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HTC U Ultra specs: 5.7-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 821, 3000 mAh battery

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HTC U Ultra

You should know every last spec you're getting in a new phone.

HTC's U Ultra is a big phone, with plenty of specs under its beautiful glass exterior. When it comes to what you expect from a high-end phone, you get it here: Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 5.7-inch QHD display covered by Gorilla Glass 5 and a top-end camera with big pixels and a fast aperture. It's all here, and more, in the full HTC U Ultra spec sheet.

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1 week ago

HTC announces U Ultra and U Play: Beautiful glass back in two sizes with disparate spec sheets

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HTC U Ultra and U Play

HTC is waiting less than two weeks into 2017 to launch two new phones.

At an event today in Taiwan, HTC unveiled its latest phones in a new line: the HTC U Ultra and U Play. The two models follow a familiar strategy for HTC, launching one high-end device and another in the same line with lower specs to target different audiences. To that point, the U Ultra is the phone we'll see here in the U.S. and around the world, while the U Play will see a much more limited release.

Both phones have a brand new design language for HTC, dominated by a curved full-glass back look it calls "liquid surface" and accented by clean metal accents and a muted front. The phones retain a front fingerprint sensor that doubles as a home button flanked by capacitive back and recents keys. You won't find a headphone jack on either phone, as HTC continues its high-quality USB-C audio story started with the HTC Bolt.

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1 week ago

HTC U Play specs: 5.2-inch 1080p, MediaTek CPU, 16MP camera

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HTC U Play

Stepping down in size but also internal specs.

The HTC U Play may retain the excellent external hardware of its larger sibling, but the internal specs are decidedly downmarket from the U Ultra. In order to cut down the price, the U Play moves to a MediaTek processor and in some cases 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It also drops to a less-desirable 16MP camera, smaller battery and a 1080p display resolution.

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1 week ago

LG G6 teaser reveals large screen, compact body, and water resistance

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LG's 2017 flagship will make its debut next month.

LG is slated to unveil the LG G6 next month at Mobile World Congress, and the company is starting to slowly trickle out information regarding the device ahead of its debut. In a teaser video, LG asks people to share their wish list for an ideal smartphone, and the replies include a big screen that's easy to use one-handed, water resistance, reliability, and a great camera. Unsurprisingly, the LG G6 will have all of those attributes.

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1 week ago

Latest Axon 7 Mini update brings VoLTE to more users, December security patch, and camera tweaks

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Latest update brings a slew of features to the Axon 7 Mini.

Good news for those of you who recently nabbed an Axon 7 Mini. ZTE has announced a maintenance release for the device, namely a software update that will add VoLTE, Google security patches up to December, and camera enhancements. ZTE says that there are three different builds out right now and the one you have installed will affect the update you receive. For instance, those who were on build B16 have already received their VoLTE update through T-Mobile.

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1 week ago

How to get the Huawei Mate 9 at the best price using Jet.com

How to get the Huawei Mate 9 at the best price using Jet.com

Jet.com is a website with tons of products and their goal is simple: saving you money. By opting out of certain online "luxuries", you can end up spending less on your purchases.

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The Huawei Mate 9 is the best big Android phone money can buy, and if you're in the market for Huawei's next flagship, why not save a little cash in process? Here's how!

How to get the best price on the Huawei Mate 9 with Jet.com

Saving on the Mate 9 is simple; you just have to forego free returns and have your debit card handy.

  1. Add the Huawei Mate 9 to your cart. Then the savings start.
  2. Pay by debit card.
  3. Click to opt out of free returns. Don't worry, you can still return the phone — you'll just have to pay $5.99 plus 5% of the price of the phone.
  4. Click the option to do both for the most savings!

How does that save me money?

The way Jet.com explains it is that free returns are actually built into the price of the item, so the return isn't, in essence, "free". You can still make a return, but you'll have to pay $5.99 plus 5% of the phone price.

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As for paying with your debit card, companies have to pay a certain fee per credit card transaction — there is no fee when debit is used. So, no free returns and no credit card transaction fee means you save money on the best big Android phone around.

Get saving

Check out the Huawei Mate 9 on Jet.com for the best price on the best big'un!

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1 week ago

Galaxy S7 dominates holiday sales, but Android loses ground to iOS in the U.S.

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The iPhone is quickly on the way to dethroning Android's dominance in the U.S., though the platform continues to thrive overseas.

Via Recode, Kantar WorldPanel released data that shows the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the iPhone 6S accounted for about 31 percent of smartphone sales since Apple's flagship launched in September 2016.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were up next with 28.9 percent of sales, while Google's Pixel managed a meager 1.3 percent. KantarWorld Panel refers to the Pixel's numbers as "strong gains," but it's a wonder if it would have sold better had Verizon not confused consumers about its exclusivity.

It's worth noting that Big Red also made some gains over the holiday:

"Verizon booked nearly a quarter of all US smartphone sales during the Black Friday period, playing a vital role for all brands, including Apple and Samsung."

Despite the impressive sales of Samsung and Google's devices, Android's market share is slowly falling in the U.S. The platform has been on a consistent downturn for the past six quarters. It lost about five percent market share in the last year, though it still makes up about 55 percent of all U.S. smartphone sales.

Not surprisingly, Android is maintaining a strong presence in overseas markets, such as China. Chinese iPhone sales dipped below 20 percent during the same period, about five percent less compared to 2015. Kantar WorldPanel reports:

"Nearly 80% of all smartphones sold in Urban China during the three months ending November 2016 were Android, as local brands continued to dominate the market."

Huawei represented about 25 percent of all Android smartphone sales in China, though the iPhone 7 was the best-selling device in Urban China, dethroning the Oppo R9.

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1 week ago

Android Central Best of CES 2017 Awards!

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AC's CES 2017 award winners are in!

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At this year's CES in Las Vegas, instead of one particular category standing out, we were impressed by a number of existing ones — and updates to old ideas.

But trends did emerge: the Internet of Things is, while still a meaningless generalization, filtering down to consumer products in meaningful ways, like with the NVIDIA Spot. And new takes on a wrist wearable, like the the Lofelt Basslet, feel designed for more specific, and invested audiences.

Still, it was the old form factors that won our hearts this year: the BlackBerry 'Mercury', in its late aughts glory, impressed us, as did the Samsung Chromebook Pro and ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom. All updates to tried-and-true designs, but great products nonetheless.

So without further ado, here are our awards for the best of CES 2017.

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1 week ago

Huawei's next flagship is coming at MWC 2017

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Huawei P10 likely to break cover in Barcelona.

Huawei has begun sending out "save the date" invites for its Mobile World Congress 2017 press conference, which kicks off on the afternoon of Sunday, February 26 in Barcelona, Spain. The invite promises "the global unveiling of a new flagship device" -- a surprising development perhaps, just a couple of months after the Mate 9's arrival.

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1 week ago

Will there be a Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

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Did you hear? Samsung made a phone. It exploded. It got recalled. Then it exploded again. The Galaxy Note 7 will go down as perhaps the worst smartphone launch in history, but does that mean the long-running series is dead and buried?

In the first in a new series or videos, we're answering your Android-related questions, and here's the first:

Will there be a Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

Check out today's video for my thoughts on this most flammable of burning questions, and hit the comments with questions of your own. If you're lucky, we might just tackle them in a future Ask AC video!

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1 week ago

How to fix Galaxy S7 battery life problems

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The Galaxy S7's battery is bigger than before, but you still don't want to waste what you have.

The eternal quest for longer battery life in smartphones continues on, as evermore efficient chips and bigger batteries are in a battle with new software, apps, features and big screens. You want your phone to do everything, but also do it for a very long time — and those things are at odds, especially if you don't want to be chasing around a wall outlet everywhere you go.

The Galaxy S7's 3000 mAh battery is bigger than last year's Galaxy S6 and offers really solid battery life, actually, but if you consistently find your GS7 coming up short at the end of the day we have a handful of tips for you to get the most out of what battery you have.

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1 week ago

Lenovo P2 makes its debut in India with huge 5100mAh battery

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Snapdragon 625, 5100mAh battery, and fast charging for ₹16,999.

Lenovo's latest phone in India is the budget-centric P2. The phone will be going up for sale later today in Champagne Gold and Graphite Grey color options, and will be exclusive to Flipkart. The highlight of the P2 is the 5100mAh battery, which Lenovo says will last up to three days on a full charge. The company is also touting its new fast charging solution, which provides up to 10 hours of "normal usage" with a 15-minute charge.

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1 week ago

You can get the Honor 6X for just $199 today, but you'll have to act fast

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Honor 6X's first flash sale kicks off later today in the U.S.

Honor unveiled the budget Honor 6X last week, and the handset will be available for sale in the U.S. starting January 15 for $249 unlocked. Ahead of its debut, Honor is running a flash sale on its website that kicks off at 12 p.m. CST, in which it is offering the Honor 6X for $199, a $50 discount.

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1 week ago

U.S. airlines are no longer required to warn passengers about the Note 7

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The Note 7 saga is finally coming to a close.

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that airlines in the U.S. will no longer have to notify passengers about the Note 7. The phone is still banned from all passenger and cargo aircraft, but with Samsung stating that it recovered over 96% of Note 7 devices, the Department of Transportation is lifting its requirement regarding pre-boarding notifications:

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1 week ago

Should you get Device Protection insurance for your Google Pixel?

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Should you buy Pixel Protect with your new Google phone? For an extra $100, you're paying for peace of mind.

You might not think you need that device protection add-on for your shiny new device, but with Google's new Pixel smartphones, you might consider springing for it in the case of an emergency.

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