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    Huawei Honor 6X Review

    CES 2017 was a good show for anyone looking for cheaper phones with solid performance and premium features. The two best options we saw were the ZTE Blade V8 Pro and the Honor 6X, from Huawei’s lower-cost sub-brand. Both featured dual-camera arrays on the rear, marking a first for midrange phones, while stuffing the spec […]

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    Samsung Will Reveal the Cause of the Galaxy Note 7 Explosions Tomorrow

    Samsung’s long-delayed report on what went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7 will be made public next Monday during a press release, but word’s already gotten out about what’s to blame. According to The Wall Street Journal, sources are saying that irregularly sized batteries and manufacturing problems led to faults that caused several Note 7 units […]

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    The Samsung Galaxy S8 Might Have Already Leaked

    Considering it’ll probably be officially announced at or around Mobile World Congress in late February, who knows — these early looks at the Samsung Galaxy S8 could be accurate. If they are, we’re looking at a phone that’s radically different, at least in appearance — a much sleeker phone with a bezel-less display and no home button. We’re […]

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    The ZTE Blade V8 Pro Ships Out Today

    If you found yourself enamored with one of our favorite midrange smartphones from CES, good news — the ZTE Blade V8 Pro is shipping out today to everyone who preordered. The Blade V8 Pro was one example of a nice trend we saw at this year’s show — dual camera arrays on cheaper phones. Putting two cameras […]

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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 […]