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Meizu's fast charging tech will fully charge your phone in just 20 minutes

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Meizu's fast charging tech is faster than anything else in the market today.

Meizu showed off its Super mCharge fast charging tech at Mobile World Congress, claiming that its solution will fully charge phones from zero to 100% in just 20 minutes. Meizu is relying on a 11V/5A charger to deliver an astounding 55W, and that charge is delivered via an "upgraded data cable" that can support up to 160W.

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1 day ago

Xiaomi Mi 5c is the first phone to be powered by in-house Surge S1 SoC

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Xiaomi's first in-house chipset is now official.

In a bid to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm and MediaTek, Xiaomi has launched its in-house chipset, dubbed the Surge S1. The SoC is built on a 28nm node and offers eight Cortex A53 cores in two clusters. The first cluster sees four cores clocked at up to 2.2GHz, whereas the second cluster sees two cores at 1.4GHz. The chipset also offers a Mali T860 GPU and a 14-bit dual ISP.

The first phone to be powered by the Surge S1 is the Xiaomi 5c, a budget variant of last year's Mi 5. The phone features a 5.15-inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, 12MP camera with f/2.2 lens and 1.25-micron pixels, 8MP front shooter, Wi-Fi ac, LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-C, and a 2860mAh battery with fast charging (9V/2A).

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1 day ago

Mozilla's first acquisition is bookmarking app Pocket

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Pocket is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mozilla.

Pocket is one of the best options if you're looking to save articles for reading later on your Android phone, but the app originally started out as a Firefox extension nine years ago. So it's only fitting that the company behind Pocket, Read It Later, is being acquired by Mozilla.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile's latest promotion gives you three unlimited lines for just $100

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T-Mobile's latest promotion is its best yet.

T-Mobile has relied on deals and promotions to lure customers away from rival carriers in the past, and its latest offer is no different. Starting March 1, the carrier is giving an additional line for free provided you already have two lines or more with T-Mobile.

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2 days ago

Here's why Huawei is launching the P10 in Canada but not the U.S.

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The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are coming to Canada, but not the U.S. Here's why.

When Huawei announced the P10 and P10 Plus at Mobile World Congress this week, we assumed, like many other members of the tech press in Barcelona, that the launch would be focused on Europe. And it was — for a while. But now we know that in addition to Europe and the UK, Huawei plans to bring its new flagships to Canada in the coming weeks.

Specifically, the P10 will be launched on Rogers, Bell, Fido and Videotron, while the larger and better-equipped P10 Plus will be a Rogers exclusive. Prices and availability aren't yet available, but based on the phones' European prices of €649 and €749 respectively, we wouldn't be surprised to see them broach $700 and $800 or higher.

So why are the phones launching on Canadian carriers but still shut out of the U.S.? In an interview with MobileSyrup, the company's vice-president of corporate affairs, Scott Bradley, said that Huawei had been pushing for a move into Canada's high-end market for several years — it's sold mid-range devices for a while, including the recent Nova series — after finding tremendous success with the Nexus 6P.

He said that the Nexus 6P was incredibly popular at Canadian carriers, and improved Huawei's brand recognition amongst regular Canadians. The Chinese company also invests a lot of money into research and development within the country, so there is a positive brand sentiment overall.

In contrast, Huawei doesn't sell any phones through U.S. carrier channels, and only recently introduced its first high-end devices in the Honor 8 and Mate 9. One impediment to getting those devices into the market was Enhanced 911 certification, which is required by both the FCC and Canada's regulator, the CRTC. It took until mid-2016 for Huawei's homegrown Kirin chips to be certified for E911, which is why Huawei kept its high-end phones out of the U.S. for so long.

The tepid response to the Honor 8 may have been the P10's downfall in the U.S.

Unfortunately, despite the Mate 9 selling well through unlocked channels, disappointing sales of the Honor 8 likely precluded Huawei from pushing forward with a go-to-market strategy for the P10 series, despite its significant improvements. Without carrier support, a mid-sized phone in the $650-700 range would easily be overshadowed by the Samsung Galaxy or LG G flagship of the day, and Huawei currently feels more comfortable competing in the less crowded phablet space — one where the Mate 9 fits nicely, especially in the absence of a Galaxy Note.

What's nice about the P10 and P10 Plus launching in Canada is that they will be optimized for North American carriers, making importing the devices a more tantalizing prospect than the equivalent Asian or European SKU, which wouldn't have the right bands.

Would you import a P10 or P10 Plus into the U.S. from Canada? Let us know in the comments!

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2 days ago

4 HDR TVs Under $700 For Chromecast Ultra

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What is the best HDR TV to buy for your new Chromecast Ultra?

So you just picked up one of Google's newest Chromecast Ultra and now you want a great HDR TV to take full advantage of it? There are a number of great options available that come in a variety of sizes and prices, and picking the right one can be a difficult task. Each brand offers a slightly different look, some have smaller bezels than others, and others may just appeal more to your personal style, so let's take a look at some of the best options available right now.

Samsung UN40KU7000 40-inch

Samsung has been making great TV sets for years, and is a brand that many tend to gravitate towards when considering a new option for their living room. In the recent years, Samsung has really refined its design, bringing the bezels down to some of the slimmest available while adding some great smart features at the same time. Picture quality is usually not a concern when it comes to Samsung panels, and that holds true with this model as well.

From CNET's review:

The set supports HDR (high dynamic range) content in HDR10 format only. It lacks the Dolby Vision HDR support found on Vizio's and LG's 2016 HDR TVs. It's still too early to determine whether one HDR format is "better" than the other, and I definitely don't consider lack of Dolby Vision a deal breaker on this TV — instead it's just one more factor to consider.

The KU7000 series offers a great sharp picture, and the TV has super slim bezels. You'll notice the whole TV is extremely thin, and the Smart Remote makes navigating the menus and apps on the television even easier. The KU7000 comes in 40-, 43-, 49-, 55- and 65 inch versions, so you can find the right size for your room, with prices starting at just under $550.

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Hisense 50H8C 50-inch

Hisense may not be a common household name in many places, but that doesn't mean you should overlook its television sets. Over the past few years the company has made huge improvements to its sets, adding a number of key features that people look for when buying their next television. From its built-in smart features to HDR compatibility and more, you get a whole lot more than you would imagine when buying the Hisense 50H8C.

From PCMag's review of the TV:

The Hisense 50H8C offers very good performance at a very low price for a 4K television. Even with its excellent color accuracy, though, it fails to stand out in the rapidly expanding budget 4K category. Hisense's Linux-based, Android-like smart TV interface is a bit awkward compared with the more accessible systems used in Roku TVs, and the fact that only half of the HDMI ports are HDMI 2.0 (and those ports are the less conveniently placed ones) hinder this otherwise strong television.

It may not offer all the bells and whistles that some other sets do, or the best performance, but for the price it is hard to beat this one. You can pick up the 50-inch Hisense for just $500 at many retailers, making it quite a deal.

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LG Electronics 43UH6100 43-inch

LG is another one of the big names in the home theater space, and for good reason. Over the years LG has made some reliable television sets that have continued to push the envelope. From adding webOS to its sets, to pushing the limits on the panel, LG has kept itself relevant in the space. The company offers a variety of models at all different price tags, but the lower cost models aren't any worse when it comes to quality.

From user reviews in the AVS Forum:

Initally I wanted to get the 43UH6100 see how I liked it, and decide to spend more on the UH6500 or move to something like the M43. But as far as I can tell I am really happy with the UH6100 and I am not sure its worth the hassle of a return to BB and then having to order the UH6500 (only available to me from online - Amazon is where I was going to go). I could get a bad panel and then have to deal with online returns and exchanges. Unless someone can say that the UH6500 is a must have improvement over the UH6100.

When compared to other models, it appears as though the UH6100 offers great performance at a more affordable price point. You'll have solid HDR performance, a decent amount of available ports, and nice thin bezels to make it look great, even when powered off. Coming in at right around $600, this one is a bit more expensive than some of the other options, but if you prefer LG it is a great choice.

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VIZIO SmartCast M-Series 50-inch

VIZIO started off making lower-end televisions at more affordable prices. Over the years, the company has stepped up its quality and functionality, and now it is a bigger player in the market. With the new SmartCast M-Series you'll notice stunning colors, plenty of ports to hook up your must-have devices, and even an Android-powered remote. That's right, the included 6-inch tablet remote runs on Android Lollipop and allows you to log into your Google account to easily access all of your existing content that is tied to your account.

From B&H's hands-on review:

A notable addition to the entire 2016 lineup of VIZIO's M series displays is the ability to handle 4K HDR video. While UHD 4K resolution is pretty common these days, High Dynamic Range (HDR) is just beginning to spread its wings. HDR itself isn't a new technology—camera enthusiasts have been familiar with its ability to deliver enhanced contrast and color reproduction for years. As it currently stands, there are two competing HDR standards, known as HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Thankfully, VIZIO realizes the last thing its consumers want to deal with is another format war.

Beyond HDR support, VIZIO has also added support for many smart TV functions, so you'll be able to browse the web and more right from your TV. VIZIO is offering a few different sizes ranging from 50-inches all the way up to 80-inches, but its priced higher than most others. The 50-inch comes in at $700, but the price seems justified based on the quality you are getting here.

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Your favorite?

Do you have a preferred HDR TV that isn't listed here? If so, be sure to drop a link with a description in the comments so that others can check it out as well!

If you don't already have a Chromecast Ultra, now is a great time to pick one up. You can grab one from the Google Store, Best Buy and select other retailers as well.

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2 days ago

Google at GDC 2017: All the announcements, features and games

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Read all about the games coming to Daydream VR, Play Store games available for pre-registration, and game-making tools available for mobile game developers.

This week is going to be a good one for Android users. You're not only getting a preview of some of the new flagship smartphones coming out this year, but Google's making some gaming-related announcements, too. To kick off its developer day at GDC 2017, the company's launched a bevy of new features, including Firebase development tools for game developers and a new Play Store suggestion algorithm. Google is also opening up pre-registration for some upcoming games and it teased two new titles coming soon to Daydream VR.

Firebase for Unity and C++

Firebase, the app development and analytics tool that Google announced at its developers conference last spring, is now available for Unity and C++ developers. The suite offers features like cloud messaging for targeted notifications, crash reporting, and remote config, which helps developers test apps at scale and will come especially handy when testing graphic intensive games. If you want to know more, you can check the official Firebase page for games.

Better discovery in the Play Store

Google's new limited-time sale UI

Ever feel flustered when you can't find something worth downloading in the Play Store? Google's hoping to help ease that conundrum with a variety of tweaks to the algorithm that populates its app marketplace. The Play Store has been tuned so that it now prefers to showcase games and apps that have had longer user engagement rather than a massive number of downloads. It's also way for Google to reward those developers who keep their users coming back for more.

Next up, Play Store developers now have access to a new feature that helps with running price promotions. It lets people know if your app is on sale so that there's no misconception about how much the app really costs.

Lastly, the Play Store will soon feature editorial pages that highlight new game titles and franchises of note. The idea is to help introduce you to worthy new games through personal discovery, rather than have you rely on an algorithm. "It's like when you go into a retail store and there are different departments," explained Jamil Moledina, Games Strategic Lead for Google Play, in a telephone call prior to Google's keynote at GDC. "Hand-curating gives the taste-making aspect to the Play Store." These pages are expected to go live this spring.

New titles coming to Daydream VR

There will be two new Daydream VR titles from two prominent indie games publishing houses coming soon to the Play Store. They include Virtual Rabbids by Ubisoft and Beartopia by Spryfox — the same team behind the eternally popular match-three game, Triple Town. Both come with the promise of engaging content, particularly Beartopia, which is about a family of bears emigrating to a new town.

"It's important to us that the experiences really bring you back repeatedly."

"I think a lot of VR was introduced with a lot of novelty duration to it," said Moledina, when asked if the upcoming Daydream VR titles would pass the engagement test. "This is something we're working very hard to move away from. Part of our portfolio approach is to find games that have broad acceptability, broad appeal, and high engagement. VR needs to be a part of the engagement story, as well, because otherwise it just becomes something that collects dust in the closet."

He added, "It's important to us that the experiences really bring you back repeatedly to see what's going on."

In the non-VR realm, you will soon be able to pre-register for three new high fidelity games from Google Play, including Transformers: Forged to Fight, Battle Breakers, and Injustice 2. You can pre-order either of these three titles here.

For more on Google's Developer Day at GDC 2017, you can visit the official landing page to peep in on the keynote or read up on the sessions.

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2 days ago

How awesome is 5G? We'll find out in 2019!

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5G is going to be a really big deal, eventually.

It's a lot of fun to get excited about what comes next, sometimes. When we think about a phone launching, the wait is usually days or weeks. When we think about an entirely new technology for wireless communication, the wait is considerably longer.

Qualcomm demonstrated that with its new X50 5G modem family, built to handle anything and everything on 5G networks as soon as they exist in 2019.

It's looking more and more like the mistakes from the early days of 4G LTE are being left in the past

There's a lot about 5G to get excited about when we can finally use it. This is a network promising Gigabit LTE speeds and more convenient mechanisms for the Internet of Things. It's faster, will use less power, and is expected to have significantly reduced latency. Naturally, Qualcomm wants manufacturers to know it has the modems needed to make this new network function smoothly. The X50 5G modems are expected to be a big part of the first 5G wave, just like the company has done with most other mobile networks in the past.

Qualcomm's biggest bragging point with the X50 is going to be great for early adopters, because it's all about backwards compatibility. These chips will support simultaneous connectivity across 4G and 5G networks, and allows for 2G/3G access as well. The first devices to use these modems will work flawlessly on existing networks, but are expected to shine when you're in places that have 5G once that network is publicly available.

There's no doubt 2019 is far away in smartphone years, and it's likely most people won't have 5G in their area until well into 2020, but it's nice knowing Qualcomm is prioritizing existing network access. It's looking more and more like the mistakes from the early days of 4G LTE are being left in the past, which will be great news in a couple of years.

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2 days ago

This is why Sony phones in the U.S. don't have fingerprint sensors

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

This has crossed into 'ridiculous' territory — but we now have a better idea of why.

Another year, another Sony phone launching in the U.S. without a fingerprint sensor — despite the exact same model packing the biometric authentication process everywhere else in the world. With the announcement of the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs, Sony once again has a couple of enticing phones. And even though it seems to have made good strides in terms of cameras and a few other pain points, this one issue still plagues it. For whatever reason, Sony cannot bring a phone to the U.S. with a functioning fingerprint sensor.

The question of why this is the case has been a constant bugbear for us as we speak with Sony representatives time after time, and at MWC 2017 we got perhaps the most candid explanation of what's going on.

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2 days ago

Win an IOU for a BlackBerry KEYone from CrackBerry Kevin!

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Fill out the form below for your first chance to win a BlackBerry Mercury

A few weeks ago Daniel Bader wrote many kind words here on Android Central letting you know that CrackBerry Kevin was coming out of retirement to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry and to cover the hell out of the BlackBerry "Mercury" launch.

Fast forward through a crazy few weeks of editorials, youtube videos, tweets, instagram photos and even an onstage appearance at BlackBerry's press event and it feels to me like CBK never left. It's been a helluva fun month!

More exciting than CBK having tech blogging fun again is that the newly-christened BlackBerry KEYone has shaped up to be helluva good phone. Having used one now for a few days now, I think it's a phone that BlackBerry users past and present will absolutely love, and many who have never touch a keyboard before may even find themselves developing a crush on if they give it a try. The hardware build quality and design is top notch. The physical keyboard is fantastic to type on (having a fingerprint sensor in the spacebar is brilliant), the battery life is amazing, having the same camera sensor as the Google Pixel means it takes fantastic photos, and despite having a keyboard there all the time the screen size itself as you use the device is BIG (prior to the KEYone I was using the Pixel XL, DTEK60 and iPhone 7 as daily drivers). This finally is the no compromise BlackBerry I have been waiting on for YEARS. Running on Android, I finally have the app ecosystem I need and it's also giving me the features of BlackBerry I've always loved.

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2 days ago

This cheap accessory will protect your privacy if your webcam is hacked!

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People could hack your webcam and spy on your; here's how to stop them!

Yes, in case you didn't know already, your webcam can be hacked, meaning people can turn it on remotely and theoretically use it to film you without your knowledge. Scary? Most definitely, but how maybe people are actually concerned about this? Let's take a look at one famous example.

Mark Zuckerberg

Last year CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg posted this photo.

Look at his laptop at the left side of the photo, notice his webcam is covered? If you've ever seen The Social Network, you know Mark Zuckerberg has some personal experience with hacking, so at the very least this photo should confirm that it's a real issue.

How can I protect myself from the webcam peeping toms?

You could do the Mark Zuckerberg approach, and just use a piece of tape or a post-it note for over your webcam and it won't cost you anything; however, you could leave marks on your laptop or PC and it doesn't look very elegant.

Of course, you shouldn't do anything in life just because a famous billionaire does it, but I personally believe personal privacy is worth some minor investments and investing in an inexpensive webcam cover is a good idea.

Smooz Webcam Cover 3-Pack

These thin little metal cover stick right over your webcam and allow you to slide a shutter back and forth to expose the webcam or cover it up.

The Smooz Webcam Cover is minimalist in design and will cover almost any onboard webcam on most laptops and PCs, without covering any other sensors your computer may have located in the area.

Plus, for just about $10 you'll get three webcam covers, meaning you could install them on your PC, your laptop, and heck even your phone if you felt it was necessary.

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What about external webcams?

If you use an external webcam, you can find covers for those plenty of models out there. Alternatively. If you don't mind a little extra hassle, you could always unplug your webcam when it's not in use.

Do you use a webcam cover?

Are you worried about webcam intruders? Let us know if you cover your webcams by leaving a comment down below.

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2 days ago

What are the advantages of going with an alternative carrier?

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Using an alternative to the big four wireless providers is a great idea for many of us, and here are some reasons why.

When we talk about phone companies most of us automatically think of the big four here in the U.S.: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But they're not the only choices when it comes to who you get your service from and the popularity of alternative carriers is on the rise.

It's not difficult to understand why. Having a carrier that uses the same nationwide networks the big guys do without some of the baggage that comes along with those big guys is an attractive position for a lot of people. There is a lot to talk about, both good and bad, in any discussion about finding the right carrier and if a smaller alternative option is best for you. The advantages for you are especially important to consider.

You can save a lot of money

Depending on how you use your phone (as always) you can save a nice chunk of money every month. Different companies use different ways to price out your data. Some will let you buy several months worth of data at significantly less compared to a monthly payment. Others let you buy an amount of data and use it until it's gone, and others charge a flat fee and bill or credit you based on how much data you used in a month.

Not everyone needs an unlimited data plan.

The things they all have in common as that you're not paying for data you didn't use. Combined with cheaper prices per block of data this can mean a smaller bill if you don't use a lot of data. Alternative carriers are not for people who need unlimited data, but not everyone needs unlimited data.

This is the biggest reason people choose to move away from the big players in the industry and try something different. If you look at where you use your data and how much you use, you could be one of those people.

You might get a better coverage map

An alternative carrier doesn't own the cell towers and infrastructure they use to provide service. They lease it at a set price from the bigger carriers and resell service to you and me. Sometimes they lease from more than one carrier and can provide service in all the places from both.

No carrier is good everywhere, but unless you're in a very rural part of the country you'll have at least one company with good service. A company that can offer service using two coverage maps has an advantage for anyone who spends time where they are covered by at least one.

Not all carriers do this, so be sure to do your homework when you choose. Two notable examples are Net10 and Red Pocket who lease service from all four major carriers.

No-frills service

You're paying for calls, texts, and data. That's all you're going to get.

There's no denying that some of the perks phone carriers can offer are nice. Unlimited texting to Canada and Mexico is a good example. But some folks just don't need anything extra.

By not having extra services the price can be cheaper. If you don't need anything more than basic service and 4G data, an alternative carrier could be great for you.

No credit checks

Times can be tough and less than great credit can make getting a post-paid account with the big four carriers difficult. And a credit check leaves a record on you that can adversely affect something like a car loan or mortgage.

If you don't want to go through a credit check for any reason, you might choose an alternative carrier who doesn't require one. Most don't, and you simply pay up front for what you use.

Bring your own phone

As long as it's compatible with the network you choose, you can bring your existing phone and use it without any problems.

You can also buy any unlocked phone that works with the network from anywhere you like. This gives you a lot of choices from most all companies making phones today.

Best of all, you can change phones at any time. If you like the phone you have now you can use it until you like something else better. With the cost of the service being completely separate from the cost of your phone any decisions are yours to make.

While they aren't for everyone, you can see there are some really compelling reasons to give another carrier a try, even if they don't have the brand-power the bigger ones may.

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2 days ago

Nokia's Android phones are coming to India in June, as well as the all-new 3310

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Nokia's Android phones will be locally manufactured in India.

Nokia unveiled its first Android phones for the global market at Mobile World Congress, and there's a lot to be excited about. The Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 are all aimed at the budget segment, but they bring Nokia's storied design as well as decent specs for the asking price.

India has always been a huge market for Nokia, and HMD Global's VP for the Indian market, Ajey Mehta, has revealed to FoneArena that the phones will be debuting in the country in the month of June.

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OPPO promises 5x optical zoom without an ugly camera bump

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OPPO's latest camera tech brings 5x optical zoom with no loss in quality.

OPPO isn't launching a new phone at Mobile World Congress, but the Chinese manufacturer is showing off its latest camera tech at the conference. The company is debuting 5x Dual Camera Zoom, an interesting take on the dual camera module designed to deliver 5x optical zoom without the need for a bulky module.

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