A quick heads up that the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, as promised, are now available in the U.S. unlocked. As you'll recall from our Xperia Z5 review, these are 5.2- and 4.6-inch phones, respectively, at 1080p and 720p resolution. Both are powered by Snapdragon 810 processors and feature Sony's excellent 23-megapixel Exmor camera systems.
Missing form the U.S. models, however, are fingerprint readers, which are becoming more important as phones and apps update to Android 6.x Marshmallow.
Most of us are more than happy to use our phone the way it came from the factory. Things mainly work as intended, and other than a few hiccups here and there, most new Android phones are more than capable of doing the stuff we want them to do. But for some of us, things need some changing.
If you fall into the second category and just love to mess with things — whether it makes them better, or just different — the Honor 5X is a phone you should be looking at.
A new image showing off what is said to be the front of the HTC One M10, or HTC Perfume as it is currently codenamed, reveals that the smartphone might be following in the design footsteps of the mid-range One A9. HTC was heavily criticized when it launched the One A9, as many said that it was an iPhone clone. Judging by the photo of the front of what's said to be the One M10, the phone will have an oval-shaped home button on the bottom of the display which may have a built-in fingerprint sensor as previously reported.
Update: It appears as though T-Mobile is now pushing the update over-the-air (OTA) as well. You can check manually by heading to Settings, then About phone and check for update.
If you're rocking the T-Mobile variant of the LG G4, model H811, you'll want to check the LG Bridge PC software for the Marshmallow update. While not available as an over-the-air download just yet, there are a number of reports of users being able to download the software from their computer. Once you plug your phone in and check for an update, you should be prompted to download the Marshmallow update.
Verizon is looking to make your Valentines Day a bit more special: buy one Droid Turbo 2 or Maxx 2 and get a second half off. That's right, if you and your sweetheart are looking for new phones, you can get the second at half price for a limited time. Whether you are looking for the unbreakable display found in the Turbo 2, or the extended battery life of the Maxx 2, this deal makes upgrading both phones much more affordable.
It's no surprise that Samsung is readying to announce the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on February 21, and now the phones have both passed through the FCC. The Galaxy S7 proper will carry the model number SM-G930A, while the edge variant will be SM-G935A. Models numbers for each U.S. carrier will be slightly different, and designated by the last letter of the model number, as Samsung usually does.
Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, has announced that it will be bringing its Honor 7 Premium smartphone to Europe soon. Alongside the announcement of European availability of the Honor 5X, the team also announced that the Honor 7 Premium would be expanding its sales soon.
Quirky, sleek and highly affordable, the Honor 5X is the brand's best value handset to date — but it's not quite a compromise-free experience.
Huawei's Honor brand has always been about targeting really interesting hardware, with laser precision, at a disruptive price point. The Honor 7, for instance, was unique in delivering metal construction and biometric security for around £250 at launch. Now the Honor 5X wants to take the core of that experience and give it an even lower price tag.
Announced for Europe today, and on sale immediately for £189.99, the 5X is perhaps the best value Honor phone yet (let's just forget about the Honor Holly, mmkay). But can hit such a competitive price point without cutting corners? We'll take a closer look after the break.
Honor 5X brings metal body, fingerprint security and 1080p display for £189.99.
Huawei's Honor brand has today announced the arrival of the Honor 5X, a new entry-level device designed to bring the core experience of the Honor 7 into a more affordable handset. Priced at £189.99 in the UK and available to buy from today via Amazon and Huawei's own Vmall storefront, the Honor 5X comes in gold, silver and grey color variants. In the UK, Three will also range the handset in the near future.
As for the hardware itself, highlights include a metal chassis, Huawei's excellent fingerprint sensor tech and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The whole package is powered by a Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM, paired with 16GB of storage and microSD expandability. It's also a dual-SIM phone, letting you use one for LTE data while still receiving calls on the other.
On top of that you're looking at an ample 3000 mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera behind an f/2.0 lens.
On the software side, Huawei's EMUI 3.1 software layer sits atop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop — an update to Marshmallow is promised in the near future. And as we discovered in our review of the U.S. version, Huawei has managed to clean up EMUI to some degree, though a few nagging software issues do remain.
Nevertheless, we're still looking at a capable handset at a highly competitive price.
Anyone planning on picking up an Honor 5X today? Shout out in the comments!
Samsung has announced the 2016 refresh of the Galaxy A series in India. The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 will go on sale starting February 15, with both models available in gold, black, and white. The Galaxy A5 2016 will retail for ₹29,400 ($433), while the Galaxy A7 2016 will set you back ₹33,400 ($492).
A few weeks ago Phil asked what you want to see from the Galaxy S7. You let us know in the comments and in the forums, and we've got the breakdown for you. There was plenty to love about the Galaxy S6, but some things — like the battery life — left a bit to be desired.
We dug through everything you said you wanted and compiled the top five features that you're hoping to see from the Galaxy S7. You told us through your comments here on Android Central, as well as over on Youtube. Now, there were a lot of feature requests, so we had to narrow it down a bit: here are your top five:
LG will be unveiling the LG G5 later this month during MWC 2016. The latest G-series phone will actually make its first appearance on Feb. 21, the day before the show starts. The event will take place at the Sant Jordi Club in Barcelona, Spain.
It's relatively easy to make a specs sheet look impressive, but the battery in the ZenFone Max is serious business.
Great battery life is a claim you hear from every smartphone manufacturer, and while that claim is largely subjective, it does mean we can have some fun when a phone shows up with a battery that dwarfs the competition. Today's challenger is the ASUS ZenFone Max, a phone with fairly modest specs powered by a ridiculous 5,000 mAh battery. That's right around 2,000mAh more than your average high-end Android phone, and when you add in the Snapdragon 410 processor and 720p display you're all but guaranteed to get through a whole day with this phone.
Simply getting through the day is a fairly boring thing to test, though. To give a better idea of what this battery is capable of, we took the ZenFone Max out for a couple of hours with the Galaxy Note 5 and the BlackBerry Priv for some quality time playing Ingress.
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