This is the OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus has been making full use of its marketing budget with the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro with a number of features either revealed by the company itself or leaked out. Now, we have our closest look yet at the OnePlus 7 Pro with pictures of the device in all its glory showing off the zero-bezel design.
The leaks come courtesy of Ishan Agarwal, who has been very vocal (and accurate) with a number of leaks over the last few months. The image below shows the OnePlus 7 Pro in the Nebula Blue color and also shows the vertical camera array.

OnePlus has already shared images teasing the lens setup in the OnePlus 7 Pro and having already confirmed a 48-megapixel primary sensor with a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, the third camera is likely a wide-angle lens. As far as button placement goes, the volume and power button remains in the same place as last year.
The biggest talking point of the OnePlus 7 Pro is the new display where the bezels have been reduced and the notch removed. This resigns the OnePlus 7 Pro to a popup camera mechanism that will popup the front-facing camera on demand. At QHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, the display is gearing up to be absolutely stunning and a stand out feature of the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The device will also be available in a Mirror Grey finish and will be unveiled on May 14. The OnePlus 7 Pro will cost €749/$749, cementing OnePlus firmly in the premium device bracket.
Via: Android Central

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could have curves for dayz

Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 10 around August this year and we’re expecting there to also be a Note 10 Pro, as well as an accompanying 5G model of each. While the Note series typically follows a similar design inspiration from the Galaxy S device launched earlier in the year, Samsung could be looking to mix things up with the Note 10 this year according to a new leak.
The Galaxy S10 introduced a brand new design that saw the Infinity-O display reduce the bezels of the device and introduce a hole-punch in the top right of the device to house the front-facing camera. The design has been met with mixed reviews but is the company’s answer to the notch. Samsung could be looking to change the design even further this year with the Note 10.

Whether you like curved display or not, it’s still the flagship phone logo, especially in the second half of the year, you’ll see a very superb curved design, a more aggressive curved display than Note7 will appear, and more than one brand will do so.😎
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 30, 2019

According to the tweet above, which comes from a source that has a good track history of being familiar with Samsung’s movements, the Note 10 could take the curved design seen on the S10 that has been a signature of the Galaxy flagships for years a step further and feature even more prominent curvature.
The curved edge of the display was first introduced with the Galaxy Edge and has since been made the standard, albeit with a reduced curve. If the tweet is to be believed, the Note 10 could be going back to its roots and be the curviest display we’ve seen yet.
Via: BGR

Google Pixel 3a could be cheaper than we previously thought

We had earlier made the argument that for $500 for the Pixel 3a, it was simply not worth it as it was just about $100-$150 shy of buying a phone with much better specs, but at the same time, maybe for some, the difference in price is simply too much for them to even consider. Turns out there might be some good news after all.
In a video uploaded by YouTube channel This Is Tech Today, they claim that they have gotten word on how much the upcoming Pixel 3a smartphones could cost, with the Pixel 3a priced starting at $399, while the larger Pixel 3a XL could be priced starting at $479.
With a base price of $399, it sure makes it an even more compelling handset. It is unclear if these were always the prices that Google was planning to charge, or if Google realized that $500 was a bit too expensive for customers to justify, especially when they can simply top up more money to get the Pixel 3.

Either way, we will learn more on the 7th of May which is when Google is expected to officially launch the device, so be sure to check back with us then if you’d like all the official details. In the meantime, here are several reasons to get excited for the Pixel 3a, and you can check out the video below if you’d like more details about the upcoming handset.

6 reasons to be excited for Google’s Pixel 3a

Next week Google will be launching their new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones. In case you’re learning about this for the first time, the upcoming phones are Google’s answer to a more affordable Pixel 3 handset, where in exchange for a lower price tag, customers will be sacrificing certain features and performance in the process.
It might sound almost ridiculous to release a phone with 2018 hardware for a (rumored) price tag of $500, and there are plenty of reasons not to love it, but at the same time, there are certain things that we can look forward to as well.
Cost
According to the rumors, the Pixel 3a is said to be priced starting at $500. It’s not exactly what one might call a “budget” phone, but it is more affordable than the current price of the Pixel 3. You might argue that the Pixel 3 doesn’t cost much more and has much better specs, but perhaps the target market that Google is aiming at might not necessarily be the ones that are willing to spend an extra $200 or more for a phone with better hardware.
Stock Android

For those who aren’t fans of the skinned/themed UIs that handset manufacturers bundle with their phones, getting a Pixel handset will give you a (relatively) stock Android experience. We expect that this will be the same with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, where for a lower price, you get all the benefits of enjoying stock Android.
Plus, it also seems that Google will be bringing over some features from the Pixel 3 such as Night Sight
Speaking of stock Android, the fact that the phone is still part of the Pixel lineup means that in terms of updates, you can expect to receive them in a timely manner as other Pixel devices. Given that a lot of what makes an experience good is the software, being able to access the latest updates to Android whenever it is released can only be a good thing.
Camera

Now one of the things that Google’s Nexus and Pixel smartphones were never really known for was their cameras. They were capable at best, but they definitely paled in comparison compared to the likes of the iPhone and Samsung. Google definitely stepped things up in a big way with the Pixel 3, and we expect that experience to carry over to the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.
In fact, a very recent teaser image shared by Google suggested that the company’s coveted Night Sight mode (which uses AI to artificially brighten up the scene) could be brought over to the Pixel 3a phones. This essentially means that for a phone that’s a few hundred dollars cheaper, you will be able to expect very similar camera capabilities. Plus, for all we know, the Pixel 3a might actually hint at some of the camera improvements that we could expect from the Pixel 4 later this year.
Wider Availability

While Google has always sold the Pixel phones unlocked through its website, the Pixel series had previously been exclusive to Verizon here in the US. However, a recent report claims that the exclusivity with Verizon will be coming to an end and that future Pixel phones, including the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, will be available through T-Mobile as well. For non-Verizon customers hoping to pick up the phone on an installment/repayment plan, your options just got a bit wider.
Plus it was recently reported that Google’s Pixel 3 smartphones aren’t selling as well compared to the Pixel 2. Making it available on T-Mobile along with a slightly cheaper price tag could help bolster sales and give the phone a better chance at succeeding.
It Gets The Job Done

The rumors are claiming that the Pixel 3a smartphones could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset. On paper, it doesn’t look particularly impressive especially when compared to other flagship chipsets, but let’s be honest, it’s more than enough to get the job done.
Unless you consider yourself a power user who plays a lot of resource-intensive games or does heavy processing tasks like video editing on the go, chances are the Snapdragon 670 will be more than adequate for your day-to-day activities.
Return Of The Headphone Jack

If a smartphone that lacks a headphone jack is a deal-breaker for you, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL appear to be bringing the port back.
This is great news for audiophiles who have long argued that wired headphones offer better sound quality than wireless ones, plus if you have a collection of wired headphones, this means you won’t have to deal with dongles/adapters or be forced to buy a set of wireless headphones.
All in all, perhaps the Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be a huge flop as we predicted, or maybe, just maybe, with the right marketing and target audience, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL could be the runaway success that Google needs right now.

OnePlus 7 Pro benchmarks reveal it’s the worlds faster Android device

There’s always a lot of excitement around the launch of a new OnePlus device, but the upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro is getting more attention than usual thanks to its rumored 90hz refresh rate, 12GB of RAM and triple camera system.
While we’ve known that the OnePlus 7 would be quite powerful since it’s expected to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, benchmark results from Geekbench have surfaced, placing the OnePlus 7 Pro at the very top of the list, showing that it’s the fastest Android device ever to be benchmarked using the app.
The OnePlus 7 Pro posted a 11,012 multi-core score and a 3,551 single-core score. While the multi-core performance puts the OnePlus 7 Pro in first place, the single-core score of the phone was only good enough for fourth place, right behind the new Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
With the launch of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro scheduled for May 14th, expect the excitement level for this phone to increase. That being said, we’re likely not going to be too thrilled about the price of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The company has always managed to deliver great value with its flagship smartphones, but we have a feeling that the 7 Pro’s price will be significantly higher than what we’ve traditionally paid for a OnePlus smartphone.
Source: WCCFTech

Google’s Pixel 3a could come with Night Sight mode

At the moment, flagship smartphones are more expensive than ever. It seems that maybe handset makers are aware of this and are hoping to compensate for it by creating more value for money handsets, Google included, where next week the company is expected to officially launch the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
For those who haven’t been following the rumors, the Pixel 3a smartphones have been rumored to be more affordable alternatives to the Pixel 3. With the reduction in price, certain compromises have to be made, but it seems that if there is one thing Google might not be compromising on, it would be its camera software.

In a recent teaser image shared by Google, the tagline accompanying the image reads, “Losing sight after twilight?” It might seem a bit innocuous, but it has been speculated that this could mean that Google could be bringing Night Sight to its Pixel 3a smartphones. The feature made its debut on the Pixel 3 where through the use of AI, it allowed the Pixel 3 smartphones to capture some pretty stunning images even in low-light conditions.
Given that it’s a software feature, it’s not surprising that Google would include it with the Pixel 3a, but as we said, with the handset compromising on certain features, it’s good to know that Night Sight will not be one of them. The results of Night Sight on the Pixel 3a could potentially yield different results compared to the Pixel 3, since the lens and processor on the phone will be different, but how different remains to be seen.
Source: PhoneArena

How to SIM unlock the LG V40 ThinQ

Launched back in second half of 2018, the LG G7 ThinQ was LG’s flagship smartphone for the second half of the year. Similar to the LG G7 ThinQ, the LG V40 ThinQ also came with similar high-end specs, which included the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. It also marked the second phone in LG’s V-series that does not come with the secondary display, instead opting for a floating bar.
For those who are still holding onto their LG V40 and aren’t planning on upgrading it anytime soon and would love the freedom of being able to use it on any carrier they wish, here are some options that you can check out (free and paid) to unlock your LG V40 ThinQ handset.
Getting the unlock code from your carrier for free
If you’d rather not pay to unlock the SIM card on your LG V40, you can approach your carrier and see if they will be able to do it for you. There will be several criteria that you, as a customer, will need to meet in order for your carrier to proceed with your request.
To qualify for a free SIM unlock:

The device needs to have been paid off in full. For those who bought the phone on a repayment/installment plan, you might be out of luck.
You will also need to have owned the device for at least 60-90 days.
You must be in good standing with your carrier, which usually involves you having a good track record when it comes to paying your bills, and making sure you have no outstanding bills that haven’t been paid.

Request your free LG V40 SIM unlock code:

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to provide this to your carrier later
Call your carrier’s customer service hotline and request for your SIM unlock code
You will then be asked to provide the service rep with your LG V40 ThinQ’s IMEI number
Wait 2-5 days for your SIM unlock code which should arrive in your email associated with your account with your carrier.
Once you’ve received your code, swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.
You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code.
Enter it and your phone should now be unlocked and free to use with any carrier or any SIM card.

Purchase your LG V40 SIM unlock code

For those who would rather not wait for 1-2 years until they finish off paying their repayment plans to their carrier, not to worry because there are options that you can check out to unlock the SIM on your phone, but we should point out that this is a paid option:

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to
Visit Android SIM Unlock’s website.
Select your LG V40 ThinQ model and the carrier you bought the phone from.
Enter your device’s IMEI number.
Enter your payment and contact information to complete the checkout process.
Upon successfully making payment, you should receive the SIM unlock code for your LG V40 ThinQ in under an hour.
Once you’ve received your code, swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.
You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code.
Enter it and your phone should now be unlocked and free to use with any carrier or any SIM card.

T-Mobile LG V40 SIM unlock
We want to point out that the method above only works for those who bought their phone through carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. For those who bought their phones from T-Mobile, the process will be different, but it will still be quite straightforward and easy.

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to
Visit Android SIM Unlock’s T-Mobile page and enter LG V40 ThinQ’s IMEI number
Enter your payment and contact information to complete the checkout process.
Upon successfully making the payment, you should receive the SIM unlock code for your LG V40 ThinQ in the next 1-3 days.
Once you’ve received your code, enter it into the T-Mobile Device Unlock app to unlock your phone’s SIM
Tap Continue > Permanent Unlock to SIM unlock your LG V40 ThinQ
Your device will need to be rebooted in order to complete the process
You should now be able to swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.

Whichever of the methods you choose from above, the end result should be the same and you will soon be the proud owner of a fully unlocked LG V40 ThinQ. One of the upsides of having an unlocked handset is that you now get to use it with different carriers. For example, if you travel overseas quite frequently and would like to avoid data roaming charges, having your SIM unlocked means you’ll be able to use it with local telcos, saving you a bunch of money in the process.

OnePlus 7 Pro camera samples have already made their way online

OnePlus will be officially announcing their OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro (and maybe the 5G model) in the coming weeks. We have to say that out of the two models, we are excited for the OnePlus 7 Pro because it feels like for the first time ever, OnePlus seems to be taking photography more seriously than before with the use of a triple lens camera design.
We suppose this can’t be helped given the stiff competition from Samsung, Huawei, and Oppo, but the question is, how good will the company’s efforts be? Thanks to the folks at WIRED, they managed to get their hands on an early production model of the upcoming handset and took several photos, testing out the camera in the process, namely the new 3x zoom lens.
Image credit – Andrew Williams/WIRED
Now based on WIRED’s initial testing, they found that while the 3x zoom lens on the OnePlus 7 Pro was an upgrade over the 2x zoom that was offered on previous models, it still seems to lack details and actually has more noise when compared to competing handsets like the Huawei P30 Pro. Interestingly enough, OnePlus imaging director Simon Liu seems to acknowledge that they might not be able to beat the competition.
“I think we have a shot at competing with the first tier phones. I don’t think we can beat them, but the imaging world is always subjective.”
We should point out that the model that WIRED managed to review is a pre-production model. This means that there is a chance the final model could be tweaked further (and maybe even for the better), so don’t take these image samples as being final.
Source: WIRED

This could be our first look at the foldable Motorola Razr smartphone

2019 is definitely the year of the foldable smartphone. We’ve seen Samsung and Huawei come forward with foldable handsets of their own, and to our surprise, it was rumored that Motorola could be working on a similar device with the revival of their iconic Razr flip phone, except designed with a more modern twist.
Now thanks to a series of renders posted on Slashleaks, it seems that we could have gotten our first look at what the upcoming phone could look like. As expected, the phone seems to very closely resemble the Razr when folded shut and is in line with an earlier discovered patent.
It does have a huge lip at the bottom that sticks out quite a bit, suggesting that the phone is meant to be kept closed when not in use. This is versus the other foldable phones from Samsung and Huawei which are still very much like smartphones, except when unfolded they are transformed into tablet-like devices.

As for the specs of the device, we have heard that the phone could be packing a 6.2-inch 2142×876 display and could also have a secondary display on the outside. Oddly enough, the chipset of choice has been rumored to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 and might be paired with 4-6GB of RAM. We would have thought that Motorola might prefer using the Snapdragon 855, but then again these are rumors so they’re probably best taken with a grain of salt.
Also based on the renders, assuming they’re accurate, it seems like the phone could only feature a single rear-facing camera. Perhaps Motorola is hoping that with its basic features, they can keep costs down (Samsung and Huawei’s foldable smartphones are priced starting at the $2,000 mark). There is no word on when Motorola might be officially announcing the handset, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.
Source: Slashleaks

Microsoft will soon let you receive Android notifications on your computer

Last year, Microsoft announced an app called Your Phone. The idea behind the app is that it will help connect iOS and Android devices to Windows 10 computers, where it allowed users to send text messages directly from their PC, and also to sync up photos taken by your mobile device with your computer.
If you weren’t too impressed with the initial offering, you’ll be pleased to learn that Microsoft has recently announced an update to the app that will now allow users to receive Android notifications directly on their computer. According to the company:
“Stop reaching for your phone to check your notifications. Boost your focus and productivity by seeing your phone’s notifications on your PC. You are in control and manage which apps you want to receive notifications from. Dismiss a notification on one device and it goes away on the other.”
We should point out that this feature only lets users receive notifications from their phone on their PC. This more or less means that you won’t need to keep reaching for your phone to see the latest notification, which lets you decide if certain notifications are worth tending to or not.

That being said, there are already several mobile apps that already have desktop counterparts and vice versa. For the most part, this means that desktop notifications for certain apps have long been available, but the update to the Your Phone app could help make it a more rounded experience with other Android notifications.
At the moment the feature is only available for those who are taking part in the Windows Insider program, so if you’re not part of it, you’ll just have to wait for the main release like everyone else.
Source: Microsoft