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6 days ago

Where next for mid-range Android phones?

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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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6 days ago

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

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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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6 days ago

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

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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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1 week ago

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

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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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1 week ago

Galaxy S7 edge designed for the Olympics is now up for sale in the U.S.

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Samsung designed a special variant of the Galaxy S7 edge to celebrate the 2016 Olympics in Rio, dubbed the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition. The manufacturer will be giving away the handset to all 12,500 athletes participating in the competition for free, and 2,016 units are being made available for sale in each of the following countries: the U.S., Brazil, China, South Korea, and Germany.

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1 week ago

Samsung 'stands behind' Galaxy S7 Active IP68 rating

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Galaxy S7 Active

The company says it will "replace any Galaxy S7 active under its standard limited warranty, should water damage occur."

Samsung on July 15 issued a short statement in response to two of its Galaxy S7 Active phones apparently failing Consumer Reports' water immersion test.

The Galaxy S7 active passed rigorous tests to ensure IP68 certification for water resistance.

Samsung stands behind this water resistance certification, and will replace any Galaxy S7 active under its standard limited warranty, should water damage occur.

Consumer Reports tested two Galaxy S7 Active units in a pressure vessel, simulating a depth of "just under 5 feet" for 30 minutes. The phones apparently suffered water damage, particularly to the displays and power buttons.

The Galaxy S7 Active manual lists the following: "Water-resistant and dustproof based on IP68 rating, which tests submersion up to 5.0 feet for up to 30 minutes." The manual also states "despite this classification, your device is not impervious to water damage in any situation."

Thanks, tkuhe, for the tip.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

AT&T

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1 week ago

This tiny accessory will make your USB Type-C transition way less painful

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They're not expensive, but it would be a good idea for more companies to bundle this USB Type-C adapter in the box.

I received the new ZTE Axon 7 in the mail yesterday, and promptly unboxed it. (You can watch it over on our Facebook page if you haven't already.) The phone itself is a known quantity: powerful, sleek, and unlocked, all for $399. We'll have a review up shortly.

Inside the box, though, is something I didn't expect to be as useful as it has proven over the past 24 hours: a USB Type-C to Micro-USB adapter, which makes it easy to use all of those legacy cables I have configured around my house.

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1 week ago

Kyocera's Hydro Shore is a waterproof phone for the budget crowd

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Kyocera has announced the Hydro Shore, a budget-friendly waterproof phone available for AT&T's GoPhone pre-paid service.

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1 week ago

MrMobile is a fan of Motorola, and now he has a Moto Z!

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It's no secret that MrMobile has been a fan of Motorola phones for the past few years, enjoying what the Moto X series had to offer. So now that he has a Moto Z in his hands — a clear departure from the X line — how is he finding the differences? That's what his latest video is all about, and you can see it right above.

When you're done, be sure to subscribe to MrMobile on YouTube if you enjoyed this video!

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1 week ago

LG V20 likely to arrive in September, only 10 months after V10 launch

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New reports claim that LG is likely gearing up to launch the LG V20 in September, which would be just 10 months after the company launched the V10. An interesting piece to note is LG likely moving towards the V20 branding instead of the V11, which may have appeared to be the obvious next release. Moving up the launch by two months would be a surprising move from LG, though it does make a lot of sense considering the upcoming phone launches that are already expected.

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1 week ago

Honor 8 preview: What to expect from Honor's promising new high-ender

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Honor 8

With a new glass-backed design, dual cameras and Huawei's top internals, the Honor 8 looks like being a serious competitor for the likes of OnePlus.

We're almost a year removed from the Honor 7, and that means it's time for the Huawei-owned brand to launch a new high-end handset. A European launch event has been scheduled for Aug. 24 in Paris, but thanks to the fact that the phone's already broken cover in China, we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

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1 week ago

UK's giffgaff slashes prices of Galaxy S7, Huawei P9, Xperia X, and more

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UK MVNO giffgaff is discounting a series of phones, including the Galaxy S7, Huawei P9, and more. The deals are available on unlocked options as well as monthly plans.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 7 clears the FCC

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Samsung is all set to unveil the Galaxy Note 7 on August 2. Ahead of its debut, the phone has undergone certification at the FCC, revealing model numbers for the carrier-branded variants.

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1 week ago

Moto Z Droid & MotoMods unboxing!

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Buried deep inside the boxes of the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid editions, we find what lurks in the hearts of smartphones. Or something.

As the Moto Z edges ever closer to its release ... sometime ... we're getting a fresh look at what of the year's most anticipated (and, frankly, interesting) Android smartphones. Specifically, today we're taking a look at Verizon's versions — the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid editions.

The basic rundown, since our first look at them at Lenovo's TechWorld event in July: These are 5.5-inch phones, with the Force Droid model also sporting a larger battery, and a shatterproof display. The BIG deal, though? MotoMods — the replaceable back covers that essentially turn the phone into something new. A long-running powerhouse. A portable speaker. And a portable projector. And those are just the first three. (Plus, we're getting our first look at the USB-C adapter for your headphones!)

We've got a lot more on the new Moto Z phones coming your way in the near future. Stay tuned!

Moto Z and Moto Z Force

Motorola Verizon

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1 week ago

Galaxy S7, S7 edge now receiving July 1 security patch from Verizon

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Verizon is now pushing the July 1 security update to both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. This month Google is offering two security patches, one dated July 1 and one dated July 5 which included a few extra things. While it would be nice to see Samsung pushing the July 5 update, it is still great to see the patches pushing out so quickly.

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