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Honor 10 Lite specs shine on TENAA

Honor surprisingly announced a new phone would arrive on November 21. The Honor 10 Liteback panel was showcased in the hand of a local pop star, and later the phone was listed on TENAA with three model numbers – HRY-TL00, HRY-AL00, and HRY-AL00s. The entries had pictures but were scarce on specs. Today all three models received them, revealing the Lite soul of the upcoming device.

Honor 10 Lite in three colors at TENAA

The Honor 10 Lite will have a 6.21” screen with a 19.5:9 tall ratio and 1080p resolution. The selfie camera is positioned in the top center, suggesting we might see a waterdrop notch like the one on the Huawei Mate 20.

TENAA usually does not list actual chipset, but looking at the CPU frequency of 2.2 GHz, it is most likely the Kirin 710, developed by Huawei’s own HiSilicon subsidiary. RAM will be either 4 GB or 6 GB; storage is also in two version – 64 GB or 128 GB. All variants will have a microSD slot for up to 256 gigs more.

We already know the back is similar to the Honor 8X and Honor 8C, but now the dual camera setup is revealed to have modest 13 MP + 2 MP sensors. The front-facing shooter is 24 MP. Other specs include Android Pie, so EMUI 9.0 out of the box, and 3320 mAh battery.

The Honor 10 Lite weighs 162 grams and has a 154.7 x 73.6 x 8 mm body. It will arrive in at least three gradients – White, Black, and Blue. Pricing and memory configurations will be revealed officially next week at the launch in Beijing.

Apple is reportedly working on a modem of its own for future iPhones

The Apple-Qualcomm relationship isn’t going too well lately amidst all the patent and royalty disputes. Apple even chose Intel as the sole supplier of modems in the 2018 iPhones after working with Qualcomm models for years.

But the latest rumor going around suggests that Intel-Apple partnership might be short-lived as well because the smartphone maker is looking into designing its future models in-house.

According to sources, Apple is looking to hire a team of engineers in San Diego to work on its own Neural Engine AI chip and wireless chips, which is a strong indication that Apple is trying to dial down on its dependence on outside suppliers. It also means that we could see iPhones with home-baked 5G chips in 2020.

Xiaomi reports profitable Q3, lead by good performance in India

Xiaomi has beaten analysts estimates with its Q3 performance. The Chinese maker ended the September quarter with CNY 2.48B (€312.6M) profit – a big step up from Q3 of 2017’s CNY 11B loss.

Xiaomi’s revenue in Q3 of 2018 rose 49.1% to CNY 50.85B (€6.4B).

Xiaomi’s positive quarter was spearheaded by the maker’s top-notch performance in the Indian market, where it was leading the smartphone sales.

Xiaomi has set itself up for success by expanding its market presence in Europe by entering the United Kingdom but analysts don’t expect its profits to expand until it manages to boost its flagship sales. Currently Xiaomi ships phones with smaller price margins, which yield great market share but not as great profit.

Cases reveal Sony Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra with dual rear cameras

Rumors about the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra started coming in a few months ago but we got a clear look at both just this month revealing a dual-camera setup on the back and fairly thin bezels all-around. Today’s renders come from a Chinese case maker that also confirms that both handsets will offer dual cameras.

Xperia XA3 Ultra • Xperia XA3

There are a couple of listings on AliExpress for cases for the phones, suggesting that their launch may not be too far now. Of course, cases makers only have dimensions and places of functional elements to work with so the design might be slightly different. We hope to hear more about those two soon enough.

Samsung is working on a six-camera smartphone with 5G and a large 6.7-inch display

Today, a new report comes from The Wall Street Journal out of Seoul, claiming that Samsung is working on a “top-secret” device with 6 cameras: two in the front and four on the rear with the promise of “richer photos and better special perception”. It sounds like Samsung wants to go after the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which launched with three cameras and can shoot up to 5x hybrid zoom and macro shots up to 2.5cm close to the camera.

This alleged Samsung device is referred to the “Beyond X” which also is said to have 5G connectivity and come with a large 6.7-inch display, larger than the 6.4-inch display on the Galaxy Note9 and the purported one coming on the Galaxy S10+, also 6.4-inches. According to the report, Samsung has “saved” features for this device to differentiate itself from other offerings.

Alleged design of the Galaxy S10 and S10+The same report further revealed information about the Samsung Galaxy S10, as well. For one, both the Galaxy S10 family (two or three models) is set to arrive in February, possibly for a mid-month event, along with the Beyond X. Considering that The MWC starts on February 25, should the timeframe be true, Samsung might be looking at another New York City launch event.

The other tidbit is that the Galaxy S10 could have reverse wireless charging like the Mate 20 Pro. We hope this means that Samsung will put even larger batteries into the upcoming Galaxy S10 duo. Finally, Samsung’s foldable smartphone could be called the “Galaxy Flex” or “Samsung Flex”, which is interesting considering LG used the name “Flex” in the LG G Flexseries of phones with flexible displays. This was an interesting time for smartphones.

Does Samsung really need to build a phone with six cameras? No, but the trend apparently has become “how many more cameras can we fit into it?” so we wonder how many cameras it will take before phone makers start using larger sensors instead of multiple small sensors – if larger sensors ever do take off in smartphones.

Lenovo S5 Pro and K5 Pro official with dual cameras, stereo speakers, large batteries

Lenovo unveiled two new phones today, the S5 Pro and K5 Pro, mid-rangers at slightly different price point but with similar features. Both have a clear focus on photography and pack side-firing stereo speakers along with decently-sized batteries with fast charging. Oh, and we got a couple of watches alongside them too.

Lenovo S5 Pro

The Lenovo S5 Pro offers the good things in life delivered at a moderate price. The phone has an upscale build with a metal unibody that has been sand-blasted for a satin finish.

Lenovo S5 Pro in Ice Blue, Pure Gold and Crystal Black

The phone is built around a 6.2” IPS LCD of 1080p resolution. And yes, there’s a notch, but it houses both a 20MP camera with a Sony sensor and an infrared 3D face scanner. The scanner is used for security, but also to enhance selfies.

The 3D model is used for more advanced beautification effects as well as simulating studio lighting. It’s an IMX 476 sensor with 1.0µm pixels, which can be binned 4 in 1 for better low-light performance (the f/2.2 lens isn’t much help there).

The back is home to a dual camera. The main shooter has a 12MP sensor with 1.25µm pixels and a bright f/1.8 aperture. The secondary module has a 2x telephoto lens (f/2.6) and a 20MP sensor. The rear camera can shoot 4K at 30fps videos, the front one is capped at 1080p.

There’s a fingerprint reader on the back, if you prefer it to face scanning.

The Lenovo S5 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset paired to 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage. There’s a hybrid dual SIM slot, so you have the opportunity to expand the storage.

The S5 Pro runs Lenovo’s ZUI software with its own brand of AI. Split screen multitasking is supported and you can have up to 4 accounts for each app (even if the app itself supports only 1).

And to keep the fun going for longer, there’s a 3,500mAh battery, which can be charged at 15W (the charger included in the box is rated at 18W, though). If one of your accessories is running low on power, you can use a USB-C cable to charge it from the phone.

The Lenovo S5 Pro can be reserved on Lenovo’s Chinese site and will ship out on October 23. It costs CNY 1,300 for the 6/64GB model (that’s $190/€160). The 6/128GB model isn’t available yet.

Lenovo K5 Pro

The Lenovo K5 Pro is a more affordable alternative to the S5 Pro. It has a 6” 1080p+ screen, no notch this time, so the usable area is pretty similar. And it’s powered by the same Snapdragon 636 chipset with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage.

Lenovo K5 Pro in Black and Gold

Above the screen is a dual selfie camera (no IR here) with a 16MP main module and a 5MP depth sensor. The rear dual camera is a similar 16+5MP setup. The main camera has an f/2.0 aperture and uses multi-frame noise reduction for better low-light shots.

16+5MP dual cameras on the front and back

Like its S-series sibling, the K5 Pro has side-firing stereo speakers. These are backed by SmartPA amps by NXP with Dirac support. Once again USB-C handles the charging while the 3.5mm headphone jack does audio.

Speaking of, the battery on this phone is larger – 4,050mAh – and supports 18W QuickCharge 3.0. It doesn’t look like charging is capped at 15W, but you can’t use the phone to charge other devices either.

The Lenovo K5 Pro is up on Lenovo’s site in China and sales start a bit later – October 25. The base 4/64GB model will set you back CNY 1,000 ($145/€125), then there’s the 6/64GB one for CNY 1,100 and, finally, the top 6/128GB model for CNY 1,300 ($190/€160).

Watches

Alongside the phones, Lenovo unveiled two watches. The Lenovo Watch S is a hybrid timepiece that will launch on October 30 at CNY 240 ($35/€30). It’s swimproof (5 ATM), can track your exercise and sleep and has a dial so you can track your daily progress.

Lenovo Watch S

The Lenovo Watch C is aimed at kids. It has a fairly large 1.3” AMOLED display and is made durable with IPX7 water resistance. It features a GPS so you always know where the little one is and there’s an SOS button is something is wrong. This watch is coming October 22 for CNY 400 ($58/€50).

Huawei P Smart (2019) stops by the FCC: 3,320mAh battery, 32GB or 64GB of storage

Huawei has applied for FCC certification for the P Smart (2019) and the papers reveal some of the smartphone’s specs. The most important one is the battery capacity – the 3,320mAh cell in the new model marks an increase from the existing P Smart’s 3,000mAh capacity.

Going by the less consumer-friendly POT-LX3 name for certification purposes, the phone will exist in no less than 4 versions depending on number of SIMs and amount of internal storage. Single and dual SIM variants will be available and 32GB and 64GB storage options are in the works. In any case, there will be 3GB of RAM on board.

Sifting through the docs (some serious scrolling over pages and pages of test data required), you can also find schematics with the dimensions of the phone – the footprint is 155.2×73.4mm. It appears there’s a dual camera on the back, while the single front-facing cam is in a waterdrop-style notch – so unlike the current P Smart+ with its dual selfie camera and ‘conventional’ notch.

For the rest of the specs we’d need to wait until the official announcement – or at least the next round of leaks.

Apple dialing down iPhone production, as sales come below targets

Per inside sources, Apple is currently adjusting its production orders due to lower-than-expected sales of all three 2018 iPhones, not just the iPhone XR. The board had to cut down on the production after a decision was made a few weeks ago when Apple shocked investors with surprisingly low demand numbers.

After decreasing the iPhone XR production by a third, the Cupertino-based company is now revisiting its orders for the iPhone XS and XS Max as well. According to analysts, the launch of three new iPhones this year is a double-edged sword because Apple is now struggling to forecast the demand on all handsets and thus failing to predict the number of components the company needs for the production.

So it’s not just lower sales – Apple itself is also finding it hard to predict the iPhone numbers adjust its strategy accordingly. Although, the holiday season is coming so the company might be able to drive those numbers up a little before the end of 2018.

Xiaomi opens 500 Mi Stores at once, sets Guiness World Record

Xiaomi opened its first Mi Store in India back in 2017. The company kept expanding its network little by little, but the latest push is a big one. Today Xiaomi India announced the opening of 500 stores simultaneously, setting a Guiness World Record.

The event actually happened on October 29, but the company needed everything to be cleared by GWR before announcing the achievement.

In a follow-up tweet, Xiaomi India explained the expansion is part of a “New Retail” model for India where it aims to provide “flagship store experience” to customers in rural areas.

The company is setting even bigger goals for 2019 – to open 5,000 new brick-and-mortar stores and to employ over 15,000 people across the whole country.

The picture for Xiaomi sure is looking fine and dandy. The company has just beaten analysts’ expectations with its Q3 performance and is leading the Indian smartphone market by sales.

These 500 new stores might be a way to reach villagers in India, and a pretty neat strategy for the company to have even bigger outreach at its most successful market.

Sony’s PlayStation Classic will have 20 games pre-loaded, here’s the full list

Sony’s PlayStation Classic will be out on December 3, massively playing the nostalgia card. The console was unveiled last month, but only a few games were teased for it at that time.

Thankfully, today Sony has come out and shared the entire list of 20 games that will come pre-loaded on the PSC. Here they are:

Battle Arena Toshinden
Cool Boarders 2
Destruction Derby
Final Fantasy VII
Grand Theft Auto
Intelligent Qube
Jumping Flash
Metal Gear Solid
Mr Driller
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Rayman
Resident Evil Director’s Cut
Revelations: Persona
Ridge Racer Type 4
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Syphon Filter
Tekken 3
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
Twisted Metal
Wild Arms
So there’s clearly a little bit for everyone in there, including legendary titles like Metal Gear Solid, Cool Boarders 2, Twisted Metal, Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, and Rayman.