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    Insider information #0001: Samsung Galaxy A2 Core, Sony Xperia 2, flexible smartphone Xiaomi


    DeZire

    In a new release of Insider information: Samsung Galaxy A2 Core: a tiny smartphone on Android Go; Sony Xperia 2 on Snapdragon 855 will show in the fall; Xiaomi told how the bendable smartphone and instant noodles are connected; Samsung Galaxy A60 will get up to 8GB of RAM.

    Samsung Galaxy Core A2: a tiny Android smartphone to Go

    Samsung Galaxy A2 Core will be a real discovery for users who are waiting for a compact smartphone at an affordable price. Galaxy A2 Core will get a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 960x540 pixels (16:9 ratio), body thickness of 9.1 mm and a battery capacity of 2600 mAh.

    Samsung Galaxy A2 Core

    The rear has a single 5 MP camera with an aperture of f/1.9. Out of the box is available operating system Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition, responsible for the performance of the processor Exynos 7870 with support for 1 GB of RAM.

    Samsung Galaxy A2 Core

    The undoubted advantages of the smartphone include two slots for SIM-cards and a dedicated connector for memory cards, FM-radio, 3.5 mm audio Jack. The device uses an outdated but cheaper micro-USB port, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2. NFC technology is not provided.

    Samsung Galaxy A2 Core

    The presentation of Samsung Galaxy A2 Core is expected on April 10.

    Sony Xperia 2 on Snapdragon 855 will show in the autumn

    In February, Sony unveiled the new flagship Xperia 1 with a 6.5-inch 21:9 screen. Together with him, the company announced the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, and in May will enter the market Xperia 4. This week it became known about the debut of the top model Xperia 2, the announcement of which is scheduled for September this year.

    Sony Xperia 2

    Sony Xperia 2 will get a 6.2-inch CinemaWide screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9 with a resolution of 2880x1234 pixels, a body size of 161 x 70 x 8.1 mm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 3000 mAh battery with wireless charging support. Xperia 2 will get three main cameras, the configuration is not specified.

    Thanks to these simplifications on the part of the technical characteristics of the Xperia 2 can cost at the start of sales of $799. For comparison, the Xperia 1 started at $999.

    Xiaomi told how the bendable smartphone and instant noodles are connected

    In China, a viral video published by Xiaomi has gone viral. The hero of the video again became a smartphone with a flexible display, previously lit in the hands of the head of the company. In addition to the obvious advantages of the transformer screen, Xiaomi showed a non-standard application of the device with the expected price in the region of $1000: a lid for a Cup of instant noodles.

     

    The gadget folds in two places at the same time, turning from a square tablet into a long narrow smartphone. There are several variants of the interface to switch between them automatically or with gestures.

    It is possible that this is only a pre-release prototype and the final design of the device will differ from that shown in the video. The official announcement of the new item is expected before the end of June 2019.

    Samsung Galaxy A60 will get up to 8GB of RAM

    Samsung Galaxy A60 and Galaxy A70 recently appeared in TENAA with a detailed list of features. A day later, the Galaxy A70 was officially presented to the world, and the fate of the Galaxy A60 remains unknown.

    The dimensions of the device are 155.2 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm, weight — 162 grams. The front panel occupies a 6.3-inch screen with a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels. The battery capacity is 3410 mAh. The eight-core Exynos processor operates at 1.7 GHz. The version with 64 GB of memory will receive 6 GB of RAM, the top model will be equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB ROM. There is a slot for an external memory card.

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    Samsung Galaxy A60 is equipped with a triple rear camera for 16, 8 and 5 MP, as well as a 32 MP front. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back panel. The probable date of the announcement of the smartphone in black, blue and orange colors of the case is April 10.

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    • OPPO Reno 3 review: Quad camera and lots of memory

      Last year's OPPO Reno 2 smartphone was remembered for its almost flagship characteristics. In the new generation, the emphasis has shifted - the role of the top-end device has been assigned to the Reno 3 Pro, and the standard “three” has become a mid-budget phone. However, Reno 3 received a powerful quad camera, high-quality screen, and a large amount of memory. We find out how good the new product is.

      Four rear modules and a 44-megapixel front-facing camera
      The main camera of Reno 3 received four modules, as in the top-end device of the series - Reno 3 Pro. However, there are some functions missing, such as interpolation up to 108 MP. All the blocks are arranged in a line on an islet that protrudes noticeably upwards if you wear the gadget without a cover.
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      GEEKBENCH: 5 428 single-core, 1568 multi-core
      AUTONOMY: about 22 hours of video playback

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