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Somtoo Okoye’s mobile game “Slapmania” crosses 50,000 Android downloads in 2 weeks

Slapmania, the addicting mobile video game released by Bestmobs International, a West African tech company founded by popular media executive, Somtoo Okoye, has crossed 50,000 downloads on its first two weeks on the Google Play store.

The gameplay features a slap contest where players challenge each other in a slapping combat; hence at the end of every round, the hardest slapper proceeds to the next level while the weaker player goes back to the basics and “trains” on how to be a better slapper. Slapmania is rated at 4.3 out of a possible 5 on by Android users on the Google Play store where it is also ranked number 14 on “Trending Apps” as of Thursday.

“We are working round the clock to improve the game [Slapmania] and [to] bring it to iOS for iPhone users”, says Bestmobs chief developer Mc Magnus Emeka Orjiani. “It has received very positive reviews from Android players.”

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Samsung factory in South Korea hit with Coronavirus case

Production of some Samsung devices could be affected after the Korean phone maker shut down one of its domestic factories due to a Coronavirus scare last weekend.

Located in Gumi, the second largest city in the North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea, the Samsung factory where the Coronavirus incident took place is responsible for production of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy Fold that were sold in the local market.

It was reported by Reuters that at least one Samsung employee was diagonized with Coronavirus last week, thus prompting the phone maker to shutdown the Gumi factory till February 24th.

“The company has placed colleagues who came in contact with the infected employee in self-quarantine and taken steps to have them tested for possible infection,” Samsung Electronics said in a statement.

Samsung is the world’s largest maker of smartphones in terms of number of units sold. The South Korean company earlier this month shut down some of its factories in China over fear of Coronavirus.

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Trump asks US allies to ban Huawei after blacklisting Chinese company from US government institutions

Devices made by Chinese company Huawei have reportedly been banned by POTUS, Donald Trump, from being used in government establishments such as the military and police.

Not satisfied with the action, the 45th president of the United States has now notified the country’s allies such as Germany, Italy, and Japan, warning them of the dangers of using Huawei stuff such as smartphones and network equipment.

But what could be the reason behind this ban?

Although Wall Street Journal first reported that Trump told US allies to shun Huawei products last week, Huawei has been facing a long-time resentment from the US government because it “shares” user information gathered from millions of its devices sold worldwide with Chinese government.

Trump has also allegedly offered financial benefits to countries if they place Huawei devices on their blacklist.

Huawei is currently the second most popular smartphone brand in the world after beating US phone maker Apple down to third place and is now only behind Samsung who retains the title of the highest-selling smartphone brand and mobile phones in general since 2017.

Will the new Trump police affect Huawei’s sales?

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iPhone Xs didn’t sell quite as much as Apple predicted – Source

Steve Cooks-led tech giant Apple has screwed up over sales expectations, if the latest gossip coming from the California, USA company is anything to go by.

Insiders with knowledge of the matter say that Apple expected to sell many iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max units but recently ended up cutting production by a huge margin after seeing that the two smartphones were not doing quite as expected in the markets. Recall that the company, not too far ago, reduced production of the Xr model by as much as 33% because the sales numbers were not quite rolling in as desired.

Apple has now informed its outsourced manufacturer, Foxxcon to pipe down production of the flagship Apple iPhone Xs models due to lack of sales. Part of the reasons for the unfavorable sales could be the nearness of the release of the Xs models to the 2017 debut of the similar-looking X models. Both range of iPhones (Xs, Xs Max and X, X Max) are noticeably identical in terms of hardware and even to some extent similar in software.

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Samsung Galaxy J4 Core with 6″ display goes official with Android Go

Samsung has announced its second smartphone booting out of the box with Android Go operating system. “Go” is a stripped-down version of Android Oreo operating system for entry-level smartphones just like the new Galaxy J4 Core.

Technically, the Galaxy J4 Core boasts of a 6-inch touchscreen display with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. There’s a 1,4GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM onboard as well as 16GB of storage expandable up to 512GB with portable storage (memory card).

The newest Samsung phone has a 3000mAh battery. The camera unit comes with a 8MP back-facing single sensor with flash and a 5MP front-facing selfie taker with a second flash.

Pricing for the new Samsung Galaxy J4 Core is yet to be known as of the time of filing this report.

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FCC Certifies Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ poses for photo

Ahead of the official release of the upcoming flagship device from South Korean tech company, Samsung, the tech company has reportedly obtained FCC Certification for the two smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Samsung which is expected to announce the S9 and the S9 Plus devices at the MWC 2018 event which has been scheduled to hold in Barcelona looks to be gearing up for the imminent release.

According to details supplied by the Federal Communications Commission, FCC, the device will come with a model number of SM-G960 for the S9 and SM-G965 for the S9 Plus.

Both smartphones will come with support for all major network options including LTE, GSM, CDMA and UMTS bands.

The FCC certification approved models SM-G960U, SM-G960U1, SM-G960W and SM-G960XU with the first two tipped to most likely be coming to the US as the Galaxy S9, while the third one is the variant for Canada.

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Specs to expect on upcoming Nokia 9 revealed

Specs to expect on upcoming Nokia 9 revealed

There’s much to expect in 2018 from Nokia and its partnership with HMD Global as the tech brands seems to have teased the upcoming flagship device from its stables, the Nokia 9.

The smartphone which is expected to be released in the early months of 2018 has however been rumored to be coming into the market with some specs which makes it an exciting smartphone to look forward to.

Some of the specs which have been rumored to be coming on the Nokia 9 smartphones include the latest Android OS, the Android 8.0 Oreo which did not come with the device’s predecessor, the Nokia 8.

Othe specs to watch out for on the Nokia 9 include the Dual SIM Port, the 3.5mm headphone jack along with a 5.5-inch QHD display with 3D glass on top.

Under the hood, the device boasts of 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the variant paired with 128GB of onboard storage space and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood.

On the optics front, the device is expected to come packing 12MP + 13MP dual camera setup on the rear panel and a 5MP front camera unit all powered by a 3,250 mAH battery.

For added security, the device comes with a fingerprint scanner and for memory expansion comes with a slot for the microSD card.

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ZTE Axon M foldable smartphone pre-order to start November 1

First Foldable smartphone, ZTE Axon M appears on FCC

Following the official unveiling of the ZTE Axon M (Multy) smartphone which comes into the market as the first foldable smartphone, the tech company has officially revealed that the device will go on pre-order starting November 1.

The ZTE Axon M smartphone which will be available for $725 in the US market will come into the market packing a 5.2-inch display and will be available via mobile carrier AT&T starting November 17.

For specs, the device comes into the market packing a pair of display on the front and pack panel which allows it to be folded into one.

The smartphone boasts of 5.2-inch display with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor running under the hood.

Under the HD resolution display with a resolution pegged at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels is the 20MP single camera setup.

Paired with the Qualcomm chipset is 64GB of onboard storage memory space and 4GB of RAM powered by a 3,180mAh battery.

The device comes running on the Android Nougat 7.1.2 OS.

 

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Apple reportedly planning to dump Qualcomm in 2018

Apple reportedly planning to dump Qualcomm in 2018

Tech company, Apple, has following the official release of this year’s flagship devices, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X been reported to be planning a possible dumping of tech company and chipset manufacturer, Qualcomm, come next year.

According to fresh information, the tech company might be looking to take its business elsewhere, suggestively to MediaTek and others in the industry.

The fresh report comes following rumors that the tech company has started work on developing an in-house graphics chip, GPU.

The tech company has in line with the rumor also purchased CVD Machines which is reported to be the new handler of the tech company’s OLED display panels.

The Cupertino tech company seems to be planning several revamps for its smartphones come 2018 which will include largely in-house produced materials for the next flagship devices.

Qualcomm has also reportedly stopped providing software testing for the Cupertino tech company.

The change in chipset provider is expected to take effect fully starting in the fall of 2018 as both companies are enmeshed in several legal battles.

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Xiaomi Mi 5X Special Edition officially launched

Xiaomi Mi 5X Special Edition officially launched

Chinese tech company, Xiaomi, has officially launched the Special Edition Mi 5X into the market.

The launch which held in China witnessed the smartphone debuting in the Red color variant and coming into the market with bumped up specs.

The smartphone which has been released for pre-registration both on online and offline platforms has been reported to be coming into the market at an approximate of 1,499 Yuan starting from November 1.

The Mi 5X Special Edition as earlier stated comes in only the red color variant as against the Mi 5X which is available in four color variants including Gold, Black, Rose Gold and Red.

The Mi 5X Special Edition comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with FHD resolution pegged at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels with the octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor running under the hood paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB ROM which can further be expanded using a microSD card.

The device comes packing a dual 12MP + 5MP camera on the back panel along with a fingerprint sensor mounted also on the back panel.

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Oppo confirms what to expect on R11S in new teaser

Oppo confirms what to expect on R11S in new teaser Oppo confirms what to expect on R11S in new teaser

Coming after various reports have surfaced online as regards the upcoming Oppo R11S smartphone, the tech company has decided to taunt some of the features of its upcoming smartphone in a latest teaser which surfaced online.

The latest teaser released by the tech company revealed that the Oppo R11S will indeed be coming into the market with an 18:9 aspect ratio display.

Oppo confirms what to expect on R11S in new teaser Oppo confirms what to expect on R11S in new teaser

The teaser also tipped that the upcoming smartphone will pack a display resolution pegged at 2,160 x 1,080 pixels and sport a bezel-less design on the front panel.

Prior to this time, the specs to be expected on the smartphone had been leaked online to include a 6.01-inch display which is specifically designed with a great screen-to-body ratio that makes it look much like a 5.5-inch display.

Oppo confirms what to expect on R11S in new teaser Oppo confirms what to expect on R11S in new teaser

Under the hood, a weibo leak revealed that the Oppo R11S will come packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor under the hood paired with 4GB of RAM and paired with an onboard storage space of 64GB.

On the camera front, the device will come loaded with a dual 20MP + 16MP sensor on the back panel and on the front panel a single 20MP selfie unit.

 

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Xiaomi Planning on releasing three full screen Redmi phones

Xiaomi Planning on releasing three full screen Redmi phones

Latest leaks which surfaced online has hinted that Chinese tech company, Xiaomi, is planning on releasing three new smartphones in the Redmi series which will come sporting full screen display.

The tech company’s plan was made known after recent leaks which surfaced online indicating that the tech company is indeed planning on a new design for he affordable smartphone series.

Recall that the Redmi Note 5 surfaced online a few days ago showing that the device will come in three variants including the Standard Redmi 5, the Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi Note 5.

The smartphones according to TENAA listing was revealed to be coming into the market with an 18:9 aspect ratio display.

Xiaomi Planning on releasing three full screen Redmi phones

As for the specs to be expected, the certification website listed that the smartphone, will come with a 5.5-inch HD+ display on the Redmi 5 while the other two variants, the Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi Note 5 will pack a 5.9-inch FHD+ display.

Under the hood, the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will come with different onboard storage memory variants with the Redmi 5 coming in the 3GB of RAM paired with 32GB ROM and the Redmi 5 Plus coming in the 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM and powered by a Helio P25 SoC.

The Redmi Note 5 Plus is expected to also come in the 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and also come in the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor powered variant.

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Moto X4 Pricing information leaks ahead of India release

Android One Moto X4 Coming Soon

Lenovo-owned smartphone company, Motorola has been revealed to be planning a possible launch of the Moto X4 smartphone which was unveiled some weeks ago globally in India.

However, ahead of the official launch of the smartphone into the Indian market, the tech company’s plans regarding the pricing information has been revealed.

According to the latest leak as regards the Moto X4 which comes in an Android One variant, the tech company is planning on slamming about $400 on the device.

Recall that the Moto X4 which comes packing a dual camera setup on the back panel was unveiled back in August at the IFA event which held in Berlin, Germany.

Moto X4 Pricing information leaks ahead of India release

The device which will be coming into India in November following the re-scheduled launch is expected to be priced at INR 23,999.

More information as regards the launch of the device is expected to surface online soon. Recall that the tech company had earlier revealed that the smartphone will visit India in October before it pushed back on the release date.

 

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LEAGOO S8 Pro Presale – 5.99 inch Full Screen, P25, 6GB RAM, only $249.99 now!

LEAGOO S8 Pro Presale - 5.99 inch Full Screen, P25, 6GB RAM, only $249.99 now!


Recently, LEAGOO has newly launched a full-screen smartphone – LEAGOO S8 Pro, which features Helio P25 2.6GHz CPU and 6GB RAM. As a high-end 18:9 full-screen flagship, LEAGOO S8 Pro is equipped with SHARP 5.99’’ in-cell FHD+ display, targeting SAMSUNG Galaxy S8+ as its major competitor!

The screen performance of LEAGOO S8 Pro is extremely impressive thanks to 85% screen-to-body ratio, 450cd/m2 brightness, 403ppi and 85% NTSC gamut!

LEAGOO S8 Pro Presale - 5.99 inch Full Screen, P25, 6GB RAM, only $249.99 now!

LEAGOO S8 Pro is equipped with rear fingerprint ID (unlocks in 0.1 second) and rear dual camera (OV 13.0MP + SAMSUNG 5.0MP).

LEAGOO S8 Pro Presale - 5.99 inch Full Screen, P25, 6GB RAM, only $249.99 now!

LEAGOO S8 Pro’s body thickness is as slim as 7.9mm. Made by Zinc alloy with CNC technology, its body frame is surface-processed by abrasive blasting, offering most comfortable grip feelings and metal textures. The frame is perfectly sealed and fitted with the screen and the rear cover, delivering an elegant sense of craft and style.

LEAGOO S8 Pro Presale - 5.99 inch Full Screen, P25, 6GB RAM, only $249.99 now!

LEAGOO S8 Pro features glossy-finish rear cover with 3D curve craftsmanship, delivering wonderful grip feelings and stunning visual experience. Equipped with 3050mAh LG high-density battery, LEAGOO S8 Pro supports 9V2A quick charge. Only 30mins charge is enough for one normal day use!

LEAGOO S8 Pro Presale - 5.99 inch Full Screen, P25, 6GB RAM, only $249.99 now!

LEAGOO S8 Pro Samsung S8 Plus
Display SHARP 5.99 inch 2160x1080p 6.2 inch 2960x1440p
CPU Helio P25 8-core 2.6Ghz LTE 8-core 2.35Ghz LTE
RAM 6GB 4GB
ROM 64GB 64GB
Screen-to-body ratio 85% 83.3%
Front Camera Samsung 13.0 Dual-Cam 8MP
Rear Camera OV 13MP+Samsung 5MP Dual-Cam 12MP
Battery 3050mAh 3500 mAh
Quick Charge 9V2A 9V1.67A
Fingerprint ID Rear fingerprint ID Rear fingerprint ID
Size 157.8 x 74.5 x 7.9mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm
Price $249.99 ($299.99) $724.99

Now you can save $50 to purchase LEAGOO S8 Pro on Banggood.com during the presale campaign (click here)

Apart from LEAGOO S8 Pro, LEAGOO has also released a mid-range full-screen smartphone – LEAGOO S8. It features 5.72’’ 1440x720p 18:9 display with SHARP® IPS screen panel. Regarding the specs, it is equipped with MTK6750T 8-core CPU, SAMSUNG® 3GB RAM and SANDISK® 32 ROM. What surprises most is that LEAGOO S8 also comes with OV® 8.0MP+2.0MP front dual camera and SONY® 13MP +2 MP rear dual camera, making it a true quad-cam phone as well as the most affordable 8-core 18:9 full-screen smartphone on the market so far!

LEAGOO S8 Pro Presale - 5.99 inch Full Screen, P25, 6GB RAM, only $249.99 now! LEAGOO S8 Pro Presale - 5.99 inch Full Screen, P25, 6GB RAM, only $249.99 now!

Let’s take a closer look at the Comparison List between LEAGOO S8 and SAMSUNG Galaxy S8

 

LEAGOO S8 Samsung S8
Display SHARP 5.72 inch 1440x720p 5.8 inch 1960x1440p
CPU 8-core 1.5Ghz LTE 8-core 2.35Ghz LTE
RAM 3GB 4GB
ROM 32GB 64GB
Screen-to-body ratio 85% 84%
Front Camera OV 8MP+2MP Dual-Cam 8MP
Rear Camera SONY 13MP+2MP Dual-Cam 13MP
Bezel Thickness 1mm Curved Bezel-less
Battery 2940mAh 3000mAh
Quick Charge 5V2A 9V1.67A
Fingerprint ID Rear fingerprint ID Rear fingerprint ID
Size 153.5 x 70.7 x 8.8mm 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm
Craft Metal Frame Metal Frame
Price $119.99 ($169.99) $639

 

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Tecno AX8 Spotted on Geekbench With 6GB RAM

Tecno AX8 Spotted on Geekbench With 6GB RAM

A Tecno smartphone has surfaced online just recently according to its recent listing on Geekbench listing.

The latest Tecno smartphone, Tecno AX8 as spotted on the benchmarking website is expected to come into the market coming with 6GB of RAM and an octa-core processor under the hood.

The Tecno AX8 will come driven by the MediaTek MT6757 chipset or more importantly the Helio P25 SoC.

Tecno AX8 Spotted on Geekbench With 6GB RAM

The processor is clocked at a speed of 2.6GHz.

However, a few concerns have been raised regarding the specs listed on the benchmarking website as just days ago, the Infinix X603 was spotted on GFXBench listing similar specs although the smartphone has remained a ghost till now.

The Tecno AX8 is according to the listing yet to pass FCC certification which means it might not be revealed anytime soon, it will however debut running on the Android 7 Nougat OS out of the box.

Other information regarding the upcoming device is unknown at the moment.

 

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BlackBerry Krypton’s purported images leak online

BlackBerry Krypton's purported images leak online

BlackBerry has been rumored to be planning on yet another device which is expected to be named Krypton. The device has however successfully remained under wraps until recently when a leak of what to expect surfaced online.

In addition to the leak, yet another image has surfaced online purportedly showing the upcoming smartphone from BlackBerry in all its glory.

As expected, the BlackBerry Krypton will come to market featuring a full touchscreen which is against the physical keyboard signature feature on some BlackBerry devices.

BlackBerry Krypton's purported images leak online

The device which has since passed necessary certifications including US FCC, Bluetooth SIG, WiFi Alliance, and others is reported to be coming into the market running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor.

The BlackBerry Krypton comes with a carbon finish and will sport a Full HD display with 4GB of RAM under the hood paired with 4,000mAh battery capacity.

The BlackBerry Krypton will be made official sometime next month.

 

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Meiigoo S8 Flagship device launched

Meiigoo S8 Flagship device launched

After Meiigoo had revealed that it will be bringing the flagship S8 device to market later in the year, the tech company has officially announced the unveiling of its flagship device.

The Meiigoo S8 comes into the market sporting an 18:9 aspect ratio as in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and also comes packing some pretty interesting specs under the hood.

Some of the specs loaded on Meiigoo’s flagship device includes the MediaTek MTK6705T processor running under the 6.1-inch display which boasts of a resolution clocked at 1440 x 720 pixels.

Meiigoo S8 Flagship device launched Meiigoo S8 Flagship device launched

The Meiigoo S8 design-wise comes featuring a 3D glass on the front panel and a bezel-less edge-to-edge design.

Paired with the octa-core MediaTek processor is 4GB of RAM for faster processes and an onboard storage memory pegged at 64GB.

For the optics, the S8 comes packig a 5MP camera sensor on the front panel and a dual 13MP + 5MP sensors on back panel powered by a 3,300 mAh battery.

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Cubot X18 Goes on Pre-sale

Cubot X18 Goes on Pre-sale

Cubot has officially released its next gen smartphone, Cubot X18 for pre-sale.

The tech company is bringing the smartphone on a promotion which wipes a chunk off the original expected pricing of the device. The pre-sale offers the Cubot X18 for as low as $59.99.

The pre-sale period is ongoing and is expected to run from September 11 through to September 18 when it’ll close down and return to its official sale price of about $119.90.

For a quick recap, the Cubot X18 comes to market bearing a 5.7-inch display and a display resolution of 720p with an 18:9 aspect ratio, same as in the LG G6 and a couple of other devices including the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Under the hood, the Cubot X18 comes running on a MediaTek MT6737T processor which is paired with 3GB of RAM for faster processes and an internal storage memory space pegged at 32GB.

The Cubot X18 runs on a 3,200 mAh battery and comes running on the Android OS 7 Nougat.

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Meizu M5’s successor, M6 Leaks Online

Meizu M6 Note Officially Announced, Comes In Three Memory Config. Variants

Coming a year after the Meizu M5 was released into the market, the tech company has been revealed to be planning a successor device, Meizu M6.

Recall that the Meizu M5 was released as the successor device to the Meizu M3 and at the time came with a larger screen.

The M6 was however spotted on Chinese social media platform, Weibo by leaker @Old Technology.

The leaker also revealed some of the expected specs on the Meizu M6 to include an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor under the 5.2-inch display screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixel.

Meizu M5’s successor, M6 Leaks Online Meizu M5’s successor, M6 Leaks Online

Under the hood and paired with the octa-core processor is 3GB of RAM and an onboard storage memory of 32GB. This comes as an upgrade to the M5 which came with 2GB of RAM and 16GB ROM.

A visible upgrade on the M6 is the position of the sensors and camera on the front panel as the sensors on the M6 looks bigger compared to its predecessor and also suggests that the camera configuration will be different.

Not much information is available on the upcoming device as of now.

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Huawei’s Upcoming Smartphone with 4 cameras spotted on TENAA

Huawei's Upcoming Smartphone with 4 cameras spotted on TENAA Huawei's Upcoming Smartphone with 4 cameras spotted on TENAA Huawei's Upcoming Smartphone with 4 cameras spotted on TENAA

Coming after we reported that tech company, Huawei is planning on joining the major leagues of smartphones with four cameras, two on the front panel and a dual camera setup on the rear, the upcoming device from the tech company has been spotted on certification website, TENAA.

The tech company’s camera centric smartphone was spotted with the model number Huawei RNE-A100 and it has been suggested to be the Huawei Rhone.

The device according to the listing will sport a 5.9-inch display with a display resolution of 1080 x 2160 display. Under the hood, the suspected Huawei Rhone will feature 4GB of RAM paired with an onboard storage space of 64GB and running on an octa-core processor clocked at a speed of 2.6GHz.

The Huawei RNE-A100 is expected to come with support for microSD card slot for further memory expansion to as much as 256GB and for optics, the upcoming device is expected to pack a combination of 13MP + 2MP cameras on the front panel and 16MP + 2MP on the rear panel with a fingerprint sensor sitting just below the camera sensors.