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  • Insider information #0112: Meizu 16s Pro, HONOR 20s, Huawei Kirin 990, Samsung Galaxy A91 and Galaxy A90 5G, OPPO Reno 2


    In this release of Insider information: Meizu 16s Pro tested at GeekBench; HONOR 20S specifications published prior to the announcement; Huawei hinted at the release of the Kirin 990 processor; Samsung accidentally declassified two models of smartphones Samsung Galaxy A91 and Samsung Galaxy A90 5G; OPPO Reno 2 specifications are confirmed by the popular benchmark.

    Meizu 16s Pro tested at GeekBench

    Meizu 16s Pro

    Soon after testing in AnTuTu flagship smartphone Meizu 16s Pro lit up in the Geekbench database under the code number m1973. The gadget is built on the basis of mobile platforms Snapdragon 855 Plus and scored 3570 and 9493 points in single-core and multi-core tests respectively.

    Meizu 16s Pro

    According to the benchmark report, the new product received 8 GB of RAM and was tested under the operating system Android 9.0 Pie. Specifications of the device have not yet been announced: according to early leaks, the device will receive a 6.4-inch screen with a resolution of Full HD+ and a triple camera with the main sensor at 48 MP.

    The announcement of the Meizu Pro 16s is expected on August 28.

    Specifications of HONOR 20S published before the announcement

    The Internet portal Gizchina posted a screenshot made in the console for Google Play developers, revealing key specifications of the smartphone HONOR 20S.

    HONOR 20S

    According to the source, the device will get a six-inch display with a "drop" for the front camera, the Kirin processor 810 with the support GPU Mali-G52 and neural coprocessor DaVinci, and 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of internal memory in different configurations. The battery capacity of the device will be 4000 mAh. The gadget will be equipped with a 48-megapixel sensor main camera with support of artificial intelligence algorithms for the taking the selfie will meet 32-megapixel sensor with a proprietary beautification.

    The product has not yet been presented by the manufacturer, representatives of HONOR leak has not commented.

    Huawei hinted at the release of the processor Kirin 990

    Chinese tech giant published the first teaser, hinting at the upcoming announcement of the mobile platform Kirin 990, a lot of attention in the development of which was paid to the possibilities of working in mobile networks of the fifth generation.

    The video does not disclose the technical characteristics of the future novelty — details, judging by the date specified at the end of the video series, will be announced on September 6 at the IFA 2019 exhibition. It is expected that the chipset will get integrated 5G-modem — the previous solution called Balong 5000 were produced separately from the chipset Kirin 980 and was overall relatively on the background of other manufacturers.

    In addition to supporting 5G, one of the benefits of the new SoC will be a 7nm manufacturing process using TSMC's UV EUV lithography.

    Samsung accidentally declassified two models of smartphones

    The company Samsung has introduced the ultra-fast charger 45W device with support for USB Power Delivery 3.0 and a programmable power supply (PPS). The novelty debuted exclusively for the Galaxy Note10 +, but recently two more smartphones supporting this accessory appeared on the Hungarian site of the vendor. It's about the unannounced Galaxy A91 and Galaxy A90 5G.


    According to rumors, both new items will be equipped with 6.7-inch displays. The A90 5G will have a drop-shaped cutout for the camera, and the Galaxy A91 will get a hole for the front, as well as the Galaxy Note10. It is expected that the gadgets will be equipped with triple cameras with the main 48-megapixel sensors. The camera model A91, according to network sources, will additionally support Tilt OIS optical image stabilization technology. The specifications of the devices are unknown.

    In the list of gadgets that support ultra-fast charging, other models were noted, including the already announced Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80.

    Features OPPO Reno 2 confirmed by the popular benchmark

    OPPO announced that the Reno 2 series of smartphones will go on sale in China on September 10. The device with the code number PCKM00 / PCKT00 recently appeared on the GeekBench website, and today a model with the same number and a shortlist of features were seen in the AnTuTu benchmark database.

    OPPO Reno 2

    The smartphone is built on the Snapdragon 730G chipset with an Adreno 618 graphics processor with support for 8 GB of RAM and runs on Android 9 Pie OS. The resolution of the 6.5-inch display with a built-in fingerprint scanner is 2400x1080 pixels. In the benchmark, OPPO Reno 2 showed a result corresponding to such iron in 259 109 points.

    Fresh photos of the device leaked to the Internet. The device received a glass back panel with rounded edges, a vertical camera module (48 + 13 + 8 + 2 MP) and a dual-LED flash. The product will be available in blue and pink colors.

    The selfie module is a retractable shark fin camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and LED flash. The expected smartphone price in India is about $ 485.

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      Test results
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      GEEKBENCH: 5 428 single-core, 1568 multi-core
      AUTONOMY: about 22 hours of video playback

      The OPPO Reno 3 is an interesting device with balanced characteristics. From the first minutes, the beautiful design, slim body, and high-quality 6.4-inch screen make you happy. Later on - high performance, fast recharging, and good battery life. The advantages include the photo-filling, including a 44-megapixel front camera. In addition, the built-in drive can be expanded with a memory card, but not to the detriment of the second SIM card - a trifle, but nice.

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