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4 years ago

The HTC One E8 brings plastic to a mostly familiar experience

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The HTC One E8 brings plastic to a mostly familiar experience

HTC One E8

HTC One E8

If you've been longing for a polycarbonate version of the HTC One M8, minus the Ultrapixel camera, today's your lucky day. If you're in Asia.

The HTC One E8 is now official. It brings a 5-inch, 1080p display and a Snapdragon 801 processor in a plastic body, swaps the "UltraPixel" camera for a traditional 13MP shooter and is "designed to attract the fashion pack."

It still has HTC's excellent BoomSound speakers and is running Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6. The biggest difference between this and the M8? Plastic, and the camera.

It's destined for other regions, to be announced later, and will be priced at 2799 RMB, or about $447 U.S.

4 years ago

HTC One E8 specs

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HTC One E8 specs

HTC One E8

HTC One E8

It's an HTC One. Mostly. The HTC One E8 takes most of the specs we've come to know and love in the M8, but replaces the 4-"UltraPixel" camera with a traditional 13MP shooter, puts it all in a plastic body and calls it a day.

The HTC One E8 is destined for China at first, with other regions to be announced.

Following are full specs for the HTC One E8.

4 years ago

Acer brings low-cost, low-spec unlocked smartphones to Canada

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Acer brings low-cost, low-spec unlocked smartphones to Canada

The Acer Liquid S1 can be yours for CA$379, off contract

The Acer Liquid S1 can be yours for CA$379, off contract

Acer's Liquid smartphones have come in unlocked flavors to Canada. The Acer Liquid S1, Liquid Z3, and Liquid Z5 are now available at retailers across the land of moose and maple, and bring with them low prices and specs to match. They're not the latest and greatest from Acer, but they're cheap.

4 years ago

Samsung Z launches carrying Tizen, headed to Russia in Q3 2014

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Samsung Z launches carrying Tizen, headed to Russia in Q3 2014

Samsung has today finally announced its very first Tizen powered smartphone, the Samsung Z. Headed to Russia in Q3 2014 before expanding to other markets, the Samsung Z marries decent sounding hardware with features – both hardware and software – seen elsewhere on its Galaxy Android powered devices.

4 years ago

Samsung's enormous Galaxy W is official with a 7-inch display

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Samsung's enormous Galaxy W is official with a 7-inch display

Galaxy W

Galaxy W

The much rumored 7-incher from Samsung is real and it just got an official announcement for SK Telecom over in Korea. While big on size the Galaxy W isn't so big on specs with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, a 3500mAh battery, 16GB onboard storage an 8MP camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Despite Samsung's recent launches coming with Android 4.4 KitKat, the Galaxy W for some reason takes a step back in time.

4 years ago

Through the looking glass: The Nexus 5 under the microscope

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Through the looking glass: The Nexus 5 under the microscope

Look closely
Alex
Andrew
The back of my N5
Paint it black
This is the web-friendly color blue
camera flash Nexus 5
Rear camera Nexus 5
The chrome icon
The earpiece
Front-facing camera Nexus 5
This is the web-friendly color green
Hangouts icon
Headphone jack
Jerry
the LED indicator
The LG logo is covered in glass — scratched glass
Two shades of grey
Microphone
This is the web-friendly color red
This is the web-friendly color white
The Nexus logo is all scratched up
Phil
More Phil
Phil
The power button is scratched AND has rust on it
This is the web-friendly color purple
Richard
Proximity and ambient lighting sensors, Nexus 5
Sim card tray and ejector hole
The speaker
The USB port
Black, against the bezel
White background

Look closely

Your phone is filthy and covered with scratches — but it still looks better than your computer monitor

I chanced across my little USB microscope the other day while looking for a printer cable. I never found the printer cable, but I did keep the microscope on my desk because I knew I would find time to play with it err, um, do some work with it. While the folks who make USB microscopes always show interesting pictures of money or plants or something else all nature-ish and educational, I just had to look at phones, because I'm that kind of nerd. And my wife doesn't allow me to have money. Just kidding. Not really.

Anyhoo, after looking at screens for a bit I decided to grab my Nexus 5 and check it all out. I learned a couple things, and I figured it was interesting enough to share.

4 years ago

10 more things you need to know about the new LG G3

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10 more things you need to know about the new LG G3

LG G3
LG G3
LG G3 buttons
Frickin LASERS
LG G3 battery
LG G3 display
LG G3 TV
LG G3 UI
Camera module

LG G3

The LG G3 is upon us. And like any smartphone not named iPhone or Galaxy S, it's sort of swimming upstream. That is, it's got to fight against huge marketing budgets, cults of personality, and out-and-out fanboyism.

But as we've been saying for years now, LG's long made excellent smartphones. And in the past year they've truly come into their own right, with features that are now being aped by other manufactures.

We're still in the early stages of working with the LG G3, and we've got a little time before it's going to hit store shelves. But here are the top 10 things you need to know about LG G3 as we see them so far.

4 years ago

AT&T to begin rollout of Sense 6 to HTC One M7 users next week

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AT&T to begin rollout of Sense 6 to HTC One M7 users next week

HTC One M7

HTC One M7

If you're rocking AT&T's version of the HTC One M7 and are eagerly waiting to make the switch to Sense 6, we have some good news. A HTC executive has announced that users AT&T One M7 users will start receiving HTC's latest UI starting next week.

4 years ago

LG G3 video walkthrough

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LG G3 video walkthrough

LG G3

LG G3

An in-depth look at LG's new flagship smartphone

With the LG G3 all official, announced and in our hands, it's time to take an in-depth look at this new 5.5-inch, "Quad HD" device in our latest video walkthrough. A quick recap — the G3 boasts an enormous 2560x1440 resolution display, a new textured back panel designed to be less fingerprinty, 2 or 3GB of RAM (and 16 or 32GB of storage with it. There's also a 13-megapixel laser-toting rear camera, with 4K video recording capabilities and new gesture-based controls for taking selfies.

The G3 is launching in the next month or so, having arrived in LG's home market of Korea this week. We'll have a complete review coming up in the days ahead, but until then our video walkthrough covers just about everything there is to know about the LG G3.

So join us after the break for a look at hardware, software, design and build quality, and camera.

4 years ago

Oppo officially announces the N1 Mini, revealing some specifications

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Oppo officially announces the N1 Mini, revealing some specifications

Oppo N1 Mini

Oppo N1 Mini

As we expected, Oppo today has officially unveiled the N1 Mini. The Mini is sporting a 5-inch screen, 720p HD display and running on Color OS 1.4. It does have LTE bands as well, along with a beefy 13MP camera. No other details were given as far as internal hardware, but Oppo is holding an event on June 10th where we should get all the goods.

4 years ago

HTC One Mini 2 available right now on Three UK

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HTC One Mini 2 available right now on Three UK

HTC One Mini 2

HTC One Mini 2

The HTC One Mini 2 is now available for purchase on UK mobile operator Three. Priced at £31 a month with an upfront fee of £19.66, the Android-powered handset is a great choice for consumers who are looking for a smartphone with strong functionality in a tight package. If you'd rather purchase the HTC One Mini 2 outright, the full price is £399.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom launches in the UK May 31

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom launches in the UK May 31

Galaxy K Zoom

Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung's half-phone, half-camera hybrid the Galaxy K Zoom will go on sale in the UK tomorrow, Saturday May 31. The initial launch will take place at Samsung's own network of 'experience stores' across the country, as well as Carphone Warehouse outlets. There's no word on wider availability just yet.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active now available at AT&T stores and online exclusively

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active now available at AT&T stores and online exclusively

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has leaked many times but now the device has gone official on AT&T. Running a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and using Android 4.4 Kit Kat on a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 16MP camera, AT&T is releasing three colored variations in total. Camo Green, Titanium Gray and and Ruby Red. Keeping up with the previous Active devices the device is also shock resistant, water resistant, and dust proof.

4 years ago

AT&T Asus PadFone X unboxing

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AT&T Asus PadFone X unboxing

ASUS Padfone X

We got our hands on the AT&T's Asus PadFone X on Wednesday and we think its price makes it stand out. For $199 with a new contract or $549 full retail price, you get a combination of a 5-inch Full-HD LTE Android smartphone and a 9-inch Full-HD LTE tablet. What exactly do you get for the price? Watch our unboxing video to find out.

4 years ago

The LG G3's rear power and volume buttons

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The LG G3's rear power and volume buttons

LG G3

LG G3

LG's latest flagship handset continues its tradition of back-mounted keys

LG broke the mold last year with the G2, switching from the tried-and-true side-mounted power and volume keys and putting its buttons on the back. And it worked pretty well, allowing the company to slim down its bezels while keeping the main keys relatively accessible. (Though that said, we were less enamored with the inferior design that featured on the Verizon G2.)

Back buttons quickly became a signature LG feature, arriving on devices like the G Flex and G2 Mini, and they're back on the company's 2014 flagship, the LG G3.

Check out our video after the break.

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