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    HTC Announces the U Ultra, Their All-Glass 2017 Flagship

    Usually we get hit with most of the year’s flagship Android smartphone announcements at MWC in late February, but struggling HTC wants to get a head start. With sales in the doldrums, the smartphone maker has announced the U Ultra, featuring a brand new all-glass design and premium specs. But, trouble might continue for HTC — […]

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    TCL Teases a New BlackBerry Smartphone Named Mercury

    Last year, we saw BlackBerry release one last phone, the DTEK50, before announcing that the company would no longer design and manufacture its own hardware, opting to focus on software and security. When the DTEK50 was released, we (along with many others) noticed a striking resemblance to the Alcatel Idol 4 and 4S, a phone […]

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    ZTE’s Crowdsourced Phone Design Will Be Released as the Hawkeye

    Remember that wild-looking winner of ZTE’s crowdsourced CSX project? Well, the final design is a little more subdued, but ZTE is making good on making it a reality. The result of the design process and ZTE’s refinements is called the Hawkeye, and it can be preordered on Kickstarter starting today for $200. We’re a little […]

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    The ZTE Blade V8 Pro is One Sharp Midrange Phone

    CES 2017 has been full of good news for anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much on a smartphone. Yesterday, we saw Huawei announce the Honor 6X, the first dual-camera phone with a premium build at the $250 price point. ZTE is following up today with the Blade V8 Pro, the second sub-$250 phone […]

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    Honor 6X Offers a Killer Smartphone Value for Under $250

    Last year, when Huawei announced their Honor 8 smartphone, we were expecting a follow-up to the more affordable Honor 5X from late 2015. Looks like they saved it for CES — Huawei has just announced the Honor 6X, a $250 smartphone that includes premium features like a dual-camera array on the back. Better yet, Huawei’s giving […]

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    OnePlus 3T Review

    OnePlus stayed active this year — after releasing their excellent OnePlus 3 in June of this year, the smartphone maker kept at it to make sure their phone stayed level with the best out there. That’s why the OnePlus 3T isn’t just a new model with extra storage — it’s an upgrade centered around the move from the […]

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    Leaks Indicate Three New iPhones Could Be Coming Next Fall

    Leaks originating from a Chinese blog said to be a frequent source of iPhone supply chain revelations are suggesting that Apple has three models of iPhone in the works for next year. The leaks indicate that in addition to the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, which would be incremental upgrades over this year’s phone, there […]

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    Huawei Mate 9 Review

    We’ve reviewed a whole lot of phones this year, but very quietly, one of our favorites has remained a device that came out early in the year. The Huawei Mate 8 wasn’t perfect — Huawei’s EMUI overlay had a lot of problems and the graphics performance was lackluster — but as a pure productivity device, it was nearly […]

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    Samsung Will Issue Update Disabling Galaxy Note 7 Devices

    We’ve reached the coda of the sad song of the Galaxy Note 7. The device, recalled twice for faulty batteries prone to thermal runaway and explosions, will be disabled completely by an upcoming firmware update. Samsung has been working to get all Note 7 owners to return their potentially dangerous devices for a refund or […]

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    Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review: It’s Time to Tango

    It’s been almost 10 years since the iPhone ushered in the smartphone era, and while handsets have improved significantly in the decade since, most of these advancements have been evolutionary. Today, our handsets still lack context and awareness about our physical surroundings. Google’s Tango technology aims to change this by enabling motion tracking, area learning, […]

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    The Samsung Galaxy S8 Might Get Dual Harman Speakers

    Samsung acquired Harman for $8 billion last month mostly for their automotive technology, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be putting all their audio expertise to good use. Fonearena, citing unnamed sources, is reporting that their upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone will have dual stereo speakers, marking a significant improvement over previous models. The list of features […]

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    Nokia Phones Are Making a Comeback

    Do you miss the sturdy-as-a-brick heyday of the Nokia feature phone? Well, those days are back. Kinda. Nokia-branded feature phones are back on sale, starting with the new Nokia 216, but they’re not being made by Nokia. Well, they kinda are. It’s a long story. Try to stay with us on this. Microsoft purchased Nokia’s […]

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    Apple Trying to Move Away From Samsung as Supplier of Displays for iPhone 8

    In April, rumors started circulating that Apple was looking to add an OLED screen to next year’s iPhone for their big 10-year anniversary redesign. Trouble was, there’s only one company that can mass produce smartphone-sized OLED screens, and that company doesn’t have the friendliest of relationships with Apple. Reports from the Korean Herald and the Chinese Wall Street […]

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    HTC Bolt Review

    A Sprint exclusive, the HTC Bolt is being promoted by the infamous speedster Usain Bolt, and rightfully so. That is because the HTC Bolt is one of the most affordable ways to get access to Sprint’s new LTE Plus network with 3x carrier aggregation — the phone can connect to multiple Sprint bands, prioritizing things […]

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    Qualcomm Introduces Quick Charge 4.0, Gets Help From Samsung on Their Next-Gen Chipset

    Qualcomm is getting us excited for next year’s phones this week by telling us what to expect from their next-gen chipsets. What Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets are capable of outlines what smartphones are capable of, making their announcements a preview of the next year’s hot smartphone features. Here’s a couple — Quick Charge 4.0 is ready to […]