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1 month ago

OxygenOS 3.2.0 now available for the OnePlus 3 with RAM management fixes and more [Update]

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Update: OnePlus has halted the update for the OnePlus 3. The company is citing reports of issues while upgrading, so the update will not be available while it investigates. We will provide additional details as they become available.

OnePlus has announced that the OxygenOS 3.2.0 update for the OnePlus 3 will begin rolling out now. The update brings a number of big fixes to the phone, like sRGB mode in developer options, enhanced RAM management, camera quality fixes and more. Plans for the update were previously revealed following some drama surrounding how OnePlus was managing the 6GB of RAM inside the phone.

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1 month ago

Galaxy J2 2016 render shows off Samsung's Smart Glow notification feature

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Samsung is said to be working on an alternative to the notification LED that includes an illuminated ring that around the camera sensor at the back. Called Smart Glow, the ring will light up for incoming calls and notifications, with users getting the ability to customize alerts based on colors. The feature will also allow you to take selfies using the rear camera. Smart Glow is likely to make its debut on the Galaxy J2 2016, based on leaked renders of the handset.

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1 month ago

LG's mid-range X5 and X skin are now official in South Korea

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LG has added two new models to its mid-range X series in South Korea, the X5 and the X skin. The phones join the X power and the X cam as well as the X screen, which made their debut earlier this year.

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1 month ago

These are the top Samsung phones you need to know

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These are the top Samsung phones you need to know

In the world of smartphones, it's impossible to ignore the influence of Samsung.

Since its explosion into Android with the launch of the Galaxy S2 globally, Samsung has firmly held on to the top spot in Android devices sold — and though the playing field has leveled off some in recent years the Korean manufacturer still has one of the most recognizable lines of phones out there today.

The "Galaxy" name gets spread around to its entire lineup of Android phones (and beyond), but when it really comes down to it there are just a handful of Samsung's high-end devices that you need to know about. Let us introduce you to the top phones from Samsung.

This article is updated periodically with the latest information. The latest update was made in June 2016.

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1 month ago

Panasonic unveils the Eluga Note in India for ₹13,290

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Panasonic's latest phone in the Indian market is the Eluga Note. The phone will retail for ₹13,290, and will be available via offline retailers. Aimed at a younger audience, the phone sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display, octa-core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage along with a microSD card slot.

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1 month ago

Xiaomi's teaser hints at successor to the Mi Note

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Xiaomi has started rolling out teasers for the successor to the 2015 Mi Note, with the company suggesting that its upcoming phone will be more powerful than the Mi 5. The teaser features a football pitch with 2 > 5 in the foreground, and early rumors regarding the phone hint at a possible QHD display, which will be a first for the manufacturer.

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1 month ago

Where to buy a U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge

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U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7

Samsung is finally offering a SIM-unlocked Galaxy S7 (and GS7 edge) in the United States. That means a few things.

The unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are able to work on pretty much any operator here in the U.S. While most folks out there don't hop from one to the next too often, it's still a very nice ability to have. These versions also aren't bloated up by carrier software. And as we noted when the GS7 was released, the operators can make a pretty big mess of things. These should also theoretically get software updates faster. (We'll just have to see on that one.)

But the big question: Where will you be able to buy an unlocked Galaxy S7? Turns out there a number of choices. Samsung has committed to having the phones available from several different retailers, but not all have put them on sale right at the same time. Here's the current list, and we'll be updating it as more join in.

U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7

See at B&H Photo See at Samsung See at BestBuy

U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 edge

See at B&H Photo See at Samsung See at BestBuy

These direct links will take you to the proper pages for the U.S. unlocked phones ... make sure when searching elsewhere for the phones that you aren't confused by other "unlocked" models — those could possibly not have the correct network bands for the U.S.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Unlocked AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shown off in triad of colors in leaked renders

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It wasn't that long ago that we got our first peek at the rumored specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and now we've got a look at some leaked renders that show what is likely to be the plus-sized phone's design.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia X Performance review: 80% of a great phone

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Sony's new line of smartphones gets a spec boost in the Xperia X Performance, but do a few tweaks to the formula justify its $699 cost?

The quick take

The Sony Xperia X Performance is a good phone, but it not only fails to justify its $150 premium over its cheaper counterpart, it also falls down as a flagship, too. Too few improvements over the Z5 series, and some frustrating screen responsiveness issues, have us asking how, after so long, Sony still can't get it right.

The Good

  • Great performance in apps and games
  • Nice daylight photo capabilities
  • Excellent stereo sound output
  • Waterproof metal chassis is one hand-friendly

The Bad

  • Stupefying screen responsiveness issues
  • Slow camera startup and occasional shutter stutter
  • Too similar to the Z5
  • Can't justify its $150 price increase over Xperia X

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1 month ago

Smartphone nerds, it's time to start getting excited about Huawei

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Huawei logo

Huawei is serious about Western markets, and its phones are about to get really good thanks to completely overhauled software. All of this could add up to the once obscure Chinese firm being Samsung's major European rival in 2017.

In one fell swoop, Huawei is about to address one of the biggest longstanding weaknesses in its Android phones. As reported this past week, Huawei soon will unveil a major new version of its EMUI software, with the timing likely to coincide with the company's IFA 2016 press conference in early September. (Also likely: a new Huawei Mate handset to showcase this new software.)

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1 month ago

Honor 5C is now up for sale on Flipkart for ₹10,999

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After making its debut in India late last month, the Honor 5C is now up for sale in the country. The phone is available exclusively on Flipkart for ₹10,999, with gold, silver, and grey color options listed.

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1 month ago

LeEco Le Max 2 review: Welcome to the age of USB-C audio

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LeEco Le Max 2 review

The LeEco Le Max 2 offers a lot for its asking price, but USB-C audio is going to frustrate a lot of users.

Quick take:

The Le Max 2 is the company's flagship for 2016, and builds on what we've seen with the Le Max. The screen is a more manageable 5.7 inches (from its predecessor's 6.4 inches), and a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC ensures that you won't see any slowdowns in day-to-day usage. The 21MP camera is one of the best at recording 4K video, and you get free access to LeEco's considerable content ecosystem. However, LeEco's decision to move to USB-C audio in favor of the ubiquitous 3.5mm jack is ill-advised, as it tries to solve a problem no one had in the first place.

The good

  • Fast performance
  • Decent camera
  • Free access to LeEco's content ecosystem

The bad

  • USB-C audio
  • Average battery life
  • Slow fingerprint sensor

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2 months ago

What bands are supported in the U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7?

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Pretty much all the bands are supported in the Samsung Galaxy S7. Thanks for asking.

The thing about having a SIM-unlocked smartphone is that it still has to be able to support the bands — that is the radio frequencies — of wherever it is you're trying to use it. And the unlocked Galaxy S7 and GS7 edge that Samsung has released in the United States pretty much has 'em all.

Here are the bands supported by the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge:

Category Features CDMA 1x & EVDO Rev 0/RevA BC0, BC1, BC10 GSM Band 2/4/5/8 UMTS Band 1/2/4/5/8 FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/18/19/20/25/26/29/30 TDD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA Band 34/39

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Unlocked AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon

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2 months ago

Quick comparison: 2016's mid-range Android challengers

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It's a great time to buy a mid-range phone.

With the unveiling of the Honor 5C and Wileyfox Spark in Europe this past week, and the imminent arrival of the Sony Xperia XA and ASUS Zenfone 3 internationally, the mid-range market continues to be one of the most competitive spaces for Android phones. With many such handsets launching this summer, we've rounded up the top six to see how they compare on paper.

You'll find out spec showdown down below, along with links to our hands-on coverage with each of these promising mid-level handsets!

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2 months ago

Xiaomi's gigantic Mi Max debuts in India for just ₹14,999

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At a media event in New Delhi, Xiaomi launched the Mi Max in India. The phablet will be available starting July 13, and will retail for ₹14,999. Registrations are now live, and unlike earlier phones, the Mi Max will be available in general sale on Xiaomi's website, as well as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Paytm.

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