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2 weeks ago

Huawei's Honor 6 Plus packs glass on both sides, uses two cameras for neat tricks

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Huawei's latest device, the Honor 6 Plus, has been available for a few weeks now (in limited markets) but here at CES 2015 we've actually had an opportunity to get our hands on it. The Honor 6 Plus is a step above the Honor 6, and comes in at the equivalent of about $320 unlocked. It packs a metal and glass body, 5.5-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. But that's not necessarily the most impressive part — it also has dual 8MP cameras that are capable of some neat tricks, too.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung launches Galaxy Grand Max in South Korea, Galaxy A7 debuts in Malaysia

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Samsung's not done launching mobiles this week. After launching the Galaxy E5 and E7 in India, the manufacturer has now announced the latest in the Galaxy Grand series, the Galaxy Grand Max, in South Korea. There's another device on offer as well in the form of the Galaxy A7, which is making its official debut in Malaysia.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy Note Edge heads to Verizon for $399 on-contract, $799 outright

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After US Cellular announced that it would be carrying the Galaxy Note Edge earlier this week, it is now Verizon's turn to launch the handset on its network. The Galaxy Note Edge is available from Big Red for $399 on a new two-year contract, and $799 outright. If you're looking to go with a monthly plan, prices start from $33.33.

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2 weeks ago

320GB of storage isn't magic — it's the Saygus V2 (hands-on)

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Saygus V2

Dual SD cards are the hallmark feature of this Android 4.4.4 phone

Three hundred-twenty gigabytes of storage. It's an impressive number for a smartphone, especially when you write it in numeric form like this — 320GB. In a phone. Almost sounds magical, or like you'll be carrying around a hard drive with a phone strapped to it.

Pick up the Saygus V2 — pronounced V-Squared — and you'll find, well, a pretty normal Android smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and running Android 4.4.4, this five-inch, 1080p device isn't exactly magic, though it does have a few interesting features. Chief among them is that it sports a pair — two — microSD card slots. So with the 64 gigabytes of on-board storage and a couple of 128GB cards, you find yourself at 320GB of potential total storage. You've also got a nifty fingerprint recognition system on the side of the phone. Some cool stuff is here,

So, yeah. No magic.

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2 weeks ago

Saygus V2 boasts up to 320 GB storage, root access out of the box

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As promised, Saygus announced details of their new Android handset at CES, and it's clearly built for technophiles. The V2 packs 60 GHz Wi-Fi support, which enables software-free media streaming to other devices. It also comes with multi-boot capability for running apps on a microSD memory card, and root access right away. Combined internal and external storage can add up to 320 GB, which is no mean feat.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon Fire Phone on sale today for $189, if you're crazy enough to want one

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The Amazon Fire Phone was one of the biggest smartphone flops in recent memory but today, if you really want to, you can get an unlocked version of the Fire Phone for just $189.

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2 weeks ago

Huawei plans to launch its Honor phones in the US sometime in 2015

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Huawei plans to start selling its budget priced Honor Android smartphones in the US sometime later in 2015. The China-based company first launched the Honor line in December 2013 and sold 20 million of them in 2014.

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3 weeks ago

Camera, or phone? Panasonic's Lumix CM1 aims to be both with little compromise

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Panasonic Lumix CM1

Well, it's mostly a camera — but we're okay with that.

Panasonic is known far more for its cameras than its mobile phones, but the new Lumix CM1 combines its imaging expertise with a full-on smartphone experience to create one unique device. On one side is a standard phone experience with a familiar KitKat interface running on a 4.7-inch 1080p display and powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor. On the other side, you basically have a high-end point and shoot camera, with a 20.1MP 1-inch sensor, f/2.8 28mm Leica lens and complete manual controls

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3 weeks ago

The LG AKA: Cute? Creepy? I don't care, I want one

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LG AKA

The eyes have it as we get our first look at LG's colorful Korean character phones

You learn a thing or three running Android Central. One is that you need to remember to have fun with phones from time to time. Another is that sometimes there are serious regional differences that you just have to roll with.

Those nuggets are what bring us to the LG AKA, an Android smartphone that until now I've really only seen as a phone with a pair of blinking eyes, held by happy people in Korean-language press releases. They look playful. They're having fun. The phones, that is. And so I almost didn't actually want to pick up the phone at LG's booth at Central Hall here at CES, lest the magic somehow be lost and the blinking eyes close forever.

But I dared. I picked up the little creature and found a phone in my hand, clad in a colorful case, with a bit of the display left uncovered for those peepers.

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3 weeks ago

Quick look at Alcatel's new affordable Pixi 3 line of phones

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Alcatel dumped quite the set of announcements at CES with new phones and tablets, and now we've had a chance to get our hands on the new Pixi 3 line. These super budget-minded phones come in four different sizes — 5, 4.5, 4 and 3.5-inches — with specs relevant to their sizes, and most interestingly come with the choice (at time of purchase) of Android, Windows Phone or Firefox OS.

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3 weeks ago

Hands-on with Samsung's new Galaxy A5 and A3

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Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3

A couple of beautiful devices that offer up Samsung's new design on the cheap

If it wasn't clear at this point, Samsung is taking its new metal design seriously and expanding it throughout its new lineup — including these two new additions, the Galaxy A3 and A5. These budget-focused models are hitting India and Asia at low price points, but bring competitive specs, nice style and many of Samsung's trademark features and software.

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3 weeks ago

Motorola coming to China with all-new Moto X Pro in tow

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Now that Lenovo has officially acquired Motorola, it looks like the purveyor of Moto X's is looking to break back into China. The company announced today that it will be coming to the country early this year with a set of three devices: the Moto X, Moto G (with LTE), and the all new Moto X Pro.

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3 weeks ago

LG G Flex 2 heading towards Vodafone and U.S. Cellular too

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The world's latest bendy phone, the LG G Flex 2, is en route to U.S. Cellular and Vodafone UK. Vodafone has locked down a 6-week exclusive following launch. Back in America, a U.S. Cellular spokesperson has confirmed that they'll be offering the G Flex 2 this spring, though other details were scant.

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3 weeks ago

Hands-on with the ZTE Grand X Max+

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ZTE Grand X Max+ Hands-on

The premium device made for the prepaid customer

At its CES 2015 press conference we saw ZTE announce the Grand X Max+, and though it wasn't on hand during the announce we've tracked one down to check it out for ourselves.

ZTE promised that the Grand X Max+ would be the prepaid premium phone that would rival flagship phones on post paid carriers. While I wouldn't say that the phone is at the same level I would say that it is one of the better prepaid devices I have ever tried out. The device it's feels well built but is lacking a heft that makes for an enjoyable experience in the hand. The front and rear sides of the Max+ are made of glass while the side are made of plastic. Besides the obvious fear of dropping the phone and cracking the rear glass the build feels like what you would expect from a mid-tier smartphone. The power button and volume rocker are pretty flush with sides so they are difficult to find but have a good throw.

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3 weeks ago

BLU Products is launching a number of Android phones at CES 2015

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BLU Products is using CES 2015 to introduce several new Android smartphone products, all of which will be unlocked for consumers. Prices for the devices range from $89.00 to $199.00.

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