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SanDisk's new embedded iNAND flash storage boasts stupid fast write speeds

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There are bottlenecks throughout the modern smartphone, but SanDisk is working to make their path as wide as possible with their new iNAND 7132 embedded flash storage.

While SanDisk is well known for their consumer memory products — SD cards, microSD cards, USB flash drives, replacement SSDs, and so forth — a major (and under-appreciated by the general consumer) part of their business is actually in selling embedded flash storage to device manufacturers.

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1 month ago

Alcatel OneTouch announces the 6-inch, Cyanogen OS-powered Hero 2+

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Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+

It's a big week for the folks at Cyanogen Inc. as it enters into a partnership with another Android phone manufacturer.

Hot on the heels of a new partnership with Qualcomm, the Cyanogen team have announced a device with Alcatel OneTouch. The Hero 2+ is a North American remix on the original Hero 2, which we took a look at back in September. This new version swaps out the MT8392 found in its predecessor for the MT6592 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz, and that's just about where the hardware changes end. All the changes that earn this device that extra "+" lie in software, as Alcatel OneTouch will be shipping this new version of the Hero 2 with Cyanogen OS.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua hands-on

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Xperia M4 Aqua

Sony's latest mid-ranger, announced at Mobile World Congress, is a 64-bit waterproof phone running Lollipop out of the box

Sony didn't surprise us with a new high-end flagship phone at Mobile World Congress this year, however it did introduce a solid new mid-range handset — the Xperia M4 Aqua. With a 5-inch 720p display and a plastic back panel, the M4 Aqua sits squarely in the middle of Sony's Android portfolio, between the Xperia E4 at the low end and the Z3 series at the high end.

A resolution of 720p might not sound particularly impressive in a market dominated by Quad HD panels at its most expensive price range, but the M4 Aqua's screen is not to be sniffed at. As HTC has done with its Desire series, Sony's shipping a somewhat lower-resolution panel, but one with bright, vivid colors that's still going to be more than good enough for most things you'll want to do on a phone.

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1 month ago

Intel's new Atom x3 processors aim at 64-bit mobile computing

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Intel MWC

Intel's latest mobile chipset is for smartphones and tablets alike, with 64-bit processing for all.

After blowing us away with how enjoyable the Dell Venue 8 is to use, Intel is in a perfect position to impress everyone with what they have planned next. The Intel presentation at Mobile World Congress is filled with announcements for the future of nearly every facet of their business, but it's the mobile bits that excite us the most.

This year Intel is showing off the brand new Atom x3 processor, a fully integrated SoC aimed squarely at the next generations of mobile devices. It's Intel's first SoC with an integrated modems that support global availability, meaning support for 3G and 4G LTE networks is finally a part of Intel's lineup.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with the LG Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy

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LG pre-announced its new mid-range smartphone lineup ahead of MWC 2015, and now that we're at the show we've had a chance to put our hands on the four new devices from the manufacturer. The LG Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy (from highest- to lowest-end) have interesting names, and while they cover a wide range of specs and features they all have a very similar design that's aspirational to the likes of the G3 and G Flex 2.

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1 month ago

Replay all the action from HTC's MWC event right here

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And then there were three. Following Samsung and LG, HTC has posted a video of its Mobile World Congress press conference in its entirety.

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1 month ago

Kazam's Tornado 455L offers LTE connectivity in a waterproof chassis

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After launching six new devices targeted at the budget segment earlier this month, British handset vendor Kazam is now focusing its efforts in the mid-tier segment with the launch of the Tornado 455L.

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1 month ago

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua announced: 64-bit Snapdragon 615, 13MP camera and LTE

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Sony has launched its first handset with a 64-bit CPU, the Xperia M4 Aqua. Targeted at the mid-range segment, the device offers LTE connectivity, dust and water resistance, a 13MP camera and two-day battery life.

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1 month ago

For your eyes only: ZTE Grand S3 can be unlocked with eye-based biometric solution

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Today at MWC 2015, we played with the ZTE Grand S3. ZTE's new flagship device lets users unlock their phones by looking at the front-facing camera. The cutting edge solution, called Eyeprint ID, works by scanning unique vein patterns in the human eye. See how it works in our brief hands-on video.

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1 month ago

The first Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promotional video is all about its design

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The first promo video shows a lot of the sleek looks for both smartphones, but shows little about the hardware inside.

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1 month ago

INRIX works with Samsung with driving-based apps for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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INRIX will help owners of Samsung's newest smartphones get around in their vehicle with a number of apps and services.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge headed to AT&T, Sprint, and more

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AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile US have announced that they will carry the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. AT&T prepaid brand Cricket Wireless also announced that it would carry the device, as did UK carriers Vodafone and Three.

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1 month ago

BlackBerry to bring SecuSUITE enterprise service to Samsung Galaxy S6

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BlackBerry wants to make the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S6 more secure for enterprise customers in collaboration with Samsung KNOX

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge: Everything you need to know

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Samsung released quite the fury of announcements surrounding the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but we've rounded everything up.

It's a special time each year when a company as big as Samsung can put its full weight behind an set of product announcements, and of course at MWC 2015 it was the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The news is far larger than just two models of a phone — we also learned about Samsung's new payment system, a new Gear VR model and generally a new direction in design and features for Samsung with the announcements.

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1 month ago

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in pictures

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Galaxy S6 in champange

A new look for the Galaxy S series, and it looks great.

Samsung has made the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge officially official at today's press event in Barcelona. You'll want to be sure to read our initial impressions and check out the specs of Samsung's new dynamic duo, but we want to take a minute and show off some pictures of the pair as well.

We're digging the 5.1-inch QHD displays and the new "high-end" feel from both Galaxy S6 models, and we'll be taking a deeper look at both when things get closer to the availability date. In the meantime, enjoy our gallery.

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