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3 days ago

The Moto G4 makes its way to India for ₹12,499

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The Moto G4 Plus was unveiled in India in May, and now Lenovo is introducing a more affordable Moto G4 option for ₹12,499. The main difference between the two models is that the latter does not come with a fingerprint sensor, and has reduced memory: 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage instead of 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage on the Moto G4 Plus.

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4 days ago

Honor 5C debuts in India for ₹10,999; plans to beat the Moto G4 at its own game

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After launching in Europe earlier this week, the Honor 5C has made its way to India. The budget phone is priced at ₹10,999, and will go up against the Moto G4, which also made its debut in the Indian market for ₹12,499. The Honor 5C is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 650, an SoC with eight Cortex A53 cores that's built on a 16nm node. The Indian variant also comes with a fingerprint scanner located at the back.

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4 days ago

OnePlus 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi 5: A thoroughly one-sided contest

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It's time to see if the OnePlus 3 has what it takes to beat Xiaomi's Mi 5.

Xiaomi announced the Mi 5 at Mobile World Congress to a lot of fanfare, with the phone offering incredible hardware for the equivalent of $370 (₹25,000). With curved edges and a glass back and strong hardware in the form of a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera, the Mi 5 offers incredible value for money.

With the OnePlus 3, we're looking at a new direction in terms of design that sees OnePlus eschewing the Sandstone back for an all-metal look. NFC is back, and the phone offers even more bang for the buck with 6GB of RAM, a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, and much more.

If you want the latest hardware for half the cost of a "true" flagship, these are the phones to consider. Read on to find out which handset is worth your time.

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4 days ago

Here's when your Nexus phone or tablet will stop receiving guaranteed updates

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Last year, Google said that it will roll out monthly security updates to Nexus phones and tablets for three years from their respective launch dates, and platform updates for "at least two years." The search giant is now listing concrete timelines for when guaranteed support will end for each Nexus phone and tablet, including the Nexus 6P and 5X:

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4 days ago

Wind Mobile is turning into a good telco alternative for Western Canadians

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If you're in the (western) market for a new plan, it's time to consider Wind Mobile.

As of today, Wind Mobile has completed its network upgrades in all of its Western Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. With those upgrades, the company claims speeds and coverage have been drastically improved, along with perhaps the most important metric — latency.

The realization comes after Wind announced that it has completed upgrades in Edmonton as part of a drastic overhaul to its equipment that began in December in partnership with Nokia Networks. Now the company, which is owned by Shaw Communications, moves onto its biggest and most expansive market, Southern Ontario, which includes the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Barrie, Windsor, London, Niagara Region, and Peterborough. It's unclear how long it will take to make the upgrades in its biggest region.

It's been difficult to ascertain just how much improved Wind's network is in Western Canada, but some new data has shown that it is at least five to 10 times faster than its previous performance. According to Calgary-based blog Crackmacs, users can expect average download speeds of over 5Mbps and upload speeds of over 1.5Mbps, with the former spiking as high as 15Mbps depending on the day. In contrast, my Wind SIM in Toronto consistently offers me speeds of 0.3Mbps to 1Mbps down and 0.05 to 0.3Mbps up — not exactly fast.

Worse are my ping times, which spike as high as 800ms, according to my own tests. The Crackmacs data shows a huge latency disparity in Calgary of between 50ms and 250ms, but even at its most lossy it is in line with many 3G networks around the country. In other words, Wind's network should be considerably more competitive, even at these comparatively slower 3G speeds, once the cross-country upgrades are complete.

Even as it limps towards an LTE rollout, Wind Mobile's upgraded network, combined with its enormously attractive plans, such as one that offers 10GB of local data and 1GB of roaming data for $60 per month, is very compelling.

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4 days ago

Sprint HTC 10 update now rolling out with camera enhancements and more

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Sprint is rolling out a small update to the HTC 10 that bears good news for the phone's camera.

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4 days ago

Motorola's design lead Jim Wicks departs after 15 years

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Motorola's senior vice president of consumer experience design, Jim Wicks, has departed the company to join the faculty at Northwestern University. Wicks had been with Motorola for 15 years and was its head of design for the past 12 years.

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4 days ago

OnePlus 3 vs. OnePlus 2: Getting better every year

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OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 2

Any time a new flagship comes out, it's great to get some perspective on where we came from.

In the case of the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus 3, the old adage of "the more things change, the more they stay the same" rings true. In the last year, the same basic formula is at play here in terms of size, internal specs and overall quality of experience — but with just a handful of important tweaks make the OnePlus 3 much more desirable than its predecessor.

So after a year of using the OnePlus 2, how does the OnePlus 3 stack up as a replacement? We're here to handle that question.

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4 days ago

Quick comparison: Honor 5C versus Honor 5X

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Honor 5C

How does the Honor 5X stack up against its big brother?

With the announcement of the Honor 5C, the Huawei-owned brand brings its best affordable phone yet to market. But it's been a mere six months since the arrival of the Honor 5X, a similarly specced handset at a comparable price point. The main differences on the surface: A larger 5.5-inch screen from the 5X, a faster, more efficient CPU in the 5X, and the bonus of NFC capability in the 5C.

Check below for a quick breakdown of how the two compare, and some side-by-side pics for good measure.

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5 days ago

Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA, and XA Ultra now up for pre-order in the U.S.

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The Sony Xperia X series of phones will make their debut in the U.S. starting June 26, and are now up for pre-order. Unlocked editions of the Xperia X, X Performance, XA, and XA Ultra are available from Best Buy and B&H Photo.

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5 days ago

You can now save $100 on the Robin directly from Nextbit

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Nextbit has announced that the company will be dropping the price of the cloud-based Robin phone down to just $299 on its own site. This follows some Amazon promotions at the same price, and allows for a wider audience to take advantage of the pricing. Since not everywhere could take part in the savings, Nextbit wanted to make things better for its fans.

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5 days ago

Where to buy the Honor 5C in the UK

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Selling at £149.99 SIM-free, it's hard to find a more capable cheap Android phone than the Honor 5C

The Honor 5C, recently announced by Huawei's online-centric brand, is already available to pre-order SIM-free from a bunch of online retailers, with more expected to be joining the fray in the coming days. But if you want to get in on the action early — especially with that attractive £149.99 price point — these are your options.

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5 days ago

Honor 5C hands-on: Performance on a budget

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Honor's latest brings solid specs and decent construction at a highly affordable price point.

The past year has seen Honor, Huawei's online-focused sub-brand, building out a range of highly focused, highly affordable handsets at various price points. The Honor 7 and Honor 5X were part of the growing trend throughout 2016 of lower-priced phones being able to go toe-to-toe with more expensive competitors in many areas. And although neither device was perfect, they were worth contenders.

Now Honor's back with a new handset aimed at the entry-level space, the Honor 5C. Unlike last year's Honor Holly, the 5C brings the fundamentals of the premium construction we've seen from other Huawei-made devices, and combines it with a new, efficient CPU, a Full HD display and a promising camera.

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5 days ago

Honor 5C is coming to Europe: 1080p display, metal body and 16nm processor for £149

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Honor 5C

Available starting this week for £149.

Honor, Huawei's online-centric sub-brand, has added a new device to its European lineup today. Like others in the Honor family, the Honor 5C brings solid specs and sharp design language to a surprisingly slow price point. It's a metal-bodied phone with Marshmallow, a 5.2-inch 1080p display and Huawei's own octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. And the price? £149.99 in the UK, and €199.99 in the eurozone.

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5 days ago

Honor 5C specs

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A lot of bang for your buck.

Huawei's Honor sub-brand has taken the wraps off its latest phone for the European market, the relatively high-specced yet decidedly low-cost Honor 5C. For a quick overview of exactly what your £149 gets you, check out the full Honor 5C spec sheet down below.

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