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3 weeks ago

ZTE NX507J passes certification in China, is this the ZTE Nubia Z7 Mini?

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Numerous smartphones have received the "mini" treatment, where a smaller version of the handset is also released to the public, and ZTE could well be adding another with a ZTE Nubia Z7 Mini. The mysterious ZTE handset has passed Chinese certification with the codename NX507J, which is pretty similar to the NX505J, believed to be the 5.5-inch Nubia Z7. The NX507J has a 5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, something that may attract consumers who don't enjoy the "phablet" experience.

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3 weeks ago

Sprint's LG G3 available July 18

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LG G3

Preorders start July 11

Sprint today announced that its version of the LG G3 — with its 5.5-inch QHD display and innovative rear buttons — wlil be available on July 18.

You'll be able to get the G3 for no money down and 24 monthly payments of $25, which comes out to an even $600 when all is said and done. You'll be able to preorder on July 11. And if you do so by July 24, you may be eligible to receive a $150 reward card. Order a G3 from July 25 through Aug. 14 and you'll be eligible for a $100 reward card. (You'll have to register and then wait for it, of course.)

Sprint's also giving away 20 G3s. You can register here.

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3 weeks ago

UK retailer Phones 4u to carry Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini

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While this week's Galaxy S5 Mini announcement did not mention any specific pricing or availability details, UK retailer Phones 4u has stated that it will stock the device once in becomes available in the country.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung prices latest batch of entry-level smartphones

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Samsung announced a bevy of new smartphones targeted at the budget segment earlier this week, with all devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and a lightweight version of TouchWiz. While pricing details weren't divulged at the time, Samsung's Netherlands site has revealed how much the devices would cost in the region.

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4 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S5, two months on

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Samsung Galaxy S5

We've had our hands on the Galaxy S5 for over two months now — it's time to share how we feel Samsung's flagship has held up over time.

Each year, Samsung garners a massive amount of attention for its new flagship Galaxy S phone, and for good reason. With its official unveiling coinciding with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and satellite events all around the world, Samsung did things up big with the Galaxy S5 just as you'd expect. Thankfully this wasn't another Broadway-style production with useless fluff blurring the message either, as Samsung absolutely had legitimate reasons to be proud of with the GS5.

The Galaxy S5 ushered in a new level of hardware refinement that made many of us rethink what defines Samsung's hardware design. It dropped most of the shiny hard plastic in favor of a nice soft-touch back plate, bumped up the internal hardware to check all of the boxes, improved the screen quality in nearly all metrics and kept the Samsung fans happy with a removable battery, SDcard and physical home button. The GS5 also introduced a new finger scanner in the home button and an interesting heart rate monitor alongside the camera flash on the back of the phone, showing some real hardware innovation.

It was apparent that Samsung spent plenty of time on the software as well, giving it more than just a fresh coat of paint and instead really unifying the whole software suite under a single design language. Samsung went with a flatter, more harmonious interface that uses a simpler color palette and fewer crazy neon highlights — this isn't the TouchWiz of 2010.

The real question is: how have all of the improvements in design and functionality in the Galaxy S5 translated into real-world use?

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4 weeks ago

T-Mobile LG G2 latest to get Knock Code update

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Owners of the LG G2 on T-Mobile's network are the latest to receive a software update that adds the Knock Code feature to the smartphone, allowing owners of that device to simply knock on the display to wake it up.

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4 weeks ago

Moto Maker for Moto X expands to Germany

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The Moto Maker online customization feature for Motorola's Moto X smartphone is now available in Germany for the first time, allowing residents in that part of the world a way to customize the look of the Android smartphone before they receive it.

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4 weeks ago

Alleged photos of upcoming ZTE Nubia Z7 reveal thin bezels, sleek design

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If the rumors are any indication, ZTE's upcoming Nubia Z7 handset will not only pack a wallop, but the Android flagship smartphone will also be a sleek piece of kit. Teasers of the device from last month indicated a metallic construction, which has been further reinforced by live photos of the device.

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4 weeks ago

Quick comparison: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini versus HTC One Mini 2 specs

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One Mini 2 vs GS5 Mini

How do HTC and Samsung's 'minis' compare on paper?

Samsung this morning announced the Galaxy S5 Mini, the latest device in its line of miniature Android flagships. With a 4.5-inch 720p display and a physical design and feature set matching its big brother, the obvious comparison for the GS5 Mini is HTC's One Mini 2, launched just over a month ago.

If you're wondering how these two "minis" compare in terms of raw hardware numbers, then check out our comparison table below.

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4 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini specs

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is official this morning, bringing the design language and features of Samsung's flagship smartphone to a smaller form factor at a lower price point. If you're wondering how the specs shake out, we've got all the details you need down below...

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