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2 months ago

Samsung Galaxy S8 with a 4K display? Five things to consider

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Pixels!

While not quite a world first, the prospect of a Samsung Galaxy S8 with a 4K display raises some interesting questions.

2017 might well be the year 4K smartphones go mainstream. While we're still a long way off confirming this rumblings in the Korean press point to the possibility of Samsung making a significant jump in resolution in the next Galaxy S phone.

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2 months ago

Are all Androids created equal? How hardware plays a part

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Does hardware matter when all Androids run the same operating system?

Some of the recent high-end Androids — like the Galaxy S7 or the LG G5 — pack some amazing technology under their glass face. Eight core processors and gigabytes of RAM, combined with dual-band ac WiFi radios and 16 core graphics are specifications that most computers didn't have just a few years ago. Some of us get really caught up in the race for newer and better hardware, while others aren't concerned at all and just want to get on Facebook, but most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We want a phone that does it all, doesn't struggle to do any of it and doesn't break the bank.

So let's talk about the hardware that is inside our phones for a bit.

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2 months ago

LG K3 launches on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile for under $100

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Sprint has announced that it is launching the sub-$100 LG K3 on both of its prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

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2 months ago

Here's the lowest price we've seen on the Nexus 5X

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B&H Photo is currently offering the 16GB Nexus 5X for just $229, and the retailer is even throwing in two free screen protectors. That's right, not only can you save $120 on the purchase, but you also can keep your screen protected at no additional cost. We've seen a number of deals pop up on the Nexus 5X recently, but this is one of the lowest price points we have seen it hit.

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2 months ago

LeEco's beefy Le Max 2 and budget Le 2 will go up for sale starting June 28 on Flipkart

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LeEco has announced that its latest phones, the Le 2 and Le Max 2, will be up for sale exclusively on Flipkart starting June 28. The budget Le 2 is priced at ₹11,999, while the Le Max 2 with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage will retail for ₹22,999. LeEco will bundle its CDLA in-ear USB-C headphones — priced at ₹1,990 — with every purchase as well.

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2 months ago

Honor 5C: China's Moto G4 killer headed to Europe and India

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Honor's latest packs impressive specs, metal construction, fingerprint security — and could be shockingly cheap.

The Honor 5C — a new budget-centric option from Huawei's Honor brand — landed in China last month, bringing surprisingly decent hardware specs at a staggeringly low price point. The Chinese version of the phone packs Huawei's homemade octa-core Kirin 650 chip, 2 or 3 gigabytes of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, fingerprint security and a 13-megapixel main camera, backed up by an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The price? 899 yuan — that's around £100, or US$140.

And it looks like Honor is poised to launch this highly affordable, potentially really good phone in Europe and India.

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2 months ago

Soft Gold OnePlus 3 coming in latter half of July

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The OnePlus 3 made its debut earlier this week for $399, and by all acocunts, it looks like an awesome phone for the price. While OnePlus has mentioned that the phone will be sold in two color variants — Graphite and Soft Gold, only the former option is up for grabs. Earlier today, co-founder Carl Pei said that the Soft Gold variant will be available sometime in the latter half of July.

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2 months ago

Moto G4 and G4 Plus — what's the difference?

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Big differences, small prices.

When Lenovo unveiled its latest Moto G products in mid-May, we were surprised to see the company release two variants of the fourth generation smartphone, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus (along with a smaller, lower-cost Moto G Play that we haven't seen yet). Aimed at different markets and price points, the two devices are identical in all but three ways, but those differences are significant.

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2 months ago

Verizon updates Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ with June security patch

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2 months ago

UK Galaxy S7 gets jumbo update with camera fixes, June security patch

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Galaxy S7 edge

315MB OTA now rolling out.

After skipping the May 2016 Android security patch entirely, Samsung has quickly turned around the June patch for the Galaxy S7 series in the UK. A new over-the-air update has started pushing out this morning to the Galaxy S7 edge, bringing the latest OS security patch level and additional camera stability fixes, according to the changelog.

The 315MB update also fixes an "occasional cover recognition issue," so if you were using one of Samsung's accessories, things should now work a bit more smoothly.

Camera stability improvements, and 'cover recognition issue' fixes

Post-update, we've noticed that Wi-Fi calling, introduced in the last GS7 update, switched back to disabled. Toggling it back on under call settings now displays a warning screen noting that not all carriers will work, there may be a battery cost for using Wi-Fi calling, and that it won't work in power saving mode.

We haven't specifically confirmed whether the same update is hitting the smaller, flatter GS7, but updates for the two are usually near simultaneous. If you've updated your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new firmware. As always, unlocked models will get the update first, and carrier variants may lag a few days or weeks behind.

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2 months ago

Where to buy the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in the UK

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Moto G4 Plus

The Moto G4 is the most capable Moto G to date, with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 617 processor. It's accompanied by the Moto G4 Plus, a higher-end model with a 16-megapixel camera (up from 13 in the regular G4), a fingerprint scanner for biometric security and 3GB RAM/32GB storage option (up from 2GB/16GB). That's a lot of hardware in what's still very much a budget handset.

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2 months ago

CREO Mark 1 June update is all about that bass

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CREO is back with its second update for the Mark 1, and this time around, the Indian vendor is focusing on audio quality with a feature called Audio Effects. The feature lets you tweak the sound profile of the phone through various audio modes, with the settings stating intact across apps and output options.

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2 months ago

Moto Z coming to India by October, Moto Mods priced in the $50-$200 range

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Lenovo has confirmed that the Moto Z will make its way to India by October. Moto Mods accessories will also be available at launch, according to Lenovo's SVP Aymar de Lencquesaing. Without going into a lot of detail, the executive mentioned that the accessories will be priced in the $50-$200 range.

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2 months ago

Xiaomi's gigantic Mi Max will make its way to India on June 30

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Xiaomi is all set to introduce the Mi Max phablet in India on June 30. The phone sports a massive 6.44-inch Full HD display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 650 SoC.

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2 months ago

Want Marshmallow on your Lenovo ZUK Z1? You can install CyanogenMod 13.0 right now!

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Lenovo's ZUK Z1 is one of the best budget phones currently available in India. The handset offers great hardware for the price, which includes a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, Snapdragon 801, 64GB storage, 3GB of RAM, and a 4100mAh battery that lasts at least a day and a half. That said, things aren't as rosy on the software side of things, as the phone is yet to pick up the Marshmallow update, currently running Cyanogen OS 12.1.

However, a stable CM 13.0 ROM — based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow — is available to flash should you desire to do so. Want to know how you can get Marshmallow on you Z1? Read on to find out.

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