Smartphone shipments are falling, but Chinese brands are picking up steam

Smartphone makers shipped fewer phones in the third quarter of 2018 than they did during the same period a year earlier. If that statement sounds familiar, it’s because you could say the same thing about the last four quarters, according to reports out this week from IDC and Strategy Analytics. While the two reports differ […]

OPPO F9 smartphone has a notch… but just barely

In an effort to maximize screen space on smartphones, most phone makers have borrowed design elements from the Essential PH-1 and iPhone X and included a cut-out at the top of the screen for cameras and other sensors. The trend has been controversial, to say the least. But with Google adding official support for notches, […]

Oppo Find X gets the teardown treatment (slide-out cameras and all)

Thanks to the folks at MyFixGuide, we already have a good idea of what a phone with one pop-out camera looks like when you take it apart and peek at the spring-loaded mechanism that ejects and retracts the camera. But what about a phone with a slide-out mechanism that houses both the front and rear cameras? […]

Oppo Find X is a nearly bezel-free phone with pop-out front and rear cameras

Some phone makers are trying to slim the top bezels of their phones by including camera cut-outs (notches). Chines phone maker Vivo took a different approach and launched the Vivo Nex with a pop-out selfie camera that hides inside the phone when it’s not in use. And then there’s the Oppo Find X. Unlike most […]

Oppo’s Realme1 smartphone hits India this month for $130 and up

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is launching a new line of budget phones under the Realme brand, starting with the Realme1: a phone with semi-premium specs and a budget price tag. The phone features a 6 inch, 2160 x 1080 pixel display (with a slim top bezel rather than a notch), a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core […]