More images of the OnePlus 5T appear on company’s Chinese website

The trend of near bezel-less displays continues to grow stronger, with OnePlus 5T being spotted on the company’s Chinese website earlier today. The page reveals the OnePlus 5T in all its glory, giving a clear look at what we can expect from the next OnePlus flagship smartphone.

Several rumours have been doing the rounds of late, suggesting that OnePlus is preparing to launch a minor upgrade to the OnePlus 5, with the name suggested to be OnePlus 5T, on the lines of the OnePlus 3T launched late last year. With the launch timeline drawing closer, the OnePlus 5T has made an appearance on one of the websites of the company.

While not much is known by way of the specs of the OnePlus 5T, the leaked images of the phone reveal that it will come with an 18:9 display, very similar to what we have seen from flagships of Samsung, LG and Google this year. While the aspect ratio of the display is confirmed, other specifications of the OnePlus 5T aren’t completely known just yet.

That said, rumours are pointing at OnePlus 5T featuring a dual camera setup on the front, while details about the rear cameras are not known. The new OnePlus flagship smartphone could feature the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

One change as a result of the new 18:9 display is that the front mounted fingerprint sensor is moving to the back. This is a significant change, given that the OnePlus 5’s fingerprint sensor has been praised for being really fast – one of the reasons for its speed could be the fact that a front mounted fingerprint sensor is more accessible when compared to a rear mounted sensor.

The tagline seen on the images is ‘Larger Screen. Same Footprint’. This probably means that the dimensions of the OnePlus 5T are same as the OnePlus 5 and only the bezels have been reduced to accommodate the bigger display. Earlier reports have also hinted that the OnePlus 5T will come with IP68 certified water and dust resistance.

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Huawei Mate 10 vs Huawei Mate 10 Pro: what’s the difference?

There’s been no shortage of phablets this year, but two more have just arrived in the form of the Huawei Mate 10 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

And they may well have been worth the wait, thanks to AI smarts, dual-lens cameras and plenty of power. But these two phones are also quite different in many ways, and while the Mate 10 Pro is higher-end overall it’s actually not a match for the standard Mate 10 in every area.

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With that in mind we’ve created this guide to the differences between the two, highlighting where they’re similar and where they’re not in their design, display, power, camera, battery and price.

Design

The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have similar designs. Both phones have a glass back with curved sides and a reflective band running across it. 

That band is the main design flair and serves to highlight the dual-lens camera sitting in the middle of it.

But while the look is similar there are some differences. For example, the Huawei Mate 10 comes in at 150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2mm and 186g, while the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm and 178g. Not a huge difference then, but the Mate 10 Pro is longer, slimmer and lighter than the Mate 10.

The Mate 10 Pro is glass-clad with a reflective strip across the back

The two phones are also available in a different selection of colors. The Huawei Mate 10 is launching in Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold and Pink Gold, while the Mate 10 Pro will land in Midnight Blue, Titanium Gray, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold.

The biggest difference though is that the Mate 10 Pro is IP67 certified water and dust resistant, meaning it can be submerged one meter deep for up to thirty minutes.

Huawei Mate 10 vs Huawei Mate 10 Pro display

This is one area where the differences aren’t entirely expected. While the Huawei Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch 1,440 x 2,560 screen with a pixel density of 499 pixels per inch, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a 6.0-inch 1,080 x 2,160 display with a pixel density of 402 pixels per inch.

So unsurprisingly the Mate 10 Pro is slightly bigger, but what might surprise you is that its screen is lower resolution.

The Huawei Mate 10 actually has a higher resolution screen than the Mate 10 Pro

That doesn’t make it worse though necessarily, especially as it uses OLED (where the Mate 10 uses LCD) and offers a greater contrast ratio. 

The Mate 10 Pro also has a super-widescreen 18:9 aspect ratio, while the Mate 10 has a more conventional 16:9 one.

It’s not all different though, as both phones sport minimal bezel and support HDR10 content.

OS and power

Whichever one of these phones you opt for you’ll get an octa-core Kirin 970 chipset with four cores running at 2.36GHz and four clocked at 1.8GHz.

The two phones also both come with a neural network processing unit (NPU), which is designed to use AI to improve performance and efficiency.

They do differ in the amounts of RAM and storage they offer though, as the standard Mate 10 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the Mate 10 Pro is available in both that configuration and one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Both phones run Android Oreo with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top

So there’s potentially more power and storage in the Mate 10 Pro, however it doesn’t have a microSD card slot, which the standard Mate 10 does.

There’s no difference in their operating systems though. Both the Huawei Mate 10 and the Mate 10 Pro run Android Oreo, overlaid with Huawei’s Emotion UI 8.0.

Huawei Mate 10 vs Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera and battery

There’s nothing to choose here, as both the Huawei Mate 10 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro have a 20MP monochrome and 12MP color dual-lens camera pairing on the back.

Although you can use the monochrome camera on its own for black and white shots, generally the camera will use both lenses at once and combine the resulting images for more detailed shots.

There’s a dual-lens 20MP and 12MP camera pairing on the back

On paper the camera sounds promising, sporting optical image stabilization and a large f/1.6 aperture, along with AI-powered scene and object recognition, allowing the camera to automatically optimize the settings for any given shot, but again, both phones include those things.

Both phones also have an 8MP front-facing camera and a big 4,000mAh battery, which includes a smart battery management system to maximize life and can apparently get a full day’s worth of juice from a 20-minute charge.

Huawei Mate 10 vs Huawei Mate 10 Pro price

We don’t yet know the pricing and availability for these phones in the Middle East just yet. That will be announced during the Middle East launch event later in the month but in Europe, Huawei has priced the Mate 10 at 699 euros, while the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will set you back 799 Euros.

Takeaway

The main differences between the Huawei Mate 10 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro are their price, with the Mate 10 Pro being more expensive, and their screens, with the Mate 10 Pro having a larger OLED screen, while the Mate 10 has a slightly smaller, sharper LCD one.

There are also differences in their power and storage, as the Mate 10 Pro can be bought with more RAM and twice the internal capacity, though it doesn’t have a microSD card slot, which the standard Mate 10 does.

The Mate 10 Pro also benefits from water resistance, but elsewhere these are very similar phones, with a similar design, identical cameras and batteries and the same chipset.

Depending on where you live you may not even be able to choose between them, but assuming you do have the choice make sure to check our full reviews for both before buying either, because specs don’t always tell the whole story.

WhatsApp’s real-time location sharing lets your friends see where you’re at

WhatsApp has now joined the likes of Google Maps and parent company Facebook in activating real-time location sharing for users. 

The popular chat service announced that starting today, users of its iOS and Android app will have the option to share their live location with family and friends for a set period of time. Users can also turn off location sharing whenever they choose. 

Here's how to activate Live Location, as the feature is called: open up any chat. Go to the Attach button and select Location. A new option for "Share Live Location" will appear, allowing you to share your location for 15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours. Hit send, and you're set.

As is the case with all WhatsApp communications, Live Location is end-to-end encrypted, so only those in a chat can see it. If multiple people are sharing where they're at, each person's location will be visible on one map.

Facebook Messenger also has a Live Location feature, which lets users share their location with friends for up to 60 minutes. 

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HTC U Ultra gets a huge discount of Rs 22,991 on Flipkart

As the festival of light approaches, smartphone makers and e-commerce portals are offering discounts and announcing new offers to attract customers. Now, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has announced a huge discount on its flagship device, the HTC U Ultra.

Buy HTC U Ultra @ Rs 29,999 on Flipkart (Save Rs 22,991)

The U Ultra was launched in India in March with a price tag of Rs. 59,990 and in April, it a received a price cut of Rs. 7,000, bring down the price to Rs. 52,990. HTC has announced that to celebrate Dhanteras, the company will be offering the U Ultra at Rs. 29,999, which means that the device is receiving a discount of Rs. 22,991.

If you want to get the HTC U Ultra at Rs. 29,999, you need to hurry as this offer is valid only for today. You can buy the device at its special price from Flipkart and HTC’s online store in Brilliant Black and Sapphire Blue colour options.

To recall, the HTC U Ultra features a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super LCD5 display along with a 2-inch secondary display with a resolution of 1040 x 160 pixels. The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC Sense skinned on top and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Coming to the optics, the device comes with 12MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, laser & phase detection autofocus and dual LED flash. On the front, the device sports a 16MP secondary camera. It is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and comes with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Apart from the HTC U Ultra, you can also get other devices at a discounted price on Flipkart. The recently launched Mi Mix 2 is available at Rs. 35,999, after a discount of Rs. 2,000. Redmi Note 4 64GB storage variant has also received a discount of Rs. 2,000, bringing down the price to Rs. 10,999. The Honor 8 and Honor 8 Pro are available for Rs. 14,999 and Rs. 26,999 respectively. The Apple iPhone 6 32GB has received a discount of Rs. 5,501, bring down its price to Rs. 23,999.

Report: OnePlus caught collecting identifiable user data without permission

You might think true privacy is becoming increasingly hard to come by in this ever-more connected world, but most companies at least ask or warn that they’ll be collecting data.

However, OnePlus though has been found collecting device and user data, and has been accused of doing so without asking permission.

Software engineer Chris Moore discovered as much, posting on his blog that the domain open.oneplus.net has been collecting data and sending it to an AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud account.

The data collected includes both device information, such as wireless network IDs, his cellular number, serial number and MAC address, and user data, which includes the likes of timestamps showing when specific applications were opened and closed, as well information about when the screen was on and when the phone was charging.

Moore claims that not only did OnePlus not get permission to collect this data, but some of it, such as serial numbers, can potentially be tied back to the user, so it’s not anonymous.

There's no official fix

Android Authority asked OnePlus for comment and was told: “we securely transmit analytics in two different streams over HTTPS to an Amazon server. The first stream is usage analytics, which we collect in order for us to more precisely fine tune our software according to user behavior. 

"This transmission of usage activity can be turned off by navigating to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Join user experience program’. The second stream is device information, which we collect to provide better after-sales support.”

So it seems some of this data collection can be disabled, but not all of it. Or at least, not officially. 

Twitter user Jakub Czekański has explained that this data collection can be blocked by putting your phone into debugging mode and entering the command pm uninstall -k –user 0 pkg.

The process is somewhat explained in the Twitter thread, though it’s a process we wouldn’t recommend unless you know what you’re doing – and even then it could cause problems, though no-one has yet reported any that we’ve seen.

Otherwise, you might have to put up with this data collection, though given the attention it’s got we wouldn’t be surprised if OnePlus soon changes it to an opt-in process, since this isn’t the sort of publicity it needs.

This is especially following other complaints about the company, such as its failure to support recent handsets, misleading camera description and a bug that prevented users calling 911.

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