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1 month ago

ASUS introduces two new ZenFone 2 models at Computex

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ASUS ZenFone 2 models

5- and 6-inch ZenFone 2 handsets introduce laser autofocus and Qualcomm CPUs.

ASUS has only just got done releasing the ZenFone 2 — an Intel-powered 5.5-incher that arrives in the U.S. starting at a surprisingly affordable $199 price point. But that's not the end of ASUS' mid-level smartphone lineup for 2015. Just like last year, it seems the Taiwanese company will field ZenFones in varying sizes with mixed hardware across the board. And this week at Computex 2015 in Tapiei, we got a look at 5-inch and 6-inch variants of the ASUS ZenFone 2, with Intel chips and laser autofocus.

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1 month ago

Where to buy the Huawei P8 lite

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The Huawei P8 lite, as it stands at the time of its launch in mid-2015, is one of the new breed of unlocked phones available in North America. It combines decent hardware and disappointing software with a price that's tough to beat, given that you don't have to pay it over 24 months, put off a quarter's worth of dining out just to make up the difference. No, at $249 — like other phones in this space — the P8 lite is excitingly affordable.

So. Here's where you can purchase the Huawei P8 lite:

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1 month ago

GetHuawei celebrates its first birthday with $50 off your order and other free goodies

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In celebration of the stores first birthday, Huawei is offering up a $50 savings when purchasing one of three Huawei smartphones.

Alongside releasing the P8 Lite, Huawei is also celebrating its online store's first birthday. In honor of the occasion, the company is offering a $50 savings when purchasing one of three smartphones from their site, as well as a free accessory bundle to go with it.

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1 month ago

Huawei P8 lite specs

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The Huawei P8 lite is the latest entry from the Chinese manufacturer into the unlocked North American market. It's a solidly mid-range smartphone, with a 5-inch display at 720p, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 processor. The one standout spec, however, isn't a good one — this phone is launching with Android 4.4.4.

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1 month ago

Hands-on with the Huawei P8 lite: A decent unlocked option with a software problem

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Huawei P8 lite

A brief look at a decent (and decently priced) unlocked Android smartphone that's hampered more than a bit by one nagging issue.

The "unlocked" market is starting to bloom a bit this year, and one of the newest entries is this, the Huawei P8 lite. As the name implies it's sort of a little brother to the P8 — you can read our full review of that one here — with the specs and style scaled back a bit to hit its asking price — just $249, without having to sign any sort of contract with a carrier. And what's more is that Huawei is bringing the P8 lite to a number of outlets in the U.S., as well as selling it directly.

And buying the phone really is just the start. It's all part of a pretty big move for Huawei as the Chinese company starts to make inroads in North America, and they're calling it "Unlocked 2.0." No more forking over a few hundred bucks for an imported phone and hoping things work out. (Or not caring too much if they don't, since the price was right.)

Let's take a look.

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1 month ago

First look: The ASUS Selfie Swing

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ASUS Selfie Swing

The ASUS ZenFone Selfie has another trick up its sleeve: A unique accessory that aims to make it easier to capture your mug.

Announced alongside the ZenFone Selfie, the ASUS Selfie Swing is a rather wacky accessory that plays to the selfie-taking target audience of the phone. It comes in two parts: First, a case into which you slot the phone, and secondly an extended hinge that can function in a couple of interesting ways.

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1 month ago

Lollipop inbound for the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3

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If you own a Sony Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile, you're about to get some Lollipop love.

T-Mobile's senior product manager, Des Smith, took to Twitter this evening to announce that Android 5.0 Lollipop is set to roll out to the Sony Xperia Z3 later tonight.

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1 month ago

Motorola apologizes to ATRIX HD owners for lack of KitKat update, offers special pricing on Moto X

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ATRIX HD owners on AT&T were originally promised an update to KitKat for their devices, and since Motorola couldn't make good on it they are offering those customers a new deal.

Motorola is offering ATRIX HD owners some special pricing on a new Moto X Pure Edition, as a result of not being able to bring the KitKat update to the device. To try and make it up to those who were disappointed, Motorola is offering the Pure Edition Moto X for $399, a $100 savings on the device.

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1 month ago

Google discounts the Nexus 6 by $150, throws in free shipping

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The Nexus 6 is on sale right now from Google, dropping the price by $150 with free shipping included.

If you've been looking for a deal on the Nexus 6, Google's new sale may be of interest to you. Right now you can pick up a 32GB Nexus 6 directly from Google for just $499, a $150 savings.

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1 month ago

Verizon pushes out its first update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge owners on Verizon are receiving their first update, which brings some minor changes and bug fixes along with it.

An update is being pushed out by Verizon for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and this is the first update since the devices release. The update bumps the device to software version VVRU1AOD5, which brings some minor tweaks and bug fixes along with it.

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1 month ago

Acer's Liquid X2 is a speedy, near-stock mid-ranger with a massive battery

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Acer Liquid X2

It might not be as head-turning as the latest Android flagships, but Acer's doing a lot right in its latest mid-level offering.

Acer isn't a brand name you'd typically associated with fast, pure Android handsets with a minimal amount of software bloat. But the Taiwanese company's latest Android phone, the Liquid X2, delivers impressive performance, a near-stock Lollipop experience and the possibility of epic longevity. We got an early look at the phone today at Computex 2015 in Taipei. Check past the break for more.

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1 month ago

Meizu announces M2 Note in China; starts at ¥799

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In a mega event in Beijing, Meizu today announced the M2 Note, the successor of the M1 Note launched last year. In terms of specifications and hardware, the M2 Note is not much of a change though.

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1 month ago

Huawei invites Ascend Mate 2 owners to test Android 5.0 Lollipop update

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Huawei is now taking registrations for Ascend Mate 2 users to test out the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

If you happen to own a Huawei Ascend Mate 2, the company has just opened up registration for interested users to test out the upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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1 month ago

Sony brings the Xperia M4 Aqua to Canada, sales begin mid-June

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The Xperia M4 Aqua from Sony will be making its way to Canadian carriers for a mid-June launch.

Canadians will soon be able to get their hands on the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, as availability from multiple carriers is set to begin mid-June. The Xperia M4 Aqua features a 5-inch 720P display, with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor under the hood with 2GB of RAM, and it will run Lollipop out of the box.

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1 month ago

ASUS ZenFone Selfie hands-on

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ZenFone Selfie

ASUS' selfie-centric smartphone is basically a ZenFone 2 with a big honkin' front camera.

It wasn't just watches, tablets and Windows goodies on show at ASUS' pre-Computex press conference in Taipei today. The Taiwanese manufacturer also unveiled a new selfie-centric smartphone designed for those who love to capture images of their own fleshy, digitally-enhanced visage.

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