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This week in Android: It's weird phone week
We got to play with a lot of cool tech at CES 2019, but little was cooler than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm had a reference device sporting the new SoC and we were able to put it through its paces, including our very own Speed Test G. The results are impressive.
In other big news this week, we found out Motorola is planning on bringing back the Razr phone, made famous in the mid 2000s. We don’t know a lot about the phone itself, but we can make some guesses based on a patent from August of last year.
Plus, we look ahead at the future of LG and OnePlus, including a new peculiar accessory for LG. Also, we have good news and bad news about HUAWEI’s security.
Here are your top stories for the week
4:20 – Snapdragon 855 performance and benchmarking: Speed Test G, AnTuTu & Geekbench
At CES, Gary Sims previewed the Snapdragon 855 processor in reference hardware. He had some fun with it.
21:45 – You’ll flip for the foldable Motorola Razr smartphone reboot
Motorola (read: Lenovo) is talking about releasing a new version of the Razr phone, this time with a folding screen.
The Google Pixel 3 Lite wanted to be just like its older siblings and come out with a full leak before its official announcement. Mission accomplished.
44:20 – Yes, there is a system-wide dark theme in this early Android Q build
You’ve been asking for it. Google’s giving it to you. A full, system-wide dark theme for those late-night phone-using sessions.
Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast
OnePlus in 2019: A force to be reckoned with
OnePlus made some remarkable strides in 2018, including working with a U.S. carrier for the first time. Will OnePlus be able to keep that momentum going in 2019?
We took a deep dive into the camera on HUAWEI’s latest flagship and the results are a little surprising. No spoilers here though. You gotta click through.
LG in 2019: No more excuses
LG has not made great strides in the mobile space of late. It’s time for LG to do something to finally gain some world-wide ground.
LG might make a phone you can add another screen to… no joke
But honestly, LG, this probably isn’t it.
Slider phones are a great way to get smaller bezels, but they’re not a permanent solution. We break down why.
HUAWEI founder breaks years-long public silence to talk company security
The founder of HUAWEI had a few things to say about security and how the company handles security. Which is nice and all, but…
HUAWEI is reportedly under federal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department
Now don’t get us wrong, this particular case isn’t as bad as it sounds, but it’s not good either.
Xiaomi’s new in-display fingerprint sensor solves one big issue
Xiaomi showed off a video of a new kind of in-screen fingerprint sensor which has a larger touch area, making it easier to unlock your phone.
Galaxy S10 Plus photo leak: Is this Samsung’s new flagship?
A Samsung Galaxy S10 was spotted in the wild. Check it out here!
Who wants to win a Samsung Galaxy Note 9?
This week, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!
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