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1 month ago

Hands-on with the Honor 5X

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Honoro 5X

Honor has the makings of a really good — and affordable — smartphone on its hands, even if the software's not for everyone.

CES 2016

Do not turn your nose up at a $199 smartphone. And definitely do not turn your nose up at the $199 Honor 5X. In fact, it's time we all stop using "budget phone" as a pejorative term. The Honor 5X is a pretty darn good Android smartphone that just happens to also not cost a whole lot of money.

And it's coming to the U.S. on Jan. 31.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with the first Snapdragon 820 phone: The LeTV Le Max Pro

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Chinese firm LeTV is the first with a phone using Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820 processor — we go hands-on.

We're on the verge of a new generation of 64-bit Android phones, with the imminent arrival of Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820 processor. We're expecting a tidal wave of Snapdragon 820 phones at Mobile World Congress next month. Until then LeTV — best known for its streaming services in China — is the first with a publicly-announced 820 phone. Meet the LeTV Le Max Pro.

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1 month ago

Huawei bringing Honor 5X to the U.S.

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Huawei's Honor sub-brand will make its U.S. debut with the mid-level Honor 5X — coming Jan. 31 for $199.

We've known for a few weeks that Huawei's Honor brand would be launching in the United States in the near future, and now we know that the first device to hit American shores will be the mid-range Honor 5X.

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1 month ago

Honor 5X specs

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With the Huawei-made Honor 5X now officially coming to the U.S., it's worth taking a look at how it measures up in terms of raw hardware. Read on for a full breakdown of hardware specs for the Honor 5X.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi Mi 5 with Snapdragon 820 in mass production, launch planned for February

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Xiaomi is getting closer to the unveil of its upcoming flagship, the Mi 5. In a post on Weibo, co-founder Li Wanqiang shared that the device is in mass production, with an official launch occurring after the Chinese New Year, which falls on February 8.

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1 month ago

ZTE Grand X 3 and Avid Plus hands-on

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ZTE Grand X 3 and Avid Plus hands-on

Two budget offerings with neat features hitting a U.S. prepaid carrier near you.

CES 2016

ZTE is known in the U.S. for its partnerships that drop tons of capable low-end devices to the carriers, and the Grand X 3 and Avid Plus are the latest offerings shown off here at CES 2016.

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1 month ago

Live from the Sony press conference at CES 2016

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CES 2016 Sony presser

CES 2016

We're live from Sony's CES 2016 press conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where we're expecting the company to set the tone for the coming year. Will we see new phones right here today in Vegas? That's unclear. But there should be plenty to hear about TVs — including Android TV — as well as some info on the company's PlayStation VR endeavor.

Follow along after the break! The press conference kicks off at 5pm PST — that's 2pm EST, or 11am GMT.

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1 month ago

ZTE announces two new budget smartphones, the Grand X 3 and Avid Plus

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ZTE has unveiled two new smartphones, the Grand X 3 which is heading to Cricket, along with the Avid Plus, which is destined for MetroPCS and T-Mobile. These two smartphones are more budget than flagship, but they provide some great specs at a truly affordable price. Looking at the specs, you'll have a nice large 5.5-inch screen, with a Qualcomm MSM8909 processor inside that is paired with 2GB of RAM.

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1 month ago

Qualcomm readies Snapdragon 820 processor for phones and cars

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Qualcomm CEO unveils the first Snapdragon 820 smartphone, while showcasing the new chip's automotive potential.

2016 is sure to be an important year for Qualcomm, and the biggest Android chip maker kicked off the year with its CES 2016 press conference in Las Vegas today. Top billing was given to the new Snapdragon 820 processor, widely expected to make it into the next wave of high-end Android smartphones.

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1 month ago

Coolpad is the latest smartphone maker to offer monthly security updates

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Following in the footsteps of Google's Nexus smartphone and other Android devices, Coolpad has revealed it has started offering monthly security updates for some of its phones, with more to be added in the near future.

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1 month ago

This is the gold Nexus 6P

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CES 2016

Huawei, as it's prone to do, had a wall's worth of phones waiting for folks on the way out of its CES 2016 press conference. And in a good many of those bags, unsurprising to those who had just attended said press conference, was a phone. It was a phone just announced a few minutes earlier. It was, in fact, the gold Nexus 6P.

And if you think about it, maybe Las Vegas is the perfect place to launch the new color. In the shadow of the Golden Nugget. Or maybe even the Trump International Hotel. Gold and Vegas just work.

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1 month ago

Huawei Mate 8 will be available in Europe with prices starting at €599

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If you live in Europe, and are intrigued by Huawei's latest device announcement, the Mate 8, you'll be looking at a starting price tag of €599 for the 32GB model with 3GB of RAM. If you need more storage, or want the additional RAM, you'll be able to pick up the Mate 8 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for €699.

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1 month ago

Huawei Mate 8 review

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Huawei Mate 8

The quick take

Different phone, mostly the same story from Huawei. We're looking at some really good hardware in the Mate 8, powered by some really good (and new) internals. But the software. Oh, boy, the software. EMUI 4.0 is improved in some ways, and still very much broken in others. At least it's all sitting atop Android 6.0. And another bright spot is overall performance, with battery life that should impress most folks out there.

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1 month ago

Huawei GX8 is a familiar mid-ranger for the U.S.

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U.S. version of the G8 mid-ranger available Q1 for $349.99

As Huawei ramps up its smartphone ambitions in the U.S. market, it's introducing a new version the G8 — the mid-ranger announced back in fall 2015. Say hello to the Huawei GX8.

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1 month ago

Alcatel OneTouch officially announces the Pixi 4 family, consisting of 3 phones and a tablet

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As expected, Alcatel OneTouch has officially announced its new Pixi 4 family of devices at CES 2016, which consists of three smartphones and a tablet. This revamped lineup from Alcatel OneTouch is meant to be a premium style entry-level device, meaning you won't find top of the line specs, but you'll find great value in each of these devices.

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