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3 years ago

Xiaomi launches the Mi 3 in India for $250

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Xiaomi launches the Mi 3 in India for $250

Xiaomi has just launched the Mi 3 in the Indian market, with the handset set to go on sale starting July 15. The highlight of the launch is the pricing of the device, which is very low at just Rs. 14,999 ($250).

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3 years ago

Sprint LG G Flex gets Wi-Fi calling in latest update

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Sprint LG G Flex gets Wi-Fi calling in latest update

Sprint has just issued an update for the LG G Flex which enables calling over Wi-Fi networks and a few other tweaks. You'll also find an HD Voice icon, Google patch for SMS and security, plus an update to e-mail signatures. The rollout starts today and will keep going through to June 16th.

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3 years ago

AT&T LG G3 available July 11 for $199 on a two-year plan

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AT&T LG G3 available July 11 for $199 on a two-year plan

AT&T LG G3

Preorders start July 8

AT&T this morning announced that its version of the LG G3 will be available for preorder July 8 — yes, tomorrow — and hit stores July 11. It'll cost $199 up front if you do a two-year deal, or you'll be able to get it for $24.17 a month with zero down payment on AT&T Next 18. AT&T Next 12 takes it to $29 a month.

The LG G3, as you'll recall, features a 5.5-inch QHD IPS display at a whopping (but occasionally wonky) 2560x1440 resolution. It's got a 3,000 mAh battery and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.

For more, be sure to read our complete LG G3 review.

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3 years ago

Xiaomi ships 10 million Mi 3 units and launches Champagne Gold version

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Xiaomi ships 10 million Mi 3 units and launches Champagne Gold version

China-based Xiaomi has announced it has shipped 10 million units of its Mi 3 Android smartphone, while also launching a new Champagne Gold version of the device.

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3 years ago

HTC launches mid-range Desire 616 in Asian markets

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HTC launches mid-range Desire 616 in Asian markets

HTC's efforts to gain a more significant market share in emerging marts like China have gotten a significant boost today with the launch of the Desire 616. The mid-range dual-SIM handset joins the likes of the plastic version of the One M8 and the Desire 816 as HTC seeks to continue its profitable streak.

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 DS dual SIM variant launched in Saudi Arabia

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HTC One M8 DS dual SIM variant launched in Saudi Arabia

The HTC One M8 DS, a dual SIM variant of the company's current flagship smartphone, is now available for sale in Saudi Arabia from the Mobily wireless carrier.

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3 years ago

Motorola starts rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat to users in India

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Motorola starts rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat to users in India

Motorola India announced on Twitter today that it is rolling out the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to users in the country, with the Moto X, Moto E and the Moto G set to receive the OTA update shortly.

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3 years ago

OnePlus One will get Android L 'within three months' after final build

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OnePlus One will get Android L 'within three months' after final build

OnePlus has confirmed that their OnePlus One smartphone will receive an upgrade to the newly revealed Android L OS. OnePlus One currently uses the 11S build of CyanogenMod, a highly modified version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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3 years ago

Android L preview: Battery and power management

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Android L preview: Battery and power management

The next version of Android introduces battery-saving features for developers and users alike

You can never have enough battery power. Battery life is one of the main areas of smartphone performance in which there's still a huge amount of room for improvement. Batteries in the leading Android phones are getting bigger all the time, and that's one way to make things better. But the Android L developer preview also brings software improvements aimed to boost longevity, including new battery stats and a battery-saving mode for users, and tools to help developers make more battery-friendly apps.

Let's take a closer look.

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3 years ago

LG G3 officially coming to Canada starting August 1

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LG G3 officially coming to Canada starting August 1

LG has announced that its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G3, will be coming to the Great White North of Canada. The expected launch date for the smartphone in that territory is August 1.

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3 years ago

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

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

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 years ago

Sprint's LG G3 available July 18

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Sprint's LG G3 available July 18

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 years ago

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

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

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 years ago

Samsung prices latest batch of entry-level smartphones

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Samsung prices latest batch of entry-level smartphones

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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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5, two months on

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Samsung Galaxy S5, two months on

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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