vivo officially teases dual-screen NEX 2

The successor of the vivo NEX is on its way and the company officially teased the device on its website. Fancy renders of the phone appeared in the online store, while a promo campaign started on the company’s forum, giving one device for the lucky person.

The vivo NEX S2/vivo NEX 2 is likely to be launched on December 11, given the promo ends next Monday, while the company is planning a big announcement for its members the day after. The phone will likely have an option with 10 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, according to a Weibo user.

The landing page for the next vivo NEX device has three obscure gifs/videos. The first is a teaser for the three-cam setup on the back; the second, posted on YouTube, reveals the back panel with a circular module on the upper part; the third is likely revealing an LED circle around the camera setup.

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition to hit China on December 14

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will make its global debut on December 11 in London with an Indian event following on December 12 and finally a Chinese launch on December 14.

The latter date was made official by OnePlus themselves through Weibo. The 6T McLaren Edition will be shown at a special event in Shenzhen.

OnePlus' invite for the Chinese launch
OnePlus’ invite for the Chinese launch

There’s still no word on the specifics of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition but there’s a good chance that it will have 10GB of RAM and 256GB of on-board storage.

If we go by previous OnePlus partnerships (like the OnePlus 3T Colette, OnePlus 5 JCC+, OnePlus 5T Star Wars, and OnePlus 6 Avengers Infinity War) we can expect a new paint job, some exclusive accessories in the retail package and perhaps a McLaren theme on the phone.

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AirPods with wireless charging arriving in Q1 2019, all new design in 2020

Apple AirPods is a product that sees strong sales since its introduction back in 2017. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Cupertino is planning an upgrade for Q1 2019 and a completely new version in early 2020. The new product, scheduled to arrive in the following months will have a wireless charging case.

The current AirPods’ carrying case is charged only with a standard Lighting cable, but the new product will have new components and hinges, redesigned to withstand higher thermal requirements. This will lead to a cost increase of 60%, predicts Kuo.

The analyst does not go into detail about the 2020 product, but previous rumors suggested features like improved IP rating, Hey Siri integration and others. Ming-Chi Kuo’s report does not mention the AirPower mat that was once introduced back in 2017 and then Apple seemingly forgot about it. If the AirPods are indeed going fully wireless, we can only hope to finally see the mat go live.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 gets an update as company seeks 25 testers

Xiaomi introduced the Mi Mix 3 slider with a ceramic back and promised a global arrival, but not before it gets beta testers to clear out any bugs. The company relaunched today its Global Mi Explorer Program, which is aiming to recruit 25 people across the globe to test the newest Mi Mix 3.

To be part of the program, you have to be a registered member of the Mi community. Then you should just follow the link provided in Source below. The company has prepared “series of missions” specially designed for Mi Explorers, and then select the lucky 25 participants. Application are accepted until Sunday, and all qualified applicants should receive an email by December 10.

While the company is gathering its fans, it also launched an update to its Mi Mix 3 devices in China. The latest package with version number MIUI 10.0.12.0 weighs about 2.1 GB and brings slider sound effects, fixes some slider settings and takes care of bugs. They all can be found in the Settings menu under Slide Settings.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ renders hit the web, 5G model demoed

The Samsung Galaxy S10’s development may be further ahead than we imagined – the company demoed a 5G-enabled prototype, even though that was supposed to be unveiled in March, a month after the 4G version.

Beyond that, the phone looks very much like the Galaxy S9 – no notches, no display holes. Just regular bezels. Here are some still shots of this prototype:

Alleged photos of a 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 prototype Alleged photos of a 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 prototype
Alleged photos of a 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 prototype

Next up are CAD-based renders of the Samsung Galaxy S10+, courtesy of @OnLeaks and 91Mobiles. There’s a dual selfie camera located in a hole in the screen, on the back is a triple camera arranged horizontally like on the Galaxy Note9.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ (unofficial CAD-based renders) Samsung Galaxy S10+ (unofficial CAD-based renders) Samsung Galaxy S10+ (unofficial CAD-based renders)
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (unofficial CAD-based renders)

The curved Super AMOLED screen was measured at 6.4” and there should be an in-display fingerprint reader (an ultrasonic one) hiding underneath. The whole phone measures 157.5 x 75.0 x 7.8mm and retains the 3.5mm jack and the bottom-firing speaker.

Triple camera 3.5mm headphone jack Dual selfie cam in a hole Card slot
Triple camera • 3.5mm headphone jack • Dual selfie cam in a hole • Card slot

Someone did an unboxing of a phone that alleges to be the Galaxy S10+. The back looks the same, but the front shows top and bottom bezels. You can watch this phone unboxed on video over at Weibo, but we warn you that the video has a surprise twist. Here are a few stills from the video:

Samsung Galaxy S10+ unboxing (maybe) Samsung Galaxy S10+ unboxing (maybe) Samsung Galaxy S10+ unboxing (maybe) Samsung Galaxy S10+ unboxing (maybe)
Samsung Galaxy S10+ unboxing (maybe)

The reported price range for the S10+ is CNY 7,000 – that’s a cool $1,000 – but we have some doubts as to the authenticity of this video.

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