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1 week ago

Google Home and Google Wifi are coming to Australia on July 20

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Google Home and Google Wifi are heading to the land Down Under later this week.

After making their debut in the UK, Canada, and France in recent months, Google Home and Google Wifi are heading to Australia next. Both devices will be available in the country starting July 20.

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1 week ago

Google Glass is back, and it's headed to the enterprise

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Alphabet has been working on Glass Enterprise Edition for over two years.

Google Glass failed to pick up momentum as a consumer product, but the wearable is getting a new lease on life in the enterprise segment. Alphabet's X, which oversees the development of Glass, has announced that after two years in a limited trial program, the Glass Enterprise Edition is being rolled out to more businesses.

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1 week ago

How to manage the YouTube app for Android

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Managing YouTube

How do I upload to YouTube on Android?

Watching videos and subscribing to channels is what YouTube's all about, but there's so much more you can do, like uploading your own videos, messaging other YouTubers, and all those settings that'll help make your experience more enjoyable and help keep your data usage to a minimum.

Here's how to manage YouTube so that it works for you.

How to change upload network preferences

You can set whether or not you want to upload videos when not connected to Wi-Fi. If you don't want to eat up too much data, you'll want to upload only when connected to Wi-Fi.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap your avatar in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Into Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap Uploads.
  6. Tap either Only when on Wi-Fi or On any network.

    Tap General, tap Uploads, choose a setting

How to limit mobile data usage

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap your avatar in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Into Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap the switch next to Limit mobile data usage. When enabled, you'll only be able to stream in HD when connected to Wi-Fi.

    Tap General, tap the switch next to limit mobile data usage

How to manage notifications

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap your avatar in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings. Don't tap Notifications here as it just takes you to your current notifications.
  4. Tap Notifications.

    Into Settings

  5. Tap the switch next to each notifications setting you'd like to disable.
  6. Tap Subscriptions: Notify me via.
  7. Tap Push and email, Push only, or Email only.

    Tap the switch next to each setting you'd like to enable/disable, tap Subscriptions: Notify me via, tap an option

How to disable Autoplay

Do you find it ridiculously annoying when you've played a video and the next suggested video starts immediately after? You can turn that off.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap your avatar in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Into Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap the switch next to Autoplay.

    Tap General, tap the switch next to Autoplay

How to enable/disable Restricted Mode

Restricted Mode is a way to filter content that may be deemed inappropriate for children. It can get a little annoying, though, if you enjoy reading the comments, since it hides those by default (because YouTube comments).

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap your avatar in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Into Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap the switch next to Restricted Mode to enable/disable it.

    Tap General, tap the switch next to Restricted Mode

How to change content location

You won't be able to view region-locked content, since that has more to do with your Google account and other factors, but you can change what videos might be suggested for you, as well as what ads you see.

  1. Launch YouTube from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap your avatar in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Into Settings

  4. Tap General.
  5. Tap Content location.
  6. Tap a region.

    Tap General, tap Content location, tap a region

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

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1 week ago

This $27 Bluetooth speaker has a crazy long 24-hour battery life

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with an exclusive discount on a powerful Bluetooth speaker.

Amazon currently has a pretty great discount on the extremely popular Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker. With this deal, the black version speaker drops down to $26.99 when using the coupon code THRIFT77 at checkout, from a usual street price around $36. For direct price drops, though, this price matches what we saw during a recent one-day Gold Box sale, and Black Friday 2016.

The SoundCore has a 24-hour battery life, which means you can take it on any outdoor excursion without worrying about it fading for quite some time. It has a built-in mic so you can use Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls. It also comes with an 18-month warranty from Anker.

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1 week ago

Latest Nokia 8 leak details upcoming flagship in silver

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Nokia 8 is expected to make its debut at the end of July.

We got a first look at HMD Global's upcoming Nokia 8 flagship courtesy of Evan Blass‏, and the noted leakster has detailed the silver color variant of the phone in a new leak. Aside from the silver hue, there aren't any differences from the blue Nokia 8 that was leaked yesterday.

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1 week ago

Android is an open road, not a dead end

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Android is what you see and touch, not the tech behind it.

A recent article at OSNews called "Android is a dead end" brings up some good points to think about. While I think the conclusion is wrong, it does touch some important changes that are likely going to happen with Android. At least the phone OS version of Android. You should take a moment and read through it, if for nothing else than a different perspective.

A lot of different things get called Android. The reality is that Android is a front end that interfaces with us and can talk to whatever software or hardware it needs to so that magic can happen. Technically, it's a giant set of application frameworks and a way to turn code written for "Android" into an app, then run it. It can do this with the free operating system Google delivers designed to run Android, it can do it on Windows, it can do it in Chrome, it can do it on a Mac, or even BlackBerry 10. It's not quite portable, but hard work can make it so.

This is where I think anyone who thinks Android is at a dead end is confused. It certainly seems like Google is working on something to replace a lot of the software that runs on your phone with future versions, but that's not the Android part. From the article:

Android in its current form suffers from several key architectural problems - it's not nearly as resource-efficient as, say, iOS, has consistent update problems, and despite hefty hardware, still suffers from the occasional performance problems, among other things - that Google clearly hasn't been able to solve. It feels like Android is in limbo, waiting for something, as if Google is working on something else that will eventually succeed Android.

These are unpopular truths, especially in the Android fanbase. While building Android to run on almost any hardware is a strength, it also means these architectural "problems" will be undesired side-effects. It means the software isn't as efficient because it's designed to do things more than one way and it's never running as native software. Native software is more efficient, runs faster and uses less power, but it only runs on the hardware it was written for. Sometimes these problems mean nothing to us as end users, other times they interfere. They're not bad enough to matter to most people who use the front-end and interface that is Android.

And all signs point to Google working on something else to succeed what we have now. And it will run Android.

I want to think of Android O as like Apple OS 9 or Windows NT4. It's as far as the current software can go. All the tweaking has been done, performance and compatibility issues are addressed as much as they can be, and to take the software to the next level a lot needs changing. And like Windows 2000, Android can be exactly the same to the end user as the previous version was. Or like OS X, it can be a bigger change to how we do the same things, but still be able to do them all.

What the article at OSNews alludes to, and we've talked about here, is Fuchsia. It's a completely new operating system built from the ground up by some people who are really good at building operating systems. And it will have Android as the familiar user-facing software that we already know. It will also have Chrome as the familiar face we all know. And maybe even something new and different.

Google definitely is trying to succeed Android with something better, but at its core it will still be Android.

I don't think this shows Android is at a dead end. Not even a little bit. If anything, it will breathe new life into the entire ecosystem. Not all change is a bad change. And some changes can be very good. From the article, again:

In a few years, Google's Pixel phone will have a fully custom, Google-designed SoC, and run an operating system that is Android in brand name only.

Hopefully, this is true. And I'm more hopeful that the software will be written in a way that Samsung can do the same, and Huawei, and anyone else who wants to custom fab a SoC. Android in brand name only is Android. The underlying operating system doesn't give the user any experience, and a cheap Wi-Fi router that runs Android or a Kindle Tablet or a microwave oven is not giving you the Android experience the way your phone is. This part of Android is just a generic software. A commodity. It's valuable, but can be replaced by something better if something better comes along.

Android in a Fuchsia future may not look like Android today. Or it might. The important thing is that it can, and can be a better experience for all of us who use it without any worry about the technology that drives it.

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1 week ago

MIUI 9 is launching on July 26 alongside dual camera-toting Mi 5X

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Xiaomi will unveil the next version of MIUI on July 26.

Xiaomi launched the Mi Max 2 in India earlier today, and the company has announced that it will unveil the next version of its ROM, MIUI 9, in China on July 26. Earlier reports suggested an August 16 unveil, but Xiaomi has confirmed on Twitter that the ROM will be showcased next week.

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1 week ago

How to install and use Amazon Alexa on the HTC U11

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HTC U11

Install an app for yet another bit of artificial intelligence.

Those who are already invested in the Amazon Echo ecosystem may be looking to continue that experience on their phone — and with the HTC U11, that's now possible. Using Amazon Alexa on the U11 is nearly the same as using the voice control system on an Echo speaker, and that's really cool. Here's how to get it set up.

How to Install Alexa on the HTC U11

Getting started with Amazon Alexa is as easy as installing and launching an app. But as a prerequisite, you'll need to be on the latest firmware — 1.13.651.6 or later for the Sprint model and 1.16.617.6 or later for the U.S. unlocked model.

  1. Head to the Google Play Store and install the "HTC Alexa" app.
  2. Open the HTC Alexa app and sign into your Amazon account.
  3. Accept the prompt to grant location access to Alexa.
  4. Tap Next and then Finish and you'll see the Alexa voice prompt for the first time.
  5. Tap the Settings gear to see the short list of settings.
    • Here, you can simply turn off the voice trigger and Edge Sense trigger.
  6. Though not required, it's also useful to install the generic Amazon Alexa app.

    • The Alexa app lets you configure Alexa on your U11 the same way you would an Amazon Echo speaker.

    How to install and use Amazon Alexa on the HTC U11

You can get started with Alexa right away after these steps. Just start talking to it!

How to use Alexa on the HTC U11

As is always the case, there's more to configure with Amazon Alexa on the U11 to make it extra useful. Here are some useful tips.

  • There are three ways to trigger Alexa

    • Open the HTC Alexa app on your home screen.
    • Configure Edge Sense to launch Alexa with a short- or long-squeeze action.
    • Simply say "Alexa" near your phone — and yes, it even works when the screen is off.

      How to install and use Amazon Alexa on the HTC U11

  • You can tweak many aspects of the Alexa experience in the Amazon Alexa app

    • Set up your Flash Briefing, configure skills, add your interests, and more.
    • You can do almost everything with Alexa on the U11 as you can with an Echo speaker.
  • You can continue to use Google Assistant with a long-press of the home button, even while Alexa is enabled with a squeeze or hotword.

Though you won't find that Alexa can completely replace Google Assistant, it will be useful to configure and keep around if you also have Echo devices in your home.

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1 week ago

How to reset the Galaxy S8 to factory settings

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How do I reset the Galaxy S8 to its factory settings?

The Galaxy S8 is a great phone, but sometimes you're put in a position where you need to bring it back to the state you found it, be it for performance reasons, bugs, or to sell.

Whatever the cause of the reset, it's fairly easy to do it. Here's how:

How to factory reset the Galaxy S8 from inside Android

The easiest way to factory reset the phone is to do it from within Android. But before you do anything so drastic, ask yourself a couple of things:

  • Have I backed everything up?
  • Have I tried every other course of remedial action, such as deleting an app suspected of causing slowdown?
  • Have I called technical support to work through the problem with Samsung directly?

If you've answered yes to all those questions, you may proceed.

  1. From the home screen, swipe down on the notification shade.
  2. Tap on the Settings button (looks like a cog icon).
  3. Scroll down and tap on General management.
  4. Tap on Reset.

  5. Tap on Factory data reset.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Reset.
  7. Enter your PIN, password or pattern to proceed.
  8. Wait until reset completes.

Note: Factory resetting your phone can cause data loss if you haven't backed everything up.

How to factory reset your Galaxy S8 from outside Android

If for some reason your Galaxy S8 isn't able to boot into Android and you still want to factory reset it, the instructions are little harder, but they accomplish the same thing.

  1. Turn off your Galaxy S8 (if it's not already).
  2. Hold down the Volume up, Bixby, Power buttons simultaneously until the Samsung logo shows up on the screen. Lift fingers.
  3. You'll see an Android figure with the words No command on screen. Wait a few seconds.
  4. Once the black background with colored text appears, use the volume down button to scroll to Wipe data/factory reset.

  5. Use the power button to select Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Use the volume down button to scroll to Yes.
  7. Use the power button to select Yes.

What about Factory Reset Protection when selling a device?

If you're factory resetting the Galaxy S8 prior to selling it (which you should always do), you'll need to remove your Google account from the phone prior to resetting it.

That's because, by default, your Galaxy S8 uses a Google feature called Factory Reset Protection, which requires a new user to log into the last Google account that was used on the phone. This prevents would-be thieves from stealing a phone, resetting it and using it as new. But it also prevents would-be buyers from enjoying a new phone if they don't have you nearby to bypass that protection.

Note: Factory Reset Protection only kicks in if you factory reset your phone using the bootloader method explained above. If you go through the reset procedure by entering a PIN, password or pattern, FRP is automatically disabled, since you've essentially verified your identity to Android prior to performing the reset. You only need to manually remove a Google account if you're planning to reset the phone in the bootloader menu prior to selling.

Questions?

Some some questions about these procedures? Got a better way? Let us know in the comments!

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review: Bigger is better

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review

With a 6.44-inch display and a massive 5300mAh battery, Xiaomi's latest phablet is the ideal device for consuming multimedia on the go.

Last year's Mi Max was Xiaomi's first attempt at a phone with a screen size over 6 inches. The phone wasn't the company's first phablet, however, with the 5.7-inch Mi Note making its debut back in 2015. While the Mi Note was a flagship device, the Mi Max was targeted at the budget segment and primarily catered to those looking to consume multimedia on the go.

And the plan worked — Xiaomi sold over 3 million units of the Mi Max over the course of the last year. To understand why there's a market for a phone that's almost the size of a tablet, you need to know the socioeconomic factors at play. For millions of Indians, a phone is their primary gateway to the internet. As such, customers tend to prefer a device with a large screen, sort of a portable all-in-one that allows them to watch videos and movies, play games, and read books on the go.

Widespread rollout of 4G with the launch of Jio — which gave away unlimited data to hundreds of millions of customers for free — boosted the country's cellular data consumption, and healthy competition in the budget segment made smartphones affordable. Easy availability of 4G combined with the rollout of video streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video made it possible for consumers to stream videos on the go for the first time, and that ultimately led to more interest in large-screened devices.

Retailing for just ₹16,999, the Mi Max 2 offers incredible value for money. Does the device have what it takes to be the ideal multimedia phone? Let's find out.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 debuts in India with Snapdragon 625 and 5300mAh battery

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The Mi Max 2 combines a large screen with an even larger battery.

At an event in New Delhi, Xiaomi launched the Mi Max 2 in India. The phone's main selling point is its large form factor, which at 6.44 inches puts it squarely in phablet territory. The Mi Max 2 also has a massive 5300mAh battery, with Xiaomi touting two-day battery life from a full charge.

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1 week ago

Every Daydream app you can install right now, and a look at what comes next

Just go ahead and install all of them. You know, for fun.

Google's first Daydream headset is finally shipping to people who purchased the first Daydream phone, and are quickly finding it's not easy to locate the whole list of Daydream apps from the Play Store. While we've been having a lot of fun showing you the best free Daydream apps and the Daydream games everyone should have installed, the act of browsing for apps and then waiting for them to install while in VR isn't a good time.

To make it a little easier, we've tracked down the first wave of Google Daydream apps that are available to install now, so you can load up your Pixel with VR goodness and see what this new experience is all about.

Read more at VR Heads!

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1 week ago

T-Mobile Buyer's Guide: Everything you need to know

 Everything you need to know

Check out what T-Mobile has to offers.

T-Mobile is the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S. with over 72 million subscribers. It provides nationwide voice and data coverage using GSM and LTE technology, primarily on bands 2, 4, 12, and 66.

T-Mobile offers unlimited talk, text, and data plans for individuals and families and carries all of the latest phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as the LG G6. Since T-Mobile only offers one kind of postpaid plan, things are a bit pricey, but T-Mobile's got solid coverage and decent extras that make it worth it for you to switch.

Here's what T-Mobile has to offer.

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Postpaid unlimited plans

T-Mobile has just one postpaid plan: T-Mobile ONE. The carrier does not offer plans with tiered amounts of data, nor does it offer a true "family" plan; instead, every plan features unlimited talk, text, and data, as well as Music Unlimited, and the only difference in price depends on how many lines you have on your account.

Note: T-Mobile claims that you have unlimited 4G LTE data, but a small percentage of users, once they hit 30GB per month, will be throttled to slower speeds, and even then it's only likely to happen during times of congestion.

For a single line, it's $70 per month; two lines is $100 per month ($50/line); three lines is $140 per month ($47.50/line); and four lines is $160 per month ($40/line).

Keep in mind that those prices don't include monthly payments on devices.

Everything you need to know about T-Mobile's unlimited plan


Prepaid plans

Keeping things ever-simple, T-Mobile offers only a few prepaid plans: $45/month for up to 4GB of 4G LTE, unlimited talk and text, and unlimited 2G data, as well as $55/month for up to 6GB of 4G LTE. Each plan also gets Music Unlimited, which lets you stream as much music as you want without eating into your 4G LTE allotment.

There's also a version of the T-Mobile ONE plan for prepaid for $75, which gives unlimited data along with all the benefits above. Unfortunately, with that plan, tethering is limited to 3G speeds and videos are capped at 480p with no option to disable the Data Saver.

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Bring your own device to T-Mobile

T-Mobile makes it incredibly easy to bring your own phone over, since just about any unlocked phone will work with the network. Before making the switch, you should just double-check it will work on T-Mobile's network.


Best phones

If you don't have a phone to bring over to T-Mobile, you can purchase the latest and greatest devices straight through the carrier.

Here are the best phones T-Mobile has to offer:

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung's newest flagships are the best Android phones on the market, with their slick design, featuring minimal bezel, curved screens, a new aspect ratio, and industry-leading displays. These phones have huge displays, but they don't feel huge, thanks to the fact that they're thinner than other big phones. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also have phenomenal cameras, both rear and front, offering excellent image quality, thanks to updated processors.

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LG G6

The LG G6 is LG's latest flagship, featuring a glass back, a dual camera setup, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a whole host of other delightful features. The LG, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, has the new tall aspect ratio, making for a longer screen and a slightly thinner phone. It's an excellent phone with a great camera setup and it feels sturdy in hand. If you're looking for great battery life and a fun user experience, check it out.

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Best deals on T-Mobile

Right now, T-Mobile has the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge on sale for only $20 per month with $0 down. The total price of the phone is only $480, down from $600.

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The LG G6 is on sale for $500, down from $650. You put $20 down and then pay only $20/month. Plus, you receive a free LG G Pad X, LG's stylish tablet.

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How to cancel T-Mobile

The easiest way to cancel T-Mobile, like any carrier, is to simply switch carriers and have your number ported over. Then you're not having to deal with customer service reps who try to sweet-talk you into staying.

Just remember that you'll have to pay out anything you owe on devices you bought from T-Mobile. If you don't want to just switch carriers, then try this:

  • Call T-Mobile customer service at 1-877-746-0909 or dial 611 on your T-Mobile phone.
  • Head into a T-mobile store near you and chat with a rep.

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How to unlock a T-Mobile phone

To unlock your T-Mobile phone, you'll first have to make sure it meets eligibility requirements. Your account will have to be in good standing; the phone can't be reported as lost or stolen, and you can't have requested more than two unlocks per line of service in the past year.

After that, you can use T-Mobile's Device Unlock app to unlock your phone. Keep in mind that fees may apply.

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Finding an alternative carrier that uses T-Mobile's network

If you like T-Mobile's coverage but aren't thrilled about it's lack of plan options or prices, then you may want to consider a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) or "alternative carrier". These carriers lease coverage from the big carriers and then sell it to you for less. You'll still get 4G LTE coverage, as well as calling and texting coverage, but you'll probably find that you'll pay a lot less.

There are roughly 26 MVNOs that piggyback on T-Mobile's network, so you have a wide range of options and should shop around to find out which one will cover you and fit your needs the best.

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Updated July 2017: This article was updated with the most recent information on T-Mobile's ONE plans.

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1 week ago

These Galaxy S7 Battery Cases Can Keep You Powered Up

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Keep your S7 charged up when you're on the go with these battery cases.

If you're finding that your Samsung Galaxy S7's battery life is lacking these days, you might be in the market for a quality battery case to provide you some extra juice as you go about your day.

There's a number of things to consider, depending on your specific needs such as budget, style, and which phone features are most important to you. While these cases help you keep your phone charged throughout the day, many of them affect your ability to use QI wireless charging, which might be a deal breaker for some.

Let's take a look at your best options.

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1 week ago

Flagship Nokia 8 breaks cover with familiar hardware, top-end specs

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It's time to break out from the budget segment.

The Nokia brand, reborn under the company HMD Global, is set to release a proper flagship phone above the previously released Nokia 3, 5, and 6 — it's the Nokia 8. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has some early details over at VentureBeat.

The Nokia 8 is a slightly larger phone that stylistically fits in the same family as the 3, 5, and 6 but has top-end specs to compete with other leading flagships. It's expected to have a 5.3-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835, at least 4GB of RAM, and of course a dual camera with Carl Zeiss optics in front of 13MP sensors. It's all expected to run Android 7.1.1, and its current set of phones have shown HMD isn't interested in messing with the software much.

Up to this point the refreshed release of Nokia-branded phones has been in the budget segment and almost entirely leveraging the recognition of the Nokia name. It will be interesting to see how a phone that is likely to sell for $600 or more can differentiate itself in its actual components or experience, as the Nokia name alone isn't going to be enough to take down the fantastic set of flagships in 2017.

Rumors point to a proper announcement of the Nokia 8 on July 31.

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