Week 24 in review: Bezelless vivo NEX duo is official, Oppo Find X leaks

What was just a concept in the spring has come to life as an actual product in the summer – the vivo NEX is now official in two distinct flavors. The NEX S and NEX A were announced this week and we went hands-on with them.

Schematics of two sizes of next-gen iPhones surfaced and it appears the future iPhone X Plus will be smaller than the 8 Plus we have now. And rumor has it, Apple may adopt USB-C for next year’s iPhones, though we somehow can’t see it replacing the Lightning connector at the phone end of the cable.

The Asus ROG phone showed up in benchmarks posting higher numbers than what’s typical for the Snapdragon 845, a full spec leak of the Oppo Find X made us want one, and Sony designers talked about their vision for the future as live images of an Xperia XZ3 popped up with little design changes. Meanwhile, Galaxy Note9 blueprints suggested a larger battery this year, and it wasn’t long before blueprints turned into renders.

There were two more phones to file in the ‘official’ folder too – we now have the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A, each with a brand new Mediatek Helio chipset.

You can read the details on these plus other stories from the past week by clicking through the links below.

vivo NEX S announced - in-display fingerprint and 91% screen-to-body ratio

vivo NEX S is based on the APEX concept and features tons of new tech including in-display fingerprint, periscope-like camera and a SoundCasting screen technology.

vivo NEX A settles for Snapdragon 710, passes on the under-display fingerprint sensor

It will be the NEX S’ more affordable sibling.

The first vivo NEX S camera samples are in, check them out

The NEX S features a 12 MP + 5 MP dual camera on the back with OIS and Dual Pixel AF. The selfie camera is unique in how it slides into the phone.

First vivo NEX S product video details the unreal phone

The vivo NEX S looks like a game changer and its promo video makes us want it more.

Apple iPhone X Plus and 'budget' iPhone X design and size leak in schematics

The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will be smaller than the current iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple's 2019 iPhones to finally adopt USB-C, rumor says

For a long time it’s been said that we’d see the universal connector in this year’s models.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 with Helio P22 and Redmi 6A with Helio A22 announced

Xiaomi just unveiled the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A with brand new chipsets. The Redmi 6 also comes with dual camera and up to 64GB of storage.

Huawei's Mate 20 to use 6.9-inch Samsung AMOLED screen

With such a huge panel it would easily win the battle for the biggest high-end smartphone of the year.

Early benchmarks show the Asus ROG phone is faster than other S845-powered phones

How much more processing power do the extra 200 MHz buy you?

Our Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) first look video is up

We are already working on a full review of the Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) but in the meantime, go check out our first impressions.

Sony Xperia designers talk about camera, screen and thinner bezels

They seek to find a balance – to deliver thinner bezels, without compromising ergonomics or the phone’s other features.

Sony Xperia XZ3 leaked images reveal dual camera setup and tall 18:9 screen ratio

Xperia XZ3 pictures show little design change, dual camera setup and a taller 18:9 screen ratio.

New Nokia X6 update lets you hide the notch [Updated]

The update also includes Android security fixes for the month of June, among other changes.

Oppo Find X's full specs leak, look exciting

Oppo’s Find X will carry a huge 6.4-inch screen in a rather small footprint and offer top-notch internals.

Oppo Find X leaked image points to curved screen, notification strip

Oppo Find X front-facing render hints at a curved display, a cool new notification light and probably no notch.

iOS 11.4 users reporting rapid battery drain post update

There are several threads discussing the problem on Apple’s official forum, and on one of these threads, close to a thousand users have confirmed the issue with their unit.

Asus Zenfone 5z available for in Europe, it's the cheapest phone with S845

It slides under the OnePlus 6 even without the promotional 50 rebate. With it, it’s cheaper than an imported Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s.

Lenovo Z5 stock gone in minutes as it tops JD  best seller list

The handset is affordable and comes with a big screen-to-body ratio.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 to come with bigger battery and a faster wireless charger

Samsung Galaxy Note9’s schematics suggest that the cameras might be horizontally stacked due to the bigger battery.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE's next flash sale will be on June 15

Xiaomi’s Mi 8 SE will be available for sale once again on June 15. Reservations started today.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star launched in the Philippines

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is the Galaxy A9 Star for markets outside China.

Huawei will deliver its GPU Turbo tech to older phones, from flagship to mid-range

GPU Turbo promises a 60% boost in performance and a 30% reduction in power. It debuted with the Honor Play and Honor 9i.

Xiaomi Mijia launches affordable smartphone gimbal

At under $100 and a 5,000 mAh battery, the gimbal makes for a great budget option. note that earlier Mijia launched a gimbal only for action cams.

Xiaomi Black Shark in Royal Blue is coming tomorrow

Xioami is releasing a new Royal Blue version of its gaming Black Shark smartphone tomorrow at 10AM.

Huawei sells 6 million units of its P20 series phones worldwide

That, the Chinese company says, represents an increase of 81% when compared to their P10 series from last year.