 16s received the 3C certification which hinted at a nearby launch (expected to be launched in the month of May).

The device has now once again popped up on the internet courtesy of a leaked hands-on image.

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The newly leaked image sort of confirms the previously leaked ones as this one also features an almost bezel-less screen with no notch. The picture appears to be taken at some sort of a smartphones repair shop by the looks of the background.

We can see the front camera at the top right side of the forehead of the Meizu 16s (alleged). Why the other companies cannot try to have the front camera embedded somewhere here is a mystery.

As far as the specifications are concerned, under the hood, the devices (the Meizu 16 lineup) will be powered with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset which will be coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage with a scope of further expansion with the help of an external SD card.

We can see the front camera at the top right side of the forehead of the Meizu 16s (alleged). Why the other companies cannot try to have the front camera embedded somewhere here is a mystery.

A 3,600mAh battery will fuel the device, but we won’t get any fast charging coming up with the device.

The price will be somewhere around $490. As of now, this is all we know about the devices, but we are sure to receive further intel on the same in the coming days as the launch date approaches.

What are your thoughts on the Meizu 16s and the Meizu 16s Plus? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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