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Nokia 9 PureView won’t be getting Android 11, HMD offers discounts on new phones instead

HMD Global, the company that’s been producing Nokia-branded smartphones over the past few years, had earned a reputation for offering decent bang for the buck, a near-stock Android experience, and several years of guaranteed software updates. And then came the Nokia 9 PureView. When the company launched the phone in 2019, it shipped with Android […]

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Oppo says its new under-display camera snaps better photos

Oppo is showing off an update to its under-screen smartphone camera technology, which it says can take better photos while also maintaining screen consistency. It’s the latest salvo in the ongoing war on screen bezels, which first resulted in smartphones with camera notches and then cameras with punch hole displays. Most recently, we’ve started to […]

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Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III smartphones feature variable telephoto lenses

Sony makes high-end cameras. Sony makes high-end smartphones. And Sony makes the smartphone camera image sensors found in many of the best phones for snapping photos, including Google’s Pixel series. But Sony’s smartphones have historically been… just fine for taking pictures, although things have started to look up recently. So it’s interesting to note that […]

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Lilbits: Wireless Air Charging, E Ink color improvements, and VR is coming to the PS5

Chinese phone maker Oppo has announced it’s licensing its VOOC fast charging technology for use in automobiles, third-party chargers, and other products. But the company is also demonstrating a new wireless charging technology called Wireless Air Charging that makes it easier to charge gadgets when you place them near a charging mat, and not necessarily in […]

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Report: Light exits the smartphone space (Nokia 9 PureView could be one-of-a-kind experiment

Phones with three or four rear cameras are almost normal these days. But last year’s Nokia 9 PureView is one of the only phones to feature a five-camera system. It was designed in collaboration with Light, a company that makes multi-camera systems that are supposed to offer some of the features of high-end DSLR cameras […]

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Lilbits 399: Huawei’s chips, OnePlus x-ray cam, and Facebook gets GIPHY

Earlier this week the US government extended its order prohibiting US companies from using telecommunications equipment from Huawei or ZTE by another year. Now the Trump Administration has introduced a new executive order that could make things even more difficult for Huawei. US companies were already blocked from selling equipment and intellectual property to the […]

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Huawei launches P40 smartphone series with premium cameras (and no Google Play Store)

Over the past few years, Chinese electronics company Huawei has created some of the best Android smartphones when it comes to hardware… but a glaring software issue makes it hard to recommend the phones to customers in many parts of the world. And the new Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro+ are no exception. On […]

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Sony has trouble meeting demand for smartphone camera sensors (due to rise of multi-camera phones)

Sony makes the camera image sensors used in many of the world’s smartphones. But a lot of modern phones don’t just have a camera on the back and another on the front anymore — they have multiple cameras to add support for things like depth-sensing, wide-angle shots or telephoto zoom photos. And it turns out […]