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2 months ago

LG announces five new phones you probably won't care about

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Get ready for the K10, K8, K4, K3, and the Stylus 3.

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Ahead of CES, LG has announced four new phones in the K series — the K10, K8, K4, and K3 — that will make their debut at the trade show. LG will also showcase the Stylus 3, which offers an "improved writing experience" that mimics the "feel and feedback of an actual pen."

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2 months ago

Porsche Design Mate 9: $1500 Worth of Smartphone?

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The Porsche Design Mate 9 phone won't make you feel like you're bombing down the Autobahn with a Swedish supermodel, blasting electronica and whipping around curves at 160km/h. At this price, you might really want to buy it if that's your kind of lifestyle already. If you're a jet-setting yacht-owning gadabout, dip your silver spoon into this review.

MrMobile gets into the infinity pool on this one, and takes a lap around what works well, and what should turn your nose up. With Michael Fisher's jeweler's eye, you'll know if you've got a diamond or a cubic zirconia. It's the Porsche Design Mate 9, this week on MrMobile.

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2 months ago

Audio distortion on the Google Pixel: What you need to know

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The good news is your Pixel isn't broken.

Shortly after the launch of Google's Pixel and Pixel XL, a handful of users started complaining about audio distortion issues through the speaker when the media volume is set to maximum, or close to it. While it was originally difficult to reproduce, and the issue was dismissed as a hardware issue affecting a small number of phones, it turns out there's a real audio problem with these phones. Before you go asking Google or Verizon to replace your Pixel in hopes of getting one that isn't affected, there's a few things you need to know.

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2 months ago

Reddit user's Galaxy S6 edge+ battery ruptured and scorched his nightstand

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It's not just the Note 7.

Reddit user ReturnThroughAether reported this morning that his AT&T-brand Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ caught fire on his nightstand as it was charging using the company's first-party AC adapter, scorching his nightstand and giving him quite a scare. He writes:

Woke up this morning (yesterday technically. 12/20) just in time to get ready for work and looked over to find my phone has exploded. Luckily I don't keep it on my bed, as you can see it scorched my night stand. I've talked to Samsung and my carrier. The phone had no problems before, no overheating. I think I'm done with Samsung for a while, really gonna miss the photos I had from Africa in the fall. Dammit Samsung, I was still in your corner after the Note 7 stuff too.

Images credit: /u/ReturnThroughAether

He goes on to say that he previously had a Galaxy S6 edge that, while its battery stayed intact, had experienced battery performance problems before.

Before, during and after the Galaxy Note 7 incident, we heard myriad incidents of Samsung devices rendered useless by ruptured batteries. This is yet another example. While this isn't cause for alarm and a recall of past Samsung products, it is yet another reminder that our phones, which increasingly contain our entire lives, should be treated with caution and charged in places that have little chance of injuring people. Thankfully this situation didn't lead to any personal injuries, but that nightstand is going to need some TLC.

We've reached out to Samsung for comment.

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2 months ago

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9: The $1500 phone unboxing

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The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a smaller, curvier version of the new Huawei flagship. It's based on the Mate 9 Pro, which is sold in Huawei's home market of China, and is supercharged with a whopping 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage to augment the already high-end specs of the regular Mate 9. Oh, and it'll sell for €1395 in Europe when it launches in January — that's around $1500 at the current exchange rate.

So what do you get for such a hefty investment? Check out our unboxing video to find out, and be sure to hit up our Mate 9 written review for more on the new Huawei flagship and its insanely pricey sibling!

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2 months ago

Grab a Nextbit Robin for just $145 — yes, really

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This is easily the best deal we've seen on the Nextbit Robin.

After hovering around in the mid-$200 range for a while, and regularly receiving small price drops, you can now pick up the exceptionally solid Nextbit Robin for just $145 on Amazon. It's available in both Mint and Midnight color options, in the standard configuration of 32GB of storage with the addition of 100GB of cloud storage.

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2 months ago

Android 7.0 Nougat comes to Moto Z in Canada

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Yummy Nougat comes to the Great White North.

Android 7.0 Nougat has come to the Moto Z in Canada. Our own device received the update early this morning, and we're getting similar reports from a few people around the internet.

The upside? Some great new features, including inline replies, multi-window support, and new display scaling, which fits more on the Moto Z's QHD display.

There's also Daydream support, which makes the Moto Z the first device outside of Google's own Pixels to support the burgeoning VR platform.

Our own Russell Holly, when evaluating the Nougat update on the Verizon Moto Z, called it "life by a thousand improvements."

Nougat the phone absolutely screams. It's as though every ounce of performance has been squeezed out of the Snapdragon 820 underneath this glass. Some of that is Nougat optimizations and what happens when you fully wipe a phone before installing a major system update, but everything from checking notifications to launching apps is not only faster but noticeably smoother. Nougat's number one feature is polish, and that is plainly evident on the Moto Z.

The build number on the Canadian Moto Z is NPL25.86-15 with a security patch date of November 1, 2016 (unfortunately).

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2 months ago

Grab an unlocked LG V10 for just $259 right now!

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DailySteals is now offering an unlocked AT&T variant of the LG V10 for just $259. This is a brand new 64GB unit that comes in the retail packaging, which means you are saving around $200 compared to listings at other retailers. You'll have your choice between the Black and Opal Blue variants, so you can pick the one that matches your style.

This deal is only good for a few days, so if you are looking for a new phone for yourself or someone you know, you'll want to act quickly.

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2 months ago

Nexus owners, how's the Android 7.1.1 update treating you?

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Android 7.1.1 Nexus 6P

After a few issues with the 7.0 update, Nexus owners are right up to date with the new 7.1.1 release.

With the arrival of the Google Pixel phones, Nexus phones like last year's 5X and 6P were left in the unusual position of being out-of-step with the latest Android software. Google's phones had a monopoly on Android 7.1 for their first couple of months on the market, with a finalized version of 7.1.1 not arriving for other devices until recent weeks.

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2 months ago

ZUK Edge unveiled in China with 86.4% screen-to-body ratio, Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM

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Thin bezels, great hardware, and a low price.

Lenovo's sub-brand ZUK has unveiled the ZUK Edge in China, a mid-range phone with an 86.4% screen-to-body ratio and Snapdragon 821. The phone is similar to Xiaomi's Mi Mix in that it cuts down on the bezels, although its overall design isn't as radical. Another factor in its favor is the software, with the ZUK Edge running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

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2 months ago

Nougat update now hitting LG G5 units in Canada

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Bell and Telus customers are receiving the update right now.

LG kicked off the Nougat update for the LG G5 last month in South Korea, and the Android 7.0 update is now rolling out to Canadian units. LG G5 customers on Bell and Telus are receiving the OTA right now, with Rogers' community page listing December 21 as the date for the rollout.

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2 months ago

Galaxy S7 Nougat: Fourth major beta update now rolling out

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New build fixes bugs and removes 'Samsung Experience' number.

Samsung Galaxy Beta Program members can now grab the fourth major update to the Android 7.0 Nougat beta for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. (The fifth build in total, including an early patch to fix a Facebook-related crash.)

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2 months ago

OnePlus will start manufacturing the OnePlus 3T in India to meet growing demand

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Local manufacturing will kick off early next quarter.

OnePlus has announced that it will manufacture phones locally in India, and today we're hearing more about the company's plans. In an interview with Reuters, OnePlus India general manager Vikas Agarwal revealed that local manufacturing for the OnePlus 3T will kick off early next quarter.

India is a huge market for OnePlus, with one-third of its global sales coming from the country. The OnePlus 3T went on sale on Amazon India — where it is available exclusively — last week, and OnePlus announced that it already picked up 200,000 registrations for the phone.

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2 months ago

Amazon India starts discounting the Moto G4, G4 Plus, and G4 Play

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The Moto G series gets month-long price cuts.

Amazon India is offering a ₹1,000 discount on the Moto G4 Plus, bringing the phone down to ₹13,999. The Moto G4 is also seeing its price cut by ₹2,000, and is now available for ₹10,499.

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2 months ago

BlackBerry opens research center to improve QNX-powered autonomous vehicles

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BlackBerry moves even further into software.

Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced that it was shifting research and development for its QNX platform, which powers the infotainment systems in millions of cars around the world, to include autonomous vehicles. The idea was to leverage QNX's powerful embedded position in the industry to leverage BlackBerry as a contender in the self-driving car space against the likes of Tesla, Apple and Google.

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