3rd generation of Vietnam’s Bphone unveiled; no home button

Created 10 October 2018
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Vietnam’s cyber security firm BKAV unveiled the third generation of its Bphone on Wednesday without a home button, pricing it from $300.
Bphone 3 comes in different colors. Photo courtesy of BKAV

It requires users to navigate to the home screen and apps by using hand gestures just like in Apple’s iPhone X.

It comes in two versions, Bphone 3 and Bphone 3 Pro, and they have a six-inch 18:9 HD screen, Android 8.1 and a Snapdragon Qualcomm 636 chip, giving them twice the performance of the previous version, Bphone 2, according to BKAV.

Company staff demonstrated this by playing the mobile game PUBG on the phones at the release event in Hanoi.

The battery lasts 1.5 days and can be charged to 80 percent in 35 minutes with Quick Charge 3.0 technology at three times the average charging speed, the firm claimed.

It is the first phone in the price range with IP68 waterproof rating, meaning it could be immersed in 1.5 meters of water for half an hour without a problem, BKAV stated.

Vu Thanh Thang, Bphone vice chairman, said the phone would survive coffee spills and can even be washed with soap.

Ninety percent of the phones’ parts are sourced from U.S. and Japanese suppliers, he added.

Bphone 3 comes in different colors. Photo courtesy of BKAV

Bphone 3 comes in different colors. Photo courtesy of BKAV

Bphone 3 also has a new feature that allows people losing it to find it even when it is factory reset, not connected to the Internet or lacks a sim card.

It filters out all spam messages and phone calls, the company said. Bphone 3 comes with 3GB ram, 32GB storage and a microSD slot, while Bphone 3 Pro has 4GB and 64GB.

Bphone 3 is priced at VND6,990,000 ($300), and the Pro version at 9,990,000 ($430).

Customers can start pre-ordering today, and shipping will begin October 19.

Source: VNE

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