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1 month ago

Our hands-on video with the Sony Xperia Z3v

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We've already reviewed the Sony Xperia Z3, but Sony and Verizon have just announced its variant for U.S. customers. The Xperia Z3v brings many of the latest innovations and standout features to Verizon customers, such as the 5.2-inch 1080P display, IP68 waterproof rating, Hi-Res Audio support, and the 20.7MP camera. What's different is that they've added Qi wireless charging and increased the battery capacity to 3200 mAh. We met with Sony earlier today to give us a brief tour of the device. Take a look at the video.

If you're a big gamer, the Xperia Z3v is one of the first smartphones in the market with PS4 Remote Play. It lets you connect the phone to your PS4 to play its games when the living room TV is in use. You can connect the Xperia Z3v to the PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK Wireless Controller with the Game Control Mount.

Verizon customers can buy the Xperia Z3v from Verizon online and at participating stores nationwide starting October 23rd, 2014. It'll be available for $199.99 with a new two-year activation.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z3, Z3v and Z3 Compact specs

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Sony's late-2014 flagship, the Xperia Z3, sports a refreshed design and some impressive internal specs. It's the combination of the two that make a phone great, so here's the full listing of all internal specs on the Xperia Z3. For completeness, this page also lists the specs for the Xperia Z3v, the Verizon-exclusive version, and Z3 Compact, the smaller variety of the flagship.

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1 month ago

V for Verizon: Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z3v

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Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v

Sony's latest flagship comes to the states on Oct. 23

Verizon and Sony today in New York City unveiled the Xperia Z3v, the first version of the latest flagship from Sony (you'll recall we're really not all that far removed from its last one) to hit the United States. (Don't worry, T-Mobile fans, your time's still coming. Eventually.)

Anyhoo. For the most part we're looking at the same device here. It's got a 5.2-inch TRILUMINOS display at 1080p, and it looks mighty nice. It's got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor inside. You have 32GB of on-board storage, plus a micro SD card. (And Verizon is tossing in 25GB of its own cloud storage.)

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1 month ago

Sony's Xperia Z3v launching on Verizon Oct. 23 for $199 on-contract

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Sony Xperia Z3v

Today in New York City, Sony officially announced its flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, for the U.S. market exclusively on Verizon under the Z3v name. The Z3v marks Sony's latest effort to break into the U.S. in a meaningful way, with availability from Verizon starting October 23rd. The Xperia Z3 boasts a 5.2-inch display and an aluminum-framed, glass-backed chassis with all of the latest internals and Sony's now-standard waterproofing. The one difference Verizon has included is Qi wireless charging.

The Xperia Z3v will naturally set you back $199 with a two-year contract from the carrier. With the launch of the Z3v, Verizon is also offering a bundle deal to pick it up with an Xperia Z2 Tablet and save $200 on the bundle. Verizon will also carry new Sony accessories with the launch of the Z3v — the Sony SmartWatch 3 ($249), the CPW5 Wireless Portable Qi Power Supply ($59), and DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller ($59) and GCM10 Game Control Mount ($39) for PS4 Remote Play.

Verizon has put up a sign-up page where you can enter your email address for more info.

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1 month ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 9

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

One M8 Eye pops up on HTC's e-store in China with 13 MP rear camera

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HTC launched the Desire Eye and the RE camera yesterday, but didn't share any details on another device rumored to make its debut, the One M8 Eye. It looks like HTC was aiming for a limited release with the latter handset, as the manufacturer has silently listed the One M8 Eye on its Chinese e-store.

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1 month ago

HTC Desire Eye specs

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At its "Double Exposure" event in New York City today, HTC took the wraps off a new member of the Desire family with a big selfie camera front and center — meet the HTC Desire Eye. Naturally we've got hands-on coverage of the Desire Eye and HTC's new imaging dealie, the RE camera for your perusal. But if you prefer a by-the-numbers look at the speediest Desire phone yet, head on past the break for the full spec sheet.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire Eye

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HTC Desire Eye

It's not exactly a cyclops, but this phone's 13-megapixel front-facing camera aims to see all

HTC's not been shy about trying things when it comes to mobile imagery. We've spent the last couple years in the world of the UltraPixel. But we're starting to see a bit of a shift back to more traditional sensors. That continues today with the new HTC Desire Eye. As the name implies — and any picture of the phone makes perfectly obvious — this cyclops is all about the selfie.

But beyond that front-facing 13-megapixel camera, the phone lends itself to a bit of a taxonomy conundrum. Typically the Desire line has been a bit below the One line. But on paper, the Desire Eye (like the One E8 before it) isn't far off from the HTC One M8 — it's the design that really diverges.

So there's a lot to talk about here. Let's take a dive into our hands-on with the HTC Desire Eye.

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1 month ago

HTC RE camera + Desire Eye availability

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Wondering where and when you'll be able to buy HTC's new imaging-centric devices, the selfie-snapping Desire Eye and the RE camera? Look no further, we've got all the details you crave down below.

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1 month ago

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on sale at Expansys USA for $849.99

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If you really, really want to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 right now and live in the US, the folks at Expansys USA are currently selling the unlocked version of the 5.7-inch smartphone right now for the rather steep price of $849.99.

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1 month ago

Sprint cuts its Samsung Galaxy Note 4 two year contract price down to $299.99

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Sprint has quietly cut the the two year contract price of its Samsung Galaxy Note 4 by $50, reducing it from $349.99 down to $299.99, most likely in an effort to compete with its rival carriers in the US.

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1 month ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 8

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

Galaxy Note Edge announced for Japan, pre-orders now live

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Japanese users looking for an edge can look no further than Samsung's curved display-toting Galaxy Note Edge. At an announcement made at the Galaxy Note Edge World Tour 2014 in Tokyo, Samsung stated that the handset will be available in the country by the end of October through KDDI and NTT Docomo.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia Z3 + Z3 Compact review

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Xperia Z3

Sony returns with its best high-end smartphone yet — in two sizes

Over the past year, Sony has shown a quiet determination to claw its way to the top of the smartphone food chain. The Japanese electronics giant may be in a sticky financial situation at present, but in 2014 it's fielded some of the most compelling high-end smartphones on the market. At CES this January it was the first big Android player to offer a true flagship smartphone in a smaller form factor with the Xperia Z1 Compact. A few months later it improved on the Z1 in a few important areas with the Xperia Z2, one of the most balanced Android flagships of the year.

Six months later, Sony's back with another fall refresh, and two new smartphones in different form factors. There's the Xperia Z3, the latest iterative update for Sony's Z series, and the Xperia Z3 Compact, which takes the guts of the Z3 and transplants them into a smaller chassis.

Given the similarities between the two, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact call for a different kind of review, and as such we're going to present a mega-review of sorts, covering all the usual areas, as well as the differences between the two.

Read on to find out how Sony's latest handsets shape up.

Click here to read our full review of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact!

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1 month ago

CyanogenMod 11 successfully ported to Android One devices

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Traditionally, devices powered by MediaTek processors have had little to no support when it comes to the availability of custom ROMs, but all that is changing as CyanogenMod 11 has been successfully ported over to the first wave of Android One devices.

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