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OnePlus 6T may be the first OnePlus phone to work on Verizon

OnePlus will unveil its second flagship of 2018 in just a few days, although it did have to move the event when Apple rained on its parade. Even so, the OnePlus 6T still remains one of the Android highlights this year. The OnePlus 6T is going to deliver a new design, and it’ll be the first OnePlus phone to sell with a US carrier. T-Mobile is that rumored mobile operator, but a new report says the new phone will also  work on Verizon.

So far, US buyers have had no problems connecting OnePlus devices to AT&T or T-Mobile networks, but Verizon support wasn’t available. However, PCMag has learned that the OnePlus 6T might also support Verizon when it launches in the coming weeks. The report notes that up until the Asus ZenFone V, Verizon would not accept unlocked devices on its network, because these devices would not support 2G CDMA. The ZenFone V, meanwhile, is LTE-only, and the OnePlus 6T is also likely to be an LTE-only device.

But Verizon’s LTE coverage now exceeds old CDMA coverage, the report adds, and the OnePlus 6T will support LTE Band 13, which is “crucial” for Verizon compatibility. And Veirzon’s labs are apparently working on certifying the phone for Big Red’s network.

As we said before, carrier deals will make OnePlus phones seem even cheaper than they are, allowing buyers to pay for them via installment plans. So it’s not surprising to hear that OnePlus may be interested in getting its phones certified for Verizon, even if a partnership won’t be announced anytime soon. A separate report said a few days ago that OnePlus is increasing its presence in other markets, like the UK, where more carriers will stock the OnePlus 6T than previous devices.

The OnePlus 6T will be unveiled on October 29th and should hit stores on November 6th, according to recent leaks.

Walmart is offering $100 off a new iPhone XR if you buy the phone there

Preorders went live today for the iPhone XR, the new iPhone model that much of the tech cognoscenti believes may end up being Apple’s most popular this release cycle. Analysts and pundits are pointing to factors such as the modest $749 price of the entry-level model with 64GB of storage, which of course users can spread over the life of an agreement with a carrier, as one of many reasons sales are likely to be impressive. Naturally, retailers like Walmart also want a piece of the action, with Walmart now out with a deal that could save you $100 on a new iPhone XR whether you preorder or wait to buy the phone in-store when availability begins a week from today.

Starting today, Walmart customers can preorder the iPhone XR at Walmart.com for in-store pickup next week. You’ll save $100 with activation on an installment billing agreement. Alternatively, Walmart is also offering $100 off an iPhone XR with an installment billing agreement for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint for those customers who buy a device in-store starting October 26. However, that offer is only available at select stores and while supplies last, and Walmart is encouraging customers who want to take advantage of that deal to call their local store to see if it’s available.

Apple, for its part, released a pair of iPhone XR videos to its YouTube channel today in honor of preorders getting started to hopefully, well, make you lust after the phone even more.

From 9to5Mac, about the vids: The first “briefly leads with the color choices, then shows how the camera can offer apparent depth-of-field control despite its single lens … On the front of the phone, the biggest difference between the iPhone XR and Apple’s flagship XS and XS Max models is the LCD screen, and that’s the next element the video promotes. Apple describes it as ‘the most color-accurate LCD in the industry.’

“Other bullet-points hit during the 35-second video are the durable class cover, fast A12 Bionic processor and water-resistance. The second of the iPhone XR videos is called Spectrum. This one is all about the visual design of the phone, showing off the case colors, design details and the screen. It’s 30 seconds long.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqeMa1cZchY

OnePlus 6T launch event moved up a day to not conflict with Apple’s event

Just last week, OnePlus announced that it would unveil the highly-anticipated OnePlus 6T on Tuesday, October 30th – just over five months after the launch of the OnePlus 6. Unfortunately for OnePlus, Apple decided that October 30th was also the date that it wanted to hold its next event, where we expect the next iPad Pro to be unveiled. Concerned about being overshadowed, OnePlus opted to move its event up to October 29th.

So OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took to the community forums on Friday to explain the decision, revealing that he and his team actually reached out to members of the press to ask them how the two events overlapping might play out. They were told that sticking to their original timeline would not be a prudent decision.

“We are moving the event a day early so we can all experience the latest technology, together,” Lau explained.

OnePlus knows that this is going to affect hundreds of people who booked flights and bought tickets to the event, but if you can’t make it because of the change, you will be able to apply for a full refund. On the other hand, if you can still make the event but have to change your plans to do so, OnePlus “will cover any costs you might incur to change your plans.” That means flight changes or an extra night in a hotel: OnePlus will pay for it.

“We hope that you will understand our decision,” said Lau. “If you are willing to help spread the word and make this our biggest event yet, we would be incredibly very grateful if you could share the news with other OnePlus followers. As we continue to grow, we will continue to challenge this industry together. We can’t wait to unveil the OnePlus 6T. It’ll be a big week in New York. But, we’re ready to Unlock The Speed – hand-in-hand with you. Thank you for supporting us! See you October 29, at 11AM EDT.”

Samsung wants to kill the iPhone notch with its new all-screen display

Going forward, iPhones will have a notch at the top, as Apple made clear back in September when it unveiled the iPhone XS and XR models. The notch is the ugliest thing about the iPhone X design, but it’s a necessary trade-off right now. Samsung, meanwhile, is not a fan of the notch. But the unsightly top bezel might disappear in the near future with the help of Samsung Display, which is reportedly working on a screen that would allow Samsung, Apple, and others to create true all-screen phones.

Most Android makers out there, except for Samsung, have already copied the iPhone X design this year. Some Chinese companies explored other all-screen designs as well, replacing the notch with slide-out camera mechanism. That’s definitely not the way to go for Apple and Samsung.

Instead, future iPhones and Galaxy devices may feature screens that extend from corner to corner, with no visible bezels whatsoever. The selfie cams would still keep their position at the top of the handset, but they’d be placed under the screen.

Samsung Display, which is already a main screen supplier for the iPhone X, is already developing screen technology that would let it place the camera under the display, according to a tip received by @Samsung_News_:

https://twitter.com/Samsung_News_/status/1052983265433411585

Well-known Samsung leaker Ice Universe posted a photo from a Samsung Display presentation that mentions the new technology as well:

https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1053250982790889481

Earlier this year, Samsung demoed display prototypes that conduct sound through bone, thus eliminating the need of having a speaker at the top of the handset. The top speaker also occupies a great deal of space inside the notch. The image above makes a reference to that technology as well.

Samsung, whose all-screen phones feature Infinity Displays that have top and bottom bezels, is interested in eliminating those bezels. It wouldn’t be surprising to see displays with built-in cameras debut on a Galaxy S or Note before a future iPhone gets one. But the Galaxy S10 seems unlikely to have a selfie cam under the screen given the rumor above. The next Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S10, is already expected to feature a display with a fingerprint sensor built into it and to have smaller bezels than its predecessors. ‘Fingerprint on Display,’ as Samsung calls it, is also featured in the leaked photo. Also mentioned in the image above is a ‘Haptic on Display’ screen technology that would allow Samsung to place buttons within the screen, for gaming purposes.

As for Apple, we already know that the iPhone maker is also studying technology that would allow it to place all those notch components — including cameras, speaker, and sensors — under the screen, and manufacture a no-compromise, all-screen iPhone. But Apple next year is expected to launch three iPhone models: Direct successors of the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max that will likely feature the same designs as this year’s iPhones. Apple needed three years to come out with a significant iPhone redesign, keeping in place the 2014 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus designs until the iPhone X came along last year. Assuming Apple sticks to a similar schedule for the current designs, then 2020 may be the year when the next major iPhone redesign comes out.

Will Huawei’s foldable 5G phone be based on its massive new gaming phone?

Earlier this week, Huawei unveiled a bunch of new Android devices, including the Mate 20 Pro that’s easily the most exciting Android phone of the year. But it also took the wraps off of its new Mate 20 X, a gaming phone with a huge display and impressive battery capacity. In interviews that followed the event, Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed that the company is making a foldable phone for next year, a device that will also come with built-in 5G support. But will that phone be based on the Mate 20 X?

The Mate 20 X has a massive 7.2-inch screen that’s bigger than any smartphone available so now. But Huawei insisted during the event that the device doesn’t feel as big as that display dimension suggests. The fact that we’ve reached the era of all-screen smartphone designs helps. The Mate 20 X has tiny bezels and a teardrop notch, design features that helped Huawei create a device that doesn’t feel as bulky as a 7-inch tablet.

“We are working on foldable phones,” Yu said in interviews during the Mate 20 launch. “Foldable 5G phones.” DigitalTrends says that this is the first time that Huawei linked 5G to foldable phones, but that’s not quite right. A report a few weeks ago also said that a Huawei exec revealed that the foldable handset will also be its first 5G phone.

Yu did not reveal any details about the foldable phone, saying somewhat cryptically that “maybe sometime we will launch that, but not this time.” Yu then steered the conversation toward the Mate 20 X saying that “before the foldable phones, we are introducing the Huawei Mate 20 X. It is 7.2-inch, but in your hand, it’s not so big, not so bulky.”

This may be perceived as a teaser that the foldable phone could have a screen as big as the Mate 20 X. Or we’re just looking at the pre-prepared remarks from a CEO anxious to sell his company’s latest devices. It’s clear, however, that Huawei’s foldable device can’t be a bulky handset, given the company’s insistence on the importance of device size during the Mate 20 event

The CEO previously hinted that foldable smartphones with bigger screens may replace laptops in the future. “Why are you still using a computer?” Yu asked while answering a question about future mobile innovations after Huawei’s IFA event. “Probably because the smartphone display is too small for you. We will change that. It is conceivable that a display can be folded out.”

Recent reports said that Huawei’s first foldable phone could have a 7-inch or 8-inch display, and the Mate 20 X’s screen size certainly fits within that range. That said, we have no idea what Huawei’s first foldable phone will look like or when it’ll launch. The world’s first 5G phone is coming next week from Huawei rival Xiaomi, and we can expect to see plenty of 5G devices in stores next year, including Huawei handsets.