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Cyanogen, BLU to Launch Android Phone Without Google Services This Year
 
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We already know that Cyanogen's CEO, Kirt McMaster, has been trying to take Android away from Google; though not literally. McMaster's aggressive stand towards Google seems to be taking the CyanogenMod custom ROM maker to new heights. Cyanogen has confirmed that it will launch a BLU-made smartphone later this year. The highlight of the smartphone will be that it won't include any Google services or apps. Adding more about the partnership, BLU CEO, Samuel Ohev-Zion, noted that the phone will probably preload Amazon's Appstore for Android for downloading apps instead of Google Play, and Opera as the mobile browser instead of Chrome. Other apps expected to be preloaded on the BLU-made Cyanogen phone are Nokia's Here maps, Spotify as the music app, as well as Dropbox and OneDrive for cloud storage. He even added that Microsoft's Cortana can be used on the phone, replacing the likes of Google's voice search while Bing can replace normal Google search. "When these other apps are deeply integrated into the phone, most of the time they perform better than the Google apps," said Ohev-Zion, adding that plans have not yet been finalised. For the uninitiated, BLU is an American company that has launched few mid-range Android smartphones, which are available via Best Buy and other big retailers in the country.
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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is official
 
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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is official Samsung has just pulled the wraps off its next-gen high-end chipset. The Exynos 8 Octa 8890 (quite a mouthful, we reckon it’ll go by Exynos 8890 once it hits the streets) was unveiled in Seoul, and has a few firsts to show off. Manufactured on a 14nm FinFET process like the Exynos 7420 before it, the new chip marks Samsung’s entry into custom-built cores. The big.LITTLE arrangement in the 8890 features a quad-core array of those in-house Mongoose 64-bit ARMv8 cores as the performance cluster, while more mundane tasks will be handled by another four Cortex-A53 cores. Promising a 30% performance increase, the new chip benefits from what’s dubbed Samsung Coherent Interconnect (SCI) technology, for better interaction between the two separate clusters. That won’t adversely affect battery life, on the contrary – the chip is said to be 10% more power efficient. And before you jump to conclusions, that doesn’t straight up mean 10% increase in battery life of a phone as whole. Another first for Samsung is the integrated modem, which supports Cat. 12/13 LTE with carrier aggregation for download speeds up to 600Mbps. Much like Huawei’s recently announced Kirin 950 chipset, the Exynos 8890 features a Mali-T880 GPU, but as with all of ARM’s graphics processors, the secret is in the number of cores (the x in MPx, which follows the GPU model number). Samsung uses the Mali-T880MP12 with a total of a whopping twelve cores, as opposed to Huawei’s MP4. The new chip supports display resolutions up to 4K UHD (4,096 x 2,160px) or WQUXGA (3,840x2,400px), and that may be a hint of what to expect in future flagships. Or not, as the existing Exynos 7420 has support for such displays, but we haven’t seen a device with one just yet. So far these are the sketchy outlines, provided by Samsung - details such as clock frequencies remain to be revealed. The big question is when we’ll see the chip in an actual device and a safe bet would be the Galaxy S7 some time in the beginning of next year.
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Buy 1 smartphone, get 1 free from AT&T, only not all that simple
 
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AT&T is offering a holiday deal, where you can get two smartphones for the price of one. That does sound too good to be true, and it's mostly because it is, though there likely are those that can take advantage. The offer extends to popular models like the Samsung Galaxy S6, as well as the carrier exclusive Galaxy S6 active, but also the current iPhone 6s. For a precise list of participating models, you'd best contact AT&T, but from what we gather, you can't pick up one iPhone and one Samsung, the two smartphones need to be the same brand. Either way, the terms and conditions are pretty complex, but the essence is that both devices need to be on a Next 24 plan upwards of $70/month (which in fact means a 30-month subscription). Then after three bills, AT&T will start waiving the monthly payments for the phone for the next 30 months for a total of $650 (or $21.67/month). The free device needs to be a new line, and the other one can be a new line or an upgrade.
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Gigaset Me Review – Designed in Germany and Premium for $140!
 
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Gigaset Me Review – Designed in Germany and Premium for $140! Gigaset is not the first manufacturer name that comes to your mind when you think of buying a new  smartphone but I came across a beautiful and powerful Gigaset ME device. It was designed in Germany, it’s an official partner Munchen Bayern football club and the phone costs just $140. In fact, the Gigaset ME used to cost over $500 when it was just released, which was simply too much. Learn more in the full
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Huawei Mate 10 series: All the rumors in one place (Updated: September 15)
 
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The Huawei Mate 9 is a great device that hasn’t quite grabbed as much attention on the market as a lot of its rivals. This year, Huawei plans on changing that with its successor. Once again, the Mate 10 will fall into the phablet territory thanks to its large screen and will go head to head with the likes of the Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and the upcoming Google Pixel 2 XL, among other devices. Huawei has confirmed that just like last year, we can also expect to see the Pro version of the upcoming Mate 10 smartphone. Will it be a China-exclusive model just like its predecessor? Well, anything is possible at this point, as Huawei hasn’t shared any info on this topic yet. However, the fact that the Mate 10 Pro will actually be revealed in Europe makes us think that the phablet should be available on the old continent and possibly even in the US. Additionally, we might also see a third Mate device announced. a has received a tip from a Huawei distributor claiming that the Mate 10 Lite will also revealed — likely alongside the other two models — although this hasn’t officially been confirmed yet. The device will offer less in terms of hardware but will, therefore, be more budget-friendly. To find out exactly where and when the smartphones will be revealed, check out our “Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro: Release date and price” post. To have any chance of truly sparking consumer interest and competing against the smartphones mentioned above, the upcoming Mate 10 handsets have to bring quite a few new things to the table. Just having the top-of-the-line specs doesn’t cut it in this day and age, which means Huawei will have to focus more on design, price, and unique, signature features that would make the smartphones stand out from the crowd. In this post, we take a closer look at the likely Huawei Mate 10, 10 Pro, and 10 Lite specs, features, and design, to give you a better idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that most of the things you’ll read down below are rumors for now, as they haven’t been confirmed by Huawei yet. As usual, the company likely won’t reveal any specific details about the upcoming smartphones prior to their reveal.
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Gionee M2017 Official: Dual-Curved AMOLED Display, 6GB RAM and 7000mAh Battery
 
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Gionee M2017 Official: Dual-Curved AMOLED Display, 6GB RAM and 7000mAh Battery The holiday spirit is still in the air but we doubt the staff at Gionee had time to celebrate at all as the company just announced its new phone, the Gionee M2017. While the name might have hinted at it being launched next year, new phone, the Gionee M2017.off the wraps on this new device just a few days before the end of 2016. The Gionee M2017 has been in the news for a while and has generated much buzz for its unique design. Now that the phone is official, lets take a look at its specs. Gionee M2017 Gionee M2017 Specifications The Gionee M2017 sports a 5.7-inch dual-curved AMOLED 2K display, a snapdragon 653 processor clocked at 1.95GHz, 6GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of storage. There is a dual-camera setup on the back consisting of a 12MP and 13MP sensor with optical zoom. The cameras have a focus speed of 0.03 seconds and also have quick focus under dim light. The primary camera in front is an 8MP sensor and there is a fingerprint scanner up in front. The rumors are true. The Gionee M2017 does come with a 7000mAh battery. Gionee says the 7000mAh (700Wh/L battery density) battery is actually two 3500mAh batteries that are connected in parallel in order to reduce the charging temperature and increase safety. The Gionee M2017 supports 24W fast charging with up to 12 charging protection measures and can in turn be used to charge other devices. Gionee M2017gionee-m2017-official-6gionee-m2017-battery There is a dedicated security chip in the Gionee M2017 that protects user data using hardware encryption. Data stored on the chip can’t be accessed via brute-force or reverse-decryption as the files will self destruct when the chip is accessed via any of the above means. The chip also encrypts calls, messages, and payment verification. Gionee doesn’t stop there. The fingerprint scanner can’t be bypassed as it uses an infrared system to detect changes in blood flow so as to determine if the fingerprint is ”live”. The Gionee M2017 launches with Amigo 3.5 which is based on Android Marshmallow. The M2017 is a luxury phone, there is no doubt about it. The back is covered in hand trimmed calfskin leather sourced from the United States. The frame that runs around the body is made of aluminium and is symmetrical on both sides. Gionee M2017 Price The Gionee M2017 starts at ¥6,999 (~$1007) for the 6GB+128GB version and ¥16,999 (~$24446) for the 6GB+256GB version that sports an alligator skin instead of calfskin leather. It will go on sale on the 6th of January via online and offline sales channels. READ MORE: Unknown Gionee Phone with 3GB RAM, Large Battery Hits TENAA Gionee is offering owners an exclusive after sales service. If you break your screen within the first year, it will be replaced for free. Owners can also enjoy an extended warranty period of 2 years after registration and will not need to pay for logistics if they send in their faulty device.
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The next iPhone might be powered by Intel chips
 
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We, as consumers, often tend to view most any modern piece of tech as more or less a single piece of electronics, courtesy of its respective manufacturer. However, the reality of making a modern cell phone inevitably involves bringing together a vast amount of chips, materials and processes from an army of companies. Naturally, the same goes for Apple's iPhone and having the right internals can be just as crucial to its success as Cupertino's signature design and vision. Supplying the likes of Apple with the necessary chips to put out tens of millions of smartphones is no easy task and it is quite understandable that the US giant currently depends on both TSMC and Samsung to manufacture its A9 chips. Industry sources now suggest that Apple might be bringing yet another partner on board, perhaps even as an exclusive in the long run. An alleged deal has already been struck with Intel and a veritable task force of 1000 Intel employees might already be working on chips to power the next iPhone generation. A few theories are circulating as to how the partnership might play out and most agree that Apple is most likely interested in Intel's LTE modems, namely the 7360 LTE modem chip that CEO Brian Krzanich said would start showing up in devices next year. The most likely scenario seems to be an iPhone 7 with both the 7360 LTE modem and Qualcomm’s 9X45 LTE chip for different markets. The chip in question actually comes courtesy of an Infineon facility in Germany that Intel bough out in 2011. Infineon was, in fact, the supplier of 3G modems for iPhones up until 2011, so, the historical foundation for the partnership is definitely there. Furthermore, it is important to note that Intel has mentioned its intention to add CDMA support to its modems on several occasion – an important feature that would allow Apple to cater to carrier like China Telecom, which uses a combination of LTE and CDMA on its networks. Other rumors suggest that the partnership might extend even further and that Intel will be tasked to produce a new custom SoC for Cupertino. The former hasn't really been big in mobile chipsets lately, but it does rely on a cutting-edge 14 nanometer production process. The aforementioned Samsung and TSMC have also managed to shrink things down to the same level, but are reportedly cutting corners by still making chip interfaces with a 20 nanometer process, whereas Intel's solution is 14 nanometers "from front to back". This might not sound like much, but could be an invaluable leverage for Apple, which will most likely be designing its custom chips in-house and taking full advantage of Intel's production capabilities. Cupertino has already proven its expertise in vertical integration, like with the powerful A9 chip, which has the M9 graphics chip on board. This new development will hopefully pave the way for integrating the phone's Ax processor and LTE model in the same package as well, effectively boosting overall performance and efficiency. There has also been talk of a possible new integrated solution for the next Apple Watch, which currently uses a far less efficient system-in-package solution. However, bear in mind that the above is still largely unconfirmed, so take it with a grain of salt at least until Apple or Intel spills the beans on the joint venture.
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Boost and Virgin Mobile will offer iPhone X starting November 10
 
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Sprint's prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have announced availability details for the Apple iPhone X. Pre-orders at Virgin begin November 3, with shipments beginning November 10 onwards. Boost, on the other hand, will start accepting iPhone X orders November 10. Both non-contract carriers are yet to reveal pricing details though. Officially, the iPhone X comes in either Silver or Space Gray and starts at $999/€1,149/£999. The device's official release is set for November 3 next week, and pre-orders have already begun.
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Huawei P10 Likely to be Announced at MWC 2017
 
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The 2017 Mobile World Congress is a little over a month away and the conference has been where many of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers unveil their latest flagships. This year one of the companies that are rumored to unveil their latest flagship is Huawei, currently the biggest Chinese smartphone manufacturer, with the successor to 2016’s P9 flagship – the Huawei P10.
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HTC U11 Life might be heading to T-Mobile
 
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HTC U11 Life might be heading to T-Mobile The HTC U11 Life has been the subject of multiple leaks so far, revealing almost all of its key specs. There have also been reports that the device will be made official at the company's November 2 event. But there has been no information on its availability. That changes now, as a new rumor is suggesting the Android One handset is coming to T-Mobile in the US. Someone who claims they're a T-Mobile store manager, said in a Reddit post today that they've received "a shipment notification for the HTC U11 life and a bunch of accessories." They also included a screenshot suggesting the magenta carrier will be carrying the blue color variant at the very least. Sadly, there's currently no official confirmation from T-Mobile on whether or not it'll be carrying the U11 Life, so we advise you to take all of this with a pinch of salt
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OnePlus 2 goes on sale in Malaysia next week
 
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Over a month after Maxis announced that it will soon start selling the OnePlus 2 smartphone in Malaysia, it has been revealed that the carrier will launch the device on September 22, i.e. coming Tuesday. As for the price, the 64 GB Sandstone Black variant will carry a price tag of RM1,788 or $423 (tax included). Those on the carrier's Zerolution plan will be able to purchase it for RM104 ($25) per month. It's worth mentioning that the handset, which was made official back in July this year and is currently available in limited quantities, will only be made available to those who have received a special invite from its website. In addition to the carrier's brick-and-mortar stores, you'll also be able to place orders for the device on the Maxis Online Store, something which you can do starting 10:00 AM on September 22, with deliveries beginning on September 28.
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Original Samsung Galaxy J7 could be in line for a Nougat update
 
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When it comes to software updates, Samsung has generally been sticking to a two year or a couple of major Android updates cycle. The original Galaxy J7 was released in June 2015, running Android Lollipop and was later updated to 6.0.1 Marshmallow. All things considered and taking into account the budget nature of the handset, nobody really expected another major OTA from Samsung. Hence, it is quite surprising to see the SM-J701M appear in a new Wi-Fi Alliance certification, reportedly running Android Nougat. And in case you were wondering whether the three-year-old Snapdragon 615, inside the original Galaxy J7 even supports OpenGL ES 3.1 to run Nougat, it indeed does (and yes, we did have to look that up, since it is a valid concern). So, the update is technically possible. However, it is also worth noting that the Wi-Fi certification is not definitive proof that the OTA will arrive. We'll be sure to keep you posted if further information becomes available.
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Marshmallow is now out for the LG G3 on AT&T and T-Mobile
 
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Marshmallow is now out for the LG G3 on AT&T and T-Mobile Although Google has already started testing Android N with developers, Android handset makers are still busy updating their wares to Marshmallow. Case in point: LG, and its G3. The flagship smartphone from 2014 is now receiving the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow both on AT&T and T-Mobile, according to multiple reports from owners. T-Mobile's model isn't currently enjoying an over-the-air rollout of the update, so to download and install it you'll need to use LG's desktop software. Even so, the new release may not yet show as being available for everyone. If you bought your G3 from AT&T, then you can check for the update by going to the phone's settings and hopefully grab it over-the-air. If you do succeed in updating, you'll then be on software version D85030k, as you can see from the screenshots above. The update also includes the March security patches, but unfortunately not this month's. Another interesting tidbit is that this is Android 6.0, and not Android 6.0.1 - even though that iteration has been out since last November. Hopefully LG will issue another Marshmallow update for the G3 in the future, bringing it up to date.
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Measuring the bezels of the iPhone X - can Apple win the bezel-less war?
 
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Measuring the bezels of the iPhone X - can Apple win the bezel-less war? “Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen” says Apple about the iPhone X. An admirable goal, though Apple is hardly a pioneer here – Sharp went “bezel-less” years ago, Xiaomi pushed the concept into the public consciousness. Still, you can’t deny the X is a massive improvement over all iPhones dating back to the original. We decided to measure Apple’s achievement – how thin are those bezels? Is it a huge improvement over the iPhone 8 Plus? Obviously yes for the top and bottom bezels, but we think those are of secondary importance. It’s the side bezels that matter – with today’s large screens, thick side bezels can make the phone so wide as to be impossible to hold comfortably. We measured the side bezels of the iPhone X at 4.13mm. That’s almost a full millimeter thinner than the iPhone 8 Plus bezels (and don’t forget any saving here counts twice). It’s not as thin as it could have been though, the two Androids we used as control are both comfortably under 4mm. Perhaps Apple didn’t want to go too thin – the iPads have great palm rejection, but even then you don’t want accidental touches. As you may have noticed, we didn’t include the Galaxy flagships as their curved screens are difficult to measure but also exacerbate the accidental touch issue. Anyway, if you look closely, you’ll see that the bottom bezel is slightly thinner than the side bezels. So Apple could have gone thinner but chose not to for one reason or the other. side (mm) top (mm) bottom (mm) iPhone X 4.13 8.93 3.87 iPhone 8 Plus 5.03 19.44 19.29 LG V30 3.67 7.73 7.27 Mi Mix 2 3.72 4.52 10.57 Note that the “top” bezel includes the notch with the TrueDepth camera. It’s impressive that this notch is smaller than the bottom bezel of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, even though it contains a minified Kinect. Also, it’s only a millimeter more than the top bezel on the LG V30, despite housing one of the stereo speakers. If you want to imagine a V30 with stereo speakers, you can look at the Pixel 2 XL. In short, Apple’s engineers deserves kudos – their product strikes a great balance between minimal dead space and ergonomics
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Twitter is reportedly working on a new tweetstorm feature
 
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Twitter is reportedly working on a new tweetstorm feature Do you get mad? Do you use Twitter to voice your opinion on politics, technology, or how Disney still hasn’t released an official trailer for The Last Jedi? If so, we’ve got some good news — you might soon be able to publish your very own tweetstorm all at once. According to screenshots given to Matt Navarra, director of Social Media at The Next Web, Twitter is working on a feature that will allow you to compose multiple threaded Tweets (aka tweetstorm) at one time and publish them all at once. Check out the screenshots below to see the new feature in action: TechCrunch says the new tweetstorming feature isn’t being publicly tested at this time. Because of this, it’s unclear as to when Twitter will roll this feature out to everyone. We’ll of course keep you updated if we hear anything, though the social media giant declined to comment to both TechCrunch and Recode. Sometimes the 140 character limit just isn’t enough to get all of your thoughts out, which is why threaded Tweets are a thing. However, composing multiple tweets, one right after the other, can be time consuming, and they can be easy to mess up. Hopefully this feature will begin rolling out sooner rather than later.
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CEO says fans will be pleased with OnePlus 5T price
 
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OnePlus CEO Pete Lau tweeted a vague message about the cost of the upcoming OnePlus 5T and co-founder Carl Pei retweeted it. Pete Lau ✔@petelau2007 Cost of smartphone components is rising, but phones are also getting better. OnePlus users will appreciate what's coming. 5:04 PM - Nov 8, 2017 269 269 Replies 210 210 Retweets 1,693 1,693 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Earlier, unnamed sources claimed that the 5T will cost the same as the 5. That’s €500 for the 64GB model and €560 for the 128GB one. However, this message about the rising cost of components doesn’t quite sound like “the phone will cost the same”. Let’s look at a quick price history of the OnePlus phones (for the base storage): OnePlus One €270 (increased to €300) OnePlus 2 €340 OnePlus 3 €400 OnePlus 3T €440 OnePlus 5 €500 The trend seems pretty clear, but perhaps the OnePlus 5T will surprise us. Either way, as Pete Lau points out, the new model will have improvements over the OnePlus 5, starting with an 18:9 screen and an upgraded camera (that’s what we’ve gleaned from rumors anyway)
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Marshmallow starts hitting LG Class (a.k.a Zero)
 
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Marshmallow starts hitting LG Class (a.k.a Zero) LG has started pushing out the Marshmallow update to its Class smartphone (which is more widely known as the LG Zero). Currently rolling out in South Korea, it's quite a big update that brings Android 6.0 and a host of changes to the UI. The update optimizes the device's stand-by endurance by limiting data consumption when the phone is left unused for a long time. The Knock Code feature has been improved as well. While app-related security has been enhanced, users will be now also be able to temporarily block notifications and sounds of some or all apps. Moving on, the update also brings automatic brightness control, as well as some reminders-related tweaks. Managing Google settings has been made easier as well. Post update, you will also notice that the LG Q+ and Bridge apps have been renamed to LG Memo Capture+ and AirDrive, respectively.
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Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro coming October 16 in Munich with Kirin 970 chip
 
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Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro coming October 16 in Munich with Kirin 970 chip Huawei will unveil the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphones at an event in Munich on October 16. The news was announced by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, on stage during Huawei’s IFA 2017 keynote. Yu also confirmed the use of Huawei’s latest flagship processor, the Kirin 970, in the upcoming devices and said that the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro would be Huawei’s first full display smartphones. This means you can expect a screen-to-body ratio similar to what has been seen on the likes of the Galaxy Note 8 and Essential Phone to be featured on the phones. The Huawei Mate 10 had previously been teased in a Huawei tweet which suggested it would arrive with a dual camera setup, while its implementation of the Kirin 970 was also suspected, but had yet to be officially confirmed. The Mate 10 Pro is likely to be an even more powerful variant of the regular Mate 10, similar to the relationship the Mate 9 Pro had to the Mate 9 introduced last year. These phones featured the same Kirin 960 chip (what was Huawei’s flagship chipset at the time), but the Pro version arrived with a higher resolution (QHD rather than Full-HD) curved display and an option with more RAM and internal storage space.
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Samsung removes its logo from Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Japan
 
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Samsung has taken down its corporate logo from its recently launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones in Japan. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge go on sale in Japan on April 23. Both the flagship phones will not have Samsung’s logo on the devices and instead will be co-marketed with carrier partners as the ‘Docomo Galaxy’ and ‘au Galaxy’. The company did not give a reason behind removing the logo. Samsung has been facing tough competition from Apple in Japan along with smartphone makers like Sony, Fujitsu and Sharp. The South Korean tech giant did not have a great 2014 owing to slow sales of the Galaxy S5.
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Sony Xperia X (2017) Image Leaked: Sports Thinner Bezels on All Sides
 
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Sony Xperia X (2017) Image Leaked: Sports Thinner Bezels on All Sides Sony has been around for a pretty long time, making phones years before a lot of the brands in the market now thought of doing so. However, for a while now the company has been recording losses but managed to record some profits in Q2 2016. Their flagship last year, the Xperia XZ is expected to get a newer model less than a year after its launch but it seems that is not the only phone hitting the shelves soon as a leaked image of an upcoming Xperia X (2017) has just surfaced online. xperia x 2017 leak The image appears to look like a sort of packaging for the Xperia X and shows that Sony is doing away with some of its trademark design language such as the huge bezels usually present on its phones. The Xperia X (2017) sports thinner side bezels and smaller upper and lower bezels but I still see no need for the lower bezel being that thick, since Sony uses on-screen buttons and places its fingerprint scanner on the side. Last year’s Xperia X launched with a 5-inch display, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 652 processor, 32GB/64GB of storage, a 23MP rear camera, and a 2620mAh battery. Chances are that the major changes for this year’s model apart from the newer design will not go beyond a newer processor, probably the Snapdragon 653, and a larger battery.
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Sony posts fiscal Q2 results, mobile division in decline
 
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Sony posts fiscal Q2 results, mobile division in decline Sony posted its financial results for the July-September period, and they look promising. The latest update shows the Japanese company raked in JPY2 trillion (about $18.25 billion) in revenue and managed to get a net profit of $1.15 billion. The most significant earners are the Semiconductors department, which includes image sensors for mobile products, and the Game & Network Services which accounts for the PlayStation 4 sales - both hardware, and software. Sony posts fiscal Q2 results, mobile division goes down Out of eight business segments for Sony, only one posted operating loss - The Mobile Communications division. The numbers went from JPY3.7 billion ($32.4 million) of income in the same three months a year ago to a loss of JPY2.5 billion ($21.9 million) now. Sales saw a positive change of 1.9% in raw currency, but fell flat on a yearly basis because of the unfavorable exchange rates. Sony says “the deterioration was primarily due to a change in the geographic mix of smartphone sales, an increase in the price of key components, as well as the negative impact […] of the US dollar.” The outlook for the fiscal year is more than promising for Sony. The company expects to have an 11.8% rise in sales and operating income by the end of March 31, 2018, or JPY8.5 trillion ($74.5 billion). Let’s just hope the mobile division also goes up
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Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 no longer available from T-Mobile
 
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Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 no longer available from T-Mobile T-Mobile’s website no longer shows the only Windows smartphone that the carrier sells: The Alcatel IDOL 4S Windows 10 VR edition. When filtering for “Windows” devices, you simply get a “No items found” message and trying to load the actual product page simply doesn’t lead you anywhere. The Alcatel Idol 4S for Windows that you see pictured has three variations including this one: The first one to launch was the Aclatel’s Idol 4S powered by Android ticking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 CPU. The next hardware variation is the Idol 4S Windows edition, which runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and runs an alternative operating system. Finally, the DTEK 60 is an Alcatel-built device that is licensed with the BlackBerry name, also powered by the Snapdragon 820. In any case, which of these three hardware variations would you have rocked? The Windows, Android, or BlackBerry-Android versions
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Samsung to bring back the microSD slot with the S6 Active
 
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Samsung Galaxy S6 turned out not the flagship many was hoping for. It ditched the SD expansion slot the water protection and removable battery for good, in favor of refined design and improved user experience. Now that those features are a lost cause for the Samsung Galaxy S6, many are hoping Samsung would reconsider for the upcoming Galaxy S6 Active edition of the flagship. A reddit user spent some quality time with a Samsung rep, who shed some light on company's plans for future devices and past decisions. First, let's check out what's coming in the Galaxy S6 Active. Reportedly the device will keep the Galaxy S6 specs, but will lack fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor. Instead it will come with front physical keys and will look a lot like the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3. The highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active will be, of course, the water and dust protection plus Samsung promises to keep the microSD card slot and the removable battery. Currently Samsung has no plans for giving up on the memory expansions slots in the rugged smartphones. The Galaxy S6 Active should be launched in mid-summer this year, but the pricing is yet to be announced. The reddit user garshol also asked the Samsung's rep about the decision to cut off the water-proofing and the SD slot. Apparently Samsung did a study among the users about the water protection and they concluded the people prefer the freedom from port covers in favor of water endurance. The microSD slot on the other hand was removed in order to fit more technology on its place and for a better and more refined design.
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Iris X5 4G surfaces, could be Lava's upcoming Android One phone
 
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Over a week after there were reports that Google will soon launch a Lava-manufactured Android One smartphone in India, the local vendor's Iris X5 4G smartphone has appeared in the GFX Benchmark database. This fuels speculations that this is the device that will be unveiled by the search giant. The listing reveals that the handset is powered by a MediaTek MT6735 SoC with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and a Mali-T720 GPU, and sports a 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 pixel display. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. In terms of camera, it features a 12MP rear unit and a 7MP front shooter. The device runs Android 5.1 out-of-the-box. Some of the details like chipset, RAM, and display are quite close to what has already been revealed in earlier reports, so it looks like the Iris X5 4G is the upcoming second-gen Android One smartphone. Whatever the case, we'll get to know soon, as the announcement is expected to happen tomorrow.
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Entry-level LG G Pad F2 8.0 launched with octa-core CPU, Android Nougat
 
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Entry-level LG G Pad F2 8.0 launched with octa-core CPU, Android Nougat LG has launched a new entry-level tablet in the US. Dubbed G Pad F2 8.0, the device is powered by MediaTek MT6750 SoC with octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, and sports an 8-inch WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels) display. RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 16GB. The device features a 5MP rear as well as front camera. Weighing in at around 350g, the tablet runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. A 3,000mAh battery provides the power. The G Pad F2 8.0 also comes with an optional extended battery of 4,400mAh, bringing the total capacity to 7,400mAh. It features stereo speakers, and full-size USB port. The tablet is available through Sprintfor $149.99 (there's also an option for monthly payments)
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Samsung responds to recently-uncovered Galaxy Note8 battery problem
 
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Last week, it came to light that a significant number of Samsung Galaxy Note8 users have been complaining about a battery-related issue with their devices. Users said their units refused to charge after the battery hit 0%. After the issue received widespread coverage, there were a few reports that some Galaxy S8/S8+ users as well as Galaxy Tab S3 users have also been complaining about a similar problem. Well, Samsung has now offered an official statement on the matter, saying they've only received a few such reports and is yet to collect detailed information about the affected units. Following is the complete statement: "Of course, Samsung is taking all reports of this kind seriously, we only received a very small number of customer inquiries that could be linked to charge management, and unfortunately we can only comment on the matter further if we have more detailed information about the affected devices. If you have any questions about your device, please contact Samsung Customer Service at 06196 77 555 66 (costs according to the contractual partner’s terms for landline or mobile phone connections.) Service times: Monday to Friday: 8: 00-21: 00 clock, Saturday: 9: 00-17: 00 clock) or under: http://www.samsung.com/de/info/contactus.html)
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Honor announces Honor 8 Pro for Europe starting at €549
 
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Honor announces Honor 8 Pro for Europe starting at €549 Honor and Huawei have been doing a good amount of cross-pollination with the way it renamed some of its smartphones for other markets. This time, Honor is announcing a new smartphone for the European market. The Honor 8 Pro is a rebranded device that is otherwise known as the Honor V9 in China. The Honor 8 Pro is the best performing Honor smartphone to date, redefining large-screen smartphones by wrapping its outstanding features in an ultra-thin minimalist design. – George Zhao, President of Honor Honor is really blurring the line between its two brands with this smartphone. While Honor has been keener about being a hyper-value brand, this is the first smartphone to break the €500+ price range. By contrast, last year’s priciest device from Honor was the Honor 8, it was priced at €400 when it launched last summer. The Honor 8 Pro features a QHD 5.7-inch display, which trumps the Mate 9 in terms of resolution. Performance-wise, the Honor 8 Pro packs the Kirin 960. That’s the same CPU found in the Huawei Mate 9 and the more recent Huawei P10, not to mention, the Honor 8 Pro also makes use of 6GB of RAM and will come with 64GB of internal storage. The Honor 8 Pro has the same camera setup that’s found on the Honor 8: a dual-12MP camera setup adorns the backside, along with the fingerprint scanner (which doesn’t feature the Honor 8’s Smart Key), the former of which sits flush against the back of the phone, no camera hump! Supplying power to the large 5.7-inch display, the 6.97mm-thick device will pack a 4,000 mAh battery which Honor claims can last up to “2 days of regular use” or “1.44 days of heavy use”. Also debuting on the new 8 Pro is a new game called: Galaxy on Fire 3 (which actually sounds like a Galaxy Note7 joke). This game will work with the included cardboard viewer which will also work with the pre-installed “Jaunt VR” app. The Honor 8 pro is launching in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. It costs £480 in the UK and €549 in mainland Europe with pre-orders available now through www.vmall.eu. Depending on your market, you can also snag a free Honor Gift Set with your pre-order. This includes your choice of a 128GB microSD card or Honor Power Bank, in addition to an Honor Tripod/Selfie Stick.
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Huawei NCE-AL00 passes through TENAA with 13MP camera, 4,000mAh battery
 
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A new Huawei smartphone has been certified by Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA. Dubbed NCE-AL00, the device is powered by an octa-core 1.5GHz processor and sports a 5-inch HD display. It comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB expandable internal memory, and packs in a large 4,000mAh battery. In terms of camera, the phone features a 13MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. Measuring 143.2 × 70.4 × 8.1mm and weighing in at 145g, the handset runs Android 6.0 out of the box. It also features a fingerprint sensor on the back.
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Sony G8441 spotted in benchmark listing with Snapdragon 835 SoC, Android 8.0
 
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Sony G8441 spotted in benchmark listing with Snapdragon 835 SoC, Android 8.0 Just days after it was listed on a Polish retailer's website, the Sony G8441 has appeared in a benchmarking database, revealing some of its key specifications. The listing on AnTuTu reveals the device is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC. Other revealed specs include 720p display, 8MP/8MP camera combo, and Android O. RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is 32GB. Keep in mind that benchmarks do get some details wrong sometimes and the resolution bit in particular seems suspicious. The listing on Polish retailer's website had revealed a price tag of around €650 (or $740) for the device. No official information on the phone's availability, but we expect it to be unveiled during the company's IFA conference in Berlin on August 31
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EISA awards: Huawei P9 voted best smartphone
 
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The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has announced the annual Best Mobile Device Awards and there are many familiar faces to grab a prize. The Huawei P9 was voted the best European Consumer Smartphone in 2016-2017 season, following the Huawei P8 win in the same category last year. The combination of beautiful design, powerful hardware, and innovative camera gave the Huawei's flagship an edge over the flagship competition. The CoolPad Torino bested all in the European Budget Smartphone for the season. CoolPad has already established presence in the EU market and its growing share made the 5.5" €200 smartphone the choice of the jury. LG G5 with its bold design won the European Mobile Innovation award, while the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were chosen among all to have the best Smartphone Camera. The HTC 10 was honored with the European Advanced Product because of its powerful feature package - a 5.2" IPS Quad HD screen, Snapdragon 820 chip with 4GB of RAM, a 12MP UltraPixel OIS camera, a 3,000 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0, and 24-bit hi-res audio support. The smartphone didn't break any sale records, but it's nice to see it get some appreciation after all. Finally, the HTC Vive was voted to be the best VR headset and the Garmin Fenix 3 HR is the best EU wearable.
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ASUS X00GD Shows Up AT TENAA: Sports 4850mAh Battery and Runs Android Nougat
 
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ASUS X00GD Shows Up AT TENAA: Sports 4850mAh Battery and Runs Android Nougat ASUS has a new phone in the works and it seems a launch isn’t far off as it has been spotted on TENAA’s website getting its certification. The phone with model number X00GD runs Android Nougat out of the box making it the first ASUS phone to run the new Android OS. The ASUS X00GD also comes with a large 4850mAh battery. Not the largest we have seen on an ASUS phone (the Zenfone Max/Max Pro sports a 5000mAh battery) but which is pretty big too and should last for at least two days since the display is just 5.2-inches with a 720p resolution. The device weighs 169 grams thanks to the large battery and measures 149.5 x 73.7 x 8.85 mm. There is an unnamed 1.5GHz octa-core processor under the hood, a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash, and an 8MP front shooter. There are multiple variants, so you should get either 2GB + 16GB, 3GB + 32GB, or 4GB + 64GB. ASUS is never one to ditch the memory expansion slot even on their flagship Zenfone 3 Deluxe with 256GB of storage, so irrespective of the variant you settle for, you can throw in a micro SD card to get more storage. READ MORE: ASUS Zenfone 3 Review – A Premium Mid-Range Flagship We don’t know if the X00GD is a standalone ASUS phone or maybe it’s a part of the upcoming Zenfone 4 series but we’ll find out when it launches. ASUS already announced it will unveil some new phones at CES 2017, so this might just be one of them.
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Asus delays Lollipop for Zenfone 4, 5, 6, Padfone S and Infinity 2
 
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Asus seems to be struggling to update the Zenfone 4 / 5 / 6 generation to Android 5.0 Lollipop. There was one update firmware that pushed Zenfone 5 to Lollipop, but there's also a downgrade firmware that brings it back down to KitKat. Well, the final update has been delayed to mid-May due to verification issues. Along with the Zenfones, the Padfone S update is also getting pushed back. Asus is working to resolve the issues and guarantee a solid user experience. The Asus Padfone Infinity 2 (A86) Lollipop update has also been postponed, indefinitely for now. The company will provide updates based on the 4.4 KitKat. This is allegedly due to limitations of the phone's processor (really, Snapdragon 800 with 2GB RAM doesn’t cut it?). It's not clear if and when the Infinity 2 will get its Lollipop.
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HTC U11 in Solar Red is now up for pre-order in the UK too
 
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A few days ago HTC started taking pre-orders for the Solar Red color version of the U11 in the US, following some teasers. Today it's the UK's turn. The red U11 is now available for pre-order from HTC's online store for the UK. It's priced at £649 unlocked and SIM-free, just like the other three hues. There is one thing to note if you're looking to pick up a Solar Red HTC U11 in the UK, though - you can only get it with dual-SIM functionality. You can't buy a single-SIM red U11. On the other hand, if you pick silver, black, or blue as the color of your U11, the device is only available in a single-SIM iteration. It's an odd situation, this, but one too keep in mind. HTC unfortunately doesn't say when the red U11 is expected to start shipping in the UK. The smartphone's main selling point is Edge Sense, a system that lets you squeeze the handset's sides in order to perform certain actions such as opening apps, for example. Edge Sense will get expanded functionality soon, an HTC teaser has revealed earlier
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New update rolling out to Samsung Z3
 
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New update rolling out to Samsung Z3 A few weeks after receiving its first update, the Tizen-powered Samsung Z3 smartphone - which was launched last month with 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen and a quad-core 1.3GHz processor- is getting another software update. Weighing in at around 600MB, the update (which you can fetch through Samsung Smart Switch as it doesn't seem to be rolling OTA currently) doesn't bring any major changes - a few new icons have been added and there seems to be some change in the screen brightness (see the right hand portion of the image above). For those who aren't in the know, the Z3 is the South Korean company's second smartphone running its home grown Tizen OS. The first one - dubbed Z1 - was launched back in January this year, and has been quite a success for the company. A recent report from market research firm Strategy Analytics revealed that Tizen has now overtaken BlackBerry OS to become the fourth largest mobile operating system in the world.
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Samsung Galaxy Note8 shines in new renders from case maker
 
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Samsung Galaxy Note8 shines in new renders from case maker All aboard the new hype train, destination Samsung Galaxy Note8. The next Samsung phablet flagship already started leaking, and we now see its renders and get a better idea of its design. As is usual the case, the first such leaks come from case makers who get the dimensions and button layout in advance so they can start working on accessories for the upcoming device. The images reveal an Infinity Display and no home button, as in the Galaxy S8. There are three buttons on the left side of the phone, one of them being dedicated to Bixby, Samsung’s digital assistant. Looking below, a 3.5 mm jack is on board, along with an USB-C, speaker grill, and the S Pen. The back is where it gets more interesting. The dual camera setup will be horizontal and will be accompanied by an LED flash and the fingerprint scanner
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active could be coming to Sprint too
 
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active appears to be headed for Sprint, judging by a tweet by @evleaks. That would bring the number of carriers in the US to offer the rugged smartphone to 3 after the Active launched on AT&T and a recent post by the same leakster suggested T-Mobile will follow. … ng's Active versions of the flagships have typically been exclusive to AT&T in the US, but this is set to change this year. Oddly, the chronology of the tweets is a bit off - the T-Mobile one came out first, and the screenshot shows November 22, presumably the launch date. The Sprint one from today says November 17. So not that long of a wait, then.
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Mophie has new battery cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, now with wireless charging
 
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Mophie has new battery cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, now with wireless charging Mophie, the leading seller of battery cases in North America has shown some love to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The new juice packs actually offer quite a bit of improvement over the old models, like the ones meant for the Galaxy S6. The cases still offer edge protection all around, but are now a lot more convenient thanks to wireless charging technology. The company has added support for Qi, as well as other popular technologies and promises maximum versatility. Placing the phone on a charger can top off both batteries. Of course, there is still a pass-through micro USB port so you can charge via cable and also sync with a PC. The latter is actually quite cleverly designed with a priority mode that charges your phone first and then moves on to the battery inside the case. The Galaxy S7 Mophie case with a 2,950mAh battery is available for purchase now at $99.95 (€109.95 in the EU) and can be bundled with an additional memory-flex microUSB cable and a fast wall charger for a few bucks extra. The same goes for the Galaxy S7 edge model with its larger 3,300mAh pack, but it is currently in pre-order state with shipments delayed from five to seven days. On a side note, examining the case closely, reveals that it is now lacking the tiny on/off switch next to the power meter on the back, which raises the question as to how charging is enabled and disabled. Hopefully, the function has been somehow reassigned to the only remaining button, as having the charge flow constantly is impractical on some occassions.
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Samsung's Notebook 9 line of laptops is slimmer and more powerful
 
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Samsung's Notebook 9 line of laptops is slimmer and more powerful Samsung's Notebook 9 line of laptops is already well known for its superb portability and elegant design. Samsung just unveiled two new additions to it a 15-inch one (not 15.6) and a 13.3-inch version. The smaller of those weighs just 817g, while the 15-inch Notebook 9 bumps that up to 984g. The refined design is also very slick and slim, with almost bezelless, nearly edge-to-edge displays. Samsung claims its Micro Arc Oxidation (MAO) Rigidity technology offers improved structural integrity, thermal and shock resistance. The bodies themselves measure 347.9 X 229.4 X 14.9mm on the 15-inch and 309.4 X 208 X 13.9mm on the 13-inch one. The screens come in FullHD resolution with 95% sRGB coverage, 178 degree viewing angles and a special outdoor brightness boost mode of 500 nits. CPU options go all the way up to a 7th generation Core-i7. Between it, the 30 Wh battery, rated for up to 7 hours and a top-off of just 80 minutes and the internal cooling, we can only expect most other components will be soldered on. Both Notebook 9 models come standard with 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 RAM, depending on the CPU. As for storage, the smaller one has a 256 GB SATA 3 SSD out of the box, while the 15-inch bumps it up to a faster PCIe, NVMe one of the same capacity. Other goodies include dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, two 1.5W speakers and liberal I/O, including a USB Type-C port, full-sized HDMI, and a mircoSD card reader. There is still no word on pricing or availability for the refreshed models.
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Sony announces Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus mid-rangers
 
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Sony announces Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus mid-rangers Sony has launched two new smartphones in the Indian market, the Xperia R1 and the Xperia R1 Plus. These are compact, budget Android phones that Sony claims are “designed for Indian lifestyle” and “designed to excite the new Indian”, whatever that means. The Xperia R1 has a 5.2-inch, TFT LCD with 720p resolution. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. In terms of imaging, the phone has a 13 megapixel camera on the back with Sony’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which uses object tracking and motion prediction to focus on moving objects. On the front is an 8 megapixel camera that also has the same focusing system. Other features include a 2,620mAh battery, dual SIM support, USB-C connectivity, FM radio and Android Nougat. The Xperia R1 Plus is nearly identical to the R1 but has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage instead. The Xperia R1 is priced at INR 13,990 ($215) and the Xperia R1 Plus at INR 15,990 ($245). Both phones will be available in Black and Silver
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Weekly poll results: don't you dare touch the headphone jack, Samsung
 
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Weekly poll results: don't you dare touch the headphone jack, Samsung The message is resoundingly clear - a Samsung Galaxy S8 without a 3.5mm headphone jack is going to be met with great resistance from fans. Almost half of voters in our poll picked this option, indicating that it’s a deal-breaker. Many brought up a removable battery, but this particular ship seems to have sailed. The fate of the Home button, however, is yet to be decided and a quarter of voters also picked this as a must-have. The fingerprint reader was almost a bigger concern than the button itself - where will it be, how will it work and so on. The lack of a dual-camera or a design that removes bezels too aggressively proved to be minor concerns. Many point out that a single camera can perform just as well as a dual-camera (the low-light performance of the Pixel phones is a good example
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Pokemon Go on iOS now supports Apple's ARKit for improved mechanics
 
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Pokemon Go on iOS now supports Apple's ARKit for improved mechanics Today Niantic Labs and the Pokemon Company, the entities behind the hugely successful Pokemon Go game, have announced a new set of features coming to iPhones. They are collectively called AR+, and are made possible by leveraging Apple's ARKit framework, which debuted in iOS 11. For that reason, you need to be running that version of the OS or a newer one in order to see the new functionality. You also have to sport an iPhone 6s or newer model. So what's the fuss about? Well, first off, with AR+ the Pokemon are fixed to a point in space, so you can walk up real close to them and see how they look from a few inches away. But wait, there's more. The Pokemon are now aware of you getting close, and they will run away if you push it too much. You can sneak up close to earn an Expert Handler bonus, but you do need to be extra careful not to scare the Pokemon away. An awareness meter will appear next to each monster, and when this fills up the creature will flee. If this happens you can tap on the tall grass nearby, as that might cause the Pokemon in question to reappear. If you're able to catch one while in its close proximity, you'll have a better chance of earning Great and Excellent Throw bonuses, on top of the aforementioned new Expert Handler bonus. This awards even more XP and Stardust.
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Oukitel K10000S is an update to the 10,000mAh battery phone
 
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How big is the battery in your phone? At a guess, 3,000mAh-4,000mAh tops. Oukitel released the gargantuan K10000, which has a 10,000mAh battery. That’s Ten Thousand, count the zeroes carefully. With this battery you can charge three iPhone 6s Plus phones and still have juice left over. And now the company is building another one. Details are still a bit sketchy, but the company has taken steps to make the upcoming Oukitel K10000S feel smaller. For one, the “hard” metal plates and exposed screws are going away, replaced by “softer” rounded corners and a faux leather back. Oukitel is also trying reduce the thickness - the original was 20mm at its thickest - but there are no exact measurements yet. 20mm was huge for a phone with a 5.5” screen. The K10000S will also have a decent chipset - the original had a quad-core CPU at 1.0GHz that sipped power but barely moved. The new one could go up to something like a Helio P20 (with a generous helping of RAM).
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Barnes & Noble unveils the 9.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook
 
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Book store chain Barnes & Noble has announced the latest tablet in its Nook line today. And like the last few offerings to bear the Nook brand, this is also nothing more than a rebranded Samsung tablet. The new model is the Galaxy Tab E Nook, and it's based on the 9.6-inch Galaxy Tab E. It comes with Nook Profiles, which let you customize the on-device experience for any family member. Lots of relevant kid-friendly content is promised, so parents shouldn't have a hard time finding stuff for their children. Of course the tablet comes with the Nook store preinstalled, which boasts over 4 million books, 110,000 children's books, and 100 bestselling US magazines available for subscriptions or single sales. If you buy a Galaxy Tab E Nook before the end of the year, you'll get $5 in credit to build your Nook library. And if you trade-in another tablet, you can save up to $200. The Galaxy Tab E Nook is priced at $249.99, and you can find it in Barnes & Noble stores and online. If you trade-in an old Nook device you'll get $50 off, and if you trade-in "select iPad, Kindle, and Samsung tablets" you'll receive a $25-200 credit, potentially lowering the price of the new device all the way to $49.99. The hardware is identical to what you can find in the non-Nook branded Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6. So you get a 9.6-inch 1,280x800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing unit, 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 5,000 mAh battery.
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Bundle up! Get bonus accessories with every MGCOOL Cam 360!
 
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Bundle up! Get bonus accessories with every MGCOOL Cam 360! VR is here to stay and it’s not just about gaming, although most of today’s solutions are for gaming purposes. There’s also 360-degree video on the rise and it’s getting easier to shoot your own spherical flicks. For those who don’t want to spend $60,000 on a Nokia OZO or pay for GoPro’s Omni professional rig, there’s now a 360-degree shooter- MGCOOL Cam 360 that you don’t have to break the bank for. MGCOOL Cam 360 bundle This year MGCOOL has been an active player in camera market. It has many action cameras in it’s portfolio and quite successful too. Among them, MGCOOL Cam 360 is becoming sports lovers’ first choice to capture their outdoor adventures for its high performance/price ratio. One of its key features it’s one-button control, ease to access, edit and share your 360 content anywhere, anytime. This holiday season MGCOOL offers 51% off -the lowest price ever for the MGCOOL Cam 360 which can give you the same experience a more expensive model would. Not only that, but MGCOOL also offers the buyers bonus accessories like bicycle mount, helmet mount, joint buckle, etc. All these gear pack can be purchased at only $91.28 on Banggood.com
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Apple’s A10X SoC is a 10 nm Chip built by TSMC
 
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Apple’s A10X SoC is a 10 nm Chip built by TSMC Apple launched its new iPad Pro family with A10X chipset at the beginning of June. Specifics on the chipset weren't confirmed back then, but we now learn it's built on a 10 nm process line by TSMC. The A10X’s 10 nm FinFET process by TSMC appears for the first time in a consumer device. Until the WWDC on June 5, Apple's most powerful SoC was the A10, built on the 16 nm FinFET process.
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HDR videos in YouTube mobile app now capped at 1080p
 
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HDR videos in YouTube mobile app now capped at 1080p Google has made a change to the resolution options in the YouTube mobile app for HDR videos. The resolution now maxes out at 1080p, regardless of the display of your phone. Resolution options on the Galaxy Note8 Previously, the resolution options went all the way up to 4K, provided you had a Sony Xperia XZ Premium. For most other flagship it was going up to 1440p. The limit is likely being put because of how bad HDR video performance is in the YouTube app. Even on flagship devices, including Google's own Pixel 2, playing HDR videos over 720p caused massive frame drops and a generally unusable experience. The YouTube app is alone in this, as other apps with HDR support, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, have no issues with HDR videos up to 4K resolution.
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No Samsung logo on Galaxy Note7 units in Japan
 
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No Samsung logo on Galaxy Note7 units in Japan After Samsung decided to remove the company's logo from the front of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in a few markets (including Japan), press materials for the Samsung Galaxy Note7 aimed at potential customers in the Asian country reveal the flagship phablet will get similar treatment. In fact, the South Korean company has went a step ahead this time, removing the 'Samsung' logo from the back of the smartphone as well. There's currently no information on whether or not Japan is the only market that'll get the slightly different (better?) looking Galaxy Note7, but as always, we will continue to keep you updated if more information surfaces.
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Samsung Z2, Galaxy C9 and Galaxy J7 Prime spotted online
 
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It's a good days for those hunting Samsung leaks - no less then three unannounced devices made the rounds online. Samsung Z2 Samsung is going to unveil the Tizen-powered Z2 tomorrow in India, but there are already a bunch of official images today. The entry-level Samsung Z2 is rumored to feature a 3.97" WVGA display and utilize a quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. The rest of the specs include a 5MP main camera, a VGA selfie one, 8GB expandable storage, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The Z2 is expected to launch in quite a few markets worldwide, while its new Tizen OS 2.4 should offer My Money Transfer exclusive app and Ultra Data Saving Mode. Samsung Galaxy C9 We already knew Samsung is working on a Galaxy C9, which should make the C series complete. Naturally, it will be the biggest among its siblings with a 5.7" 1080p display. Now we have another confirmation of the Galaxy C9 existence - the phone was listed in Zauba (India's import tracking authority). There are no specs mentioned but the screen size. We guess the announcement should be close now that Samsung is sending prototypes to different countries. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime We already saw a Galaxy J Prime smartphone leak earlier today, but we can now confirm it will be officially called Galaxy J7 Prime. The latest images fully reveal its design, features, and name. The phone was previously uploaded on TENAA and was considered as Galaxy On7 (2016). The J7 Prime seems to be an upgrade over the J7 (2016) released last spring. The phone packs a 5.5" sAMOLED 1080p display and runs on the Exynos 7870 with an octa-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB storage, a 13MP f/1.9 main camera and an 8MP selfie snapper. The J7 Prime will run on Android Marshmallow with TouchWiz and launch in Black and Gold flavors.
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Huawei launches two MediaPad T3 devices
 
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An 8” Huawei MediaPad T3 appeared on TENAA two months ago and now the time for an official release has come. Huawei launched the device in two variants on its website - the already leaked 8” version with Snapdragon 425 along with an even more affordablе and even less powerful 7” variant with Mediatek MT8127 with 1.3GHz quad-core CPU. The bigger brother of the duo is the Huawei MediaPad T3 8.0. Along with a more powerful chipset, it has two RAM+storage combos - 2 GB + 16 GB or 3 GB + 32 GB. The 8” IPS display comes with with 1280x800 pixel resolution, and the OS is Android 7.0, coupled with Huawei’s latest EMUI 5.1. There is a 5 MP camera on the back and 2 MP one on the front. The whole package is powered by a 4,800 mAh battery. The device has two variants - the KOB-L09 that supports LTE and Wi-Fi and the KOB-W09 that connects to the internet only over Wi-Fi. The MediaPad T3 7 chipset still has quad-core CPU, but this time on a Mediatek MT8127 chipset. The RAM is either 1 GB or 2 GB and comes with, 8 GB or 16 GB internal storage, respectively. The smaller display has fewer pixels on the screen as well - the resolution is 1024x600 pixels. It runs on Android Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1, and the battery is 3,100 mAh.
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Honor 9 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage to be available in Europe as Honor 9 Premium
 
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When the Huawei Honor 9 was made official last month, it was revealed that the device will come in both 4GB and 6GB RAM options as well as 64GB and 128GB storage options. Now, it has come to light that the 6GB/128GB variant will be available in Europe as the Honor 9 Premium. Reportedly, the model is exclusive to 3 in Italy, and will be available for purchase soon. It's also available to pre-order in Switzerland. The listing shown above reveals that sales for the variant will begin August 28 onwards. As for pricing, the Honor 9 Premium carries a tag of CHF 499 (around $520 or €450) in Switzerland, which is CHF 50 higher than the standard Honor 9. While there's no official confirmation, we expect the Premium variant to also land in other European markets very soon.
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