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This is what the OnePlus 5T will probably look like

October 20th, 2017

This is the OnePlus 5T you're looking for.

In early October, a device render popped up for what was supposedly the OnePlus 5T. The render showed off a phone with a 6-inch 18:9 display with very minimal bezels, but it also looked a whole lot like another phone from Oppo. Since then, a new look at the 5T has surfaced, and it's more of what we'd expect to see from OnePlus later this year.

The new render was uploaded by a user on Weibo, and while the phone looks similar to what we saw at the beginning of the month, there are a few big differences.

For starters, the "Never Settle" wallpaper that's shown on the display is a lot more convincing than the lock screen on the other render that definitely didn't belong to OxygenOS. The alert slider is no longer missing, the corners of the display aren't so heavily rounded, and the render as a whole is much higher-res than what we saw last time around.

The top and bottom bezels don't seem to have changed, with the ones on the sides being ever so slightly thicker (oh it could just be because this one doesn't showcase curved edges like what we previously saw).

Old render (left), New render (right)

We also get a look at the back of the 5T, revealing the new position of the fingerprint scanner. The back does look exactly the same as the current OnePlus 5, but that's sort of what we're expecting considering the identical design between the OnePlus 3 and 3T.

Are these official images of the OnePlus 5T? We aren't sure. Is this the final design for the phone? Possibly, but we can't say for certain. What we can say, however, is that, between the two renders we've seen at this point, this is the one I'd bet my money on as to what the device will end up looking like.

[Update: 20% off site-wide][ [Deal Alert] Google Wifi 3-pack on sale for $239.99 ($50 off) via Rakuten with coupon code

October 20th, 2017

Having a single WiFi access point in your home is so 2015. You can step into the modern era of WiFi with a mesh router today at a sizable discount. Rakuten has Google Wifi 3-packs on sale for $239.99. That’s $50 off the usual price.

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[Update: 20% off site-wide][ [Deal Alert] Google Wifi 3-pack on sale for $239.99 ($50 off) via Rakuten with coupon code was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update 5: Now $799.99] You can already buy a dual-SIM Note8 on eBay for $899.99

October 20th, 2017

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[Update 5: Now $799.99] You can already buy a dual-SIM Note8 on eBay for $899.99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home with display will reportedly support YouTube and web browsing

October 20th, 2017

The device is codenamed “Quartz”, and it’ll support YouTube, Google Maps, web browsing, and much more.

With the Pixel 2’s unveiling on October 4, we also got to feast our eyes upon the Google Home Mini and Home Max The Mini and Max look like two solid entries in the Home series, and while they each target new demographics previously unreachable by the regular Google Home, there’s still something missing – none of them have a display.

Can you guess what’s missing?

Although Amazon’s Echo Show isn’t perfect, it’s built-in display does allow for certain functionality you just can’t get on a smart speaker without a screen. Android Police recently conducted a teardown of v7.14.15 of the Google app, and while doing so, they discovered references to a device codenamed “Quartz.” Quartz is expected to be a Google Home that features a display like the Echo Show, and thanks to the Google app teardown, we have an idea of certain features we can expect from the gadget.

First off, and per…

Explore a new reality with the $280 PlayStation VR and Camera bundle

October 20th, 2017

VR is cool, but who in their right mind would play Resident Evil 7 VR? No thank you, nightmares.

Is this deal for me?

The PlayStation VR + PS4 Camera Bundle is currently on sale at Amazon for only $279.99 when you enter promo code 100VRSAVE at checkout. The last bundle deal we shared was back in August, and that sale only dropped it down to $300. The street price for this bundle is around $350, so this is a huge chunk off.

The PSVR headset allows you to play virtual reality games on your PlayStation 4 console (not included). It’s simple to setup and features such stunning graphics in some games that many people get frightened by the immersive nature of the headset.

With the PlayStation camera you can livestream your PSVR gaming to all your friends, so they can watch you score and freak out.

There are already a bunch of games available for PSVR, including Until Dawn, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 7, Batman: Arkham VR and more.

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What makes this deal worth consider…

Explore a new reality with the $280 PlayStation VR and Camera bundle

October 20th, 2017

VR is cool, but who in their right mind would play Resident Evil 7 VR? No thank you, nightmares.

Is this deal for me?

The PlayStation VR + PS4 Camera Bundle is currently on sale at Amazon for only $279.99 when you enter promo code 100VRSAVE at checkout. The last bundle deal we shared was back in August, and that sale only dropped it down to $300. The street price for this bundle is around $350, so this is a huge chunk off.

The PSVR headset allows you to play virtual reality games on your PlayStation 4 console (not included). It’s simple to setup and features such stunning graphics in some games that many people get frightened by the immersive nature of the headset.

With the PlayStation camera you can livestream your PSVR gaming to all your friends, so they can watch you score and freak out.

There are already a bunch of games available for PSVR, including Until Dawn, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 7, Batman: Arkham VR and more.

TL;DR

What makes this deal worth consider…

Celebrate TwitchCon this weekend with 20% off gaming peripherals at Amazon

October 20th, 2017

Can’t make it to TwitchCon? Comfort yourself with gaming deals!

Is this deal for me?

The coupon code TWITCHCON20 takes an extra 20% off this selection of gaming gear on Amazon. Amazon loves to run these deals when gaming conventions come around.

There were similar codes for PAX West and Gamescom. However, this sale has a wholly different set of products.

This offer expires October 28.

TwitchCon is one of the newer gaming conventions. Although technically it’s a convention started by Twitch.tv to celebrate video streaming, video game streamers make up the majority of that population. So it features a lot of the men and women who play video games for a living – a gravy train I unfortunately missed out on.

Here’s a break down of some of the deals available:

Razer BlackWidow X Chroma Mercury Edition mechanical keyboard for $119.99 (from $150) – The BlackWidow is an awesome keyboard for gaming, and this version has never had a price drop below $130
Logitech G633 surround sound gami…

Acer’s Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT) is now available for $399

October 20th, 2017

In Chromebook land, a lot of the focus is on Google’s recently-announced (and expensive) Pixelbook. But for those  of you who cannot stomach the $999 starting point of Google’s latest, then you might want to consider what Acer has on offer. The new Chromebook 15, model number CB515-1HT, is now up for sale via Best Buy and Acer’s store for $399.

For $399, you get a 15.6″ 1080p touchscreen IPS panel, a Pentium N4200, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and a ton of battery life.

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Acer’s Chromebook 15 (CB515-1HT) is now available for $399 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

This podcast is flagship material [#acpodcast]

October 20th, 2017

It’s a full house this week on the show, but Daniel Bader, Alex Dobie, Andrew Martonik, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Russell Holly deliver a tight 70 minutes of insight into Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Is the display on the XL as bad as some reviewers have said, or are expectations out of whack because the screens on recent Samsung phones are just so good? One thing is certain—the FUD machine is running at full throttle.

The crew also talk about the usefulness of the squeeze function as well as the design, materials, and components used by Google. Alex also delivers a taste of what’s to come with the Huawei Mate 10. There will be two different versions of the phone. At this point it’s unclear which ones will be available where, but we do know that Huawei’s SoC is a monster!

Show Notes and Links:

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review
Let’s relax about the Pixel 2 XL display
Which material is best for smartphones?
The Pixel 2 doesn’t support wireless …

Mate 10 Pro scores one point less than Pixel 2 in DxOMark test

October 20th, 2017

Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro is a worthy contender to the unstoppable Pixel 2.

There are a lot of reasons to like the Pixel 2, but for a lot of people, the biggest one is the phone’s fantastic camera. The Pixel 2’s camera is exceptionally good, and Google proudly announced that it received a score of 98 from DxOMark during the unveiling for the phone on October 4. That’s the highest score DxO has ever handed out to a phone, but that’s bound to change at one point or another.

DxO recently put the Huawei Mate 10 Pro through its paces and ended up giving the phone a score of 97 – just one point less than the Pixel 2.

Although the Mate 10 Pro got an overall score of 97, that doesn’t mean it’s exactly one point worse than the Pixel 2 (whatever that would mean in the first place).

Final DxOMark scores are a combination of a lot of different things, including separate scores for exposure and contrast, color, texture, noise, and a bunch of other factors. Photo and video performance are als…

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