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Quick comparison: Sony Xperia Z4 versus Xperia Z3

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Sony Xperia Z4 + Z3

How does Sony's latest premium smartphone compare to its predecessor?

Half a year after the Xperia Z3 made its debut, Sony has revealed its successor — the Xperia Z4. Announced initially for the Japanese market, the Sony Xperia Z4 brings a familiar design and feature set in a slimmed-down body, with (mostly) upgraded specs.

If you're wondering how the new Xperia Z4 compares to its predecessor on paper, we've lined both up side by side below. Based on the specs alone, it's not a quantum leap forward for Sony — but we'll have to wait and spend some time with the phone before coming to any firm conclusions.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z4 specs

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Sony's first high-end smartphone of 2015, the Xperia Z4, is official. Essentially, it's an slightly tweaked version of its late-2014 flagship, the Xperia Z3, the main upgrades including a slimmer design, 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, new audio processing capabilities and a 5.1-megapixel selfie camera. Beyond that, the device will be very familiar to Z3 owners, and in fact one important hardware spec — the battery capacity — has actually seen a small downgrade.

Head past the break for a full rundown on the Sony Xperia Z4's hardware.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z4 official: 5.2-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM and 20.7MP camera

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Sony Xperia Z4

The Xperia Z4 features a similar OmniBalance design as previous high-end offerings in the Xperia Z series, with the device boasting upgraded hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 810 SoC.

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2 weeks ago

LG to offer free screen replacement and 64GB memory card with LG G4 in South Korea

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All customers buying the LG G4 in South Korea will receive a one-time screen replacement that is valid up to one year after the purchase of the device, along with a 64GB memory card.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile HTC One M9 software update brings phone in line with international models

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The T-Mobile version of the HTC One M9 is getting a small OTA that brings some camera improvements to the smartphone, among other things.

The update is just 88MB and the change notes on T-Mobile's support page show that it brings some camera, Blinkfeed and user experience improvements to the HTC One M9.

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2 weeks ago

Inside themes in Sense 7 and the HTC One M9

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HTC's new theming community is a powerful and relatively easy way to customize your phone.

One of the more exciting (yet imperfect) features on the HTC One M9 and a major part of the new Sense 7 is the use of themes. Back in the day it would take some pretty serious hackery to theme a phone. Then custom ROMs started to bake in theming. And finally the manufacturers have gotten into the game.

If you've never been into theming your phone, this is a good time to take a look.

So ... let's take a look.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 camera tips and tricks

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Galaxy S6 camera

The Galaxy S6 has an amazing camera from the moment you first launch it, but there's always room to improve.

Just like every other camera, the Galaxy S6 has a learning curve — and while it's easy to pull out the phone and capture great shots with little effort, if you take the time to learn a few of its finer points you can really make the most of it. Whether it's switching over to the Pro mode for finer control or just browsing through the settings to make sure you're taking the right kinds of pictures and videos, these are the tips and tricks you need to know to get the most out of your Galaxy S6's camera.

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2 weeks ago

The HTC One M9 is now available from TELUS

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The HTC One M9 is now available from Canadian carrier TELUS.

The HTC One M9 is available from TELUS for $200 with a two-year contract, though you can grab it without contract at its full price of $750.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop rolls out to the Sprint Spark version of the Samsung Galaxy S4

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An over-the-air update for Sprint Spark version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now rolling out that brings Android 5.0 Lollipop to the device.

The support page on Sprint's site does not indicate how big the download is, but it does show the new version number to be L720TVPUCOD1.

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2 weeks ago

5.5-inch Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 priced at $199.99 for a limited time in early pre-sale

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Alcatel OneTouch is holding an early pre-sale of its 5.5-inch Idol 3 smartphone for just $199.99 from now until the end of the day on Monday, April 20.

After 11:59 pm PDT on April 20, the price of the Idol 3 will go up to $249.99. Any pre-orders for the phone will start shipping in mid-May.

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2 weeks ago

Sony launches LTE-enabled Xperia E4g in India for ₹13,290

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The Xperia E4g — with dual-SIM connectivity and LTE — is now listed on Sony India's website for ₹13,290 ($215), making it the most affordable handset from the manufacturer to offer LTE in the country.

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2 weeks ago

Should I upgrade from the Galaxy Note 4 to the Galaxy S6?

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Galaxy S6 and Note 4

Considering the timing and differences between the phone, it's a tough upgrade decision to ponder.

Samsung runs two distinct flagship lines, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note, each offering different qualities to appeal to different kinds of users. The Galaxy S series is the phone for a broader base of users, with a more average-sized screen, a few leading features and a neat design, while the Galaxy Note series turns all of the knobs to 11 with a huge screen, S Pen input, cutting-edge features for the large screen and tons of power.

The phones are released on a staggered cycle, outdoing each other in some areas as they're released about six months apart each year — and that makes the decision a bit fuzzy on whether it's at all worth an upgrade. The phones are in different classes in terms of features and sizes, but we still want to explore the idea of upgrading from a Note 4 to a Galaxy S6 — let's talk about it.

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2 weeks ago

Cyanogen releases official Cyanogen OS 12 update for Micromax Yureka

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Cyanogen is now pushing out their take on Lollipop, Cyanogen OS 12, for the Micromax Yureka.

Starting today owners of the Micromax Yureka will be able to update their devices to the official Cyanogen OS 12, bringing Lollipop to their devices. Cyanogen OS 12 is the companies take on Android 5.0 Lollipop, with some customization of course.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile ZTE Zmax sales halted because people keep trying to remove the non-removable battery

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Non-removable batteries are meant to stay in the device, but since people still want to try and remove it T-Mobile has deciced to stop selling the ZTE Zmax.

People love being able to remove batteries from their phones, and some will even do it when the battery is not meant to be removed. T-Mobile has put a stop to selling the ZTE Zmax for now because people are attempting to remove the battery that is meant to stay in the device.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy S6 battery life bad? This update might help

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Update April 17, 2015: Now that we've got a day's worth of use under our belts, well, results are mixed as to whether the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life is still bad, or whether it's improved. A number of folks in this forum thread believe that, indeed, they're seeing better results after Samsung updated its Push app. That's pretty much par for the course, especially when you're looking at things in this manner. We'll continue to keep an eye on this.

Original story: If your Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life has been less than impressive in these initial weeks, well, you're not alone. We've got any number of threads in our GS6 and GS6 edge forums that point to disappointing times before needing to recharge.

An update today from Samsung might help that.

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