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Realme 6 and 6 Pro pack 90Hz displays and quad cameras into budget handsets

Realme is fast making a name for itself as the best bang for buck around, and its latest budget models bear that out. The former Oppo sub-brand has announced the Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro, both of which feature 90Hz screens, 64MP quad-camera systems, and 30W fast charging. Miraculously, all of that can be had for less than $200.

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Realme X50 Pro 5G packs 6 cameras, Snapdragon 865, 65W fast-charging, and 90Hz display

Relative newcomer Realme impressed with the value proposition of its last flagship and now the sister company of Oppo and OnePlus is back with its first 5G model. The X50 Pro improves upon a number of spec points while clearly sharing the DNA of the X2 Pro from the end of last year.

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LineageOS 16 Pie arrives on the Moto G7, Xperia Z3, and other phones

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM out there, boasting official support for dozens of phones and tablets. The project is best known for breathing new life into older devices, and since we last covered Lineage, builds have become available for nine more phones ⁠— including some old favorites.

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TWRP arrives on the ROG Phone 2, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and other phones

TeamWin Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is the best custom recovery software out there. It can help you install ROMs, make full-device backups, and anything in between. Now the project has officially extended support to eight more phones.

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Realme X2 Pro review: Incredible value, but plenty of room for camera improvements

Realme might be the newest and least well known of the BBK Electronics family that includes Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus, but it’s certainly no less ambitious. After starting out as an Oppo sub-brand it was given license to operate more independently in 2017, and since then Realme has sold so many devices that it’s now the fastest-growing smartphone maker in the world. Its foray into the European market only really began in earnest this year, but aggressive pricing looks to be to paying dividends as it goes after more established Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi and Honor/Huawei.

The X2 Pro is the company’s first proper flagship, and it quickly grabbed our attention when it was introduced to the European market in October due to the insane spec to price ratio.

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Realme unveils X50 5G with 120Hz display alongside snazzy Master Edition version

Former Oppo sub-brand Realme is the world's fastest-growing smartphone manufacturer with good reason — its phones offer insane specs for not a lot of money. The company is now getting into the 5G game in its homeland China thanks to Qualcomm's new upper mid-range 5G mobile platform, the Snapdragon 765G. The other standout feature is the bump up to a 120Hz display, something we're sure to see a lot of in premium handsets this year.

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TWRP now available for Nokia 7.1, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and more phones

TWRP is the most popular custom recovery for Android devices, allowing you to do anything from flash ROMs to perform full storage backups. Now the project has officially added support for more phones, including the Nokia 7.1, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and others.

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Realme copies a little too much from Redmi, puts ads on its phones

Some folks see the Chinese budget brand Realme, a BBK subsidiary and OPPO spin-off, as something of a Xiaomi/Redmi clone — even just the names share more than chance would allow. Whether they are or aren't, true to that badge, they're set to ape one unappreciated feature from those devices: ads built right into the OS. At least you can turn them off if you want to (for now).

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Realme’s AirPods clone supports wireless charging, USB-C, and costs $56

Despite being late to the party, the AirPods undoubtedly managed to remodel the true wireless earbuds category. Though they play nice only with Apple devices, many Android users have secretly wanted those iconic white stems sticking out of their ears. To fill that gap, Realme, like many other brands, has stepped in with a pair of AirPods (1st gen) clones, called Buds Air, that bring a few premium features to the table without breaking the bank.

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(Update: International schedule) Color OS 7 will soon bring Android 10 to Oppo phones

Oppo has made a concerted effort to sell more products in Europe recently, with its Reno 10x Zoom fronting its campaign. The hardware has been pretty impressive, but the software experience still leaves a little to be desired — Color OS isn't as well received by western users. This situation could be set to improve soon though, as Oppo has unveiled the latest version of its skin, based on Android 10.

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