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2 weeks ago

BlackBerry Priv will cost $720 up front at T-Mobile for its Jan. 26 launch

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T-Mobile previously announced that it would begin selling the BlackBerry Priv on January 26. Now the carrier has reveal its pricing for the Android smartphone, both in its up front cost and via T-Mobile's two leasing programs.

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2 weeks ago

Moto G Turbo Edition starts receiving the Marshmallow update in India

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Motorola has commenced rollout of the Marshmallow update to the Moto G Turbo Edition in India. The update — weighing in at 445MB — includes the Android December security update, as well as new features introduced in Android 6.0, such as Google Now on Tap, Doze, simplified app permissions, and more.

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2 weeks ago

Confirmed: Samsung changes Galaxy Note 5 internals to fix upside-down S Pen issue

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DO NOT DO THIS EVER

Company confirms it has changed the Note 5's internals to stop its stylus getting stuck

Back around the time that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 first went to market, a few unfortunate owners found that inserting the S Pen the wrong way around would result in a permanently jammed stylus. The culprit? The new clicky mechanism of the updated S Pen getting stuck on an internal switch designed to detect the pen's presence.

Now, following reports in the past day that a subsequent Note 5 hardware revision has fixed the problem, we've confirmed with Samsung that this is indeed the case.

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2 weeks ago

ZenFone 2 picks up stability update with Android for Work support

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ASUS is rolling out a stability update to the ZenFone 2, fixing user-reported issues and enabling support for Android for Work. Android for Work lets you use your smartphone for work-related tasks, with your personal and work information remaining separated. The update weighs in at 73.66MB, and bumps the firmware version number to 2.20.40.164.

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2 weeks ago

Saygus says delayed V2 smartphone will ship in Q1 2016

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After a period of silence, Saygus, the company behind the long-delayed Saygus V2 smartphone, has taken to its official Twitter account to say that buyers can expect their devices to start shipping sometime in Q1 2016.

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2 weeks ago

HTC One M8 Marshmallow update to begin in the UK, One M9 to follow

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HTC has announced that UK owners of the One M8 will begin seeing the Marshmallow update hit their phones over the next 48 hours. The company recently confirmed that customers in the U.S., Canada and other locations would also begin seeing the update roll out.

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2 weeks ago

Honor 5X review

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Honor 5X

Honor has an affordable and capable budget option here, but the software borders on unacceptable.

The quick take

The Honor 5X is a budget-priced phone that feels aspirational to something worth a bit more than you paid. For $199 you get a better hardware experience than you might expect, with a good screen, capable camera and a fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately, the Honor software story remains mostly unchanged, eroding away any goodwill gained from touching the phone. The software is overbearing, frequently slow, and downright broken in some places, which spoils the whole experience.

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2 weeks ago

BlackBerry Priv scheduled to make its debut in India on Jan. 28

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The BlackBerry Priv will soon make its debut in yet another major market. A new report says that press invites have been sent to attend the launch of the Android-based smartphone in India on January 28.

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2 weeks ago

Dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Note 5 debuts in India

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Samsung has commenced sales of the dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Note 5 in India. The 32GB model — available in gold, black and silver — is listed on the manufacturer's online store for ₹51,400 ($777), and the 64GB version is set to launch shortly for ₹57,400 ($867).

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3 weeks ago

First look: The Oppo F1

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Oppo F1

Oppo brings an impressive metal body, speedy performance and a capable selfie camera to its latest entry-level smartphone

The trend towards highly-capable budget Android phones in 2015 is set to step up a gear this year, with hardware that would've been considered bleeding edge just a couple of years ago. Case in point: devices like Oppo's new F1, announced today and shown off for the first time in London. We've had the chance to take an early look at the Oppo F1, and we've found a highly impressive piece of hardware — especially considering the €229 (£169) asking price.

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3 weeks ago

What do you want to see in the Samsung Galaxy S7?

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Battery life? Expandable storage? A Jedi craves not these things. But you sure might in the Galaxy S7.

We're probably about a month and a half out from Samsung announcing the Galaxy S7, should the stars align like they did last year. That'd put it square in the middle of a Mobile World Congress launch. And while nothing's official at this point — "leaks" have been both dripping and drabbing, which means plans are being set in motion in one form or another — it's definitely time to start giving some serious thought to Samsung's next next big thing.

So think back to the Galaxy S6. Think back to the things you loved. The form factor. The camera quality. The edge display. And think back to the things you think need to be improved. The battery capacity. The battery life. And also the battery capacity. (Did we mention the battery? Good.) And think back to the things that simply were missing. Removable and expandable storage. Waterproofing. A removable battery, maybe.

We've all got our ideas about makes the perfect smartphone in general, and a good Galaxy smartphone in particular.

So let's hear it. What do you want to see in the Galaxy S7?

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S7 is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress in late February 2016.

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3 weeks ago

Cat launches rugged S50c smartphone with Verizon connectivity

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Cat, a company better known for its large construction equipment than smartphones, has released the S50c which features Verizon connectivity for the first time. Cat has released a number of Android-powered rugged smartphones, but until now they all were meant for use on GSM carriers, like AT&T, T-Mobile and others. The S50c comes with a 4.7-inch HD display that can work bot while gloves are on, or your fingers are wet, allowing you to get things done in any situation.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy J3 heading to Boost and Virgin Mobile for $179

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The Samsung Galaxy J3 is making its way to prepaid carriers Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. Featuring a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy J3 comes with 16GB of internal storage and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. On the rear you'll find a 5MP camera with quick launch, as well as a 2MP shooter on the front.

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3 weeks ago

Oppo's upcoming F1 smartphone puts all the focus on selfies

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Oppo has announced a new smartphone, the F1, and it's designed to deliver the best selfies possible. That's right, nicknamed the 'Selfie Expert,' the F1 features an 8MP front-facing camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture and a 1/4-inch sensor to allow up to 44 percent more light to enter the camera. On the rear, Oppo has gone with a 13MP shooter and an ISOCELL sensor to help reduce pixel noise.

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3 weeks ago

Coolpad Note 3 Lite with 3GB RAM launches in India for ₹6,999

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At a press conference in New Delhi, Chinese smartphone company Coolpad launched the Note 3 Lite, a stripped-down version of the Note 3.

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