Razer Phone 2 will look almost identical to original according to leaked image

The Razer Phone 2 is coming - we know that for sure afrer the firm confirmed the handset in an earnings report - but it looks like things may not change all that much from the original Razer Phone, in terms of design at least, if the latest leak is to be believed.

An image obtained by Android Headlines from a 'reliable source' claims to show the front of the upcoming Razer Phone 2 and it looks awfully like its predecessor (which is pictured in the image above).

There is a subtle difference, but you'll need to study the two handsets side-by-side. The Razer Phone 2 appears to have slightly thinner bezels above and below the screen - but they're by no means small.

This suggests Razer will use the powerful, front-facing stereo speakers from its first handset in the Razer Phone 2 as well.

Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone (L) and Razer Phone 2 (R) (credit: Android Headlines)

What will the new Razer Phone offer?

On this evidence, it appears Razer is also sticking with a 16:9 screen aspect ratio, which is fast falling out of favor with most of the major phone manufacturers who are stretching their displays to 18:9 and beyond.

Of course, this leak needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. It could easily be a render knocked up by a fan, or if the source is a reliable one, a concept render from Razer which may not reflect the final design.

Other rumors suggest the Razer Phone 2 will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, Android 8.1 and may even come with a light-up Chroma logo on the rear - much like on the firm's computing devices.

We're yet to hear any news on a Razer Phone 2 release date, but seeing as its predecessor arrived in November last year we expect the new handset to land in the same month this time around.

Via PhoneArena

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The OnePlus 6T won’t have a headphone jack, but battery life will be improved

It's confirmed: the OnePlus 6T won't have a headphone jack. We'll let that sink in for a moment.

That's right, the next OnePlus handset will be missing one of the most divisive features on modern smartphones, and TechRadar sat down exclusively with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei to find out why now is the right time to sack the jack.

We should note that Pei didn't mention the OnePlus 6T by name, merely referring to the "next OnePlus handset", but thanks to the rumors swirling around this phone we expect it to be called the OnePlus 6T when it does arrive.

The why

Our first line of questioning was obvious. Why? Why ditch the jack? Why ditch it now? For Pei, it's about timing, and creating the best smartphone experience.

"When we started OnePlus, we set out to make the best possible smartphone, but making a great phone doesn't mean putting every component available into the device," he said. 

"You've got to make decisions that optimize the user experience, and understand that at times things that provide user value can also add friction.

"We also had to think about the negative side [of removing the headphone jack] for our users. We found 59% of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year - and that was before we launched our Bullets Wireless headphones.

"If we were to do that [remove the jack] two years ago, the percentage [of wireless headphones owners] would have been much lower and it would have caused a lot of friction for our users."

"We're not doing it for the sake of doing it and because everyone else is"

Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder

Pei expects that 59% figure to now be higher thanks to the introduction of the well-received Bullets Wireless headphones - they garnered an impressive 4.5 star TechRadar review - but even over the four months since their introduction users have become a little more accepting of a world without the jack.

It's not a decision OnePlus took lightly either, as Pei explained. 

"It [removing the headphone jack] was a very controversial decision. We're not doing it for the sake of doing it and because everyone else is. We believe now is the right time, as it'll benefit the majority of our users while keeping the downside low.

"We knew this was an option for a very long time, we were just waiting for the right time."

The benefits

Pei went on to explain that there are user benefits to the removal of the port, which should bring some comfort to OnePlus fans already pouring one out for the headphone jack.

"By removing the jack we've freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product," he said. "One of the big things is something our users have asked us for, improved battery life."

Pei wouldn't be drawn on what the "new technology" will be, but we already know the OnePlus 6T will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, which will eat up some of the space left by the exiting jack.

Equally, we were unable to glean from Pei how battery life will be improved – although OnePlus 6T rumors suggest a bigger power pack will be squeezed inside the handset – but Pei did reveal the difference would be "substantial enough for users to realize."

OnePlus is aware that some will feel inconvenienced by the removal of the headphone jack, but Pei was keen to stress that it's addressing these fears in a couple of ways.

"We're adding an adapter to the box, allowing you to use your 3.5mm headphones normally," he explained. "We're also making a new version of our Bullets V2 wired headphones, which will have a USB-C connector."

It's still unknown whether OnePlus will include any headphones at all in the box with the OnePlus 6T – wired or wireless – but it's worth noting that the firm has never bundled headphones in the box, and we don't expect things to change.

The backlash?

OnePlus' reasoning makes sense, but it's not guaranteed to stop the naysayers and jack-lovers who may feel a little betrayed by the firm.

There will be those who will miss its convenience, not to mention the ability to charge the handset while having headphones plugged in - something that's not possible with the single-port approach. But things could run a little deeper.

The headphone jack has been a prominent marketing tool for OnePlus ever since the OnePlus 3, a phone which launched three months before the iPhone 7 showed up without the port, but rumors were already rife that Apple was about to ditch it.

It made sense for OnePlus to pick up on the paranoia of smartphone users regarding the rumors, and highlight the fact its latest handset came with the all-important (at the time) port.

That marketing strategy didn't stop with the OnePlus 3 though, and the headphone jack has cropped up numerous times since 2016, as the tweet below, from November 2017, shows.

Here, playing on the fact that it's included the feature in the newly announced OnePlus 5T, OnePlus is actively asking its community what it’s using the headphone jack for.

Then, in the build-up to the OnePlus 6 launch earlier this year, Pei tweeted the results of the annual headphone jack poll he runs on Twitter, which found that support for the port – at least in Pei's echo chamber – was still strong.

We wouldn't be surprised if some of the OnePlus faithful expect the firm to continue providing the feature on its smartphones, and the news that the OnePlus 6T will drop the headphone jack may come as a bit of a bombshell (although it had been rumored for a while).

The future

We asked Pei about the company's approach to publicizing the headphone jack on previous devices, and about users possibly feeling confused about its latest decision.

"Before it wasn't the right time, now we have data to back up that it is the right time," was his simple answer. 

"We're adding more technology, improving battery life and reducing as much friction as possible"

Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder

OnePlus is also expected by its community to continually push the boundaries of design and technology, so there's hope that fans will be more forgiving when they see the bigger picture.

All in all Pei is confident the pluses outweigh the negatives, saying "we're adding more technology, improving battery life and reducing as much friction as possible by including an adapter and launching a new version of the Bullets V2."

Whether that's enough to satisfy its faithful fanbase, and attract more consumers, remains to be seen, but while the dropping of the headphone jack may be a big talking point at launch we think things will die down pretty quickly.

It's worth recalling the fuss made (by both the press and the public) over screen notch designs towards the end of 2017 and during the first half of 2018. Initially the feature received a mixed reaction, but several months on and consumers appear to have accepted the notch and moved on.

So maybe now is indeed the right time. Time we accept our loss and move on.

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Forget the iPhone XS: the iPhone 9 could be Apple’s undercover hit

Apple is set to launch three new iPhones simultaneously on September 12 for only the second time in the iconic device's 11 year history. 

And for the first time in the iPhone's existence, Apple could have three new handsets land on shop shelves at the same time, after the iPhone X arrived later than than 8 and 8 Plus last year. 

That's going to give you, the people who buy iPhones, a tricky to decision as you’re faced with a number of price points and features.

When you login to pre-order (from September 14 according to rumors) or step into store to pick up your new iPhone (which could be either September 21 or 28) you'll likely have to choose between the iPhone XS, supersized iPhone XS Plus or the 'affordable' iPhone 9

While each phone will garner its own dedicated user base, there's one new iPhone that will be more attractive most people. The iPhone XS.

Why the iPhone XS?

The iPhone XS will give you the latest cutting edge features from Apple, in a form factor that can just about be used one-handed while still appealing to those who want to boast the latest and greatest tech.

The phones tipped to sandwich the iPhone XS will have their own draw, whether it's the rumored supersized, 6-inch+ OLED display of the iPhone XS Plus (which may be called the iPhone XS Max) or the touted 'cheaper' price point of the iPhone 9. 

For some, either of these phones will fit the bill perfectly. 

However, many will likely dismiss the iPhone XS Plus quickly for being too big and too expensive, as it’s highly likely to be the costliest iPhone of all time.

Then there is the rumored iPhone 9 which is tipped to make a number of compromises from the XS models. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest from Apple, this model is unlikely to offer it.

The Cupertino, California based firm may opt to bless the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus with headline-grabbing new features while the iPhone 9 misses out.

If you’re preparing to invest a significant amount in a new iPhone, spending that little bit extra to jump to the XS is, on paper, the obvious choice.

It’ll likely pack the same power and features as the XS Plus into a more manageable, and slightly more affordable, package while not demoting itself to the lowest-cost option.

But the iPhone XS may not be the iPhone you end up with. 

The iPhone X is set to have a major influence on all three new iPhones

You probably won't buy it

Dig a little bit deeper into the iPhone rumors, and while the iPhone XS may continue to look the most appealing on paper, it appears that the compromises Apple is tipped to make on the iPhone 9 may be the right ones for many. 

One of the main differences between the rumored iPhone 9 and the XS duo is the screen technology, with the latter set to boast color-rich OLED panels while the former is 'stuck' with LCD.

The thing is though, Apple has used LCD panels on every iPhone until the iPhone X, and while its screens may not have been the biggest or highest resolution on the market, they've always been clear, crisp and colorful. If you own any iPhone other than the X, this shouldn't worry you. 

Leaks also point towards Apple's new A12 chipset featuring in all three handsets, giving the iPhone 9 the same engine as it's pricier siblings.

It'll likely pack in less RAM, but historically Apple has used less RAM in its phones versus the Android competition thanks to excellent software integration, so again this shouldn't ring too many alarm bells. 

The finish may not be quite so premium either, but it's said to still be a metal and glass combination, while on the front you're likely to find a 6.1-inch display with very slender bezels and the obligatory notch, which will make it look like the XS pair. 

The rear camera may be another area where Apple comprises, offering something more basic than its XS counterparts, but again for many the base level of imaging quality Apple offers will more than suffice for day-to-day snapping.

It may be dubbed the 'affordable’, even 'cheap’ iPhone, in rumor roundups and leak reports, but it could well be the iPhone 9 that bags the space in your pocket, despite the iPhone XS stealing the show.

We'll know for sure what your choices will be on September 12 when Apple announces its new iPhone range, and TechRadar will be reporting live from the Steve Jobs Theater to bring you the very latest news as it happens.

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Razer Phone 2 spotted with Snapdragon 845 and 8GB of RAM

The gaming-focused Razer Phone 2 - which has been confirmed by the company to be in the works - appears to have popped up on a benchmarking site, revealing some of its specs.

It was spotted on the popular Geekbench platform, and the listing appears to confirm that the Razer Phone 2 will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM.

That will make it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market, with the latest Qualcomm chipset and a level of RAM found only in a handful of devices, such as the OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Not the latest Android?

While the Razer Phone 2 is rumored to launch after the official arrival of Android 9 Pie on October 9, the benchmark result suggests the phone will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo instead.

That said, we'd fully expect the Razer Phone 2 to get an upgrade to Android Pie in the months after launch.

There's currently no word on a Razer Phone 2 release date, but the original handset landed in November 2017, so we'd expect the same timing this year.

Via MySmartPrice

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro tipped to pack QHD+ display while Mate 20 drops to Full HD

We're starting to see more and more leaks appear about the rumored Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, with the latest leaks pointing towards upgrades for the latter in the screen and biometric departments.

First up comes a rumor that says Huawei will finally adopt a QHD resolution for the Mate 20 Pro, with the Mate 10 Pro packing 'only' a Full HD display.

It seems pretty legit, as Dutch site MobielKopen has spotted code on Huawei's own website that looks to confirm a 1440 x 3120 resolution of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, while the Mate 20 may get stuck with a full HD resolution.

This would be a reversal of what we saw last year, with the Huawei Mate 10 boasting a QHD screen while the Mate 10 Pro made do with Full HD.

The same leak suggests the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will also boast a gigantic 6.9-inch display, while the Mate 20 will pack a still-large 6.3-inch screen. This does gel with leaked shots claiming to show the front glass of the handsets, which do look big in the hand.

A questionable photo

There are also rumors that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro could have a square, triple-camera setup on its rear, and a picture posted to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo appears to confirm just that.

The image, posted alongside the message of just 'Mate 20', shows what looks like a press shot of the yet-to-be-announced handset - but we're not convinced.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

We're not convinced by this Huawei Mate 20 Pro leak (credit: Weibo)

First up, the Huawei logo on the rear of the handset isn't centralized, which is a huge red flag that this is an edited image.

Next up, the circular fingerprint scanner looks just a little bit too big for the phone, and finally there's the awful mess of the camera block.

While this isn't the first time we've seen rumors about this arrangement, it really doesn't look good here and we hope this is someone's poor editing rather than Huawei's design direction.

If you look at the already announced Mate 20 Lite, it appears more likely that Huawei will go for a vertical stack of cameras and flash on its other two Mate 20 models, to ensure design continuity across the range.

What we do know for sure is that the handset will be announced on October 16 in London, and TechRadar will be reporting live to bring you all the latest on Huawei's new handsets.

Via Android Community

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TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards: two more shortlists revealed

We put out a call and you answered, in your thousands. Thank you to all those who took the time to have their say and vote in the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2018.

While your votes are being counted and our judges deliberate their picks, we've got more exciting news from the awards to share with you.

We can now proudly reveal the shortlists for two of the biggest awards on the night, One to Watch and Manufacturer of the Year.

One to Watch 2018 shortlist

Our One to Watch award celebrates companies which are pushing the tech envelope and which we expect to have a say in shaping the mobile landscape in the near future.

If you're not already following the firms below, they're well worth adding to your (tech) radar.

Congratulations to our shortlist nominees for the One to Watch award. The winner will be announced on October 11, 2018 at the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards in London.

  • Amazfit
  • BlackBerry
  • HMD Global
  • Huawei
  • Mobvoi
  • Oppo
  • Vivo

Manufacturer of the Year 2018 shortlist

Manufacturer of the Year is always a tightly fought category, and this year is no different, with seven worthy nominees vying to take home the crown.

This award highlights those who have left their mark over the past 12 months on the mobile industry, with cutting edge devices, the next big thing in technology or an impressive all-round showing.

Congratulations to all our shortlist nominees for Manufacturer of Year. The winner will be announced on October 11, 2018 at the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards in London.

  • Apple
  • Google
  • HMD Global
  • Huawei
  • OnePlus
  • Samsung
  • Sony
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Huawei P30 confirmed by CEO

Huawei CEO, Richard Yu has name checked the Huawei P30 during an interview at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

When quizzed in a group interview about Huawei's recent impressive sales performance, Yu gave a lengthy response where he said "Mate 20 will be even better [than the P20 Pro]… and next year the P30 will be even better."

Huawei's next major launch will be the Mate 20 in the next couple of months, with the Huawei P30 not expected to arrive until February 2019 at the earliest - and thanks to Yu's comment we now have confirmation of this.

Object recognition

As well as dropping the P30 name, Yu also revealed that the upcoming Mate 20 will feature real time object recognition made possible by the firm's new, recently announced Kirin 980 chipset.

If it proves successful, it could well feature in the P30 come 2019 too.

  • IFA 2018 is Europe's biggest tech show. The TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and hands-on first impressions of new phones, watches and other tech as they're announced. 
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Every major new smartphone launched at IFA 2018

Giant tech show IFA isn't normally known for a glut of smartphone launches, but we've seen a number of new handsets arrive at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany and we've been hands on with them all.

Below you'll find our round-up of the best smartphones at IFA 2018, giving you your mobile fix in one place.

We seen new phones from a number of big names including Sony, Huawei, Motorola, HTC and even BlackBerry, so what are you waiting for? It's time to get your phone on!

Sony Xperia XZ3

The biggest smartphone launch at IFA 2018 was the flagship Sony Xperia XZ3, which boasts a new design from the Japanese giant.

As well as a new look the Xperia XZ3 packs a 6-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 19MP rear camera, 13MP front camera and a 3,300mAh battery.

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

The Huawei Mate 20 may not be official yet, but the Chinese firm has treated us to the next best thing - the Mate 20 Lite.

It's a more affordable, pared-down version of the rumored flagship Mate 20, with a huge 6.3-inch full HD display, Kirin 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 20MP+2MP rear cameras, 24MP+2MP front cameras and 3,750mAh.

HTC U12 Life

The HTC U12 Life has a funky, laser-etched stripes pattern on the bottom two thirds or its rear, increasing grip and reducing the appearance of fingerprints on this premium-feeling, mid-range smartphone.

You also get a 6-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 16MP+5MP rear cameras, 13MP front camera and a 3,600mAh battery.

Motorola One

The Motorola One boasts an all-glass design and pure Android interface, along with the claim that it will be one of the first smartphones to get the Android 9 Pie update.

You'll find a 5 .9-inch display complete with iPhone X-like notch, Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras and a 3,000mAh battery inside this phone. 

BlackBerry Key2 LE

BlackBerry is still going, and the famous QWERTY keyboard got more accessible at IFA 2018 with the new, lighter edition Key2 LE.

The main attraction here are those physical keys on the front, and they line up beside a 4.5-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage, 13MP+5MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera and a 3,000mAh battery.

Honor Play

We already knew the Honor Play existed before IFA 2018, as the phone had been previously launched in China, but its global launch took place in Berlin.

This gaming-centric mid-ranger comes with a 6.3-inch full HD display, Kirin 970 chip, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 16MP+2MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera and a 3,750mAh battery.

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite arrives with a big screen and AI smarts

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite has been launched at IFA 2018, and it's the first of several handsets to bear the Mate 20 name.

Huawei's flagship Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are tipped to launch in October, but the Chinese firm has decided to get ahead of itself with the introduction of the entry-level Mate 20 Lite.

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite boasts a large 6.3-inch, 19.5:9, full HD+ display, Kirin 710 chipset, 4GB of RAM, dual rear cameras (20MP+2MP), dual front cameras (24MP+2MP) and a 3,750mAh battery.

AI inside

A common theme that runs through all of Huawei's latest smartphones is AI, and the Mate 20 Lite is no different with a strong focus on its computer smarts.

Features such as the AI Shopping Assistant (where the AI identifies an item and shares a link to where it can be bought online) and AI Noise Cancellation (which nullifies noisy backgrounds for high quality conversations) come built in to the Mate 20 Lite. 

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite release date is set for October, and in the UK it will cost £379 (around $500, AU$680). There's currently no word on whether it'll come to other markets, but we'll update this article once we know more.

  • IFA 2018 is Europe's biggest tech show. The TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and hands-on first impressions of new phones, watches and other tech as they're announced. 
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Qualcomm’s readying your smartphone for a world without a headphone jack

Qualcomm has announced a new version of its aptX audio platform at IFA 2018, which aims to deliver the same performance and quality of a wired audio connection.

The headphone jack is dying as the rise of wireless continues its march across our devices - Qualcomm says the wired connection is going away - but there’s potentially good news for audiophiles worried about a poorer, wireless audio experience.

AptX Adaptive is the latest version of the firm's wireless sound technology, and Qualcomm claims it provides a robust, hi-res and virtually glitch-free listening experience.

It's not just focused on music playback though, as aptX Adaptive has been tuned to improve audio response for gaming and movies.

Current Bluetooth doesn't address latency issues - which proves problematic when gaming or watching video - and it's an issue you don't get with a wired connection.

What the Adaptive upgrade provides is a wire-like low latency experience which Qualcomm hopes will encourage more users to ditch the wire and adopt wireless headphones.

Dynamically adapts

AptX Adaptive will dynamically adjust wireless audio performance depending on content you are consuming - be it music, video or a game - which takes the hassle of manual adjustment out of the equation.

Qualcomm tells us that aptX Adaptive will be available "on a Snapdragon chip to be named in the future", which we expect to be the Snapdragon 855 which is tipped to launch at the start of December.

That means the first smartphones to boast this new Bluetooth audio technology likely won't arrive until the middle of 2019.

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HTC U12 Life offers up a big screen, lots of grip and solid specs for an attractive price

The HTC U12 Life has been announced at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany, and it looks to be an enticing offering with a solid spec sheet paired with an attractive price.

The U12 Life replaces last year's slightly lack-luster U11 Life, with an improved design, more power, larger battery and upgraded power.

You get a 6.1-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD slot, dual rear cameras (16MP + 5MP), 13MP front facing camera with LED flash and a sizable 3,600mAh battery.

The battery is actually larger than the 3,500mAh power pack found in the flagship HTC U12 Plus, and it's comfortably bigger than the 2,600mAh battery in the U11 Life.

Stripes for Life

The HTC U12 Life also introduces a new design element from the Taiwanese firm, with its '3D Ultra Stripes' adorning the lower two thirds of the rear of the handset.

They chiefly have two jobs (other than looking pretty cool), the first of which is to add lots of grip. Glass backed phones tend to lack grip, but the physical, laser-etched lines in the rear of the U12 Life should keep it more secure in your palm.

HTC U12 Life

Secondly, HTC claims the lines reduce the appearance of fingerprints on the rear of the phone, which means fewer wipe downs will be required to keep things look shiny.

There's also a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone, and audio fans will be happy to learn HTC has included a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the U12 Life.

In terms of price, the HTC U12 Life will set you back £299 (€349) when it launches towards the end of September/early October in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

  • IFA 2018 is Europe's biggest tech show. The TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and hands-on first impressions of new phones, watches and other tech as they're announced.
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LG G7 One and LG G7 Fit handpick flagship features for a lower price

The LG G7 One and LG G7 Fit are two new smartphone handsets that the South Korean firm is launching at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Both handsets take inspiration from the flagship LG G7 ThinQ, but handpick just a few of its flagship features, allowing them to arrive with more affordable price tags.

The LG G7 One features a 6.1-inch QHD+ display, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD card slot, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, Android 8.1 Oreo and a 3,000mAh battery.

That means the G7 One has an older chipset, less RAM, less storage and just a single rear camera versus the G7 ThinQ. It's still a decent line-up of specs though, and if LG can get the price right it could be an attractive offering.

G7 Fit is the G7 ThinQ on a strict diet

Meanwhile the LG G7 Fit is another step down from the G7 One, with an even older Snapdragon 821 chipset, a more basic 16MP rear camera and older Bluetooth 4.2 technology.

But you still get the large 6.1-inch QHD+ display, 4GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and the choice of either 32GB or 64GB of storage - along with a 3,000mAh battery and Android 8.1 Oreo.

There's currently no word on the LG G7 One and G7 Fit release date, price and availability, but we'll update this article as soon as we know more.

We'll be getting hands on with both smartphones at IFA 2018 this week, so keep an eye out for our first look reviews of the handsets.

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Vote for the Best Network at the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2018

The TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2018 celebrate the best of the phone industry, from top-notch networks and handsets to outstanding services and experiences.

What makes these awards special is the fact the winners are voted for by not only our expert judging panel, but also by you, the general public. 

It’s your chance to highlight the best of the best in the mobile biz, and we need you to vote in the awards so we can crown the winners on October 11, 2018 in London.

After a hard-fought battle in the longlists stage, we have – thanks, in part, to your votes - narrowed down our award categories to our exclusive shortlists for your continued voting pleasure.

Congratulations to all our shortlisted finalists, now it's over to you to pick the winners.

And don’t forget, by having your say in TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards vote you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a selection of tech goodies*.

One of the biggest awards of the night is Best Network, and we have six standout carriers for you to vote for.

Best Network shortlist

  • EE
  • giffgaff
  • O2
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Three
  • Vodafone

It's not just Best Network we need your vote for though. There are 16 award categories in total we need your help with, and three others in this area are Best Network for Data, Best Network for Roaming and Best Value Network.

You can see who's made it to the shortlist in all our award categories over on the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards website.

Voting ends at 2pm BST on August 31, 2018 - so make sure you've had your say before it's too late.

*Terms and Conditions: Voting is open to everyone, however to take part in the prize draw you must be a UK resident. Under 18s must obtain parental consent to enter this competition and be able to demonstrate this to TechRadar's reasonable satisfaction. Nominations must be received by 17:00 (BST) 31/08/2018. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received and will be sent the prize free of charge. By taking part in the voting and the competition, you agree to be bound by the full terms and conditions which can be found here http://www.futureplc.com/competition-rules/

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Motorola Razr V3 reboot with a foldable screen could be on the cards

The Motorola Razr V3 flip-phone is one of the best-loved phones from the past, and according to a new patent it could be making a striking return with a foldable screen.

A patent application at the US Patent Office spotted by Dutch site Mobielkopen appears to suggest that Motorola is, at the very least, considering a flip phone that features a large, foldable screen inside the clamshell design.

The handset detailed in the patent appears to have a significant hinge in its middle, and when it's closed, the way the screen folds appears to leave a gap between each side of the clamshell - which is just asking to collect all manner of dirt and dust when in your pocket or bag.

Motorola actually applied for the patent back in May 2017, but it has only just come to light and the application is by no means a guarantee a handset like this will ever make it to market - but don't lose hope just yet.

We've heard something like this before

TechRadar exclusively reported earlier this year that Motorola's CEO hinted that the firm may reboot its iconic Razr V3 model - no doubt boosted by the reception the new Nokia 3310 and Nokia 8810 4G received.

The idea of a new Razr V3 is already in the minds of the folks at Motorola then, and this latest patent leak adds further fuel to the fire that it may give us a blast of nostalgia sometime in the future.

Via SlashGear

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Vote for your Phone of the Year winner at the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2018

The TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2018 celebrate the best of the phone industry, from top-notch handsets and networks to outstanding services and experiences.

What makes these awards special is the fact the winners are voted for by you, the general public. It’s your chance to highlight the best of the best in the mobile biz, and we need you to vote in the awards so we can crown the winners on October 11, 2018 in London.

After a hard-fought battle in the longlists stage, we have – thanks, in part, to your votes - narrowed down our award categories to our exclusive shortlists for your continued voting pleasure.

Congratulations to all our shortlisted finalists, now it's over to you to pick the winners.

And don’t forget, by having your say in TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards vote you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a selection of tech goodies*.

One of the biggest awards of the night is Phone of the Year, and we have six standout smartphones for you to vote for.

Phone of the Year shortlist

  • Google Pixel 2 XL
    The Google Pixel 2 XL features one of the best cameras we've ever seen on a smartphone, and coupled with a pure Android interface it's slick and easy to use.
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    This is Huawei's best smartphone to date and a significant upgrade over the P10 series. With three rear cameras and an eye-catching two-tone color it's earned its shortlist place.
  • iPhone 8 Plus
    Apple's iPhone range continues to do big business and remains a big draw for millions around the world. The 7 Plus introduced dual cameras to the line for the first time.
  • iPhone X
    The iPhone X has shaken up the smartphone market, popularizing the 'notch', so this phone offers an impressive amount of power, storage and screen - plus very little bezel.
  • OnePlus 6
    Flagship performance for less? That's exactly what the OnePlus 6 offers, and it doesn't look out of place with a premium design, large display and dual rear cameras.
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
    The Galaxy S9 Plus offers an all-round great flagship smartphone experience with a brilliant display, great camera and a heap of power under the hood.

It's not just Phone of Year we need your vote for though. There are 16 award categories in total we need your help with, and four others in this area are Best Value Phone, Best Mid-Range Phone, Best Gaming Phone and Best Camera Phone.

You can see who's made it to the shortlist in all our award categories over on the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards website.

Voting ends at 2pm BST on August 31, 2018 - so make sure you've had your say before it's too late.

*Terms and Conditions: Voting is open to everyone, however to take part in the prize draw you must be a UK resident. Under 18s must obtain parental consent to enter this competition and be able to demonstrate this to TechRadar's reasonable satisfaction. Nominations must be received by 17:00 (BST) 31/08/2018. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received and will be sent the prize free of charge. By taking part in the voting and the competition, you agree to be bound by the full terms and conditions which can be found here http://www.futureplc.com/competition-rules/

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