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1 month ago

Nexus 6P versus Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

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Two of the best-specced Android phones around come from Huawei and Sony; we're putting them head-to-head.

It's a great time to be looking for an Android smartphone. The choice, and the quality, delivered this past 12 months is outstanding and some of the highest-end stuff is throwing in everything but the kitchen sink.

Two of late-2015's biggest hitters when it comes to raw specs are the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and Sony's 4K-toting Xperia Z5 Premium.

So, if you're considering either one, how do they stack up against each other?

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1 month ago

Galaxy Note 5 Winter Edition with 128GB storage launches in South Korea

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Samsung has launched a special edition of the Galaxy Note 5 for the holidays in its home market. Dubbed the Galaxy Note 5 Winter Special Edition, the handset doesn't look noticeably different from the standard version, but it does offer 128GB of internal storage. The only major change in terms of design is the placement of the Samsung logo at the back, which is at to the bottom. The standard variant has the logo beneath the camera sensor.

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1 month ago

Intex's premium smartphone Aqua GenX debuts in India for ₹13,299

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Intex, one of India's largest smartphone makers, has announced its latest premium smartphone, the Aqua GenX.

The 4G smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Dragontrail glass protection and sports a metallic unibody design. Powered by a 1.3GHz Mediatek octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, the device packs in 16GB internal storage expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The Aqua GenX features a hybrid SIM slot, so if you use a microSD card, you can only use one SIM instead of the dual SIM functionality.

The Aqua GenX packs in 13MP rear camera with Samsung sensor and LED Flash and a 5MP front camera. The camera comes with a host of features like gesture capture by doing the Victory symbol, HDR, PIP mode, live photo mode, motion tracker, capture while recording, voice capture, Panorama, multi-angle view, and anti-shake.

The Aqua GenX includes a Q-Key on the right side which allows you to set a shortcut for any feature you'd want to open by directly pressing the key. Also, the smartphone includes a "Matrabhasha" service that enables communication in 21 regional languages, including Hindi.

Intex Aqua GenX specifications

Category Features Operating System Android Lollipop 5.1 Display 5.5-inch Full HD (1920x1080) Processor 1.3GHz octa-core RAM 2GB DDR3 Storage 16 GB | expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card Camera 13MP rear camera | 5MP front camera Dimensions 152.6 x 76.4 x 8.4mm Weight 175 grams Battery 2850mAh

In a recent IDC report, Intex toppled Micromax to become the second largest player in the overall handset market in India with 11.8% market share, and is continuing its foray in the INR 10K-15K segment. The Intex Aqua GenX is available in two colors – Silver and Champagne – for a price of ₹13,299 ($200).

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1 month ago

Marshmallow update rolling out to Sprint's LG G4

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Sprint's variant of the LG G4 is now receiving the Marshmallow. The carrier's website lists the official rollout commencing from December 17, and notes that the update will be available in phases.

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1 month ago

OnePlus announces Champagne Edition OnePlus X for Europe, teases documentary

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To celebrate its second birthday, OnePlus has announced that it will be officially launching a gold and white Champagne Edition of the OnePlus X in Europe, with other markets to follow.

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1 month ago

Using manual video controls on the LG V10

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You'll find that everyone has an opinion when we talk about which Android phone is the best. That's a good thing, because it means we have plenty of choices to consider when we're spending that money we work so hard to make. One thing that most people can agree with, though, is that the LG V10 has one of the best cameras on any mobile phone you can buy today.

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1 month ago

Snag a 32GB Moto X Pure Edition for $349 at Amazon today only

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If you've been looking for a deal on the Moto X Pure Edition, you won't want to miss Amazon's Deal of the Day which saves you $100 on the 32GB model. Dropping the price down to just $349, you'll be able to pick up this 5.7-inch smartphone that just received its Marshmallow update. With TurboPower, you'll be able to charge it quickly on the go, giving you up to an extra 10 hours of battery in just 15 minutes of charge time.

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1 month ago

Yu Yutopia with metal body, QHD display and Snapdragon 810 launches in India for ₹24,999

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Micromax's Yu Televentures has launched its flagship phone, the Yutopia, in India. With earlier offerings by Yu focused on the entry-level segment, the Yutopia represents the vendor's first efforts at the high-end market. There are a lot of elements you'd expect in a 2015 flagship: the Yutopia sports a metal body, a QHD display, 4GB of RAM and a 21MP (Sony IMX230) camera with OIS along with Cyanogen OS 12.1 out of the box. There's even a fingerprint sensor at the back, which can be configured as a shutter button to take photos in addition to authentication.

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1 month ago

Snap Video on the LG V10 is easy and a lot of fun

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There are a lot of ways to take a few short video clips and build them into something better. We first saw the concept from HTC with their Highlight feature, and since we've seen companies like Motorola and Google do the same. LG uses what they call Snap Video on the V10, and it's another awesome camera feature that's easy to use and is a lot of fun.

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1 month ago

ZTE Axon and Axon Pro snag camera improvements and more in latest updates

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ZTE has begun pushing out a pair of updates to the Axon and Axon Pro, bringing along Google's latest security patches along with some camera improvements and more.

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1 month ago

Sprint has a free 32-inch Samsung TV for Galaxy S6 or Note 5 customers

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Sprint is going to be giving a free 32-inch TV for people who purchase or lease the latest Samsung phones from the wireless carrier. The new holiday promotion begins on Friday, December 18 and lasts until December 24, or while supplies last.

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1 month ago

Save $50 on the Nexus 5X and 6P and get free overnight shipping at the Google Store

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Right now, you can save $50 on both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and to make it even sweeter Google is offering free overnight shipping through December 22. We've seen Google offer a few deals on the Nexus 5X already, but the 6P has held strong until now at its full price.

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1 month ago

Buy a Galaxy S6 or Note 5 from T-Mobile, get $100 off and a free year of Netflix, starting Dec. 18

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T-Mobile has announced its final gift of its Un-carrier Unwrapped promotion, and this one saves you $100 on select Samsung phones, and you'll also get a free year of Netflix. The carrier kicked off the promotions with three months of unlimited data for all of its customers, then threw out some attractive offers for those switching from other carriers. With its final offer, anyone can benefit, as all customers who are looking into purchasing a new Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ or Note 5 from T-Mobile will be able to save $100 on the price of the phone.

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1 month ago

HTC hit with injunction that could prevent phone sales in Germany

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HTC has been having a rough year to say the least, and now the company has received some more bad news as its been hit with an injunction preventing phone sales in Germany. As result of a ruling in Germany's Mannheim District Court, HTC won't be able to sell phones through Deutsche Telekom AG as the injunction is likely to take effect later this month.

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1 month ago

Nexus 6P versus the Mate S: Huawei's best of 2015

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Huawei has its name on two excellent Android phones from the latter part of 2015. Let's see how they match up.

We're talking, of course, about the Nexus 6P and the Mate S. One is a collaboration with Google, one is Huawei's own thing (and not available in the U.S.), but the hardware has the same logo in both cases.

Huawei has been making impressive hardware for some time now so to see it as a Nexus partner wasn't as surprising as it may have been a couple of years ago. The Mate S is its latest effort, and conveniently the one that came just before the Nexus 6P was announced.

So, let's have a look at the two side-by-side.

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