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ZTE Iceberg the cool concept phone

ZTE IcebergAlthough best known for its budget mobiles, ZTE could be taking on higher end rivals if it goes ahead with the production of a new prototype handset known as the Iceberg.

Portrayed in concept mock-ups as part of the iF Design World Guide, the Iceberg stands out from the crowd as a result of its transparent glass corners and notched screen, which follows in the footsteps of the iPhone X.

The idea is that the display fills the entirety of the front surface, except for indents at the top and bottom where the selfie camera, microphone and speaker are housed.

Manufacturers have been attempting to get rid of the bezel surrounding smartphone displays for some time, with the Iceberg representing the most impressive design yet in this respect.

ZTE is apparently intending to bring this concept phone to the market at some point, although it will not arrive until at least 2019, according to Winfuture.

In the meantime, the Chinese brand’s Axon range will continue to fly the flag for affordable, powerful smartphones that offer an alternative to more expensive ranges like Samsung’s Galaxy S family and, of course, the aforementioned iPhone X from Apple.

New flagship OnePlus phone will be most expensive yet

In the near future the OnePlus 6 is set to launch, with a teaser trailer emerging last week to get potential buyers excited about what is in store. The only bit of bad news is that it will be costlier than its predecessors, according to Tech Radar.

There are a host of rumours about the hardware features of the OnePlus 6, including claims that it will pack in up to 8GB of RAM alongside the cutting edge Snapdragon 845 chipset designed by Qualcomm.

One known factor is that the phone’s screen will cover the majority of its front surface, following in the footsteps of the iPhone X.

It will also retain a 3.5mm headphone socket, outdoing rival devices from Apple and Samsung by holding onto this much loved port.

The price is still up in the air, but the suggestion is that the most affordable version will cost the best part of £400. The higher capacity models will push beyond £500, so while it will be half the price of the iPhone X it will still cost more than earlier OnePlus devices that have aimed to be as competitive as possible in this arena.

Latest budget smartphones from Wileyfox confirmed for release

Wileyfox Swift 2 PlusBritish mobile maker, Wileyfox, may have had some financial issues recently, but the brand is set to remain in operation thanks to a licensing deal. This also means that brand new handsets are also on the way for 2018, according to Tech Radar.

The Swift 2 range of devices will remain on offer for customers going forwards, although partner firm, STK, says that it will take a couple of weeks for it to get the mobiles back in stock. It also said that current customers could be sure that their warranties would be honoured, even with Wileyfox entering administration last month.

The next generation of Wileyfox smartphones should arrive in the second half of the year, although details of their specifications remain a mystery.

What is known is that they will run the latest version of Android and will be competitive with other mid to low-end devices.

The current flagship of the Wileyfox brand is the Swift 2 X, which has a 5.2 inch screen, 3GB of RAM, a 16 megapixel camera and a surprising premium design that makes it feel much more expensive than it is. If this trick can be repeated with its successors, this company may survive for longer.

Revival of the Motorola RAZR anticipated

Motorola RazrMotorola could be bringing back one of its biggest hits in the near future, with the CEO of parent company, Lenovo, teasing the rebirth of the RAZR flip phone as a potential option, according to Tech Radar.

The original RAZR touched down back in 2003 and was soon a sales success thanks to its popularity amongst influential celebrities at the time. Flip phones fell out of favour once touchscreen technology entered the market, but Motorola might bring it back now that foldable displays are becoming a reality.

Lenovo boss, Yang Yuanqing, said that the opportunities for innovation in terms of handset design are expanding as fresh hardware emerges. And while he did not directly confirm that a new RAZR is in the works, he did say that development is likely to begin shortly.

Samsung is known to be the biggest proponent of foldable display tech at the moment, but it could easily licence it to Lenovo and Motorola in order to make a next-gen RAZR a reality.

The clamshell design would allow the screen to be protected from damage, while also giving users a lot more display area to enjoy without making the phone too unwieldy.

Charging problems hit Google Pixel 2 XL

Pixel 2Although it boasts fast charging capabilities, the flagship Pixel 2 XL from Google is reported to be hindered by a slowdown to this process when temperature levels are low.

Android Police carried out tests following user complaints about sluggish battery charging, with experts finding that the issue arises if the device is in an environment of less than 20 degrees Celsius.

Perhaps surprisingly this seems to be a flaw that only impacts the larger XL model, leaving the standard Pixel 2 free from problems.

In response to these claims, Google said that it is looking into the matter and might well roll out an update that alters the way that information about fast charging is displayed to users.

Normally an on-screen alert reveals when the battery is being charged at the faster rate, but this was occurring even when sub-par wattages were being recorded.

While it is hardly likely to be a deal breaker for fans of the Pixel 2 XL, it is certainly something that will vex those who have invested in the device. And since the temperature issues are especially relevant during the colder months of the year, it is a problem that might stay in the headlines for some time.