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1 month ago

Xiaomi unveils the Mi 4: Snapdragon 801, 5-inch FHD display for $320

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Xiaomi Mi 4

Xiaomi unveiled its flagship device for the year, the Mi 4, at an event in China today. The Mi 4 features a metal frame and better hardware in the form of a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC. The device is also the first Xiaomi handset to offer LTE connectivity, and will be on sale later this month to the equivalent of $320 for the 16 GB model, and $400 for the 64 GB version.

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1 month ago

LG G3 with Category 6 LTE and Snapdragon 805 announced in South Korea (update)

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To further reinforce the fact that South Korean users get all the latest gadgets, LG has announced a faster variant of the G3, one which features the Snapdragon 805 SoC, in its home market. The device will be available for sale in the country starting July 25.

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1 month ago

HTC One E8 versus M8: What's the difference?

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HTC One E8 vs M8

The HTC One E8 is upon us, and we've got our hands on the lighter, polycarbonate version of HTC's flagship targeted at Russia, India and parts of Asia. As we've pointed out in our coverage so far, the E8 is essentially the internals of the HTC One M8 in a plastic case with a different camera. But beyond that there are actually quite a few smaller differences to get to grips with. For instance, only one has an IR blaster, and there are some LED flash differences too.

Check the table below for the full E8 vs M8 breakdown.

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1 month ago

Sprint LG G2 update brings on the knocking

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Sprint's LG G2 is finally getting an update, and it's bringing along with it LG's famous Knock Code. The update, which brings the build version to ZVD (at least according to Sprint's nomenclature) also brings a few other improvements.

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1 month ago

LG G3 launched in India for Rs. 47990

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At a media event in Mumbai, LG launched the G3 in the Indian market. The 16 GB/2 GB version will retail to the equivalent of $800 (Rs. 47990), while the 32 GB/3 GB model will set users back $850 (Rs. 50990).

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1 month ago

Under the microscope - the LG G3

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LG G3 microscope

Getting up-close and personal with LG's latest flagship

I'm really digging the LG G3. It's everything Alex said it would be when he looked at the original Korean version, and more. If you already picked one up, you know what I mean. That means it's time to get a little nerdy with it!

We have a nice mid-range USB Microscope. We have a very high-end LG G3. The two must get together, don't you think?

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1 month ago

The Verizon LG G3 has problems with ART — think twice before switching runtimes

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LG G3 on Verizon with ART

A quick heads up for those of you who have just bought or are about to get an LG G3, particularly on Verizon. If you're the tinkering type who immediately runs to the developer options and enables the experiment ART runtime, you might want to hold off for a bit. I'd run ART without issue on the AT&T LG G3 for the better part of a week. But the Verizon LG G3 has some obvious issues — mainly that it shuts down randomly. A lot.

I haven't done any further debugging than that — it's pretty obvious something ain't right, and I went back to Dalvik ASAP — so it'll be interesting to see what smarter folks come up with, and if the T-Mobile and Sprint models also run into issues. But read through our LG G3 forums and you'll find I'm not alone with the Verizon version. That said, I wouldn't let this dissuade me from buying the Verizon LG G3. The included ART runtime is experimental still, is hidden behind the developer settings — and is different than what will ship in the L release of Android later this year. We'd expect Verizon and LG to get things straightened out by then.

In the meantime, if your G3 has shut off and doesn't seem to want to turn on, try holding volume down and the power button for a few seconds. That should clear things up. Boot up like normal and switch back to Dalvik, and all should be good.

Good luck. And remember that experimental things are experimental, and not always better.

Thanks, Ben, for the heads up.

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1 month ago

Moto X gets price cut to $299.99 with the use of promo code

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Motorola Mobility's Moto X smartphone can be yours for just $299.99, without a contract, if you use a specific promo code while ordering it online for a limited time.

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1 month ago

Sony lists Xperia Z2 on the US Sony Store website for $699.99

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Sony is now showing the Xperia Z2 smartphone as listed on the US Sony Store website, for the no-contract price of $699.99, which is apparently a reduction from its normal $749.99 price tag.

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2 months ago

HTC One E8 hands-on

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HTC One E8

Turns out an M8 in a plastic shell is still a pretty awesome phone.

A couple of months after the launch of the HTC One M8 came word of a new plastic-clad variant aimed at emerging markets — the HTC One E8. Looking like a mashup of various HTC designs from the past year or so, the E8 aims to translate the core of the M8's high-end experience into a less expensive package. Right now HTC is targeting markets like China, Russia and India with the E8, so there's no indication of any wider international launch. Nevertheless, we've got the device in-hand, and we've given it the full hands-on treatment.

And as it turns out, transplanting the M8's guts into a soft-touch plastic shell makes for a pretty compelling smartphone.

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2 months ago

Using the LG G3's gesture controls

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Gesture controls are becoming increasingly common in Android phones — being able to control certain features by moving or flipping your phone dates back to the early days of HTC Sense. However it's easy to overlook the LG G3's gesture controls if you're not aware of them, and there are a few useful time-savers included.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with the Verizon LG G3

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Verizon LG G3

It's an LG G3, on Verizon

When it comes to U.S. versions of the LG G3, the one most folks have asked us about is Verizon's. So, we picked up Verizon's LG G3, which we present to you now.

For all intents and purposes, what we're looking at is the same as the AT&T model we've had for nearly a week, as well as the Korean and European models we've had for a month or so now. Same 5.5-inch QHD (as in Quad, as in 2560x1440) resolution. Same rear buttons, same 13-megapixel rear camera with frickin' lasers for autofocus. Three gigabytes of RAM, and 32GB (with about 24GB available) of on-board storage, with microSD card expansion. Same Android 4.4.2 on top of LG's UI and a number of custom apps. Same removable 3,000 mAh battery.

This is the LG G3 we reviewed a bit ago.

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2 months ago

LG G3 versus Samsung Galaxy S5

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LG G3 versus Galaxy S5

Korean electronics giants Samsung and LG compete in just about every area in which they operate. In the smartphone space, though, Samsung's Android-powered lineup remains top dog. Not only is it the world's top handset manufacturer, but it's Galaxy range, headed by the Galaxy S5, also represents the most familiar face of Android in the eyes of consumers. LG has had a comparatively shaky start in the smartphone world, but in past week it's finally brought its most compelling handset yet, the LG G3, to the U.S. market.

With eye-catching specs like a 5.5-inch "quad HD" display and an impressive optically-stabilized camera, the LG G3 represents one of the more credible challengers to the incumbent Samsung. But the GS5 itself is Samsung's strongest flagship yet — the manufacturer's first proper water-resistant flagship, with a built-in heart rate monitor and biometric security to boot. We've had both devices in our hands for some time now, so it's time to put them head to head and see how they compare.

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2 months ago

LG G3 Beat brings familiar styling with mid-range specs

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LG G3 Beat (left) and the LG G3

LG tonight announced its expected mid-ranger of the year, and it's got a familiar name. The LG G3 Beat — that's its Korean name; in Europe and the CIS it'll be known as the "LG G3 s" — brings along a 5-inch display at 720p, an 8MP camera — and a lower price. It also carries with it the looks of its big brother, the LG G3. (You can see both in the image above.)

The G3 Beat sports a 2,540 mAh battery — only about 15 percent less capacity than the G3 proper — and is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with the same UI.

The G3 Beat will be available July 18 in South Korea. It'll make its way to Europe at the Commonwealth of Independent States nations (again, as the G3 s) in later weeks, at which time pricing also will be announced.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire 610 for AT&T

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HTC Desire 816

It's plastic, it's made by HTC, and we experienced it firsthand at tonight's AT&T 'Hands-On.' Meet the Desire 610.

Just hours after its formal announcement, the HTC Desire 610 made its first stateside appearance this evening at tonight's AT&T "Hands-On" holiday preview here in New York City. The budget-conscious device, which packs a 4.7-inch qHD display, Snapdragon 400 processor, 8MP camera and LTE connectivity, will arrive on the carrier's shelves on July 25 for the cool price of $200 with no annual commitment. We spent a bit of time with the 610 and while it doesn't match the higher-end HTC One M8 in style or functionality, it still packs a hefty punch.

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