The OnePlus 9 Pro has leaked again, this time courtesy of Dave Lee (Dave2D). The YouTuber is better known for his reviews than his smartphone leaks, but his previous smartphone leak proved correct. To recap, Lee claimed that Google would not release a Pixel 4a XL; instead, Google announced a larger budget Pixel as the Pixel 4a 5G.
Regardless, the images published by Dee Lee look authentic. Unsurprisingly, the OnePlus 9 Pro resembles the OnePlus 9, hands-on photos of which leaked in December. We have included photos of the supposed OnePlus 9 Pro below, along with Dave Lee’s video.
Based on the photos, OnePlus will equip the 9 Pro with a 120 Hz and QHD display, as other leaks have claimed. The OnePlus 9 Pro will have a curved screen too, along with appears to be a uniform bezel. By contrast, leaked photos of the OnePlus 9 suggest that it will have a near flat screen.
Cameras are another area in which OnePlus seems to have distinguished the OnePlus 9 Pro from the OnePlus 9. On the one hand, the Pro has at least one more rear-facing camera, although it may also have a ToF camera. The elliptical camera in the camera housing’s top-right could be a laser autofocus, though.
Undoubtedly, the Hasselblad branding on the camera housing is a takeaway from Dave Lee’s leak. Previously, Hasselblad partnered with Motorola with the True Zoom Moto Mod, which reviewers received poorly. It will be interesting to see what the OnePlus and Hasselblad partnership will yield, but the leak confirms that the 9 Pro will support up to 3.3x zoom.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is expected to launch next month. The device should arrive alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9E, too.
Galaxy A32, Galaxy A52, and Galaxy A72 could land in India soon – SamMobile
Samsung recently started dropping the prices of its mid-range smartphones in India, hinting towards upcoming launches of its next-generation Galaxy A and Galaxy M series devices. It now looks like the company might soon launch the Galaxy A32, Galaxy A52, and the Galaxy A72 in the country.
The South Korean firm has published support pages for the Galaxy A32 4G (SM-A325F/DS), Galaxy A32 5G (SM-A326B/DS), Galaxy A52 (SM-A525F/DS), and the Galaxy A72 (SM-A72F/DS) on its India website. It means that these smartphones could soon be made official in the country. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t listed support pages for the Galaxy A52 5G and the Galaxy A72 5G yet, which means that Samsung might not launch those devices in India.
While the Galaxy A32 has already been launched in various markets worldwide, the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72 have not been made official anywhere yet. The Galaxy A32 5G is Samsung’s cheapest 5G smartphone yet, featuring a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V LCD screen, a MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G processor, a 13MP selfie camera, a 48MP quad-camera setup at the rear, a USB Type-C port, and a 5,000mAh battery with 15W charging. Its 4G variant is rumored to feature a MediaTek Helio G85 processor.
The Galaxy A52 4G and the Galaxy A72 4G have 90Hz Super AMOLED Infinity-O displays, a Snapdragon 720G processor, a 32MP selfie camera, a 64MP quad-camera setup, an in-display fingerprint reader, a USB Type-C port, and 25W fast charging. The Galaxy A52 4G has a 6.5-inch screen and a 4,500mAh battery, while the Galaxy A72 4G has a 6.7-inch screen and a 5,000mAh battery.
Toys R Us exposure warning issued as P.E.I. confirms 2 new COVID-19 cases – CBC.ca
P.E.I. has confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 and one public exposure site — at the Toys R Us store on Buchanan Drive in Charlottetown.
Anyone who was at the store on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon could have come in contact with the coronavirus. People in that position are being told to immediately self-isolate and seek a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.
The new cases involve two women, one in her 20s and one in her 30s, and are both related to travel within Atlantic Canada. A news release from the Chief Public Health Office says the cases are linked to another positive case in the Atlantic region.
The statement said both women are isolating and being followed by public health daily. Contact tracing is underway.
The CPHO said anyone who visited Toys R Us during the two-hour period of risk on Tuesday should stay away from others starting immediately, and plan to visit a drop-in testing clinic on Thursday.
Even after receiving a negative result from that first test, the statement says, individuals who were at the toy retailer should continue to monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested again if symptoms develop.
Prince Edward Island now has three active cases of COVID-19 and has had a total of 117 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.
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The Huawei Mate X2 proves that Samsung was right about foldables all along – XDA Developers
This week, Huawei launched its third foldable phone, the Mate X2, and it appears to be an awe-inspiring piece of hardware, which is par for the course for Huawei. From the way the hinge folds completely flat, to the less noticeable crease, to the fact Huawei managed to cram a Periscope zoom lens into a folding device, these are all hardware accomplishments that one-ups the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.
However, there’s no getting around the elephant in the room: the Huawei Mate X2 is a backtrack in folding philosophy for Huawei.
There are only two directions to fold a single sheet of bendable glass: either inward, with the screen closing in on the user; or outward, with the display side bending backward away from the user. Huawei’s first two foldables, the Mate X and Mate XS, took the outward-fold approach, while all three of Samsung’s foldable devices to date fold the other way around.
As is the case whenever two philosophy emerges, each side had its supporters and detractors. In tech media, most writers/reviewers, including myself, preferred Samsung’s inward-fold approach because the flexible screen is protected when folded.
But there were quite a few reviewers who preferred the outward-fold style, mainly because they didn’t like that the inward-fold style required a second smaller screen on the outside.
With the Mate X2, Huawei has conceded that the inward-fold style is the superior way to fold. This normally wouldn’t be an issue, in my opinion, were it not for the fact that Huawei’s consumer boss Richard Yu had criticized the inward-fold approach during the Mobile World Congress 2019. I was in attendance at the press conference when he criticized the need for a second screen.
I have used both Huawei and Samsung’s previous foldable phones extensively in the real world as my daily driver, and the experiences couldn’t be more different. With the Huawei Mate XS, I never felt fully comfortable using it in the real world because the soft, plasticky, bendy screen was always exposed. I felt like I had to baby the device all the time. Whenever I put it down on a tabletop, I’d do so gently, so the screen wouldn’t get scratched or dinged.
With the Galaxy Fold or the Galaxy Z Fold 2, I was able to use it with much more peace of mind because the most important/fragile/expensive part of the device is protected when it’s not in use. I can shove a folded Galaxy Z Fold 2 into my bag pocket or just put it on a table without needing to go out of my way to be gentle.
That said, I really like what I see from the Huawei Mate X2. The outer (secondary) 6.4-inch screen has an aspect ratio of 21:9, which is still slightly narrow, but nowhere near as cramped as the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s 25:9.
And as mentioned earlier, Huawei found a way to cram its best possible flagship camera system into the Mate X2, while Samsung compromised and used an inferior camera system for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 compared to what was available on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The hinge is also less visible thanks to dual fold structure, similar to the hinge seen in Motorola’s foldable Razr series.
Of course, the Mate X2 is only sold in China for now, and it won’t be able to run Google’s core services without some unofficial hack, so it’d be hard to use for most people outside of China even if they decide to import one.
But as a piece of foldable hardware, this may be the most impressive one yet — it’s just so clearly a testament that Samsung had the right folding idea all along. The Android market flourishes with experiments, but recognizing what works better resets the room and drives innovation in a more focused direction. With the Mate X2 now folding in with top-notch hardware, we can expect to see Samsung take some more risks with its own foldables. Perhaps as a reaction, Samsung is now giving users a 100-day return policy to try out the Galaxy Z Fold 2, giving us a glimpse at what this focused competition can really do for consumers at the end of the day.
What do you think? Which approach do you figure is better for foldables?
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