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AT&T pushes Marshmallow update to BlackBerry Priv

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AT&T is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv.

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1 month ago

ZTE Axon 7 goes up for pre-order in Canada for $529

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ZTE has announced that the Axon 7, its follow-up to the Axon and Axon Pro, will be released in Canada on July 27th for $529.99. Distribution will begin exclusively with Newegg, the well-known computer hardware outlet, but may expand beyond it at some point in the future.

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1 month ago

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ receiving July 1 security patches from Verizon and T-Mobile

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Verizon and T-Mobile are currently pushing the July 1 security patch out to both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Beyond updating to the most up to date Android security patch, the two carriers just cite general performance enhancements in each build.

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1 month ago

You can now pre-order the ZTE Axon 7 in the U.S. for $399

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The ZTE Axon 7 is now available for pre-order in the U.S., with deliveries going out from July 27. The phone retails for $399, and is available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, and on ZTE's website.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi's gargantuan Mi Max now up for general sale in India

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After offering the first flash sale for the 6.44-inch Mi Max last week, Xiaomi is now making the phablet available for general sale in India. The phone is available from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Paytm, with the base model offering 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage along with the Snapdragon 650 for ₹14,999.

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1 month ago

Grab the BlackBerry Priv for just $299 at DailySteals

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DailySteals is offering the BlackBerry Priv for just $299, a discount of $400 from the phone's launch price of $699. The model on sale is a brand-new unlocked AT&T edition.

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1 month ago

You can now customize the Moto G4 and G4 Plus to your heart's content with Moto Maker

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Motorola is now offering its Moto Maker customization utility for the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus. The utility allows you to tweak the front and back colors of the phone along with accents for the oblong camera housing at the back. You can also set a personalized greeting that'll be displayed every time the phone reboots, and there's the option to engrave text at the back.

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1 month ago

It's official: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the next Note, launching August 2

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In an unusual move, Samsung has confirmed the name of its next Galaxy Note handset ahead of time — and explained the decision to jump straight from Note 5 to Note 7.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 rumor mill has been churning for some time now, but today at least some of the speculation can end, as Samsung has confirmed one longstanding rumor. That's right — the Korean firm is jumping directly from Galaxy Note 5 to Galaxy Note 7. The move keeps the numbering Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines in sync, as explained in a company blog post:

It also makes sense to jump straight to number seven given the expected arrival of the iPhone 7 this fall.

While the name is confirmed, Samsung hasn't yet shown us anything of the phone itself. That'll have to wait for the official launch event, to be held in New York City on August 2.

Satellite events will happen in London and Rio de Janeiro.

Why Note 7? Samsung explains:

With added functionality of the S Pen and large screen, the Galaxy Note7 is a powerful instrument for achievement and self-expression, and is made for those who want to get the most from their phones – and their lives. Galaxy Note7 will help people do more in work, at home and everywhere in between. We can't wait to tell you more about it!

First and foremost though, you might be curious as to why it's called Galaxy Note7 instead of Galaxy Note6. There are a couple reasons why. First, the Galaxy Note7 will complement our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and unify our product portfolio. Second, the Galaxy Note7 will minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from Samsung, and provide full alignment with Galaxy S smartphone.

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As for what we're expecting from the Note 7, the current crop of rumors points to a 5.7-inch screen size, an S7 edge-style curved display, the same impressive 12-megapixel camera as the GS7 and water-resistant features to boot. It's also been rumored that the next Note will feature an iris scanner for additional biometric security, along with a bumper 4,000mAh battery. Leaked renders have also given us a decent idea what the phone will look like — basically, expect a cross between an S7 edge and a Note 5.

Whatever happens, we'll be live from NYC on August 2 to bring you full coverage of the Note 7's official unveiling.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 preview: Specs, software, release info and more!

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Once again, it's almost Galaxy Note time — and 2016's big-screen Samsung phone looks like being the best in years.

Samsung's Galaxy Note series has always been a fan favorite. It's said among followers of the series that the only thing which can replace a Note is another Note. And so after a strong showing earlier in the year with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, all eyes are on the Galaxy Note 7, due for arrival in the second half of the year.

As usual, the rumor mill is buzzing with speculation about what we can expect from the latest in a popular line of big-screened phones. And to help you cut through the hype and speculation, we've collected all the most reliable info here, in our Samsung Galaxy Note 7 preview. Read on to learn more.

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1 month ago

OnePlus 3 vs. Nexus 6P: Who does clean, affordable and powerful better?

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OnePlus 3 vs. Nexus 6P

Two phones vying for the same customer base — which one does it better?

Update July 12: Amazon and Google both have major deals on the Nexus 6P today. Amazon has the Nexus 6P at $403 for the 64GB mode — essentially the same price as the OnePlus 3 — and $479 for the 128GB model. Meanwhile, Project Fi is also offering the 64GB Nexus 6P for $399. Given those prices and Google's obvious track record for updating Nexus devices, we're inclined to vote for the Nexus 6P as long as the sale is active.

With each of its phones, OnePlus has consistently aimed at the same type of customers who would normally consider a Nexus — hitting on the big points of lower prices, great performance, simple software and the ability to customize things if you so choose. The OnePlus 3 at $399 has crept up a bit in price, but also value, and that nicely meets the improved hardware and overall experience on offer from the Nexus 6P.

And though the latest high-end Nexus is about eight months old at this point, it holds its ground quite well against all incoming 2016 flagships and for many is still the go-to high-end Android — but does it top the OnePlus 3? We're here to answer that question right now.

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1 month ago

Best phone deals you can find on Prime Day!

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If you are in the market for a new phone, you won't want to miss out on these deals that are part of Amazon's Prime Day! Whether you are looking for a high-end phone or just something to have around as a spare, odds are that you can find a deal that is worth purchasing for you.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile is offering free Galaxy On5 or Galaxy J7 for all lines on select plans

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T-Mobile is offering up free Samsung Galaxy phones to all lines on qualifying plans as part of its latest promotion. Customers who are on the 6GB or 10GB family plan will be able to get a free Galaxy On5 or Galaxy J7 through 24 bill credits. Each line on the plan will be eligible for the promotion, and it applies to new accounts and existing customers on these plans.

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1 month ago

HTC 10 gets a $100 discount until July 31, now on sale for $599

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HTC is knocking $100 off of the price of the HTC 10, with the phone now available for $599 until July 31 when bought directly from the Taiwanese manufacturer's website. The promotion is valid on both Glacier Silver and Carbon Grey color options of the phone, as well as carrier editions (T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon) and the unlocked model.

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1 month ago

ASUS' ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the first phone to run Snapdragon 821

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At its Taiwan and Hong Kong launch event, ASUS announced that the 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe will be the first phone to be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, which offers a quad-core Kryo CPU cluster clocked at 2.4GHz.

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1 month ago

Honor 8 now official with dual-camera setup, up to 4GB of RAM

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Huawei sub-brand Honor has announced its latest phone, the Honor 8. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor and a dual-lens rear camera setup. The Honor 8 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow under the EMUI 4.1 custom software layer.

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