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Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is an all-screen magnetic slider phone with 10GB of RAM

By Ron Amadeo

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Slider phones are making a comeback! The quest to maximize smartphone screen space has created all sorts of strange compromises in the design of slab phones. The screen can only get so big before it encroaches on the space meant for the front-facing camera, and then what? Lately the answer has been to carve out a chunk of the screen to make room, but what if you just didn’t put the front-facing camera on the front? A new trend is arising that puts the camera on a slide-out or pop-up mechanism. Chinese smartphone giant BBK started the trend with the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X. Huawei will soon be jumping on board with the Honor Magic 2, and, today, Xiaomi is making its official entry with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.

With no camera to worry about, the front of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 can house a 6.39-inch, 2340×1080 Samsung-made AMOLED display and… not much else. The screen is rectangular with no blemishes or interruptions. There’s a speaker grill on the top edge of the phone and then the bezels rapidly fall off, leaving you with basically an all-screen phone. Xiaomi says the Mi Mix 3 has a 93.4-percent screen-to-body ratio (although the company has provided inaccurate measurements of this stat in the past).

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Active Updated to Android 8.1 Oreo, With November 2018 Patch

By James A.

Samsung is moving pretty fast with tablet software updates these days, as the Galaxy Tab 2 Active has just been updated. The device got its taste of Android 8.1 Oreo in Italy, together with the yet unannounced November 2018 security patch. Let’s see what’s new.

Keep in mind this isn’t 100% a premiere, since the Galaxy J7 Prime received the new patch earlier in the week. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Active Oreo runs on Android 8.1 now and it received the software version T395XXU3BRJ5. There should be an updated Samsung Keyboard app here, with new high contrast themes and also new emojis. Dual Messenger is also here, picture in picture too, as well as improved App Shortcuts for the home screen and app drawer.

There are also smaller changes within the OS, which aren’t worth mentioning. It could take days or weeks for the update to reach more countries. People in Italy are surely able to perform the download right now, goign tot he Settings app and the Software Update menu. Interestingly, only the 4G model seems to be getting it, not the WiFi only one. Just in case the device doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s an 8 incher with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, an Exynos 7870 CPU, 16 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM.

It’s of course focused on the rugged case, takes water dunks and also has stereo speakers and military standard certifications.

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: More Complaints About Tech Reviews AND The Honor 8X Gets a Great Review

By Tim

A short video rant, but it needed to be said and then an update on my opinions/recommendation on the Honor 8X. The first section was merely me venting on the 4K video obsession with most reviews lately. They show some 4K video that no one who is buying a budget phone really cares about and then totally fail to mention the lack or inclusion of OIS/EIS in the 1080 p mode.

This is unacceptable! If you do a “full review” then do a FULL review!

I also have an actual recommendation on the Honor 8X, I am saying it is worth buying and we also get some cool info and a rather complete review/comparison to the iPhone XS so watch the video to learn!

Below is the link to the video mentioned in the video you will see below: Techspurt https://youtu.be/yWj8ihJfh6U

So let us get right to that video, right now!

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HP Spectre x360 Gets Two New 13 inch and 15.6 Inch versions, With Premium Specs

By Radu Iorga

HP is on fire, so fresh after unveiling an EliteBook convertible, they also debuted new models within the Spectre x360 convertible devices. The lineup is getting a new design and boosted performance, in two versions: 13 inch and 15.6 inches.

HP highlights the longer battery life and improved performance compared to the predecessors, plus promises 4G LTE with Gigabit level speeds. The design not offers an elegant “dark ash silver with copper luxe accents”. Or you can go with blue with pale brass accents. The laptops will be available next month starting at $1150 for the 13 inch HP Spectre. That one weighs 2.9 pounds and measures 0.6 inches in thickness, plus it packs a 1080p touchscreen display.

It also has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two Type-C ports, one regular USB Type-A, audio jack and microSD. A Core i7 8th gen CPU is inside, as well as 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of PCIe storage. Quad speakers are included as well, plus a backlit keyboard, fingerprint scanner and Windows Hello IR camera. HP promises 22 hours of battery life here courtesy of a 61 Wh.

 

The 15 inch version is the HP Spectre x360 priced at $1390 and it comes with a numeric pad right next to the keyboard. Discrete graphics are here, which is something you won’t find on the smaller unit. HP Spectre x360 15 comes with up to a hexa core Intel Coffee Lake-H CPU, GeForce GTX 1050Ti Max-Q Graphics and 16 GB of RAM, plus 512 GB of storage. That’s best case scenario, since the starting price gives you a Core i7 8th gen, MX150 graphics and 8 GB of RAM. 256 GB of storage only.

On the connectivity front we’ve got HDMI 2.0, USB Type-A, USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 and audio jack, as well as microSD. And of course, the format is versatile between the touchscreen display, rotating 360 degree format and Windows Ink support. This can easily be used as a tablet.

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Samsung Working on Foldable Laptop Now, After Foldable Phones

By Radu Iorga

Samsung is expanding its foldable product lineup with a foldable laptop it seems. Word through the grapevine claims that the South Koreans are working on a foldable laptop, that follows the foldable phones and tablets we’ve heard of. Devices with foldable screens seem to be all the rage, even though they’ve yet to go mainstream.

Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Xiaomi, Microsoft all all working on that, but Samsung has an event scheduled in early November to actually reveal something like that. Lenovo is also rumored to be making a foldable laptop, while Microsoft has been toying with the “Courier” format for years now and dropping hints about a Surface Phone or some other similar machine.

Unlike them Samsung actually confirmed it was making a foldable laptop. The company is working with display makers in order to develop laptops that have foldable screens, which don’t only fold in and out, but also create “new value and user experience”. The info comes from Samsung’s VP of PC marketing Lee Min-cheol and it was stated uring an event taking place yesterday.

The event brought us the new Notebook Flash laptop, with a retro design. Over the past days, Lenovo’s deal came up online, an understanding with LG to supply flexible OLED panels for the company. Samsung Display will probably handle the rival product. We don’t have a clear idea when the Samsung foldable laptop will come, but CES 2019 is a pretty safe bet. It’s also not very clear which part folds, of it’s a glorified convertible of sorts. In the meantime we’re still waiting for the Galaxy F foldable phone, which should be showcased in early November.

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