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The best Android smartphones announced this week: Android Updated Picks for Week 31 August

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Welcome to Android Weekly. Let’s have a look at some of the best Android smartphones announced in the 31st week of 2018:

The best Android smartphones announced this week: Android Updated Picks for Week 31 August

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Asus Zenfone Live L1
  • Xiaomi Mi 8X
  • LG Q8
  • Xiaomi Pocophone F1
  • Razer Phone 2
  • Oppo F9 lineup
  • Oppo R15 Neo
  • Meizu 16X

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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Samsung has finally unveiled the much awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The device is rather an incremental upgrade over its predecessor. That said, it has everything that is required to be called the flagship of the year. With sheer performance thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, a beefy 4,000 mAh battery which supports wireless charging as well as quick charging, a variable aperture dual camera setup, and a screen which is best in the world, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is, without any doubts, the best Android smartphone that you can buy as of now.

Read:


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Asus Zenfone Live (L1)

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Asus has finally launched its first Android Go smartphone dubbed the Asus Zenfone Live (L1)globally. The device was already launched in Indonesia in the month of May.

As with all the other Android Go smartphones launched recently, there is not much going on if we talk about the specifications of the Asus Zenfone Live L1, but there are some key areas wherein the device shines.

For starters, the device makes use of a much powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset as compared to the MediaTek SoCs used in the other Android Go smartphones. This is certainly going to be a plus point should you be opting to buy an Android Go device in the first place.

Read:


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Xiaomi Mi 8X

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Xiaomi unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 8 lineup of smartphones a little while ago. So far, there have been three smartphones which the company has launched – Xiaomi Mi 8Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. Now, the company is looking forward to launching the fourth variant of the lineup which is reportedly going to be the Xiaomi Mi 8X.

The Xiaomi Mi 8X recently appeared on the internet with a bunch of live shots. As per the images, the device is going to be a mixture of all the three devices which have previously been launched.

Read:


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LG Q8 (2018)

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LG has launched a new mid-range smartphone dubbed the LG Q8 (2018). The device is kept at an asking price of $480 which appears to be a bit too much considering the specifications it offers. The device sports a 6.2-inch FullVision display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a stylus support. The device measures 160.1 x 77.7 x 8.4 mm and is unusually wide which can turn out to be a good thing if media consumption is something you are looking for in the LG Q8. The device is IP68 and MIL-STD 810G as well.

Under the hood, we get an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz. The processor is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can further be expanded by up to 2TB (500GB, to be practical as there is no memory card launched so far which can go beyond that).

Read:


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Xiaomi Pocophone F1

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Xiaomi is soon going to launch the Xiaomi Pocophone F1smartphone. The company has started revealing the looks and the internals of the device in all its glory on its various social media handles. Recently, the company teased the Xiaomi Pocophonr F1 on Twitter and the major focus is given on how fast the device is going to be. This further solidifies the claims that the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 will be the cheapest Android smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Read:


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Razer Phone 2

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Razer is all geared up to launch the second generation of the Razer Phone. As per the company’s VP Chen Xiaoping, the Razer Phone 2 will be launched in Q4 of 2018. The announcement was made during the annual game conference China Joy 2018 in Shanghai.

Read:


razer phone full reviewRazer Phone 2: Everything you need to know. Specifications, features, expected release date, and more


Oppo F9 lineup

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Oppo is going to launch the Oppo F9 lineup of smartphones on August 15. The lower variant of the lineup or the Oppo F9 has recently appeared on the Geekbench database, thereby revealing and confirming some of its specifications.

Read:


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Oppo R15 Neo

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Oppo is reportedly going to launch the Oppo R15 Neo or the Oppo AX5alongside the upcoming Oppo F9 lineup of smartphones.

The full specifications of the Oppo R15 Neo have recently got leaked and we have a working clue as to what we are going to get with the device.

Read:


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Meizu 16X

When the entire world was busy watching the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 become a reality, Meizu quietly unveiled the Meizu 16 lineup of smartphones.

Though most of the leaked specifications turned out to be true, we actually got way more than we had anticipated. While the Meizu 16 Plus was tipped to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the standard Meizu 16 was reportedly going to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset instead. As it turns out, the company decided to treat its customers with the same processing power with both the smartphones and we get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC powering the standard edition as well.

Truth be told, both the Meizu 16 and the Meizu 16 Plus are amazing smartphones in their own right and as if that were not enough, the company has decided to launch yet another variant of the Meizu 16 lineup dubbed the Meizu 16X pretty soon. One should keep in mind that this is not a rumor or a leak. The news has indeed been revealed by the company’s CEO himself.

Read:


Meizu 16X: Everything you need to know. Full specifications, features, price, release date, and more


These are 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.

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The Huawei Enjoy 9e will come in a faux leather variant, specifications leaked

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Yet another day, yet another budget smartphone from Huawei gets leaked. This time, we have got the upcoming Huawei Enjoy 9e under the radar. Mysmartprice has recently leaked the specifications and a bunch of press renders of the device which showcases its design language in all its glory.

The render images suggest that the Huawei Enjoy 9e will feature a waterdrop notch at the top. The chin of the device will be fairly wide as we can clearly see the Huawei branding there. At the back, we see the regular game. The Huawei branding is on the bottom left portion of the back. A physical fingerprint scanner is nowhere to be seen. Furthermore, there is just a single rear camera.

In addition to the Black and the Blue color variants, we will get a Brown color variant which will boast of a faux leather back.

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The website has also leaked some key specifications of the Huawei 9e. As per the report, the device will be powered with a Helio P35 chipset which will be coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with scope for further expansion (up to 512GB) with the help of an external SD card. A 3,020 mAh battery will fuel the device.

A 6.08-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch will sit at the front. The notch will accommodate the front camera of the device and given that the Huawei Enjoy 9e would not feature a fingerprint scanner, one would have to rely on the facial unlock mechanism to get the job done.

As far as the cameras of the device are concerned, the Huawei Enjoy 9e will feature a single 13MP (f/1.8) rear camera and an 8MP (f/2.0) front camera.

As of now, this is all we know about the device, but we will keep you posted the moment we receive further intel on the same.

What are your thoughts on the Huawei Enjoy 9e? 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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Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 VS Asus Zenfone Max Shot: What’s different?

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Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 vs Asus Zenfone Max shot

Asus recently launched two new smartphones – Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 and Asus Zenfone Max Shot.

While both the devices are more or less the same when it comes to the specifications, there are a few differences here and there which set them apart.

Let’s compare both the smartphones and find out as to which one is the better choice for you.

Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 Vs Asus Zenfone Max shot: Specifications comparison

Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 vs Asus Zenfone Max shot

Specifications Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 Asus Zenfone Max Shot
Status Available Available
Dimensions 159.2 x 76.2 x 8.4 mm (6.27 x 3.00 x 0.33 in) 159.2 x 76.2 x 8.4 mm (6.27 x 3.00 x 0.33 in)
Weight 165g 165g
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.26-inch S-IPS LCD display 6.26-inch S-IPS LCD display
Resolution 1080 x 2346 pixels, 398 ppi pixel density 1080 x 2346 pixels, 398 ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 18.7:9 18.7:9
Colors Red, Silver, Blue, Black Red, Silver, Blue, Black
OS Android 8 Oreo Android 8 Oreo
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1
CPU Octa-core 1.8 GHz Octa-core 1.8 GHz
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 512GB Yes, up to 512GB
Primary camera Dual camera (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25μm, PDAF + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor) Triple camera (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25μm, PDAF + 8 MP, 13mm (ultrawide) + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor)
Front camera 8MP 8MP
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
Battery 4000mAh Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+) 4000mAh Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+)
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price $339 $351

These were the main differences between the devices. 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.

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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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