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2 years ago

Amazon India accidentally lists the Nexus 5X, details specs and color options

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Amazon India has pulled the trigger on the LG Nexus 5X ahead of time, giving us a look at the likely specs on offer with the upcoming handset. According to the retailer, the Nexus 5X will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 423ppi, Snapdragon 808 clocked at 1.8GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, 12.3MP camera, 5MP front shooter, LTE connectivity, 2,700mAh battery and Marshmallow.

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2 years ago

ASUS' entry-level ZenFone Go launches in India for ₹7,999

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The ZenFone 2 offers great value for money for those looking for a budget handset, but ASUS is now setting its sights on the entry-level segment with the ZenFone Go. The handset made its debut in India earlier today, and will be available for just ₹7,999 ($120) from ASUS retail stores and Flipkart.

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2 years ago

Rumored Nexus 5X and 6P names gain weight with latest leaked images [Update]

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We previously reported that Google's next Nexus phones may carry the 5X and 6P names, and now some alleged pictures of the product packaging for the two smartphones has surfaced, seemingly adding some weight to the naming scheme.

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2 years ago

Moto X Pure Edition camera tips and tricks

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Moto X Pure Edition

Motorola cameras have never really been top-of-the-line, but the software that drives the experience certainly is.

One of the things that has always helped the Moto X line of phones truly stand out has been the camera app. Despite the camera itself not being much to talk about in previous iterations of this phone, the software that drives the user experience is excellent. There's nothing in between you and the thing you want to capture, and when you do decide to look in the settings it can be navigated entirely by your thumb without moving around.

It's a great, clean experience with a few hidden gems and a few things you should know before you find yourself ready to take photo or capture some video on your Moto X Pure Edition.

Use the whole sensor

Moto X Camera Standard

Step one with every Moto X Pure Edition should be to head into the settings where and enable Standard mode instead of Widescreen mode. The Moto X Pure Edition comes with a 21MP sensor, but to make sure the camera app looks nice the app default to cropping down to a widescreen 16.1MP shot. That's just plain wasteful, you should be using the whole sensor when taking your photos.

Making the switch is easy, just scroll the settings wheel until you see the pair of rectangles, and when you tap that icon you'll see a pair of options. When you choose Standard you'll see the app has some black space on the side, which is because the sensor and the screen are different shapes. When you take photos, it'll be the whole 21MP shot and not something automatically cropped so your app looks a little better.

Enable Control Focus and Exposure mode

Moto X Manual Mode

Your next step on the settings wheel should be the Control Focus and Exposure mode. The Moto X Pure Edition camera doesn't offer a tap to focus mode like most cameras. when you tap the screen, it captures a photo instead. This works well if the app is focusing on and exposing the parts you want when taking a photo, but if that's not the case your photo is in trouble.

Enabling this Control Focus and Exposure mode gives you a target you can move around to choose focus points and exposure. All you have to do is drag the icon to where you want the focus, or move the little sun icon if you want a photo to be brighter or darker. This mode can be disabled if you feel you don't need it, but having it handy makes those quick adjustments a lot faster.

Your video settings won't stick

Moto X Pure Edition Video

The video part of the settings wheel gives you access to slow-motion and 4K recording options, and it does so nice and quick. You tap the option you want, hit the camcorder button the screen, and the recording starts. Unfortunately, if you want one of these modes to stick around you're out of luck. Slow-motion and 4K need to be enabled every time you open the camera app, and there's no way around it.

Navigating to the correct option in the settings wheel is fast, but obviously not as fast as having 4K available to you as soon as you launch the camera app. Its not a huge deal, just something to keep in mind as you capture. For video, the default every time you launch the app will be standard 1080p.

Speak up for selfies

Moto X Pure Edition Selfie

Tapping the screen isn't the only way to take a photo on the Moto X Pure Edition. You can also tap the volume down key anytime you want to grab a photo, from the front or the rear of the camera. Depending on how you hold your phone when grabbing a picture, that may not be the most convenient way to tap the shutter key, and unfortunately the phone is so large and thick that holding the phone and tapping the screen with the same hand isn't always an option. For those rare situations, remember your voice is also an option.

Moto Voice has commands for "Take a photo" as well as "Take a selfie" and these options immediately launch the camera to grab a photo. For selfies, this voice command enables a countdown from three, follow by the shutter. All you need is your personal Moto Voice trigger followed by one of the above commands, and the capture is complete.

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2 years ago

ZTE ZMAX 2 coming to AT&T on Sept. 25 for $149

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ZTE will soon be selling the successor to its older ZMAX smartphone. The ZMAX 2 will be available via AT&T starting on Friday, September 25 for the no-contract price of $149.99.

While the original ZTE ZMAX had a 5.7-inch display, the ZMAX 2 will have a smaller 5.5-inch screen. It will include an unnamed Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. It will have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The ZMAX 2 will also have an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera and a removable 3,000 mAh battery.

Source: ZTE

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2 years ago

Xiaomi Mi 4c offers Snapdragon 808, 5-inch FHD display and USB Type-C for $204

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Xiaomi's back to doing what it does best. The vendor has just launched the Mi 4c in China, offering incredible hardware for budget prices. The highlight is the Snapdragon 808 SoC, seen in high-end phones like the LG G4, which is now making its way to a handset retailing for 1,299 Chinese Yuan ($204).

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2 years ago

Moto X Pure Edition tips and tricks

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Moto X Pure Edition

The Moto X Pure Edition is shaping up to be exactly what many wanted — a bigger Moto X with a decent camera. Here's how to use it better.

Motorola has gotten quite good at keeping its Moto X line nice and clean, with features that continue to make these phones a compelling alternative to Nexus hardware. The Moto X Pure Edition is a worthy successor to the phones that have carried this name before it, but like every Android phone not everything is spelled out for you in the tutorials, especially the things that don't quite work they way you'd think they should.

With that in mind, here's a quick collection of tips and tricks you'll want to get the most out of your Moto X Pure Edition.

The flashlight gesture only works for as long as you're holding it

Moto X Pure Flashlight

Motorola has included several ways to activate and deactivate the flashlight on the Moto X Pure Edition, including a clever chopping motion that works even when the screen is off. You can double-chop to turn the flash on or off. But if you activate the flashlight this way and set the phone face-down, the flashlight will almost immediately turn itself off.

It's likely this is a way to stop your flashlight from turning on in your pocket and remaining on long enough to do harm. Once the sensors on the front of the phone detect the screen is against something, the flashlight turns off. If you turn the flashlight on from the quick settings menu, the light will stay on as long as you tell it to.

Now if only it'd do this if left face-up.

The Moto Gallery is still alive and well, so enjoy it

Moto Gallery

Despite Google Photos coming pre-loaded on the phone and asking for users to hand over compressed versions of all of their photos for free, Motorola's gallery app can still be a big part of the Moto X experience. In fact, even if you're using Google Photos as your primary local image manager, Moto Gallery is still working in the background to deliver clever things.

The two big things you'll see pop up, even if you've never opened the Gallery app before, are Highlights and Suggestions. Like previous versions of the app, Highlights stitch together photos and video captured during the day into a compelling story (like, um, Google Photos can do), while suggestions steps in to let you know when the phone captured a better image in between photos, just in case you want to save it instead of the one you just took.

Adaptive Brightness still takes some getting used to

Adaptive brightness

Every Android phone ever has had auto-brightness controls of some sort, but you do occasionally run into some phones that don't do the best job in this area and a replacement app is needed. The Moto X Pure edition relies on Adaptive Brightness controls from Google's Android to handle brightness controls, and if you've never used this setup before you may be a little confused at first.

Instead of constantly polling the environment and guessing what brightness level you'd prefer, the Moto X lets you choose what brightness level is optimal with the slider and then adjusts from there. The idea is more to keep the brightness level at the same comfort level for your eyes regardless of environment, based on your input. This means if you crank the brightness all the way to 100% and walk into a pitch black room, the phone will never decide to drop the brightness down to 1%. It will always to re-create the experience you had when you set the bar in the first place.

A custom toast notification appears when you're on a Quick Charge 2.0 charger

Moto X Turbo Charger

We all know Quick Charge is the new cool thing in the world of keeping your phone charged, and Motorola has been leading this particular revolution with their Turbo chargers in the last generation of phones, but this year you get a nice new notification if you're connected to something that is giving you more juice than the average USB charger.

This message will say Turbo Charger Connected even when you aren't using the official Turbo Charger sold by Motorola, and that's because it's all based on the same Quick Charge 2.0 tech. When you disconnect from the charger, a separate toast notification will let you know that Turbo Charger charged your phone to a specific percentage, so you have a good idea of how much more battery you have. It's a small thing, but could make a big difference to anyone looking to get a quick recharge before walking away from a charger for a while.

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2 years ago

Samsung's latest 'It's Not a Phone, It's a Galaxy' videos focus on the curved display and Samsung Pay

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Samsung is continuing its "It's Not a Phone, It's a Galaxy" campaign with some new videos that premiered during the Emmys. The videos focus on Samsung's new payment system, Samsung Pay, and the curved display of the Edge series.

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2 years ago

Huawei Mate S available to pre-order in Europe at £469

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Huawei's latest high-end offering, the Mate S, is now available to pre-order in Europe. The phone can be had unlocked and carrier free through Huawei's Vmall store directly at a price of £469 in the UK and €649 in mainland Europe.

Don't expect to have it in hand any time soon, though, as lead times are currently 4-5 weeks for delivery.

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2 years ago

LG Class is a metal-bodied mid-range phone with a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 410

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LG's mid-range phone, launched in its home market earlier today, is called Class. The handset will be available for sale now for 399,300 Korean Won ($340) from SK Telecom, LG U+ and KT, with three color variations on offer: Gold, Silver, and Blue Black. A white color option will be made available at a later date.

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2 years ago

Android One expands to Spain and Portugal with the Aquaris A4.5

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Google took to its official Spanish Twitter account today to announce that Android One is making its European debut with the launch of the Aquaris A4.5 in Spain and Portugal through retailer BQ.

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2 years ago

Upcoming Nexus phones reportedly named Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

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This time around, Google may have two Nexus phones, and what they would be called is something we have wondered for some time. According to a new report, the phones will carry the names of Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, which seem a bit odd.

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2 years ago

Huawei Mate S review

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Huawei Mate S

The latest Android smartphone from Chinese manufacturer Huawei is another version of the same tune: Impressive hardware, and software that overshadows its nice bits with instances of madness.

Brave is the Android publication that has its American contingent review a Huawei phone. While the company isn't exactly a stranger to top-shelf hardware, it's definitely fighting an uphill battle in this part of the world. That's (probably) going to change with the next wave of Nexus devices, and so it makes sense for us Yanks to take a good long look at the latest from Huawei, the Mate S.

First, a primer. There's Huawei proper, which comprises the Mate line (previously known as the "Ascend Mate" line), as well as the single-letter flagship phones, such as the recent P8 smartphone. (Think Galaxy Note vs. Galaxy S.) There's also Huawei's "Honor" brand, which is sort-of (but not really) separate, bringing the same sort of aesthetic under a more Western-friendly name. (Or so Huawei hopes.)

What we have in the Mate S isn't unfamiliar to Huawei fans. We've got some very solid hardware, coupled with frustrating (but at times also very impressive) software that gives Huawei's phones a distinct look and feel, for better or worse.

There's a good bit to like here. And a good bit to grumble at. Let's take a deeper look.

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2 years ago

Xiaomi's upcoming Mi 4c will support USB Type C, with a bundled adapter for micro USB

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Xiaomi is expected to launch a new high-end device on September 22, the Mi 4c. The phone will feature a USB Type-C connector, much like the OnePlus 2, with a recent image shared by co-founder Bin Lin suggesting that a micro-USB converter will be included in the box. The converter will allow users to charge the phone and transfer data through standard micro-USB cables.

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2 years ago

ASUS is now selling a 16GB ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM for $229 in the US

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ASUS launched two models of the ZenFone 2 in the US: an entry-level variant with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM for $199, and a higher-storage model with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM for $299. The Taiwanese manufacturer has now made available a third version for $229 that offers 4GB RAM with 16GB storage.

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