Posts by Rithvik Rao

Rithvik is a News Editor here at Pocketnow, currently a student living in California. He fell in love with tech at an early age after messing with the HTC G1, and is now studying application development to further fuel his love for tech. Rithvik also enjoys reading fiction novels when he's not tied up with work. | Google+ | Twitter |

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    HTC has been aggressively pursuing the mid-range market in the last few years with various entries into its Desire family of smartphones, the second-level tier of devices from the Taiwanese OEM targeted mainly at developing markets. Today it's taken the wraps off of the latest one of those, the HTC Desire 826, in Las Vegas for CES 2015. The 826 still features items like BoomSound – an HTC staple that still, we feel, is an amazing inclusion – now including Dolby audio enhancement as well. It also includes the "HTC EYE Experience," which means it's received the 13MP front-facing camera ...

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    It's press day in Las Vegas at CES 2015, and that means a barrage of announcements from a bevy of OEMs. We kicked the morning off with LG and Alcatel Onetouch festivities among others, and now we're poised to jump into the next big event of the day, the Sony CES 2015 press conference. As we explained in our full CES 2015 rumor roundup piece, Sony is almost surely going to release something, but we're not quite sure whether that's going to be a gigantic tablet or a new smartphone. Perhaps a wearable or two. There could be mid-rangers, there could be something else. Don't be surprised, even, ...

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    Many people, when going smartphone shopping, just want something that's cheap and is on a decent rate plan. In the United States, it's not that simple to work this combo out with ease and still get a phone that's workable, but the newly-announced ZTE Grand X Max+ on AT&T MVNO Cricket Wireless could change this. The phone packs a massive 6-inch HD screen with an HD (1280x720) resolution, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facer, a 3,200 mAh battery (that's the benefit of having such a massive phone), Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and ZTE's custom skin atop Android ...

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    Aesthetically, the LG G Flex 2 may be quite similar to its predecessor (the original G Flex), but on paper, it's difficult for two phones to be more different. It's amazing just how much LG has advanced its technology in a bit over one short year, and it's equally amazing that the original G Flex manages to beat out the sequel in a few areas as well. Find out about it all in our LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex specs comparison chart. There's only one real win for the first G Flex – the clock speed dip doesn't really matter, as the core changes make that an issue of apples and oranges – and ...

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    We've already explored in an initial comparison video what the differences between the LG G Flex 2 and LG G3 are in everyday usability, but what are the cold hard facts? On paper, which is the better phone? That's what this LG G Flex 2 vs LG G3 specs comparison looks to decide. Unsurprisingly, the newer phone comes out on top, with four spec wins to the G3's two. But the G3 does earn those two – this isn't exactly a runaway victory. One of those two G3 victories is the display, and that one's easy to explain; the G Flex 2 has to sacrifice display performance for the curve, as it uses ...

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    LG has a new phone out, the G Flex 2. But does that mean the G3 is no longer LG's powerhouse flagship? We put a G3 next to the G Flex 2, and let them battle it out at CES 2015 for an initial comparison. Our LG G Flex 2 vs LG G3 video (available under this text) includes our first thoughts on how the two stack up, and more. Even with the design, the influence of the G3 on the G Flex 2 is distinct. As Michael Fisher puts it, it's almost as if someone sat on the G3 for long enough, it'd become a G Flex 2. The similarities don't end there, either – they continue throughout the rear keys ...

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    Do better ergonomics, improved internals, and cleaner software translate really into a better phone? That's the question we had when going hands-on with the LG G Flex 2 and original G Flex side-by-side, two of a very select group of curvaceous smartphones. We've pitted the two together in an impromptu comparison at CES in Las Vegas for a LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex video, embedded down below for your viewing pleasure. We found that the first-gen G Flex was a great phone with an even better vision, but also that it had many shortcomings that hindered it when compared to its flattened ...

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    When LG released the original G Flex way back in 2013, we immediately dubbed it "the smartphone of the future" for its unique curve. Now the Korean OEM is back with a sequel, the ultra-powerful (and equally bendy) G Flex 2. Here's the latest LG G Flex 2 official information from LG. First, let's go ahead and address the elephant in the room: the curve. LG claims it's made the phone more ergonomic in every way, primarily by utilizing the curviness. That design is now "sleeker" and "more stylish," and overall better in just about every way it can be  – according to LG. We'll know ...

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    LG is known these days for launching phones with the latest and greatest specs – it was one of the first to hop onto the 2K display and the Snapdragon 800 bandwagons among others, and generally stacks its devices with ample muscle. The newly-announced G Flex 2 is no exception, packing incredible specs to say the least. We've compiled together in one place a full list of LG G Flex 2 specs right here, so you can see just how good the phone looks on paper. The G Flex 2 is one of the first phones with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit SoC, and also has cutting-edge screen technology ...

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    When LG first announced the G Flex way back in 2013, the buzz was all around one thing: the curved display. Now that the curve isn't as novel as it once was, the G Flex 2 is going to need more than just that to catch our attention. Fortunately, we found plenty to pique our interest in our LG G Flex 2 hands-on (as detailed in the below first impressions video). Everything about the G Flex 2 screams refinement, both when compared to the G3 and original G Flex (which we've compared the G Flex 2 with as well). The curve has been made more ergonomic, and LG has supposedly fixed those nasty ...

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    If 2014 was the year that smartwatches started getting more legitimate, 2015 is already looking like the year that wearables mature even further. One of the first wearables announced in 2014 was by Alcatel Onetouch, a manufacturer that's managed to fit a round screen (something that would have had our jaws drop had we seen it a year ago) into a chassis that stays ultra-affordable – at least, compared to other devices like the Moto 360. The company let us try out the product at CES 2015, so here's our Alcatel Onetouch Watch hands-on and initial impressions video. The Watch is ...

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    Once again the International CES is upon us. The USA's biggest tech show is ready to start the new year with a bang, and we're live from Las Vegas to soak it all in and bring you everything important in mobile as part of our Pocketnow CES 2015 coverage. We've already published a lengthy piece on what to expect from the show (spoiler alert: there probably will be some really cool products if rumors are to be believed), and the announcements have already begun, kicked off by NVIDIA on Sunday. But Monday is the real important day – we've got conferences lined up from heavy hitters such ...

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    As we demand more and more features from the smartphones, tablets, and wearables that hit the market, one thing is consistent: everything requires more power. And that power comes from the chips inside these products, the latest of which is the NVIDIA Tegra X1, seemingly one of the best to come out thus far. NVIDIA has just taken the wraps off of the product at a press event in Las Vegas for CES, so let's have ourselves a look. The chip is meant as a successor to last year's Tegra K1, which also used CES as a launchpad. It features a 256-core Maxwell-based GPU as well as an 8-core CPU, ...

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    Xiaomi isn't exactly a staple brand name here in the United States, but the company has racked up quite a reputation for itself in Asia (and especially China), primarily because of the budget phones it creates which are even pretty usable, as our impressions of the company's Redmi 1S smartphone evidenced. Now, there's a sequel available for that phone, and it's called the Xiaomi Redmi 2. It's got a few marginal improvements, but hey, improvements are improvements. The specs include a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (up from the Snapdragon 400 that was used in the 1S) clocked at 1.2 GHz, a ...

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    As we mentioned in our CES 2015 preview, things have been looking iffy regarding the LG G Flex 2 at CES. Sources have been back and forth on the matter, and the fact that there have been few substantial hardware leaks also left us questioning. Now, by way of an LG G Flex 2 poster plastered by LG on the main hallway of CES (as spotted by The Verge), we have confirmation that the next-gen curvy smartphone will without doubt become official this week. To our dismay, the poster doesn't exactly give us a rundown of what the G Flex 2 will be like, and there are really only a ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    Yesterday, we came across a rather off-the-wall rumor that HTC's big 2015 flagship would debut just next week at CES 2015. And today, now that we have another HTC CES teaser in, we can all but guarantee that the behemoth won't be using the Las Vegas trade show as a launchpad, but will instead defer that position to a more mid-range Desire model (or multiple). How do we know this? Well, simple. HTC told us to "Always Desire more" in its teaser, with had nothing else but dates and times on it for the event and a link to HTC's Weibo page. As for what we can expect from the event, @upleaks ...

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    One of the omissions with the second-gen Moto G that we weren't so happy about was LTE access. The device caps out at HSPA+ speeds and isn't capable of accessing the best networks US carriers have to offer, which made it an even worse buy for some than last year's LTE Moto G model (first-gen). Now, it looks as though the second-gen Moto G may be getting the same treatment, considering the fact that Motorola's Brazilian site seemingly leaked information about a 2014 Moto G LTE variant. According to the specifications that were briefly live on the website, two things are different between ...

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    We've been hearing about Samsung's Galaxy A7 for quite a bit now, rumors swirling for months at this point, and it looks like we may finally have a date to settle on for the true South Korean debut of the phone. The A7 is highly-anticipated by many, and for a variety of reasons too, so that's why finally having a Samsung Galaxy A7 launch date comes as a relief to some. The A7 would be the best in the Galaxy A-series of smartphones, which currently includes the Alpha and A5. It'll even be the thinnest smartphone Samsung has ever launched, according to rumors, which is something to surely be ...

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    Samsung's always chipping away at something or another, it seems, and today the rumor mill is suggesting that some of those things could be new Android tablets. Information sourced from the Netherlands could be both a Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 leak and a gateway into other tablet plans – let's have a look. Zauba, a Dutch site that's tasked with managing import and export logs, notes that on December 22 a device going under the model number SM-T555 entered Holland for research, development, and testing purposes. The model was valued at approximately US$354. How is this interesting? Samsung ...

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    It's not every day that a phone comes with a leather backing option. But Motorola has gone ahead and done just that with its flagship this year, adding to last year's already-out-there wood and plastic options in a unique way. One immediate concern voiced by skeptics was the possibility that the leather may not hold up over time, while others suggested that the material would age beautifully just like a good leather watchband. Now that we're a few months in with our own leather Moto X device, we're ready to let you know just how well it's aged in our full Moto X 2014 durability report ...

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    With 2014 came a whole load of wearables fighting for a spot on your wrist – the Moto 360, the LG G Watch R, the Pebble Steel, the Apple Watch (well, it was announced at least), and more. With this overload of watches, it's difficult to differentiate these days, but Samsung managed to pique our interest with the launch of the Gear S, which we checked out at IFA 2014 back in September. The device both featured a smartphone-esque form factor –even including a physical home button– and offered standalone functionality, making it one of just a few smartwatches that doesn't require a ...

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    Good news today for Chinese smartphone fans. The Huawei Ascend GX1 has gone official today for China, a midrange phone with a couple notable specifications. It's an extra-large, fairly affordable phablet running Android that's definitely not designed to cater to flagship-buying audiences. Let's dig right in. The phone features a 6-inch IPS display, which would be fine in a sense if not for the 720p resolution it encapsulates. What's neat about the display though is that the device manages an 80.5% screen-to-body ratio, boasting fairly small bezels and a design that makes it look similar to ...

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    Another week, another leaked Samsung Android phone to feast our eyes on. Thanks to GFXBench, this week that phone is the Galaxy E7 (SM-E700), as a recent Samsung Galaxy E7 specs leak has left very little up in the air about the midranger phone. The device now has a full Info section on GFXBench, rattling off many of the specs we crave. There's a 720p 5.5-inch display, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 system on a chip (with Adreno 306 GPU), about 2GB of RAM, roughly 12GB of free storage, and just about a 13MP camera with 1080p video recording included as well. The front camera ...

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    Motorola's primarily been invested in the American market ever since it was acquired by its former owner Google. For one, it didn't have the strength it needed to successfully attack ultra-competitive Asian markets, and the company was going through a reboot period anyway. Now, with new owner Lenovo (and all the expertise its employees bring from years of success in the Chinese market), we're all poised for a Motorola China re-entry soon. And if Motorola's Chinese site is to be believed, that will happen soon, with the launch of new Asia-focused products. There's no word on exactly what ...

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