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2 years ago

Red HTC One M8 is official — but only in Taiwan

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After leaked pictures outed the device yesterday, HTC has confirmed that the red color variant of the HTC One (M8) is now available for sale in Taiwan. While the manufacturer has not mentioned availability or a launch date beyond Taiwan, HTC global communication manager Jeff Gordon shared a 3D render of the device on Sketchfab, which is all we've got to look at for the time being.

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 Review

Sony Xperia Z2

As we approach the midway point of 2014, the march of smartphone progress is as unrelenting as it's ever been. The latest devices from the likes of Samsung and HTC have pushed specs, screen sizes and price tags to new heights, to the point where the year-old phones they've replaced seem quaint and dated.

Yet one manufacturer has committed to an even more aggressive upgrade cycle. Sony Mobile may be an also-ran in the U.S., but it's big internationally, and it likes to refresh its premium smartphones every six months. So as tick follows tock, the Japanese manufacturer unveiled the Xperia Z2 at a press conference in Barcelona this February, replacing the Xperia Z1 a mere half-year after its emergence.

While such a rapid pace can be frustrating for consumers, who may find their shiny new handsets superseded in just a few months, this quick turnover of flagships has allowed Sony to iterate its way to better products. The jump from Xperia Z to Z1 saw the manufacturer finally nail a few important areas — camera, battery life and performance — while advancing its "omnibalance" design language. The Z1's slab-like design wasn't for everyone, but it was, and still remains, a fine phone.

The Xperia Z2 is yet another iterative update, and this time Sony is focusing on improved display and sound quality, while addressing the handful of build issues that affected the Z1. That's not as exciting as built-in fingerprint scanners, heart-rate sensors or Duo Cameras, but it demonstrates a focus on the core experience that competitors sometimes lack. And as we'll discuss in our review, it's a big part of what makes the Z2 not just another solid Sony phone, but a true rival to current flagships from HTC, Samsung and even Apple.

Read the full Android Central review of the Sony Xperia Z2 to find out.

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2 years ago

YotaPhone brings both its front and back screens to the Middle East

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The quirky dual-screen YotaPhone is going on sale in the Middle East on local service provider Etisalat and through retailer Jumbo Electronics. This follows a widespread European release including the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, and Russia.

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2 years ago

HTC One Mini 2 coming to Verizon, might be dubbed 'Remix'

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The HTC One Mini 2 was announced just today, but known carrier availability has been on the scant side of things, especially in the US of A. But we now have an indication of at least one network on which you might be able to get the One Mini 2 when it launches later this year (availability first will be in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia in June): Verizon.

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2 years ago

UK carriers announce HTC One Mini 2 availability

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Following this morning's HTC One Mini 2 announcement, details of which carriers will offer the phone in the UK are starting to emerge. And Three and EE are first to announce that they'll carry HTC's latest miniature.

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia M2 lands on EE in the UK

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After stopping by Canada, the mid-range Sony Xperia M2 is hitting UK carriers. The phone launches on EE today, with prices starting at £19.99 on a 24-month, £18.99 per month 4G plan with 500MB of data. The EE Xperia M2 is available from today online, in-store and via telesales.

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2 years ago

Samsung 'Galaxy Mega 2' tipped, could be headed to AT&T

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Samsung's Galaxy Mega was a quirky phone-tablet hybrid that arrived on AT&T last summer, and now it appears there may be a follow-up in the works, as multiple reports suggest a 6-inch Mega 2 is in development.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC One Mini 2

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HTC One Mini 2

It's not as big and not as powerful as its namesake, but the HTC One Mini 2 appears to be a very capable smartphone

You can't pick up the new HTC One Mini 2 and not think it.

This is what it's supposed to feel like.

HTC today announced its latest mid-ranger, a dead ringer for its big brother that's destined for Europe, the Middle East and Asia in the coming weeks. We've had a bit of time with the Mini 2, and this much is clear: It's not just a scaled-down version of the HTC One M8. It's smaller, sure. But it's also lacking some of the features that truly make the M8 special. It's got a lower-resolution display, but a higher-resolution camera. (See the complete HTC One Mini 2 specs here.) But it does have that sex appeal of the M8, those curves and that finish — all in a size that's a lot easier to hold, pretty much eliminating our chief complaint about the HTC One M8.

And, in fact, it's that smaller size that is causing a bit of a theoretical conundrum for us. Would we prefer a brand-new HTC One Mini 2? Or an aging but still extremely relevant (and in many ways better-spec'd) HTC One M7 from yesteryear?

We'll tackle that question a little bit later. For now, let's explore the new HTC One Mini 2.

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2 years ago

HTC One Mini 2 specs

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HTC One Mini 2

The new HTC One Mini 2 is official, and we've got hands-on coverage for you to enjoy. But if it's specs you're after, we've also got you covered. Check 'em out after the break.

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2 years ago

Red HTC One M8 pictured in Taiwan

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Despite leaks of the handset in blue, red and pink, we've yet to see HTC officially announce any more colors for the One M8 besides the standard grey, silver and gold. Yet in HTC's home country of Taiwan, we've already got a live sighting of the red M8 to back up the earlier leaked render.

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2 years ago

The OnePlus One is so cheap because they're being sold at cost

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OnePlus One

OnePlus CEO Peter Lau had confessed how they've been able to bring high-end features with Nexus-like pricing in the OnePlus One smartphone. According to Lau, the company is able to offer its flagship OnePlus One at an affordable price because they are doing so "at cost."

"We are selling the phone at cost," Lau told tech publication Tech Radar. "We are able to do that by redistributing our costs to better benefit the user."

It's unclear how OnePlus will be able to be sustainable selling the device at cost, foregoing profit margins. Though Google utilizes the same strategy with its Nexus phones that ship with flagship specs, Google is able to generate money after device sales have been made through revenue sharing agreements of apps and digital content through the Play Store.

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2 years ago

Hands-on: HTC Desire 816 with Sense 6

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HTC Desire 816

HTC fields a 'mid-range flagship' that proves plastic and premium aren't mutually exclusive

If there was one product launch that was drowned out in the noise of Mobile World Congress, it was the HTC Desire 816. Announced just a couple of hours before the whirlwind Galaxy S5 event, HTC's new mid-range strategy wasn't the top story for MWC, or even the day of Feb. 24, 2014. But as HTC looks to China and the mid-range for future growth, the Desire line in general, and the 816 in particular, are of huge importance to the Taiwanese manufacturer.

The Desire 816 is HTC's "mid-range flagship," the company tells us — the leading device in the Desire line, a range which fielded solid, though perhaps under-appreciated handsets in 2013. And there's more than a little HTC One DNA in this handset, with its front-facing speakers, pleasing curves and surprisingly full-featured Sense software experience. Join us after the break for our first look at the European 816, the second phone to ship with HTC Sense 6.

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2 years ago

LG G3 leaks in textured render glory

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LG G3 leaked in textured render glory

We've seen plenty of the officially unofficially not announced but still LG G3 at this point (the leaks are getting to the point that they're rivaling the insanity we saw leading up to the HTC One M8 launch), but most of that has been smaller renders lacking detail or blurry cam photos. But this? This is the G3 as it was meant to be seen: up close, big, beautiful, and loaded with texture. These renders don't really tell us anything new about the phone, but we've got a few more after the break to keep whetting your appetite.

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2 years ago

ZTE Concord II hits T-Mobile today, MetroPCS next week

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ZTE has today announced the Concord 2 for both T-Mobile and MetroPCS in the US. The original Concord successor comes with an updated design and feature set and will be available from May 19th at affordable pricing points on both carriers.

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2 years ago

Xperia A2 and Z2 launched in Japan

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Confirming earlier leaks, Sony has today unveiled the Xperia A2 for NTT Docomo in Japan, joining Sony's current flagship, the Xperia Z2 on the Japanese network. As rumored, the Xperia A2 is almost identical to the Xperia Z1 Compact, a phone which arrived in Japan last year as the Xperia Z1 f.

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