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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL get an audio fix when recording video

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The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL were plagued by a lot of issues initially but many were already addressed via software updates. One of those that remained was the poor audio quality while recording videos.





Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL get an audio fix when recording video

Luckily, there's a patch that aims to fix that and it's already seeding. It's part of the latest update that Google delivered to its flagship duo. The update is also seeding to older Pixels and the Pixel C, where's it only contains a security patch. It's just 56MB big and if you are too impatient, you can download the factory image and flash it manually.
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Apple is lowering iPhone production by 10 percent

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Apple is having a tough time on the market - following its lowered earnings guidance Cupertino is reportedly cutting its iPhone production as well. The original plan for 48 million sold units between January and March, later reduced to 43 million, is now taking another hit and is cut with an additional 10% to 40 million.
Sources said to Nikkei Asian Review that Apple asked its suppliers to produce fewer of its new iPhones for the upcoming quarter. The request was made before the January 2 guidance announcement, meaning the company was already aware of the lower than expected interest in customers. The revision in production will affect all three new phones - iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Apple is lowering iPhone production by 10 percent The decline in production is around 20% on a yearly basis, compared with the 52.2 million phones sold in the first quarter of 2018, but the monetary effect might be different due to the updated retail prices of the new phones. Source 1

ZTE to launch a 5G smartphone in first half of 2019

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The Chinese company ZTE that was on the brink of bankruptcy is finally back in the game. It announced ambitious plans for 2019, including a 5G smartphone, new Axon and new Blade devices. The handset with next-gen connectivity will be announced in H1 2019 to boost sales in the second part of the year.
ZTE to launch a 5G smartphone in first half of 2019
ZTE has already completed multiple 5G tests, including calls, internet browsing, and WeChat messages. It passed all applicable scenarios with flying colors, receiving a green light from Chinese authorities to continue with its 5G development.
The new flagship device will be likely under the Axon moniker as a follow-up of the Axon 9 Pro, showcased at IFA 2018. Due to the more powerful chipset that will power the phone, AI camera features, ultra-low latency for VR/AR are expected to arrive.
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Verizon will soon offer the BlackBerry KEY2 LE to its business owners

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In a few weeks the BlackBerry KEY2 LE will become available to Verizon Enterprise and Small Business customers. Late last year the QWERTY-packing phone gained support for Verizon’s network, but you couldn’t buy one from the carrier.d The Verizon version will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage (expandable). There will be a dual SIM version (hybrid slot).


BlackBerry KEY2 LE is coming to Verizon's business customers
The KEY2 LE is built for business users as it focuses on productivity and privacy. The Locker feature helps you control what info is synced with the cloud and what is kept only on the phone. Firefox Focus enables privacy-focused browsing. The DTEK app continuously scans the phone to identify and mitigate potential risks.<

Alcatel 1x (2019) hands-on

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The alcatel 1x sequel was just unveiled a CES, a little under a year after the original (which made its debut at the MWC). The phone is bigger and better than before, but it is the same at its core – a simple value for money proposition. The alcatel 1x (2019) has a 5.5” 18:9 screen, offering about 8% more screen real estate. The real upgrade is that this is now a 720 x 1,440px panel, increasing the pixel density to 292ppi – a noticeable jump from the 480 x 960px display on the original.

A larger 5.5-inch screen • One-handed mode is available if that's too much for you
The screen is covered with 2.5D glass, Dragontrail specifically. Anyway, TCL claims an 83% screen-to-body ratio for those of you keeping score. The other improvement in the 2019 edition of the alcatel 1x is on the back – it features a 13+2MP dual camera. The secondary sensor enables real-time bokeh effects. The main camera can record 1080p video.
Alcatel 1x (2019) hands-on
The alcatel 1x (2019) sports a 13+2MP dual camera …

Alcatel 1x unveiled with 5.5" 720p screen, alcatel 1c Go edition phone tags along

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This year at CES alcatel has brought two Android phones for the masses. Both have 18:9 screens, which offer slightly more screen real estate while keeping the phones relatively compact. These two choose sensibility over vanity and go with grippy, fingerprint resistant backs instead of trying to fit a metal cover in this budget.
The alcatel 1x (2019) brings a larger, sharper display than last year’s model. The 5.5” display has a 720p+ IPS panel and is guarded by 2.5D Dragontrail glass. Not bad for the budget, which is $120/€120.
It even upgrades the rear camera – the 13MP main module is joined by a 2MP depth sensor for bokeh effects. It can record 1080p/30 video, though you might want to put a microSD card in as the 16GB of built-in storage isn’t much.
The phone is powered by the same chipset as before, a MediaTek MT6739 (quad Cortex-A53), though the CPU is clocked higher than before (1.5GHz vs. 1.3GHz). It’s paired with 2GB of RAM and runs Android 8.1 Oreo (not Go edition). The good news…

Samsung posts Q4 guidance, profit goes down 38%

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Samsung had a smashing 2018 performance with multiple record-breaking quarters, mostly thanks to a boom in memory chips demand. Now the effect is wearing off and the Q4 guidance, posted by the Korean company is quite disappointing.



Samsung posts Q4 guidance, profit goes down 38%

In a short press release, Samsung said the expected consolidated sales are approximately KRW59 trillion, while the operating profit should be around KRW10.8 trillion. These numbers are down respectively 38% and 10% from the previous quarter, while on a yearly basis, sales declined 28% and profit is down 10%.
The company traditionally posts full detailed results in the last week of the month, following the quarter. The results might look tough, but back in October Samsung said this is expected and 2019 will probably bring more of the same as the demand for memory chips returns to its pre-2017 levels.
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Redmi 7 official images surface

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Xiaomi's founder, Lei Jun, teased on Weibo Redmi's first smartphone under its own brand - the Redmi 7. The past few days we had plenty of information going around, but these renders are our best look at the device yet.


Redmi 7 official images surfaceThe images depict the handset in its three color variants that leaked yesterday blue, red/purple and black. Along with the pictures, Lei Jun reveals that the smartphone will feature a 2.5D glass on both sides. There are just two days until the official announcement of the Redmi 7 and we can't wait to see how the 48MP main camera performs.
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Sprint is launching the 5G Samsung Galaxy S10 in the summer

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Rumor has it there will be more than one 5G version of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10, and that makes sense because it appears that at the beginning the new tech will require a customized model for each carrier using 5G. That's a pretty huge step back from the current state of 4G, but remember that LTE got started like that too.


Anyway, one of those 5G iterations of Samsung's next flagship is headed to Sprint, the carrier proudly announced in a press release today. Well, the company stopped short of naming the device, but did reveal that "an innovative, standards-based 5G smartphone" is "expected to launch in summer 2019 from Samsung". The obvious candidate is the S10, so let's not play Sprint's game and just call it.

Sprint is launching the 5G Samsung Galaxy S10 in the summer
The Sprint S10 will also work on the carrier's 4G LTE network, of course, and it will support its 1.9 GHz spectrum (band 25) as well as its 800 MHz spectrum (band 26), an…

Xiaomi Black Shark Skywalker appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855

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Xiaomi introduced its first gaming device back in April, called Black Shark. Later it followed it up with the Black Shark Helo that was presented with 10 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, while most of the other internals remained the same. Now the Chinese maker is preparing a third phone, called Black Shark Skywalker. According to a Geekbench listing, it will have Snapdragon 855 and at least 8 GB RAM.

The 3,494 single-core result and the 11,149 multi-core score are pretty much in line with a previously leaked benchmark - the Xperia XZ4 powered by the latest flagship Qualcomm chipset. The Snapdragon 855 result for multiple cores will be the first time an Android device will pass the 10,000 threshold, currently done only by Apple devices powered by the A11 Bionic and A12 Bionic chips.

Xiaomi Black Shark Skywalker appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855
The Snapdragon 855 is the first 5G-supporting chipset by the San Diego company, although it must have the proper X24 or X50 modem equipped. We …

Honor 10 Lite making its way to India

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Honor 10 Lite was introduced in the end of November with gradient colors and Kirin 710 chipset. It was initially launched only in China, but now the device is making its way to India where it will launch as a Flipkart Exclusive. The arrival date is January 15, or next Tuesday.

Honor 10 Lite has Gradient Red and Gradient Blue options, but sadly, Indian customers will get only the latter, along with the plain Blue and Black variants. The Flipkart listing reveals it will be launched with two RAM options and 64 GB storage, meaning the most powerful 6/128 GB variant will stay in China for now. Honor 10 Lite making its way to India
Currently, the Honor 10 Lite goes between CNY1,399 and CNY1,699 in China. We expect similar prices in India as well - INR13,999 for the 4/64 GB phone and INR16,999 for the 6/64 GB. The phone is likely coming for pre-order next Tuesday, with actual market launch eventually happening by the end of the month. Thanks for the tip, matt! Source

ZTE nubia Red Magic Mars is coming to the US and Europe on January 31 for just $399

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At CES ZTE has announced that its nubia Red Magic Mars gaming smartphone is headed to the US and Europe pretty soon - so the rumors were right. The handset will be available in those markets on January 31. Pricing has only been unveiled for the US, and it's $399 for the entry-level version which has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The higher-end models with 8/128GB and 10/256GB, respectively, are also likely to be offered in Western markets, but that hasn't been made official yet.




If you're wondering what you get in exchange for $399 of your hard earned cash, here's a quick spec reminder for the nubia Red Magic Mars. First off, the one important thing for gamers: it has an RGB light panel on the back. It's also got a 6-inch FHD+ touchscreen, the Snapdragon 845 chipset, Android 9 Pie, a 16 MP f/1.8 main camera, an 8 MP selfie shooter, and a 3,800 mAh battery. ZTE nubia Red Magic Mars is coming to the US and Europe on January 31 for just $399The Red Magic Mars became …