Oppo addresses R7 rumors with official images, specs

Oppo R7 has really been a constant presence in the rumor mill, especially the last few days. A lot of users are excited about the prospect of an edge-to-edge, curved screen, but some new official information might leave a lot of them disappointed.

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It appears Oppo has decided to stop the rumor madness around the upcoming R7 and has sent us some official information about the device, which debunks most of the previous rumors and speculations. Judging from a set of official renders of the device, we can safely say, that the display is not what we expected. Apparently, the R7 won’t come with a curved, edge-to-edge display, like a recent Oppo patent and a lot of alleged videos and photos have been suggesting. Don’t get disappointed though – the bezelless phone might still be in the making, just under a different name.

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BlackBerry Classic white version launches

BlackBerry announced a white color version of the Classic smartphone, which was launched back in December last year, and was available only in black.

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As for the availability, the Canadian company has said the white variant will start rolling out this week in Hong Kong through authorized distributors, and the UK through ShopBlackBerry and Amazon. It will also be available in Italy, Vietnam, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks.

Specs-wise, the BlackBerry Classic is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset with dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, and sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen display. It comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable internal memory, and 2MP front- and 8MP rear-facing camera. The device also features a traditional QWERTY keyboard as well as a trackpad.

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WSJ: Qualcomm unit will help Chinese phone makers sell abroad

According to report in The Wall Street Journal, a dedicated unit by Qualcomm will help Chinese smartphone manufacturers sell their hardware overseas. The chipmaker recently settled a massive antitrust investigation in China by paying a fine of $ 975 million.

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The move is part of Qualcomm’s efforts to strengthen its relationships with manufacturers in China. A company executive told WSJ that the San Diego-based maker of the popular Snapdragon chipsets has set up a globalization office in Shenzhen, which will help local companies touch base with markets abroad.

As a result of the antitrust settlement, Qualcomm will reduce the royalties it collects from manufacturers in China and be more transparent about its local business ventures. The tech giant will also start a $ 150 million fund that will invest in local startups.

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The Top 10 trending phones of week 17

Just when you thought the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge/Grand Prime triumvirate was going to rule for months on end, the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML stepped in and claimed a seat in the Top 3. And it’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S6 lost a massive 30K hits compared to last week.

gsmarena 001 The Top 10 trending phones of week 17

The Top 10 trending phones chart is a recap list of the devices that gathered the most hits throughout the week. In other words, the chart represents the interests of the majority of you, our visitors, and is an indication of what currently interests you.

The quietly announced in Japan Sony Xperia Z4 made it to the chart, but it’s fate in the global market is yet unclear. We’ll need to wait and see how the interest for Sony’s yet another incremental update develops over the following weeks.

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Samsung opens new plant to meet Galaxy S6 edge demand

Apparently there can be too much of a good thing, and in Samsung’s case the unanticipated high demand for the Galaxy S6 edge lead to shortages in the smartphone’s supply. The limiting factor was quoted to be the dual-edge display, but Samsung was quick to address the issue.

gsmarena 001 Samsung opens new plant to meet Galaxy S6 edge demand

Industry insiders report that a new manufacturing line has already gone operational, which should bring the production volume to 5 million curved displays a month. That’s a substantial increase compared to the previous 2 million units monthly output and should help the company reach the latest forecast of 70 million Galaxy S6/S6 edge device sales.

The new plant’s planned launch date was set for the month of June, but with the explosion of market demand Samsung managed to pull it off two months ahead of schedule.

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Huawei P8 Lite goes up for pre-order in Germany for €249

It looks like Huawei might release the unannounced P8 Lite after all. The mid-range sibling of Huawei P8 and P8max appeared for pre-order in Germany with €249 price tag.

gsmarena 001 Huawei P8 Lite goes up for pre order in Germany for €249

The smartphone is available to order in black and silver/gold color scheme. According to the retail listing, the Huawei P8 Lite will begin shipping to customers on May 15.

gsmarena 002 Huawei P8 Lite goes up for pre order in Germany for €249

As its name suggests, Huawei P8 Lite is a toned down version of the recently announced P8 flagship. Its specs include 5” 720p IPS display, Kirin 620 SoC with octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP main camera, and 5MP front-facing unit,

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Oppo bezelless phone leaked in all its glory

The Oppo bezelless phone has been a regular to the rumor mill and we’ve seen more than one set of photos, or videos, for that matter. This newest leak however is the most comprehensive one and shows the innovative smartphone from every angle in properly lit photos as well as a hands on video.

gsmarena 001 Oppo bezelless phone leaked in all its glory

We know that Oppo has been developing an ingenious technology to provide a bezelless smartphone experience without the added risks of breakage such a design implies. The company came up with a solution that bends the light emitted from the pixels at the edges of the screen towards the user, thus providing the edge-to-edge display illusion. Meanwhile a rim surrounding the panel ensures that rigidity requirements are met. The front glass panel that’s the key to the design is also among the subjects in the photos.

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