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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on preview: The ghost of the Note 7 lives on in this tablet

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This svelte tablet is not only a performer, but it comes bundled with the software tricks and S Pen that made its phablet predecessor so popular.

I always say that the last great, fully-featured Android tablet was Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 because it fulfilled all the right criteria: it was stylish, thin, extremely light and came equipped with a vibrant Super AMOLED display that was really quite perfect for binge watching video.

That was nearly two years ago. Now we have the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung's third-generation premium tablet. It's heftier, comes with an S Pen, and is covered in a premium glass finish that hearkens back to the Note 7 release that went terribly, terribly wrong. In this way, Samsung keeps its design prowess lingering on, as if to remind us that it's still innovating. And that's what the Tab S3 is anyway, right? A holdover launch to keep us salivating until the next eventual Galaxy smartphone release?

Let's get acquainted with Samsung's latest big tablet.

Galaxy Tab S3 Hands-on video

We have yet to spend too much time with the Galaxy Tab S3, but if you want to see it in action we have a great preview video for your enjoyment. Watch above, then read on for further impressions of the new tablet!

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1 day ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specs

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The Galaxy Tab S3 is the first major premium Android tablet in a while and it's geared up with flagship-worthy specs.

Like the Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note 7 before it, the Galaxy Tab S3 is essentially repurposed smartphone parts shoved into a 9.7-inch chassis. And that's not bad at all -- the Snapdragon 820 helped introduce Vulkan API to Galaxy S7 users and it's on the Tab S3, too. Charge those Bluetooth-connected gamepads and get ready to play with your new mobile entertainment system.

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1 day ago

Samsung introduces Galaxy Tab S3 at MWC 2017 with 9.7-inch display, S Pen

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The 9.7-inch premium tablet is made of glass and metal and features last year's favorite mobile processor. It's also the first tablet in years to have an S Pen.

It's not the flagship we typically expect from Samsung around this time of year, but it's a Samsung debut nonetheless. The company has just introduced the Galaxy Tab S3, a 9.7-inch Android tablet that's the successor to the well-received Galaxy Tab S2.

The Galaxy Tab S3 runs on a Snapdragon 820 processor, the same chip fueling many top-end smartphone favorites from 2016. It's the first tablet to come equipped with the Vulkan API, which was a major selling point for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 (RIP). The Galaxy Tab S3 is also paired with 4GB of RAM and a 6000mAh battery, which is powering a 2048x1536 Super AMOLED display, and it features AKG-tuned quad speakers that can adjust the sound direction based on the tablet's orientation.

The Galaxy Tab S3 only comes with 32GB of storage space, though it offers an expansion slot that's compatible with microSD cards to alleviate the storage anxiety. There are also two cameras on the Galaxy Tab S3: a 13-megapixel one on the back with an accompanying LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls or the occasional awkward tablet selfie.

More: Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on preview

If you were hoping for a productivity device, the Tab S3 is a worthy consideration. It's the first Galaxy tablet to come with an S Pen in tow since the Note 10.1. However, in this reprise the S Pen isn't dockable inside the device, and it's been tweaked so that it's thicker in an effort to make it easier to maneuver on the Tab S3's large glass display. It comes loaded with all the software features made famous by the Note 7, too, including the instant animated gif feature, PDF annotation and Screen off memo, which allows you to take a note by simply touching the S Pen to the screen. If you desire a keyboard, you can purchase the additional keyboard cover, which features chiclet keys for typing long drafts.

The Galaxy Tab S3 will be on sale later this season. Pricing and official release date are yet to be confirmed.

Press release:

Samsung Expands Tablet Portfolio with Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book, Offering Enhanced Mobile Entertainment and Productivity

New tablets demonstrate Samsung's continued heritage of delivering best-in-class Galaxy technology

– February 26, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Book, stylishly designed tablets with advanced computing technology offering a premium mobile experience. For digital content enthusiasts, the Galaxy Tab S3 delivers superior video and gaming experiences along with versatile usage as a productivity tool, while the Galaxy Book gives professionals enhanced computing power for work and play.

The Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display and the Galaxy Book is offered in a 10.6-inch TFT LCD version and 12-inch Super AMOLED version.

The new tablets unveiled at Mobile World Congress provide premium Galaxy technology including:

  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video Content: Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book 12-inch support videos in HDR (10bit colored) for true-to-life colors and vivid digital content.
  • Samsung Flow: Samsung Flow makes working on the go seamless. For a safe and secure login, Samsung Flow uses biometric authentication to log-in and can wirelessly tether compatible devices to transfer documents from a mobile device to a tablet. It also syncs message notifications so users never miss an important text message whether they're using a smartphone or their tablet.
  • Refined S Pen*: For a natural writing experience, the S Pen has a smaller 0.7mm tip and increased pressure sensitivity. The S Pen also includes convenient features such as Screen Off Memo to quickly jot down notes, PDF Annotation for easy editing and professional-level drawing with Advanced Drawing Tools.

Both tablets deliver on Samsung's legacy of innovative Galaxy technology including a 13-megapixel rear camera which includes auto focus and a 5-megapixel front camera for high-quality photos. The tablets also include expandable storage** and more power efficiency with fast-charge capabilities, supporting up to 12 hours of video playback on the Galaxy Tab S3 and up to 10.5 hours of video playback on the Samsung Book (12-inch). Both devices also support Pogo keyboards with no separate charging or pairing required.

"At Samsung, we are committed to expanding the boundaries of the mobile and computing experience by providing best-in-class products that satisfy mobile users' diverse needs and demands," said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. "Our new tablet portfolio is built with premium technology that delivers a productive and versatile experience to consumers, designed for users at home, work or on the go."

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Optimized for Entertainment yet offering versatile usage

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 takes mobile entertainment to the next level providing a cinema-like experience with 4K video playback and a stunning Super AMOLED display. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S3 is the first Samsung tablet to feature quad-stereo speakers tuned by AKG by HARMAN for premium visual and listening experiences. And with content partners like Amazon, enjoy instant access to HDR original videos.

Optimized for gaming, the Galaxy Tab S3 includes Vulkan API for superior graphics and Game Launcher for an enhanced user interface and personalized gaming experience, as well as modes like Do Not Disturb for uninterrupted gameplay.

With an enhanced S Pen, the Galaxy Tab S3 allows users to be more productive, creative, and do multiple things at once. The Galaxy Tab S3 is designed to keep users always connected with faster charging and longer battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Book: Enhanced Power and Performance in a 2-in-1 Design

Available in 10.6-inch and 12-inch models, the Samsung Galaxy Book caters to productive on-the-go professionals who are looking for a powerful computing device that isn't tied to the desktop. The Samsung Galaxy Book is lightweight and has a versatile form factor, easily transforming from a tablet to notebook.

For enterprise-grade performance, the Samsung Galaxy Book 12-inch is equipped with a 7th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 processor, Dual Core 3.1GHz and the 10.6-inch with an Intel® CoreTM m3 processor, Dual core 2.6GHz.

Built on the Windows 10 operating system, the Galaxy Book offers the full desktop Microsoft Office experience for maximum productivity. It also features a keyboard that is larger and more tactile with discernible keys so users can comfortably type just as they would on a traditional computing device.

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2 days ago

Samsung at MWC 2017: Galaxy Tab S3 livestream at 1:00 p.m. ET Feb. 26!

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 Galaxy Tab S3 liveblog

The latest from Samsung is set to be unveiled.

Even though we know the Galaxy S8 won't arrive until April, Samsung is well overdue for a tablet lineup refresh and that's what we're expecting to see at its MWC 2017 press conference. In particular we're looking at a Galaxy Tab S3 of some sort to replace the well-aged Galaxy Tab S2 series, and though we have a few details via leaks we don't know the whole story just yet.

Samsung could surely drop some interesting unexpected announcements on us as well, as is often the case at these big shows.

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2 days ago

Motorola launching an Alexa-powered speaker Moto Mod with Amazon

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Amazon Alexa is expanding into phones, and Motorola's implementation is definitely the most interesting.

Motorola is set to launch a new Moto Mod for its Moto Z line that sits on a bedside table or at an office, providing Amazon Alexa connectivity through a Harman-branded speaker while docked.

Announced at the company's press conference for the Moto G5, Motorola says that its Moto Mods will take three forms in the future: first-party, collaborations, and full third-party creations. Motorola's head of Mods, Dan Dery, reiterated that the company is dedicated to the platform indefinitely, and that is may not need to launch phones as often in the future because Mods are so good at augmenting new features launched annually with phone refreshes from other companies.

The Alexa Mod, which doesn't have a release date, works as a dock, offering always-on listening and a loud Harman-made speaker to answer questions while the Moto Z is docked. It holds the phone at an angle for easy reference, and the company hinted that this wouldn't be the last partnership between the companies.

Dery also announced a few new Mods that will be launched in the coming months, including updated battery Mods, a small accessory to charge other Mods, a wireless charging attachment, and a game pad (which is my personal favorite).

He also outlined a number of prototype or concept Mods that may not see the light of day, such as a portable printer that connects to the phone, a multi-SIM card holder, and, most impressively, a robot building kit for kids.

Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play

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Nokia is back with three new Android phones, launching globally!

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Nokia at MWC

New Nokias will have 'pure Android' and Google Assistant.

Nokia already tipped its hand earlier in the year with the launch of the Nokia 6 in China, and now the handset is getting a global release, joined by two more affordable offerings, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, announced in Barcelona at its MWC 2017 press conference today.

The Nokia 6 is the same handset we've seen for the Chinese market, only with software geared towards the West. That means "pure" Android Nougat with Google Assistant, and a commitment to frequent automatic updates. Like its Chinese counterpart, the Nokia 6 includes a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass, a Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot, dual-SIM connectivity, 16MP rear camera with PDAF (phase-detection autofocus), Dolby Atmos sound with stereo speakers, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE, 3000mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor.

In Europe, it'll sell for €229, while the special black glass model will run €299 when it's available in the second quarter of 2017.

Nokia 6

The Nokia 5 steps down to a 5.2-inch display and 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage, with a 6000-series aluminum body and antenna lines top and bottom, as part of a curved metallic design for €189. And at the entry level, the polycarbonate-backed Nokia 3 runs quad-core MediaTek chip and packs a 5-inch display, with RAM and storage configurations identical to the 5, priced at €139.

Nokia is clearly going after the entry-to-mid-range segment with its new handsets, with a handful of standout design features, and slick software that may tempt more tech-savvy users. What's more, the brand recognition of this veteran manufacturer shouldn't be underestimated.

We'll have more on all of Nokia's new Android phones from MWC 2017 landing shortly, so stay tuned!

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2 days ago

Huawei P10 hands-on: Smaller, slimmer, smarter

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Huawei P10

Huawei's mainstream flagship for 2017 builds on the solid foundations of the Mate 9 with upgraded cameras, a slim form factor and AI-powered performance — in two sizes.

Huawei's steady improvement throughout 2016 culminated in the Mate 9, a phone which remains our pick for the best big Android phone. Now, a little earlier in the year than usual, it's time for a new mainstream flagship from the Chinese firm.

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2 days ago

Moto G5 + Moto G5 Plus hands-on: A little less convention, a little more action

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The Moto G line gets another solid update, but a few confounding choices keep it from perfection.

There is no doubt as to whether the Moto G5 and its larger, more powerful sibling, the Moto G5 Plus, are the most attractive in Motorola's four year-old series. Incorporating subtle curves into aluminum, the devices are comfortable to hold, easy to use in one hand, and belie their entry-level prices.

But when you dig into the phones themselves — especially the more expensive Moto G5 Plus — you come away with the impression of yet another safe and data-driven upgrade in a series that continues to be Motorola's, and increasingly its parent company Lenovo's, most important mobile asset.

Specs

Category Moto G5 Moto G5 Plus Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Display 5-inch LCD 1920x1080 (441 ppi) 5.2-inch LCD 1920x1080 (424 ppi)
Gorilla Glass 3 Processor Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa-core
Adreno 505 GPU Snapdragon 625 2GHz octa-core
Adreno 506 GPU Storage 32GB (LATAM)
16GB (ROW) 32/64GB (U.S.)
16/32GB (APAC)
32GB (LATAM/EMEA) Expandable microSD card up to 128GB microSD card up to 128GB RAM 2GB (CA, LATAM, IRL, AU, JP, NZ)
3GB (IN, TR) 2GB (LATAM)
3GB (EMEA)
3/4GB (APAC) Rear Camera 13MP, f/2.0, 1.1-micron pixels, PDAF 12MP, f/1.7, 1.4-micron pixels, dual AF pixels Front Camera 5MP, f/2.2, 1.4-micron pixels 5MP, f/2.2, 1.4-micron pixels Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11n dual-band
Bluetooth 4.2 Wi-Fi 802.11n dual-band
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC (except U.S.) Battery 2800mAh
Removable 3000mAh
Removable Charging Micro-USB
10W rapid charger Micro-USB
15W TurboPower charger Water resistance Water-repellant nano-coating Water-repellant nano-coating Security Fingerprint sensor Fingerprint sensor Dimensions 144.3 x 73 x 9.5 mm 150.2 x 74 x 9.7 mm Weight 144.5 g 155 g Colors Lunar gray, fine gold, Sapphire blue (EMEA) Lunar gray, fine gold

Moto G5

The smaller of the two phones has made the transition to metal this year, and has been graced with a front-facing fingerprint sensor that looks considerably better than the square obstruction on the Moto G4 (and Moto Z line) from last year. Indeed, that the G5 is physically smaller is a diversion from 2016's Moto Gs, too— the Moto G4 and its Plus variant both sported 5.5-inch 1080p LCD displays, whereas the Moto G5 has been compacted, reportedly at users' requests, to five inches.

The screen, though 1080p, is not great: you can visibly see the lines that make up the panel when the screen is off, and brightness is not going to win awards. It also eschews the Gorilla Glass of the base Moto G4 for, well, nothing. There's glass, for sure, but it's not branded and may not hold up to scratch scrutiny, though we'll have to see.

Inside, Motorola has shifted the base Moto G to a different chip than its Plus variant, further separating the two devices in their assumed demographics. Now with a Snapdragon 430 — an octa-core chip potentially slower than last year's Snapdragon 617, though freer of overheating issues — clocked at 1.4GHz, it should be sufficient for most tasks, but it's clear that the 2017 Moto G is slowly encroaching, or it means to, the same market as the Moto E.

The Moto G5 looks a lot nicer than last year's model, but internally it's a lateral move.

That's not a bad thing. At €199, the Moto G5 is a good deal more expensive than what we've come to expect from the Moto E (which technically still exists, but only in certain markets), and with a metal frame it's going to come across to the average consumer like a much more high-end device, despite the hit in specs. And like previous models, the amounts of RAM and storage differ between markets — 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of storage — but I think most people are going to be pretty happy with the finished product.

If you turn the phone over, the 13MP camera shows itself embedded in a new, circular module that looks akin to the one found on the popular Moto Z line. That brand symmetry is purposeful, but while Motorola wouldn't confirm it, the actual 13MP sensor and f/2.0 lens appears to be the same as in last year's Moto G4. The phone's back cover is also removable, a concession made to people that still want to replace battery cells — there's a 2,800mAh cell in here — though the two metal parts click in place with satisfying precision.

Moto G5 Plus

This is the phone that has received the bulk of the improvements this year. A much-nicer 1080p panel at 5.2 inches keeps the body size down and screen density up, while inside the Snapdragon 625 is an enormous bump in performance and efficiency from last year's Snapdragon 617. Having used the same chip in the Moto Z Play, most G5 Plus owners are going to be very happy with this development.

Like the smaller phone, the Moto G5 Plus is mostly metal — and without a removable backplate — and the 3,000mAh battery should go further than last year's already-efficient G4 Plus. That Snapdragon 625 is paired with between 2GB and 4GB of RAM, depending on the market, and between 16GB and 64GB of storage (though most markets, including the U.S., will have 32GB base). The number of variants is dizzying, and speaks to the data-focused approach the Motorola team took when designing and building this global device.

It's time to suck it up and change the Moto G line to USB-C.

The U.S. is getting two versions of the Moto G5 Plus — the smaller G5 is only coming to Canada in North America — one with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Starting at $229, that's not a bad deal, especially for an entry-level device that should be a contender for one of the longest-lasting handsets in its price class.

And then there's the G5 Plus's camera which, though lower-resolution at 12MP, is a considerable upgrade over the 16MP shooter in the premium version of Moto's 2016 variant. While Motorola isn't sharing the exact part, we know that the sensor has 1.4 micron pixels, which should make it much better in low light, aided by an f/1.7 aperture, phase-detection and laser-based autofocus, and a color-balancing dual LED flash.

Moto G5 Plus, indoors

Jargon aside, I found the rear camera to be reliable in most lighting situations — and impressive when holding on to light indoors. Still present is the Moto Action everyone loves, the double-twist-to-camera which, along with the speedy camera interface, should make for the Moto G5 Plus's marquee feature. The front-facing camera, a 5MP sensor with 1.4 micron pixels and a wide-angle lens, appears to be identical to last year — the same as on the smaller Moto G5 — and certainly passable.

Some Moto G5 Plus camera samples.

A 3,000mAh battery rounds out the important bits of the spec list; the same-sized cell should get considerably more uptime thanks to that Snapdragon 625.

I do have some quibbles with the Moto G5 Plus, especially the one coming to North America. First, like its smaller counterpart, it's still using Micro-USB. That's increasingly an aberration in phones of any cost, and while Motorola may be stuck with additional implementation fees, it's a bandage the company will have to pull at some point. The official line is that it ensures compatibility with accessories used for years by Moto G users, and that's fair, but the line won't hold forever.

Second, there's no NFC in the U.S. variant of the phone — the rest of the world gets it — which is an odd omission for a market looking to increase its uptake of mobile payments. Sure, the uses for NFC are limited, and the justifications for cost savings considerable when the U.S. dollar is strong and the pressure to keep prices low is the top concern, but at this point the radio seems like it should be table stakes alongside things like Bluetooth and GPS.

The design, too, plays it safe. I like the offbeat, confident appearance of the Moto Z line — though I'm glad to see Motorola has conceded to a rounded fingerprint sensor — but the Moto G5 Plus is now yet another rounded metal smartphone, a design-by-committee approach to pocket computers. It's not ugly by any means, but it makes little impression.

Software touches

Both Moto G5 variants run Android 7.0 out of the box, and while there are few remarkable things about the software — a good thing, in my opinion, since Motorola keeps things close to Google's idea of what Android should be — the company has made some notable additions.

First, there's Google Assistant, the second (and third) devices beyond the LG G6 and the Pixels themselves that have it built in. The feature wasn't implemented in the demo units I played with, but retail versions will have it.

Motorola has also spruced up the initimable Moto Display feature, adding support for more colors, a more attractive circular time widget, and a very helpful new shortcut feature that jumps right into parts of an app — a specific email, say, instead of just Gmail — that will inevitably save people time.

Finally, there's this neat new feature called One Button Nav that, while probably never going to be a mainstream choice, eschews the traditional virtual navigation keys on Android for a gesture-based system that relies on the fingerprint sensor.

A swipe left is back, a swipe right, multitasking, a press-and-hold becomes Google Assistant and a touch remains home. It's something Lenovo has been noodling with for a while, and though I don't think it's a particularly necessary feature, it's one the company says proved very popular in beta testing, especially when these devices have smaller screens than their immediate predecessors.

A natural evolution

As I am every year, I'm impressed with Motorola's ability to shuffle cards around to make it appear like its latest Moto G product is a bigger upgrade than it is in reality. The Moto G5 is, in some ways, a lateral move, opting for higher build quality over better specs. Users likely won't notice any performance improvements over the previous generation — in daily tasks, it may even be slower — and the smaller battery won't do it any favors, either. But the addition of a fingerprint sensor is important to the company's messaging, and it does feel much nicer in the hand than the plasticky Moto G4.

The Moto G5 Plus is a bit more complicated to talk about. There are real, substantive improvements in every major area, including display, camera, performance and design. I'm happy with the decision to reduce screen size in favor of a phone that is more easily usable in one hand, and the 12MP camera sensor should please everyone invested in the Moto G ecosystem. But the decision to stick with Micro-USB, and the lack of NFC, feel like concessions that shouldn't be necessary in 2017.

But the Moto G line, while popular in the U.S., is tailor-made for countries still building their mobile ecosystems, and these devices show leadership in almost every area. Motorola surveyed thousands of people, and used purchase data from every market, to determine what to upgrade and where to cut and, as usual, it appears they made the right decisions.

The Moto G5 and G5 Plus will be available beginning in early March in some markets. U.S. availability of the Moto G5 Plus has yet to be determined.

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2 days ago

Moto G5 + Moto G5 Plus deliver on build quality but fail to innovate

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Motorola's newest Moto Gs are its most important devices of the year, and they are solid upgrades.

Motorola has unveiled a couple of new Moto G devices for 2017, and while they look different to last year's models, they follow the same pattern.

There's the Moto G5, the smaller of the two devices, which will be aimed at developing markets in Europe, Asia and parts of South America; and the Moto G5 Plus, which is more robustly outfitted, with a larger screen, more powerful processor and improved camera, aimed at the North American market.

There are a dizzying number of variants depending on the market, and some decisions make very little sense to me.

Each launches in some regions in early March — that's soon! — and have a number of improvements to their 2016 equivalents. But in studying their spec sheets, it's clear Motorola is aiming to eke every penny of profit from each region, with no fewer than six different versions of the G5 Plus, for example, with varying combinations of RAM and internal storage that will make your head spin.

The ultimate takewaway, though, is that these are very capable mid-range devices that overcome their biggest issues from last year — build quality — and offer enough power and battery performance to keep heavy users happy, at prices that will keep them accessible to the average user.

Moto G5 + Moto G5 Plus specs

At 5 inches and 5.2 inches respectively, the two devices look very similar, though the former has a removable back cover and a fair amount more plastic around the bezel than the Plus variant. The processor inside the smaller Moto G5, while octa-core, is a slower Snapdragon 430 clocked at 1.4GHz than the Moto G5 Plus's Snapdragon 625, a very capable chip we're happy to see trickle down to such an inexpensive product.

Both devices — not just the premium model — have fingerprint sensors this year, and each sport between 2GB and 4GB of RAM, depending on market, and 16GB to 64GB of storage. And while the Moto G5 proper has a higher-resolution 13MP camera, it's of much lower quality — it's a smaller sensor, with diminutive pixels — than the Moto G5 Plus's 12MP shooter, which has 1.4 micron pixels and an impressive f/1.7 lens.

Impressively, the Moto G5 series will ship with Google Assistant.

U.S. users will be dismayed to discover, however, that there is no NFC chip built into the Moto G5 Plus. I have no idea why this isn't in here — a Moto rep merely shrugged and referred to cost — but keep this in mind when considering the phone: it won't support Android Pay or any NFC-based mobile payment system. And everyone — U.S. and the rest of the world — will have to deal with yet another generation of Moto G with Micro-USB, a plug standard that went out of style a year ago. Motorola justifies this by pointing to a sea of existing cables that its customers want to continue using, but that doesn't cut it anymore. Not in 2017.

On the software side, both devices will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat and some requisite Moto flair — things we've expected for years, like chop-chop-to-flashlight — that keep people like me addicted to its phones. Moto Display, one of the defining features on Moto phones, have been spiffed up for 2017, too, with the ability to jump directly into emails and other shortcuts.

Both good looking phones, the new aesthetic isn't quite as bold as the Moto Z line, but the G is Motorola's bread and butter, and needs to appeal to a much wider audience. Small touches like the rounded "flat tire" camera module on the back mirror the more expensive Moto Z line, but these new Gs stand on their own, flaws and all.

The Moto G5 will be available starting in March for €199 with 2GB RAM/16GB storage across Europe and Latin America, while the Moto G5 Plus will go for $229 US for the 2GB/32GB model, and $279 for the 4GB/64GB version. In the U.S., the Moto G5 Plus will be sold unlocked through Motorola.com, and will work on all four major carriers, including Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

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2 days ago

Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs: New cameras, Micro-USB ports and lots of configurations

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Moto G5

You get a lot for your money in these phones.

Moto is once again going with a dual launch strategy for its Moto G series in 2017, with the Moto G5 and G5 Plus offering the same core experience with various spec differences to meet two distinct price points. Having the two models isn't all that confusing, but when you start throwing in regional differences on top of it, things can get a little convoluted. Depending where you live you're going to get a notably different RAM and storage combination — so let us help you out so you know what you're getting where.

Here's the full spec sheet for the Moto G5 and G5 Plus.

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2 days ago

Huawei Watch 2 hands-on: a disappointing second act

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Huawei Watch 2

Huawei's second-generation Android wearables are full of functionality, but mostly bereft of style.

The first Huawei Watch, released back in 2015, was all about high fashion. The Chinese firm hosted glitzy launch events across the globe, as it focused on producing a wearable which, first and foremost, looked good. Huawei seemed to understand that watches, fundamentally, are fashion items, and that anything worn on the wrist has to look attractive in order to succeed.

A year and a half later, the priorities have changed. The Huawei Watch 2, in both its incarnations, isn't even attempting to be a fashion watch.

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2 days ago

LG G6 vs. Pixel XL: A contrast in bezels

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No phone operates in a vacuum — it has direct competition on the shelves ready to fight for your money.

LG is positioning the G6 to go toe-to-toe with the biggest names in the mass market, and that naturally means we're going to see how it compares to the great Google Pixel XL. Both phones are built on very similar internal specs, simply separated by a couple of features, and will surely be on the radar of those looking to sped top dollar on a leading phone.

So after spending plenty of time with the Pixel XL, and a bit more time with both phones together prior to the launch of the LG G6, here's our first look at how they line up.

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2 days ago

Get a lifetime subscription to Hushed Private Phone Line for just $25

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Phone numbers should be kept more sacred than they are today. People just give them to any and everyone, and sometimes that backfires. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to give someone a secondary number and be able to keep your primary one for just your true friends and family? Well, you can, and it isn't too difficult.

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You'd normally pay just under $150 for a lifetime sub to the service, but right now you can pay much less than that. A one-time $25 purchase is much cheaper than you pay for any single month of cellular service, and since it is only being used once and a while you won't want to pay much more than that. The benefits are huge if you do a lot of stuff online, so be sure to grab one now!

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2 days ago

Huawei P10 + P10 Plus specs

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The 5.1-inch Huawei P10 and 5.5-inch P10 Plus are officially official. Here's how the specs line up for Huawei's 2017 flagships.

Huawei's flagship phones for 2017 have arrived! The P10 and P10 Plus bring the technology behind the Mate 9 to a more manageable form factor, with some important upgrades to the Leica camera setup, bold new colors and finishes, and additional software tricks through EMUI 5.1.

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2 days ago

ZTE's Gigabit Phone is a sneak peek at technology that doesn't yet exist

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5G is coming, someday, and ZTE wants everyone to know it's ready and waiting.

Ever wonder what life will be like when we have 5G connectictivity roaming around us? Well, we're not quite there yet, but to get you in the spirit, ZTE is showing off the first 5G-compatible smartphone on the MWC 2017 show floor.

When 5G is ready, it will include a hundredfold speed increase that will make all sorts of futuristic technologies more plausible.

The Gigabit Phone, as its called, is an attractive smartphone on display at the ZTE booth. But although it exists in physical form, it's not exactly what you'd call a finished product. ZTE's Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Mobile Devices, Andrew Elliot, said in an earlier phone call that the device on display at the Fira Gran Via is a mere prototype for carriers. "It will be commercialized, but probably not in the form-factor you see it in," he added.

The Gigabit Phone is packed with future-facing specifications, including a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and X16 modem. ZTE claims that this hardware enables its Gigabit Phone to be "three times as powerful at improving data processing capability," which is important for handling 5G throughput.

Although the Gigabit Phone is not connected to any specific any network — ZTE doesn't have a European partner to show it off in Barcelona — the company hopes its existence will inspire carriers at the potential of 5G to fuel a bevy of mobile experiences, like virtual reality. "We wanted to provide a prototype for how carriers can do that," said Elliot.

When 5G is ready, it will include a hundredfold speed increase that will make all sorts of futuristic technologies more plausible. Imagine 5G-powered drones delivering packages at your door, for example, or 5G-connected cars driving in real time. Until that reality comes to fruition, however, 5G is still just a concept that companies are rallying around to figure out how to leverage, and thus sell more things.

We'll have a sneak peek at ZTE's first 5G-capable smartphone from the MWC 2017 show floor. Stay tuned!

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