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3 years ago

HTC 'One Mini 2' name tipped for miniature M8

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With the HTC One M8 on store shelves, attention is turning to other devices in the "M8" family. Aside from the supposedly plastic M8 Ace, a smaller version, similar to last year's One Mini, has also been rumored. And today Twitter leaker @evleaks is suggesting it might come to market as the "HTC One Mini 2."

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S3 update to enable roaming on Canada's Telus

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Verizon Galaxy S3 update

Verizon's Galaxy S3 — yes, that old salt — is getting an update today. And this update, apparently, gives the phone roaming access on Canada's Telus network. And ... well, that's it. You'll be up to Build JSS15J.I535VRUCNC1 with this one. So update at your leisure, if you're the kind who has to update all the things. (Like some of us around here.)

Source: Verizon support (pdf); Thanks to Ryan and everyone else who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Motorola to unveil their next smartphone on May 13th

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Motorola invitation

Motorola has set May 13th as the date that they will unveil their next smartphone, and we'll be there to tell you all about it. The event, which will take place in London, will see the introduction of "the next smartphone from Motorola to make these connections happen." The phone is said to be "made to last" and "priced for all", though the invitation is mum on any specifics about the phone. We have no indication that there will be a companion event in the United States, as we've seen several manufacturers do recently — HTC had simultaneous events in New York and London when they were unveiling the HTC One M8 — but considering that it's set for the morning in London, we doubt there will be one.

Motorola's current flagship, the Moto X was only revealed in August 2013, and the less expensive Moto G in November. Rumors have been swirling about a successor to the Moto X to be dubbed the Moto X+1, with leather being added to the current stable of colorful and wood backs available on the Moto X.

Whether the Moto X+1, an even thinner and more affordable Moto E, or another device is what we'll see in two weeks is unknown, but we'll definitely be on hand to bring you the best coverage of whatever Motorola's latest smartphone will be.

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3 years ago

OnePlus One general availability slated for mid-to-late June

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The much anticipated OnePlus One will see general availability in mid-to-late June according to a post in its official forums. The initial batch of phones will be allocated to folks who enter the phone smashing contest and to folks who get invited to buy, with the 16GB white version being first available.

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3 years ago

Latest Samsung Galaxy S5 ads focus on features

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 marketing train continues to roll with a series of new ads that focus on individual features of the phone. There's one for the selective focus feature in the camera – up top – as well as one for the ultra power saving mode and for the S-Health application.

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P7 photos leak a week ahead of official launch

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A week out from Huawei's launch event in Paris, photos of what's claimed is the new Ascend P7 have made their way out onto the Internet. Design wise the P7 looks to be an iteration on its predecessor, the Ascend P6, but with some subtle changes and a bump in hardware and software.

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3 years ago

LG sends out media invites for G3 launch on May 27

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Save the date, May 27 is when we'll see what's next from LG

The LG G3 is going to be with us very soon, as LG has started sending out invites to press for an event on May 27 in 6 cities around the world. London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Istanbul and Seoul will all see the introduction of LG's newest flagship smartphone for 2014 on the very same day. LG's going big this time.

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3 years ago

OnePlus One hands-on and first impressions

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OnePlus One

Surprisingly high-quality build and subtle design choices with an industry-leading price point have us intrigued

We've just wrapped up an event here in San Francisco with CyanogenMod and OnePlus, where we finally have our hands on the much-awaited OnePlus One. This much-hyped device has drawn a good number of followers (and critics) over the past few months with an interesting marketing campaign, and now we have the hardware (and software) to look at for ourselves and see how things stack up.

Be sure to hit the break for an extensive gallery of the OnePlus One hardware, along with a few comparisons of other devices and our first impressions, after the break. We've got more on the software and its new version of CyanogenMod as well.

Naturally, we'll be bringing more in-depth coverage of the OnePlus One as we spend more quality time with it.

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3 years ago

Up close and personal with the LG G3's rear buttons

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The LG G3 is very quickly becoming something of an open secret. We know the UI is getting a refresh, the screen will be 1440p, and the buttons, while redesigned, will still be on the back. Our first look at those redesigned buttons came over the weekend, and now courtesy of leaker @evleaks, we have a bigger and clearer look at them.

They're like the buttons on the LG G2 and the LG G Flex, but more refined. There's power, volume up, and volume down. The T-shaped layout mirrors the G Flex, with the camera over the buttons, a flash on one side, and what's likely the IR blaster on the other. And that's what we know: the LG G3 will come in white and it will have buttons.

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Save $200 on the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

If you've been eyeing the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition but couldn't stomach the price, have a look here. T'was $649, now available for $449. Plus free ground shipping, so there's that. Basically this extra-large smartphone — again, it's pretty damned huge at 6.4 inches — has gone from oversized and overpriced to merely "Damn, that's big."

Still, you're going to have to ask yourself why you wouldn't just save another $150 and pick up a Nexus 7 and make calls some other way.

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3 years ago

First look at the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8

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Our own Mark Guim sits down with HTC's Jeff Gordon to take a look at the Harman/Kardan edition of the HTC One M8, announced today as a Sprint exclusive.

It's the same M8 we've been using for a month or so no, only in a new color and with some special sauce from Harman/Kardan on board. It'll be available online on May 2, and in Sprint stores on May 9.

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3 years ago

Sprint announces a Harman/Kardon version of the HTC One M8

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Harman/Kardon HTC One M8 on Sprint

Spotify discount sweetens the deal for those on a Sprint 'Framily' plan

Sprint and Harman/Kardon today in New York City announced an exclusive version of the HTC One M8. It's being positioned as an Android smartphone for music lovers who don't want any compromises — wherein you can listen to music the way the artists want.

This is basically the same M8 we've come to know and love — be sure to read our full review — but with some serious sound customization added in. The phone features Harman's Clari-Fi that "restores and 'rebuilds' music fidelity lost during audio compression." Sprint and Harman/Kardon are promising "richer, deeper and clearer sound quality for compressed digital music."

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3 years ago

LG G3 name confirmed as LG targets Q2 release for new flagship

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Tucked away in today's LG Q1 2014 financial results is confirmation of the branding for its upcoming flagship phone, the G3, along with hints of a launch before the end of June. From today's press release —

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera is official

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Part Galaxy smartphone, with a whole lot of camera (and 10x optical zoom!) added on

Samsung Electronics UK today has announced the Galaxy K Zoom, a new "Camera-Specialized Smartphone" that sports a 20-megapixel sensor on a 4.8-inch smartphone body.

This is an Android-based system, running Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung's got a suite of custom software on board as well, including a "lite" version of its excellent S-Health app, and the new Ultra Power Saving Mode. It's powered by a hexacore system, with a quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz alongside a dual-core processor at 1.7 GHz. It's got 2 gigabytes of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (actual useable space will be less), and can take a microSD card for external storage. The Galaxy K Zoom has a 2,430 mAh battery.

[Read this: Complete Galaxy K Zoom specs]

The camera is a 20.7MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor. It's got a 10x optical zoom and xenon flash. There's some sort of "Selfie Alarm" (presumably that helps you take selfies and not avoid them), and object tracking for when the subject's not standing still.

And, yes, this is a smartphone, with full 3G and 4G LTE data. For Wifi, you've got 802.11 a/b/g/n.

Pricing and specific availability were not announced.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is part smartphone, part camera — and one hell of an interesting product. It's got a 20.7-megapixel sensor sitting atop a 4.8-inch smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat. It's got all the connectivity you'd expect in a modern device. And while it departs a bit from your typical smartphone design — mainly because it's got a rather large (by most smartphone standards, anyway) camera on the back, it's still a sexy looking device.

And here we have the complete Galaxy K Zoom specs.

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