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Jun

The BlackBerry KEY2 is awesome, but I desperately want a Priv 2 slider


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Let your backbone slide…

Like a lot of folks, I’m looking forward to having a BlackBerry KEY2 I can call my own and keep until I wear a hole in it. It’s not going to set any Android sales records, but it is the right phone for me and that’s all that really matters. It’s going to be a great sequel to my KEYone and I have a feeling I’ll get just as much use from it.

But I have a confession — I still like the BlackBerry Priv. Maybe enough that I’d like a BlackBerry Priv 2 more than a KEY2.

Carrying a torch

I know everyone who ever used a BlackBerry (or was even in the vicinity to a person who was using one) loves the BlackBerry Bold. With good reason, too, because it was an extremely well-built phone designed when BlackBerry was at its prime. I had a Bold 9000 and loved it. But it wasn’t my favorite BlackBerry, even if it was the best BlackBerry.

The BlackBerry Priv had a bit of Torch 9800 DNA inside and is one of my favorite Android phones.

That would have been the BlackBerry Torch. I can hear the groans, but I’m just a sucker for a good slider. A full-size phone with a vertical sliding keyboard does it all. You have a big screen (though nobody would call that 3.2-inch display big nowadays) that slides up and away to reveal a great set of tactile keys that satisfy the part of you that knows tactile keys are simply awesome. When it’s closed, a Torch was compact and sturdy and perfect for bumpy rides in a pocket or briefcase. When open, you had the keyboard and trackpad right there where thumbs could get furious and make words. The best words.

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You know, just like the Priv. Well, except for maybe the sturdy part. You had a big screen (and actually big this time) that you could poke at or even watch a movie on, and a flick of the thumb exposed the sexy keyboard underneath. Even though the Priv didn’t age very well and got a little janky once the storage was filled up, I still enjoyed using it. I know I’m not alone.

I’d love for a Priv 2 to replace a Motion 2 or live alongside one. I’m flexible like that.

BlackBerry has tic-toc’d with a keyboard model and a touch-only model since they moved to Android, and this year could be the same. Except instead of a Motion 2, it could be a Priv 2 with the same specs as the KEY2 and 100% more sliding. I get that the partnership with TCL is new and it might not be a wise business decision to make three models. I’m flexible like that. But I’d love seeing three models, too.

I’ll be satisfied using my KEY2 when it gets here, and don’t see any serious complaints about it. But I wouldn’t say no to getting a slick new slider to live in my pocket instead. I know I’m not the only one. I can’t be the only one.

In the comments, tell me I’m not the only one, and let the powers that be know we want a Priv 2!

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14
Jun

Have you received the June 2018 security patch on your Pixel?


The update first started rolling out on June 4.

At the beginning of each month, Google pushes out a new security patch to ensure that Android is as up-to-date and secure as possible for its millions of users.

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Google’s own Pixel phones are often the first to receive the new security patches, and while some got the latest June 2018 version as soon as it was released, others still appear to be waiting quite a few days after it was launched.

Right now in the AC forums, here’s what our users are saying.

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06-09-2018 03:28 AM

Hi guys, I still haven’t received the June Security Update on my Panda. It’s running release software. I’ve tried restarting and checking for updates but still nothing. Anyone else have this problem? Thanks.

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06-10-2018 08:46 PM

My Pixel 2 got the update about a week ago.

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06-14-2018 04:20 AM

..June has arrived everywhere except on my beautiful 2XL 🙁

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06-11-2018 01:23 AM

2 XL 128 here on Project Fi and I too got the June update on the day it was released.

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Seeing as how the rollout seems to be split down the board with our forum members, we now want to hear from you — Have you received the June 2018 security patch on your Pixel yet?

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14
Jun

The best over-the-air antennas, according to CordCutters.com


clearmaster-2max-3.jpg?itok=JhmW3dm4 The ClearStream 2MAX is a great option for an over-the-air antenna. ($52 on Amazon.)

Bigger isn’t always better, but where you point it definitely matters.

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Well. Now that we’ve established the (controversial!) pecking order of the best over-the-air streaming boxes, it’s time to turn to the other side of that coin. Because a streaming box without an antenna is just a brick.

Here’s the thing about antennas, though. For the most part the technology hasn’t changed all that much over the years. Yes, it’s gotten better. But there haven’ been any real seismic shifts. An antenna is an antenna. But the best thing about today’s antennas is that they don’t have to be huge to get the job done. They don’t have to look like something you’d hang laundry off of. (Though some great ones still do.)

No, more important is where you put it — outdoors and higher is always better than indoors and lower — and whether it’s pointed in the direction of the broadcast towers. You can tweak things, for sure, but that’s the really important part.

Read: The best over-the-air antennas, according to CordCutters.com!

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14
Jun

How to clean your Lenovo Mirage Solo


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VR headsets can get funky quickly if you don’t take care of them.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo is the first standalone Google Daydream headset, letting you move around in a virtual world without needing to use your smartphone. All that moving around means the headset will get dirty if you don’t stay on top of cleaning it.

Here’s how to clean your Lenovo Mirage Solo!

  • Materials you’ll need
  • How to clean the lens
  • How to clean the shell
  • How to clean the foam facepad

Materials you’ll need

There aren’t any pieces you can remove from the headset for easy cleaning, so you’ll need to just tidy things up where they are. Here’s what you’ll need to clean the headset:

  • Alcohol cleaning wipes
  • One wet cloth
  • One dry cloth
  • A nylon brush

How to clean the lens

The lens and cameras are the most important pieces of the headset, and the easiest to mess up if you’re not careful. Don’t use any detergents or alcohol on the lens or cameras, and don’t expose the cameras to direct sunlight when you let it air dry. Instead, just clean the lens with a damp cloth (use distilled water if you can), then wipe it dry with another cloth.

How to clean the shell

Since the shell is hard plastic, it’s safe to use the alcohol wipes on it. Be sure none of the alcohol leaks onto the black area surrounding the cameras, then let it air dry afterwards.

How to clean the foam facepad

The facepad can’t be removed like on the Daydream View, but gently brushing with a nylon brush will get rid of most debris. If you need to use liquids, be sparse: dip the brush into a mild detergent solution, shake off the excess liquid, then brush the cloth pieces.

When all is said and done, let the Mirage Solo air dry for an hour before using it again. Don’t expose the headset to direct sunlight — whether it’s drying or not — since this could damage the cameras.

That’s it!

Cleaning a VR headset doesn’t take much work, but you need to be careful about what cleaning products you use on which pieces. Is there something we missed? Let us know down below!

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14
Jun

June 2018 security patch breaking Nokia 7 Plus handsets on Android P beta


Nokia’s aware of the issue, but how did this happen in the first place?

When Google announced the availability of its Android P open beta at I/O in May, we were surprised to learn that this was being opened up to third-party OEMs for the very first time. The Nokia 7 Plus is one of the few non-Pixel phones you can test out Android P on right now, but for users that decided to try out the new software, the recent June 2018 security patch is causing all sorts of problems.

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According to user Xavito83, they received an OTA update to download the June 2018 patch like normal on their Nokia 7 Plus running the Android P beta. However, rather than simply upgrading their phone with the latest security fixes, the update installed a full ROM of Android 8.1 Oreo, corrupted the system, and forced the user to completely restore/factory wipe their phone.

Shortly after Xavito83 shared this story, a number of other users were quick to share similar experiences, saying that the June patch “freezes everything” and that the update causes “.com.androidphone” to completely stop working until a hard reset is done.

Moderator Laura has since responded to these complaints, saying:

Hi everyone, I try to get some info on that and will pass them on to you all as soon as I can.

I suppose bugs like this aren’t entirely unexpected seeing as how this is the first time OEMs have been allowed to join the Android Beta Program, but at the same time, it seems like sending an OTA update of Oreo to phones running Android P is a pretty big faux pas.

If you’ve got a Nokia 7 Plus on the Android P beta, did you encounter this bug?

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14
Jun

Bluedio A2 review: Stylish, affordable Bluetooth headphones with USB-C


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Who said good-looking Bluetooth headphones with USB-C charging had to cost an arm and a leg?

USB-C has been around for years, and yet the vast majority of Bluetooth headphones still use older Micro-USB charging cables. Earbuds with USB-C charging have been slowly filtering in — like the OnePlus Bullets — but most over-ear headphones to offer USB-C charging have been in the wallet-scaring range — like the Bowers & Wilkins PX.

While Micro-USB cables are a dime a dozen and certainly not hard to pack along, I missed the days when my phone and my headphones could charge from the same cable, and so I sought out a pair of USB-C charging Bluetooth headphones that wouldn’t break the bank or grate on my music-loving ears.

Bluedio checked all the boxes and then some with the Bluedio A2 Bluetooth Headphones, including a box that I had all but given up on: cuteness.

Bluedio A2 Bluetooth Headphones



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Price: $47.99

Bottom line: These affordable headphones fit heads big or small, charge with the same USB-C as most of our phones — including fast charging — and come in a cute, bright blue pattern.

The Good

  • Good grip, even on smaller heads
  • Simple, fast USB-C charging
  • Double as wired headphones if battery dies
  • Great price and value

The Bad

  • The styles are a bit extreme
  • Long-press to change tracks get old fast
  • Mic is a bit tinny
  • Sound gets a little muddy at times

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Bluedio A2 Bluetooth Headphones What I like

The nickname for the Bluedio A2 headphones is Air, and the headphones are aptly named. Lightweight and flexible, it’s easy to wear these headphones for hours on end, whether you’re sitting and watching a movie, running errands around town, or jumping around to your favorite songs in the dark. The A2 headphones grip my petite head firmly, so much so that they almost do a better job blocking noise passively than some of my active noise-canceling headphones do. If you have a petite head and find headphones slipping off frequently, these might be perfect for you.

These may be the cutest headphones I’ve ever owned.

Bluedio offers 2 styles for the A2: Doodle is the darker gray-orange model with a graffiti motif, and China offers a refined blue and white pattern with silver and white accents. I’m normally hesitant to purchase white headphones, afraid they’ll discolor with use and prolonged contact with my sweaty, oily head, but China’s pattern was too darling to say no to.

Now don’t go thinking these are all style and no substance. The sound from these headphones is surprisingly crisp for a pair of $50 Bluetooth headphones, and while bass gets muddy from time to time, the A2s sound just fine for streaming music and movies. These Bluetooth headphones were easy to pair and held a connection three rooms away at the TV station with my Samsung Galaxy S9+.

If your battery runs dead, you can also listen to music with the A2s using a standard 3.5mm aux cord or via USB-C, which can be used for charging and data. The headphones fold up for easy stowing in your bag, backpack, or the included hard-shell carrying case, which also holds the included USB-C charging cable and auxiliary cable.

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Bluedio A2 Bluetooth Headphones What I don’t like

These are affordable Bluetooth headphones, so I can forgive them for not having active noise-canceling or NFC pairing. Pairing Bluetooth headphones the old-fashioned way still takes less than a minute, and the grip on the A2 headphones is good enough to passively block out much of the noisy world, even when listening to soft music. But would it have really broken the bank to separate the volume and track controls into separate buttons?

The controls on the Bluedio A2 headphones rely on a simple three-button setup that integrates into the silver Bluedio panel on the right earcup. The multifunction button is fairly standard and easy to use, and volume control is a quick tap away, but I’m a notorious track skipper. Skipping tracks with the Bluedio A2 headphones takes 2-3 seconds, and that can feel like an eternity when YouTube Music’s mixtape serves up a dud. It’s not the end of the world — it’s encouraging me to use Google Assistant’s voice controls more often — but it is a definite compromise.

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It’s also worth noting that while some phones — like the Google Pixel 2 — will showcase the A2’s battery level, other phones will not, in which case you’re not going to know what the battery level is until it gives you a low battery warning. Bluedio claims the A2 headphones are good for up to 33 hours of listening or a whopping 1300 hours of standby, and while I haven’t seen a low-battery warning yet, I’ve also been topping them off so I don’t get caught with dead headphones.

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Bluedio A2 Bluetooth Headphones Should you buy them?

These headphones are affordable, fitting, functional, and undeniably adorable. The Bluedio A2 headphones may not have professional-grade sound or active noise-canceling, but the battery will get you a long weekend easily before it asks for a charge. And since it uses the same USB-C to charge that most new phones and Chromebooks do, you don’t need to dig out an old Micro-USB charger just for your headphones.

4
out of 5


I think these are going to be my daily driver headphones for a while. They grip my head better than the Samsung Level On Pro headphones do, and costing less than $50, I’ll feel a little less guilty for how hard I am on them. The A2’s are about 50 times cuter than the Samsungs, too, and after decades of bland, black headphones, I am ready for some cute.

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14
Jun

Roku’s Ultra 4K streaming player is down to its lowest price ever


Get the best for less.

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Right now you can pick up the Roku Ultra 4K streaming media player for just $79.99, which is $20 lower than it normally sells for. This price is actually the lowest it’s ever sold for, beating the previous low by $5. Roku makes some of the best streaming hardware, so if you’ve cut the cord already or are considering doing so, you’ll want to have one of these attached to your TV.

The interface is easy to navigate, and most popular streaming services have apps available. You can easily access Netflix, Hulu, Sling, and HBO Now from dedicated buttons on the remote. There’s also a voice search feature built into the remote, and a headphone jack. The Roku Ultra streams compatible content in 4K, and the box has a USB port and microSD slot. The Roku Streaming Stick is currently available for $39.99 as well.

If you haven’t cut the cord, you should consider using your savings to check out DIRECTV NOW’s offer that scores you 3 months of service for $30. Not interested in 4K content but still want a Roku device? DIRECTV NOW has another promotion which scores you a free Roku Streaming Stick when you pay for one month of service. This makes it $35 for both the streaming media player and a month of access to DIRECTV NOW’s channel lineup. Odds are this discount won’t stick around for long, so be sure to grab one now, before it’s gone.

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14
Jun

How to use Bluetooth headphones or speakers with your Lenovo Mirage Solo headset


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Make your VR experience truly wire-free.

As great as it is the use the Lenovo Mirage Solo without a smartphone, that also limits the accessories you can use with it. There’s no official Bluetooth support, so gamepads and Bluetooth headphones are out of the question. 3.5mm headphones are supported, but that’s about it.

Kinda. There’s a way to use Bluetooth headphones or speakers with the Lenovo Mirage Solo. Here’s how to to do it!

What you’ll need

The workaround is getting a Bluetooth transmitter with an audio-in jack. The one I’m using was $30 at the time of writing, but there are plenty of great choices for about the same price. This one features Micro-USB for charging, which is much better than dealing with a proprietary charger. It includes a 3.5mm cable in the box as well, so the only other thing I needed was some double sided tape from my toolbox.

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How to set things up

As far as your Mirage Solo is concerned, it’s delivering audio to a wired connection. The wireless connection happens between the transmitter and your headphones or speaker.

The trickiest part of this setup is actually pairing the transmitter with your headphones or speaker. Neither of the devices will have a screen for you to see what’s available to pair, so it’ll take some trial and error.

While you’re getting things set up, I’d recommend turning off Bluetooth on your PC, laptop and smartphone, just so neither device tries to pair with the wrong device.

Once the transmitter and your audio device are paired, that’s really it. Using the double-sided tape to keep the transmitter in place on top of the headset doesn’t add an appreciable amount of weight, and you can’t see how janky it looks when you’re wearing the headset.

What say you?

Do you use Bluetooth speakers or headphones with your VR headset? Let us know down below!

14
Jun

Google confirms the death of rootless Substratum theming in Android P


Rootless themes are dead. That’s it. They’re gone.

User customization is one of the reasons so many of us choose Android as our mobile OS of choice, and in 2017, an app called “Andromeda” came out as a way to use powerful Substratum themes to completely change just about every aspect of your phone’s UI and popular apps without needing root access.

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Right after the first Developer Preview of Android P was released, however, it was discovered that Google had changed something deep within Android’s core that stopped this rootless theming from working. It was unclear at the time if this was done intentionally or by accident, but we now have confirmation this was done on purpose.

On the Google Issue Tracker, a Googler issued the following statement on June 13:

We appreciate the feedback and would like to share some background information and clarifications.

The Overlay Manager Service (OMS) is intended for device manufacturer’s use. OMS, in its current form, is not designed to be a generic theming feature — more design considerations will need to be put into it in order to uphold Android platform’s security and product standards for users. Accordingly, OMS has never been advocated as a public developer feature.

Earlier this year a security patch (CVE-2017-13263) was released to OEMs for Android Oreo devices. The patch restricts the installation of overlays to pre-installed or system-signed apps, in response to a legitimate security issue raised in Android Oreo. Android P also includes this critical security patch, so it restricts overlays in the same way as does Android Oreo.

We understand that custom theming is an important capability for some users. We will take your feedback into consideration with any future work in this area.

In other words, the days of using Substratum themes without having to flash a custom ROM are over.

As disappointing as this news might be to power-users, Google has also confirmed it’s going to soon give owners of its Pixel phones a toggle to manually enable a dark theme that’s currently only accessible when applying certain wallpapers in the Pixel Launcher.

That may not be nearly as extensive as what’s available with Substratum, but it could be a sign Google wants to move away from these hacky methods and start introducing proper, out-of-the-box tools that give users more control over how their phones look.

What do you think about Google’s decision to end rootless Substratum theming? Sound off in the comments below.

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14
Jun

These are all the phones LG is releasing in 2018


From the V40 to the Q7, here’s what LG has in store for 2018.

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Although it may not be the most popular smartphone brand in the States, LG releases more Android phones than almost anyone else in the West.

Ranging from high-end flagships to budget phones that barely cost $100, LG kicks out a number of handsets throughout the year that are all catered to different demographics. Keeping up with these releases can be a challenge, so in an effort to keep you in the know, here’s a list of all the phones LG’s released in 2018 and what we’re still expecting later in the year.

The phones we’re still expecting

LG V40

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The LG V30

LG’s V series is always home to the company’s most powerful (and expensive) phones. We’ve already seen a couple entries this year in the form of the V30S and V35, but later in the fall, we’re expecting something big from LG with the V40.

The rumor mill for the V40 is slowly kicking into gear, but right now, we’re expecting the phone to come equipped with a Snapdragon 845, OLED display, and dual camera setup.

It’s expected that the V40 will be released between August and September, and like it or not, will probably come with a price tag around the $900 range.

LG V40: How LG’s next flagship can win me over and find success

LG X Power3

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The LG X Power2

Each year sees LG release a ton of throwaway mid- and low-range phones, and in 2017, one of the most interesting was the LG X Power2. The X Power2 had pretty forgettable specs, but there was one aspect that made it stand out — a huge 4500mAh battery.

We’d love to see a successor to the X Power2, and while it’s possible that one could still be announced, the chances are getting more and more unlikely with each day that passes. LG announced the X Power2 in February last year, and at the time of publishing this article, we’re well into June.

Changing up release cycles isn’t entirely unheard of for LG, so we’ll keep an eye out just in case the X Power3 does become a reality.

The phones that have been released

LG V30S ThinQ

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At CES in January, LG gave us our very first look at the V30S ThinQ. Of all the phones LG’s released this year, the V30S has to be one of the most forgettable.

Outfitted with the exact same specs as the V30 from 2017, the only new things the V30S introduced were two new colors, 2GB of extra RAM, and software improvements for the camera that boosted its low-light performance and added a few AI features.

The V30S isn’t a bad phone, but considering its fancy software tricks were eventually ported over to the regular V30 anyways, we’re still scratching our heads about why this thing exists.

LG V30S hands-on: A 2017 smartphone with 2018’s buzzwords

LG G7 ThinQ

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Following up on the highly-underrated G6, LG’s first big flagship for 2018 is the G7 ThinQ. The LG G7 ThinQ was announced in early May, and while its notch-donning display might lead you into believing it’s just another iPhone X clone, LG made a lot of smart decisions with the G7 that makes it hard to put down once you start playing around with it.

Similar to past LG releases, the G7’s secondary rear camera is a wide-angle lens that allows you to capture much more of a scene around you with just a tap of your screen. This is something few other OEMs offer, and it’s easily one of our favorite uses for a second camera.

Also found on the G7 is a feature called “Boombox.” By using part of the G7’s inside as a resonance chamber, the phone vibrates with power as music is kicked out by its external speaker. Not only does this result in much louder audio on its own, but the effect is amplified when you place the G7 on any hard surface.

Also, if you’re a stickler for good haptic feedback, this is something that LG is destroying all other Android OEMs at.

LG G7 ThinQ hands-on preview: All about that bass

LG V35 ThinQ

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The best way to think of the LG V35 is as a stepping stone between the V30 and V40. It’s got the exact same design and screen as the V30 and V30S, but its internals are completely upgraded. There’s a Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM, 64GB of storage you can expand with a microSD card, and a 3300mAh battery.

The cameras found on the V35 are the same ones you’ll get on the G7, and if you’re anti-notch, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s no cutout at all on the V35’s screen.

As well-rounded of a package as the V35 is, its $900 asking price makes its appeal extremely limited — especially when phones like the OnePlus 6 offer most all of its specs/features for just $530.

LG V35 ThinQ coming to AT&T on June 8 for $900

LG Q7

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Looking for a generic mid-range Android phone touting the LG logo? Introducing the LG Q7 series!

Joking aside, the Q7 lineup actually looks pretty solid. There are three models available, and depending on where you live, the phone will be available as the Q7, Q7+, or Q7a.

The 5.5-inch FHD+ display has a tall 18:9 aspect ratio with slim bezels, and to ensure the phone keeps chugging no matter what comes into contact with it, it’s outfitted with IP68 and MIL-STD 810G ratings.

Pricing is still up in the air, but LG says it’s bringing the Q7 to Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

LG announces Q7 mid-range series with glass designs and slim bezels

LG Q Stylus

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LG’s getting rid of its G Stylo branding this year and replacing it with Q Stylus. To kick off the new naming scheme, we’ve got the LG Q Stylus, Q Stylus+, and Q Stylus A.

Similar to the Stylo 3 from last year, the Q Stylus comes with a stylus you can use for jotting down notes, editing screenshots, turning videos into GIFs, and more. When you’re not using the stylus, you can store it inside the phone for easy transportation.

To accompany all your doodles and notes, the Q Stylus has a large 6.2-inch Full HD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The battery measures in at 3300mAh, there’s NFC for Google Pay, and IP68 dust/water resistance should keep it safe no matter the environment you’re in.

LG Q Stylus series announced with IP68 water resistance, Oreo, and more

LG K30 / K10 / K8

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For its K series this year, LG released the K30, K10, and K8.

All three of the phones are packed with your typical array of mid-range specs, including things like HD displays, plastic designs, single rear cameras, fingerprint sensors, etc.

The K10 isn’t sold in the U.S., but if you’re interested in picking up the K30 or K8, they’re available for $225 and $140, respectively.

See the K30 at T-Mobile See the K8 at B&H

LG Aristo 2 / Aristo 2 Plus

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In January this year, LG released the Aristo 2 in the U.S. A few months later in June, the phone received a minor rebranding as the Aristo 2 Plus and made its way to T-Mobile.

Both the Aristo 2 and Aristo 2 Plus come outfitted with a 5-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, and a 2410mAh battery.

Despite being released in 2018, the phones run Android 7.1 Nougat, and based on LG’s track record for lower-end hardware, it’s incredibly unlikely they’ll ever be updated to Oreo, let alone Android P.

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LG Zone 4

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In late March, the LG Zone 4 was announced as a new budget option for Verizon Wireless. It’s got a 5-inch 720p HD display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage.

Other specs include a 2400mAh battery, 8MP rear camera, and 6MP selfie cam.

The Zone 4 is sold through Verizon’s prepaid plan and costs $115.

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LG X4+

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Last on our list, we’ve got the LG X4+. The X4+ never made its way to the States, as it was created specifically for LG’s South Korean market, but the many similarities it shares to LG’s other budget phones means we didn’t miss out on much.

Some key specs for the X4+ include a 5.3-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB RAM, and a 3000mAh battery.

The addition of NFC means the phone supports LG Pay, and the MIL-STD 810G is nice to see at this price range. In USD, the X4+ costs around $280.

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