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1 month ago

Samsung's enormous Galaxy W is official with a 7-inch display

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The much rumored 7-incher from Samsung is real and it just got an official announcement for SK Telecom over in Korea. While big on size the Galaxy W isn't so big on specs with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, a 3500mAh battery, 16GB onboard storage an 8MP camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Despite Samsung's recent launches coming with Android 4.4 KitKat, the Galaxy W for some reason takes a step back in time.

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1 month ago

Through the looking glass: The Nexus 5 under the microscope

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Look closely

Your phone is filthy and covered with scratches — but it still looks better than your computer monitor

I chanced across my little USB microscope the other day while looking for a printer cable. I never found the printer cable, but I did keep the microscope on my desk because I knew I would find time to play with it err, um, do some work with it. While the folks who make USB microscopes always show interesting pictures of money or plants or something else all nature-ish and educational, I just had to look at phones, because I'm that kind of nerd. And my wife doesn't allow me to have money. Just kidding. Not really.

Anyhoo, after looking at screens for a bit I decided to grab my Nexus 5 and check it all out. I learned a couple things, and I figured it was interesting enough to share.

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1 month ago

10 more things you need to know about the new LG G3

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LG G3

The LG G3 is upon us. And like any smartphone not named iPhone or Galaxy S, it's sort of swimming upstream. That is, it's got to fight against huge marketing budgets, cults of personality, and out-and-out fanboyism.

But as we've been saying for years now, LG's long made excellent smartphones. And in the past year they've truly come into their own right, with features that are now being aped by other manufactures.

We're still in the early stages of working with the LG G3, and we've got a little time before it's going to hit store shelves. But here are the top 10 things you need to know about LG G3 as we see them so far.

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1 month ago

AT&T to begin rollout of Sense 6 to HTC One M7 users next week

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If you're rocking AT&T's version of the HTC One M7 and are eagerly waiting to make the switch to Sense 6, we have some good news. A HTC executive has announced that users AT&T One M7 users will start receiving HTC's latest UI starting next week.

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1 month ago

LG G3 video walkthrough

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LG G3

An in-depth look at LG's new flagship smartphone

With the LG G3 all official, announced and in our hands, it's time to take an in-depth look at this new 5.5-inch, "Quad HD" device in our latest video walkthrough. A quick recap — the G3 boasts an enormous 2560x1440 resolution display, a new textured back panel designed to be less fingerprinty, 2 or 3GB of RAM (and 16 or 32GB of storage with it. There's also a 13-megapixel laser-toting rear camera, with 4K video recording capabilities and new gesture-based controls for taking selfies.

The G3 is launching in the next month or so, having arrived in LG's home market of Korea this week. We'll have a complete review coming up in the days ahead, but until then our video walkthrough covers just about everything there is to know about the LG G3.

So join us after the break for a look at hardware, software, design and build quality, and camera.

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1 month ago

Oppo officially announces the N1 Mini, revealing some specifications

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Oppo N1 Mini

As we expected, Oppo today has officially unveiled the N1 Mini. The Mini is sporting a 5-inch screen, 720p HD display and running on Color OS 1.4. It does have LTE bands as well, along with a beefy 13MP camera. No other details were given as far as internal hardware, but Oppo is holding an event on June 10th where we should get all the goods.

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1 month ago

HTC One Mini 2 available right now on Three UK

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The HTC One Mini 2 is now available for purchase on UK mobile operator Three. Priced at £31 a month with an upfront fee of £19.66, the Android-powered handset is a great choice for consumers who are looking for a smartphone with strong functionality in a tight package. If you'd rather purchase the HTC One Mini 2 outright, the full price is £399.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom launches in the UK May 31

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Samsung's half-phone, half-camera hybrid the Galaxy K Zoom will go on sale in the UK tomorrow, Saturday May 31. The initial launch will take place at Samsung's own network of 'experience stores' across the country, as well as Carphone Warehouse outlets. There's no word on wider availability just yet.

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1 month ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active now available at AT&T stores and online exclusively

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has leaked many times but now the device has gone official on AT&T. Running a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and using Android 4.4 Kit Kat on a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 16MP camera, AT&T is releasing three colored variations in total. Camo Green, Titanium Gray and and Ruby Red. Keeping up with the previous Active devices the device is also shock resistant, water resistant, and dust proof.

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1 month ago

AT&T Asus PadFone X unboxing

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We got our hands on the AT&T's Asus PadFone X on Wednesday and we think its price makes it stand out. For $199 with a new contract or $549 full retail price, you get a combination of a 5-inch Full-HD LTE Android smartphone and a 9-inch Full-HD LTE tablet. What exactly do you get for the price? Watch our unboxing video to find out.

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