ZTE Blade A5 2019 with 5.45-inch HD+ display and 13MP rear camera goes official

“The Blade A5 2019 is the brand’s latest entry-level offering with 18:9 display”

Earlier this month, ZTE unveiled its new Blade series smartphone dubbed the Blade A7 in its home market China. Now, the company has added yet another entry-level handset to its inventory with the launch of the ZTE Blade A5 2019 in the Russian markets. The brand’s latest pocket-friendly smartphone comes with the taller 18:9 display and boots Android 9 Pie with Mi Favor UI out of the box.

The ZTE Blade A5 2019 features a plastic body, and being an entry-level offering, it ditches a fingerprint scanner. The phone sports a 5.45-inch TFT display, bearing a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels. The handset is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Unisoc (Spreadtrum) SC9863A processor, aided by 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of native storage, which can be further increased up to 256GB by inserting a microSD card.

In the imaging department, the ZTE Blade A5 2019 features a 13-megapixel primary shooter with an aperture of f/2.0, HDR, Panorama, and an LED flash unit. For selfies, the handset offers an 8-megapixel snapper with an aperture of f/2.4. The connectivity features include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. A 2,600mAh battery completes the list of the specs.

As for the pricing, the Blade A5 2019 has been priced in Russia at RUB 6,490 (~Rs 7,000). The phone is already up for grabs on a bunch of e-commerce portals in the country in black and blue colour variants. There’s no word regarding the handset’s availability for other markets at the moment.

Talking about the recently launched Blade A7, the phone arrived with a 6-inch waterdrop display with HD+ resolution and MediaTek’s Helio P60 processor. The handset offers up to 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, depending on the variant. The other highlights include a 16-megapixel rear snapper, a 5-megapixel front shooter, and a 3,200mAh battery. 

OnePlus 3 and 3T finally get the stable Android Pie update

“Android Pie update for the OnePlus 3 duo is being rolled out over the air in a phased manner”

OnePlus has finally started rolling out the stable version of the Android Pie update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones globally. The new firmware has arrived with the OxygenOS 9.0.2 version for both the smartphones. Apart from the new Android version, the update also brings a host of improvements, general bug fixes, and performance enhancements. Notably, the company tested the Android Pie update for around a month in the community beta version.

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OnePlus announced the stable Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0.2 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T on its forum. As per the official changelog, the update comes with a brand-new Android Pie user interface. The time range in the Do Not Disturb mode on these devices can now be customised as per your choice. There’s a new gaming mode version 3.0 on board, which now helps in showing text content of heads up notifications and has notification support for third-party calls.

Furthermore, the new update for the OnePlus 3 duo brings support for Google Lens in the camera app, which provides a powerful image recognition experience. The Dialer app now supports Google Duo as well. Lastly, the update comes with general bug fixes and other improvements in the performance and stability department.

As per the brand, the Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0.2 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been released over the air. The new firmware is being rolled out in a phased manner, so not all the units will get it right away.