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By Namerah S
LG Wing to arrive in the Indian marketplace on October 28
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
A little over a month ago, LG unveiled its latest smartphone featuring a unique form factor - dual swiveling screens. Duly christened the LG Wing, the device is the first model under the South Korean electronics company's Explorer Project. The swiveling phone launched in the US on October 15 through Verizon. So far the LG Wing is only available in Korea and the US.
Today LG India posted a teaser video on its official Twitter handle. It features the LG Wing in different orientations at some points in the 47-second clip.
As the T shape of the device is pretty unique, it is certain that the subject of the teaser is the LG Wing. According to the post, the LG Wing is going to launch in the Indian region pretty soon. This is further confirmed by a report from the Indian Express stating that the Seoul-based company has sent out media invites stating that the dual-screen smartphone will be unveiled on October 28.
As the LG Wing reveal event in India is about a week away, it is likely that the Korean company will share more information about the Indian launch in the days to come. If you are situated in India and interested in purchasing the phone, you can watch our unboxing video to get a good look at the device or wait for the full review.
WhatsApp for Android may finally get support for Face Unlock
by Anmol Mehrotra
Back in 2019, Facebook released an update for WhatsApp on iOS that added support for Face ID and Touch ID, allowing users to unlock the app by utilizing these technologies. Unfortunately, after more than a year, Android users still don't have the option to use Face Unlock on WhatsApp.
However, that might change soon as the folks over at WABetaInfo have spotted a couple of additions to the latest version of WhatsApp Beta. The version 188.8.131.52 update of WhatsApp Beta contains a redesigned privacy page that renames the current "Fingerprint lock" to "Biometric lock" indicating support for Face Unlock. Facebook has also updated the description of the page to indicate that users can now use "fingerprint, face or other unique identifiers to unlock WhatsApp".
Apart from that, WABetaInfo also noticed a feature called "Join missed calls". The idea is to allow users to join calls in certain situations like when a group call is made and a participant did not join immediately, they can join the call at a later time, provided the call has not ended.
Both of these features are currently under development and there is no word on when Facebook will roll them out to the public. WhatsApp does have an active beta program for Android users that you can join if you want to get your hands on these features as quickly as possible.
By Rich Woods
Huawei introduces the Mate 40 series with the first 5nm 5G SoC
by Rich Woods
Today, Huawei introduced its Mate 40 series, including the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro, and Mate 40 Pro+. They're powered by the all-new Kirin 9000 processor, promising 25% better CPU performance, 150% better NPU performance, and more. It's the first 5nm 5G chipset, with the first 5nm chipset being Apple's A14 Bionic.
And of course, Huawei touted the new design of its latest handset. It's got a new, refined circular camera housing. The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro come in two materials and five colors. The regular glass finish comes in black, white, and the all-new Mystic Silver. There are also vegan leather options in yellow and green.
And of course, the Mate 40 Pro+ is made out of ceramic. Just like the P40 Pro+, it comes in black and white colors.
All of the displays have a 90Hz refresh rate. The Mate 40 is 6.5 inches while the Pro and Pro+ are 6.76 inches. As the Mate 30 series did, it has Huawei's Horizon Display, along with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
And then, of course, there are the cameras. The cameras aren't too different from what we saw in the P40 series, since the P-series is typically the one where Huawei makes its camera innovations. We've got 50MP f/1.9 RYYB main sensors. The ultra-wide lenses are 16MP f/2.2 and 20MP f/1.8 on the Mate 40 and the Pro, respectively. And unsurprisingly, there are 3x and 5x zoom lenses, respectively; however, it doesn't seem like the 5x zoom lens is RYYB as it was on the P40 Pro.
The Mate 40 Pro+ packs in two telephoto lenses, similar to the P40 Pro+. It's got both a 3x zoom lens and a 10x zoom lens, promising up to 17x optical zoom range.
The Pro series is also getting dual front cameras. This adds one as an ultra-wide sensor for group selfies.
Huawei also talked up EMUI 11 and all of its new features. For example, the Mate 40 series is getting something called an Eyes-On Display, a version of an always-on display that's only on while you're looking at it. It's also introducing Petal Maps, its own navigation service, something that it's going to need with the lack of Google services.
The Mate 40 Pro series is getting 66W wired charging, and Huawei is also introducing a 66W car charger and a 50W wireless charger.
That's not all, because Huawei introduced the sexy new Porsche Design Mate 40 RS. It's made out of ceramic, and it comes in black and white.
As for the price, the Mate 40 will cost €899, the Mate 40 Pro is €1,199, the Mate 40 Pro+ is €1,399, and the Porsche Design Mate 40 RS is €2,295.
By Jay Bonggolto
Samsung rolls out the Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition in Germany for €477
by Jay Bonggolto
Samsung announced today the availability of the Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition in Germany. The rugged tablet was originally unveiled late last month for enterprise users.
The Tab Active3 is now available to purchase via Samsung's retail partners and select wireless carriers in Germany. It carries a price tag of €477, available only in black and with support for three generations of Android upgrades.
It sports an 8-inch TFT LCD display with a 1920x1200 resolution. The tablet is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage that's expandable via a microSD card. At the back of the device, there's a 13MP camera while at the front sits a 5MP selfie camera.
As a rugged device, it is MIL-STD-810H certified, meaning it can endure various challenging environments. It is also IP68-rated for dust and water protection. Samsung also claims the tablet can withstand a drop of up to 1.5 meters courtesy of its shock absorption system coupled with its Protective Cover.
The Tab Active3 packs a 5050mAh removable battery that features a No Battery mode, allowing you to use the tablet without a battery by plugging it in to a power supply. Of course, it supports Samsung DeX for a PC-like experience and Google ARCore for augmented reality services. In addition, it has a quick access button mounted on its side and comes with an IP68-certified S Pen.
By Rich Woods
OnePlus 8T unboxing and first impressions
by Rich Woods
The OnePlus 8T is in the house. Announced a week ago, there are two key new features that weren't on the OnePlus 8: a 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display and Warp Charge 65.
Warp Charge 65, or 65W wired charging, is arguably the most important one here, because that's the feature that's not found on any OnePlus device. The 65W charger can also charge non-OnePlus devices at up to 45W, meaning that you can even use it to charge some laptops.
The 120Hz refresh rate is something that we first saw on the OnePlus 8 Pro. After all, if we're following last year's trend, the T-series is about bringing Pro features down to the non-Pro, and to be clear, there is no OnePlus 8T Pro. The difference with the screen on the OnePlus 8T, from both the 8 and the 8 Pro, is that this one's flat. There aren't any curved edges to be found here.
As for the camera, it has the exact same Sony IMX586 48MP main sensor as the OnePlus 8. On top of that, you'll find an ultra-wide lens, a macro lens, and a monochrome lens. Unfortunately, also like the OnePlus 8, there's no telephoto lens. In fact, of the four sensors, you'll probably only find the main and ultra-wide lenses to be useful, but companies like to tack on these extra ones so they can say they have four cameras.
On top of all of that, this machine has a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB RAM, and 256GB of storage, all for $749. The model that OnePlus sent me is Lunar Silver, but it also comes in Aquamarine Green. Check out the unboxing video below: