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2 months ago

Samsung fixes Galaxy S7 Active's waterproofing problem


Earlier this month, Consumer Reports found that two units of the Galaxy S7 Active failed a water immersion test that was within the limits of the phones' IP68 rating. Samsung issued a statement, saying that it will replace any S7 Active that suffers water damage.

In an additional statement to Consumer Reports, Samsung said that it found a manufacturing problem in the production line that has since been corrected.

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2 months ago

Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 hopes to protect your phone from longer drops


Corning has revealed Gorilla Glass 5, the next version of the company's smartphone display glass. Corning claims that phones with Gorilla Glass 5 will survive being dropped from up to 1.6 meters 80% of the time.

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2 months ago

7 things to know about the Sony Xperia X Performance


Get to know the latest high-end phone from Sony.

The Sony Xperia X Performance isn't exactly blowing everyone away with its amazing quality or value, but every time a Sony phone comes to the U.S. it's at least an intriguing proposition. This time we're looking at a whole group of Xperia X phones, with the X Performance leading the pack as the super-high-end version, with a price to match.

And while the Xperia X Performance can be better described as a mixed bag than a smash hit, it's still one that people are looking at and trying to learn more about. If you're in that camp, you'll want to see these 7 things to know about the phone. Read on.

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2 months ago

Moto X Pure Edition now receiving its May security patch


Motorola is now pushing out the May security update to the Moto X Pure Edition. The phone has not received an update since around February, so while this isn't the newest patch available, it is still great to see it get more secure. As for the release notes, Motorola only mentions the Android Security update, though it is likely that a few bugs have been squashed, or the performance of certain things will improve.

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2 months ago

Cricket will sell the Alcatel Idol 4 on Aug. 5 for $200 with free VR goggles


AT&T's no-contract subsidiary Cricket Wireless will begin selling the Alcatel Idol 4 on August 5 for $199.99. It will be bundled with free VR goggles.

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2 months ago

LG X Screen with dual display launched in India for ₹12,990


LG has announced the LG X Screen in India, which packs in a dual display – a 4.93-inch primary display with another 1.76-inch always-on Second Screen. The LG X Screen also features a panic button feature aligned with Government of India's initiative.

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2 months ago

AT&T rolling out July 1 security patch to the Galaxy Note 5


AT&T is rolling out the July 1 security patch to the Galaxy Note 5. The update comes in at 22.6MB, and increments the build number to MMB29K.N920AUCS2BPG1 and the firmware version to N920AUCS2BPG1. The release notes mention that the build was compiled on July 4, and the patch itself contains fixes from the July 1 update and not those from July 5 (which will likely be rolled into the August update).

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2 months ago

B&H Photo offers free wireless headphones, $75 gift card with ZTE Axon 7 pre-order


If you're looking to get your hands on a ZTE Axon 7, B&H Photo is currently offering a solid bundle deal when you pre-order the phone.

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2 months ago

ZTE ZMax Pro hits Metro PCS for just $99


ZTE today in New York City unveiled the ZMax Pro, which will land on Metro PCS in August. The 6-inch, 1080p phone sports a fingerprint scanner and comes in at a mere $99 after rebate.

The first 5,000 people to pre-register will receive a free leather case along with the phone.

This one's powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor and has a mere 2GB of RAM. The battery perhaps is the standout feature, weighing in at 3400 mAh. In addition to USB C, the ZMax Pro has 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card for expandable storage. A 13MP camera is on the back, with a 5MP shooter up front.

We've got more coming. Stay tuned!


ZTE Defies Expectations with the $99.00 ZMAX PRO Phone Arriving at MetroPCS on August 1

ZTE delivers record-breaking value once again with premium specs in the affordable ZMAX PRO

Richardson, Texas – July 18, 2016 –– ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market, * today announced the availability of the next generation of the ZMAX series, the ZMAX PRO, at MetroPCS for the affordable price of $99.00 after instant rebate. The ZMAX PRO breaks barriers as the first U.S. carrier supported phone under $100.00 that features a fingerprint sensor, and its 3400 mAh battery, 13MP and 5MP cameras, up to 32GB of internal storage, and a big, beautiful 6-inch FHD display provides unmatched value for consumers. To get the hottest deal of the summer visit MetroPCS in store or online at

"ZTE drives innovation that impacts the daily lives of U.S. consumers by delivering innovation to the mid-tier segment, as seen in the affordable ZMAX PRO that features the latest technology for less than $100," said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. "First, we delivered the ZMAX, the largest phablet under $200 and made it available on T-Mobile. Now, we are delivering a premium fingerprint sensor on the ZMAX PRO with MetroPCS. We continue giving consumers what they want, value, and use at a pace in which they ask for it."

ZTE doesn't sacrifice quality, features, or service – and neither should you. Get the premium experience you deserve at a fraction of the price.

Premium Technology

  • One of the most accurate and responsive fingerprint sensors available today
  • 3400mAh embedded battery that lasts all day
  • 6-inch display that is both big and beautiful
  • 13MP rear-camera captures 1080p video and 5MP front-camera takes perfect selfies
  • 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card providing more than enough room for photos, videos and music

For full list of phone specifications and features visit

Quality Hardware

ZTE phones are quality tested under the most stringent conditions in world-class lab facilities. ZTE phones and mobile devices have been running on America's fastest carrier networks since it launched its first phone with MetroPCS in 2007.

*Strategy Analytics, Q1 2016

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2 months ago

Samsung Pay in the UK: Everything you need to know


With Samsung Pay expected to roll out in the UK later this year, it's worth brushing up on the basics.

Samsung Pay is coming to the UK! Well, technically it's been coming to the UK for the past several months, with the official announcement coming back at Mobile World Congress in February. We still don't know many of the specifics when it comes to the British launch of Samsung's payment service, but we can keep you informed on everything we know so far.

Read on.

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2 months ago

Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 now available

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Fifth and final preview build for Nexus devices comes with 'near final' system images.

Right on schedule, Google has released the fifth and final Developer Preview of Android 7.0 Nougat. Per the Nougat preview roadmap, these builds include "near final" system images for late testing before the final, stable release of Android 7.0 later this summer. As for build numbers, we're looking at build NPD90G

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2 months ago

Where next for mid-range Android phones?

Alcatel Idol 4

Tomorrow's mid-range looks a lot like yesterday's high-end, as phones around the $300-400 mark are set to become really good.

It wasn't long ago that in order to get an Android phone worth bothering with, you had to pay top dollar. But in the past 12 months, with phones like the Moto X Pure and OnePlus 3 proving that a relatively affordable handset can be really good.

It's a trend that's sure to continue towards the end of 2016, as evidenced by the arrival of new "premium" mid-rangers like the Huawei-built Honor 8 abd Alcatel Idol 4s.

So where next for Android phones that don't cost an arm and a leg? Here are a few things to watch out for in the year ahead.

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2 months ago

Sony's next flagship may sport a dual-LED flash, USB-C port


New photos of what appear to be Sony's next smartphone have leaked out. The phone, under the model number F8331 or F8332, appears to sport a dual-LED flash for its rear camera, along with a USB-C port for charging and wired data transfer.

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2 months ago

LG K10 and G Pad X 8.0 heading to AT&T on July 22


AT&T is adding a new phone and tablet from LG to its lineup of more affordable devices. The carrier will sell the LG K10 smartphone and LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet beginning Friday, July 22.

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2 months ago

OPPO teases the F1s, its successor to the F1 selfie phone


OPPO has announced the F1s, which the company will launch as the successor to the F1 selfie phone that was released earlier this year. Unfortunately, OPPO failed to provide any specifications for the upcoming handset, other than carrying on "the F1's legacy of superb photography, sleek design and snappy performance, while adding new features and taking others to new heights."

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