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LG confirms Wing is the name of its new smartphone – The Verge

LG has confirmed its upcoming phone will be called Wing (the Wing?) and will be revealed at its announcement event on September 14th. The device is believed to have two screens in a swiveling form factor, with a recent teaser video showing what looks like a sliding mechanism that can rotate into a T shape.

In addition to its swiveling screens, reports about the Wing so far have indicated the device will support 5G, have a triple-rear camera array with a 64-megapixel main sensor, and will run on a Snapdragon 7-series processor.

The device will be LG’s first launched under its Explorer Project, a new mobile category the company says is aimed at “discovering new ways to interact with mobile devices… and challenging established user norms,” adding that the Wing will “deliver a new and different form factor and mobile experience that would be impossible to create with conventional smartphones.”

LG’s announcement event kicks off at 10AM ET on September 14th.

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Here’s your best look yet at ZTE’s first smartphone with an under-display camera – The Verge

ZTE has already announced that it plans to launch the first mass-produced 5G-enabled smartphone with an under-display camera in China next month, and now the company has shared new images that give us a better understanding of what that phone’s screen might actually look like (via Dutch website Tweakers).

In the render at the top of this post, you can see that the phone, which will be called the ZTE Axon 20 5G, has no visible camera up top — no hole punch, no notch. The render was shared by ZTE’s president of mobile devices Ni Fei on Chinese social media network Weibo.

And in this next render, also shared by Fei on Weibo, you can get an idea of what that no-camera screen might look like while it’s powered on. It looks pretty clean, if you ask me, even with that hint of bottom bezel. (There’s always the chance that one of the black dots representing other types of cameras could be an actual visible camera on the Axon 20 5G, but that seems unlikely given what ZTE has already claimed about the upcoming phone.)

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ZTE isn’t the first to talk about an under-display camera — a number of phone manufacturers have been pursuing the technology, including Oppo and Xiaomi. But it’s still unclear if these cameras will work as well as what you might be used to on your iPhone or Pixel. Engadget said the under-screen selfie camera in an Oppo prototype had “room for improvement in terms of clarity and color accuracy” back in June 2019, and we don’t know yet if ZTE’s new camera will have similar issues.

ZTE also hasn’t said if the Axon 20 5G will launch anywhere outside China, so if an under-screen selfie camera is something you’ve been waiting for and you don’t live there, you might have to wait a bit longer to try one out.

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BlackBerry smartphone to be revived by Texas startup in 2021 – Daily Mail

BlackBerry is back! Texas startup set to revive the popular smartphone in 2021 that will include 5G, a physical keyboard and government-level security

  • BlackBerry announced in February and end to its partnership with TCL
  • TCL was manufacturing the smartphone, which meant it was to be discontinued
  • A Texas startup acquired the license and will release a 5G model in 2021
  • It will also have the iconic physical keyboard and goverment-level security 

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

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The BlackBerry smartphone is coming back from the dead, as a startup is set to revive the popular device early next year.

Texas-based OnwardMobility acquired the license for the handset from its original maker and announced the release of a 5G model in 2021.

The revived BlackBerry is said to come with a new physical keyboard design that will ‘reflect the brand values from a keyboard typing experience and input experience,’ according to a report by The Register.

The firm is positioning the more for workers on-the-go, but is set to include the standard features such as a top-notch camera and government-level security.

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Texas-based OnwardMobility acquired the license for the handset from its original maker and announced the release of a 5G model in 2021. The revived BlackBerry is said to come with a new physical keyboard design

Blackberry first hit the market in 2000, which became the must-have for professionals, as the smartphone allowed users to easily write and send emails.

And 20 years later, it was over.

BlackBerry shared a tweet this past February stating TCL Communications, which had the license to develop and distribute the phone, were ending their four-year-long partnership.

‘We do regret to share, however, that as of 31 August 2020, TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices,’ wrote BlackBerry in a statement.

About a decade ago, BBM was among the most popular mobile messaging apps on the market, having launched in 2006 a full three years before similar ‘mobile-first’ platforms like WhatsApp.

For TCL, the end of its deal with BlackBerry may reflect its current course toward pioneering its own line of branded phones which it has ramped up in recent months.

TCL, a Chinese company which is mostly known for selling capable TVs, announced its intentions at the Consumer Electronics Show on in January to launch a new line of phones called the TCL 10 Pro, TCL 10L, and TCL 10 5G.

However, the demise is what allowed OnwardMobility to scoop up the license and bring the smartphone back from the dead.

Peter Franklin, CEO of OnwardMobility, said: ‘Enterprise professionals are eager for secure 5G devices that enable productivity, without sacrificing the user experience.’

‘BlackBerry smartphones are known for protecting communications, privacy, and data. This is an incredible opportunity for OnwardMobility to bring next-generation 5G devices to market with the backing of BlackBerry and FIH Mobile.’

BlackBerry shared a tweet this past February stating TCL Communications, which had the license to develop and distribute the phone, were ending their four-year-long partnership. Pictured is the BlackBerry Key2 released in 2018

Both firms are not sharing too much with the announcement, But Franklin sat down with The Register to give some insight to the release.

op of mind for us is not just making the most secure and productive device, but also being an everyday device,’ he said.

‘That means things like a top-notch camera, and the other specs you’d expect from your day-to-day phone. Simultaneously, we know that we must be competitive, and so is our pricing.’

OnwardMobility will conduct product planning and market development for BlackBerry smartphones in North America and Europe.

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