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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    Usually, when a mobile device sale is made at a retailer, the device being bought has been officially announced. That's fairly common sense, you'd think, but it seems that around two months ago something oddly different happened. Samsung's Galaxy Tab S line of tablets has only come to Verizon Wireless in its 10.5-inch form factor, but eyebrows have been raised following a Verizon Galaxy Tab S 8.4 sale at a Verizon authorized retailer. What's particularly weird is that the tablet in question actually passed through the FCC last year, but it was never officially announced. AT&T carries ...

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    The latest from HTC is due in just a few weeks, which has resulted in a barrage of leaks from a bevy of different internet corners recently. It's possible the Taiwanese OEM might be throwing us entirely off-base with decoys, or it's possible we've hit the nail on the head again and again. But what we do know is that the leaks are incoming, and that's not about to change anytime soon. The most recent information we've gleaned about the upcoming One M9 (Hima, perhaps?) comes in the form of a Geekbench benchmark. An HTC phone we suspect is the flagship in question has been sent through the ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    Over the past few days we've been hearing tons about Windows 10 – Microsoft's new and improved operating system with a renewed focus on the future – but details have been relatively sparse about hardware. Sure, we've heard about the HoloLens and Surface Hub, but those two aren't going to be on the market for a while, if ever. Microsoft Mobile Devices exec Ifi Majid has finally told us some information we've been desperately trying to get for months now, that a Microsoft flagship smartphone launch is likely to take place this summer. We were hearing rumors swirl last month that ...

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    While Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond today was by no means a short one – we had plenty of content to go over in-depth during our Editorial Roundtable – there were a few things that were left out of the presentation. One of those things is cause for celebration (or not, depending on how you'd like to look at it), and that's the Windows 10 default camera app: Lumia Camera. The same camera app included in the latest Lumia Denim update for all Nokia models will be the one found stock on all Windows 10 devices, including those manufactured by other OEMs such as HTC's. This is big ...

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    When Android 5.0 Lollipop landed last year, one of the most important features was full support for 64-bit CPUs. Now that the software supports it, it's only a matter of time before devices start being made to make full use of the software – it's only natural – and just as Senior Editor Joe Levi predicted, 64-bit is already starting to become one of the trends in 2015. That's why it isn't surprising at all to have come across today a GFXBench benchmark showing an upgraded, 64-bit Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 model seems to be in existence; it's simply a natural progression. The upgraded 64-bit ...

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    With MWC fast approaching, it's looking more and more likely that Samsung will choose the Barcelona trade show as the venue for its 2015 flagship debut. And with that date fast approaching, more and more testers are getting their hands on early models of the device, and that means leaks start trickling out as to what to expect from the S6. The latest of those comes courtesy of BGR, which has published what it claims is an accurate set of Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked specs, and it paints the picture of a true flagship in this day and age. True to yesterday's report that the S6 would ditch ...

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    Samsung isn't one to shy away from making a variety of phones, and the latest looks to be one that's ready to greet our friends in Russia. The Samsung J1 price tag has popped up on a Russian site alongside what looks to be a tentative photo. The photo is obviously a placeholder (if you really want to see it, have a look through the source link), but the price tag looks accurate enough. The J1 is expected to sell for RUR 10,990, which translates to about US$170. Russian prices aren't exactly the best to accurately gauge international pricing, though, so be wary. As expected because of the ...

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    Rumors came and went of the Sony Xperia Z4's debut at CES 2015 but that never materialized, unfortunately, so we're left hoping to see what the company has up its sleeve for 2015 at Mobile World Congress in early March instead. And if this Sony Xperia Z4 FCC pit-stop is to be noted, it seems likely that the phone will see a global launch soon. The phone that's passed through the FCC identifies itself as Type Number PM-0850-BV, and FCC ID PY7-PM0850, and XperiaBlog seems to believe that this is the Z4 we've had our eyes on. It has firmware build number 25.0.A.0.33, slightly different than ...

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    The past few days, editor Jaime Rivera has been sharing his thoughts on Microsoft's new Lumia Denim update, mainly the camera improvements to be specific. Spoiler alert: he can't get enough of the improvements. Now, if you want to get in on the improvements yourself officially, you've been out of luck. But finally, today, Redmond has flipped the switch, and the wider Microsoft Lumia Denim rollout is underway. If you've got a Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia device, you will get Lumia Denim, it's just a matter of time before that happens. The update is rolling out across the world, country by ...

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    With CES 2015 in the rear-view mirror and Mobile World Congress in February fast approaching, one big thing on our mind is flagships. We're expecting HTC and Samsung to come to the table with their best in the next few weeks and months, and the latter's device seems to be leaking at a pretty steady rate as a true contender in the 2015 smartphone wars. An apparent Samsung Galaxy S6 UAProf (user agent profile) is affirming this thought for us with some sweet-sounding specifications. The phone in question identifies itself as the Samsung SM-G920A, which is expected to be AT&T's regional ...

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    One of the best phones of 2014 flew under the radar a bit in the US, and that's Sony's Xperia Z3v. But Verizon hasn't quite forgotten about it since allowing the phone on its network, and it's keeping it fresh with improvements, having just issued today a Sony Xperia Z3v update bringing bug fixes and more. There's nothing too major about the update – it's essentially a lot of miscellaneous fixes thrown together into one update package – but we do recommend that you grab it as soon as possible to fix some of the nasty bugs highlighted in the full changelog below. The update should be ...

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    One of the most powerful features of smartphones nowadays is the camera. What once used to be unsuitable for taking pictures of your lunch can now capture the next internet-famous landscape shots, but editing on mobile hasn't been the easiest. That's why, when Adobe brought Lightroom over to iOS last year, professionals rejoiced – and now those same professionals using Android can do so as well, thanks to the arrival of the Adobe Lightroom Android app on Google Play. There's one small catch, and that is that you'll only be able to use the app on smartphones. There's no tablet ...

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    Now that we've got the One M8 update out of the way – at least for unlocked models, that is – it's time to look over the rest of HTC's smartphone portfolio and check out when the juicy goodness of Android 5.0 will grace the models in question. A source out of Vietnam has posted what looks to be a legitimate look at the various HTC Lollipop update plans for a variety of the company's models, including the recently-launched Desire EYE and Desire 816, so let's have a look at when to expect your update. Naturally, the 2014 flagship One M8 is first up in the first quarter, followed ...

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    Last MWC, we had our first look at the YotaPhone, a unique smartphone with two displays – one was a regular smartphone display, while the other was an e-ink display, perfect for both outdoor visibility and power management. Now we're here at CES 2015, having just acquired the sequel to review in our offices. But first, to begin our coverage, here's a YotaPhone 2 unboxing. Spoiler alert: the YotaPhone 2 box is beyond cool. There's a whole lot of attention to detail that's obvious, and we're hoping that translates to the phone itself when we give it a test run later on as we approach our ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy A3 and A5 have been fairly well-received among the media, but that hasn't translated into blockbuster sales for Samsung quite yet given that the phone duo has been limited to select Asian regions since the launch. Today, that expansion looks to be on Samsung's radar, as firmware for Europe-specific models has gone live on SamMobile, suggesting that a Samsung Galaxy A-series Europe debut isn't far away. The fact that firmware even exists for all the countries that it does is proof enough for us to make the assumption that this means Samsung will take the smartphone pair to ...

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    Lenovo has been relatively quiet here in the United States, and CES is one of the few occasions throughout the year that the company makes it into the American news cycle with a new smartphone announcements. This year it chose to debut the successor to its Vibe X2, and we visited the Lenovo booth in Las Vegas to create the below Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro hands-on video. The phone is decidedly mid-range (but not terribly so), flanked by specifications such as a 5.3-inch FHD display, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, and other such specs that aren't all that bad when put into ...

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    We were hoping that Samsung would use the CES stage in Las Vegas to unveil something grand in mobile, be it a tablet or a new smartphone, but we were left waiting out in the cold with no new announcements. That doesn't mean that Samsung's booth at CES was empty as far as phones go, however – the company took the opportunity to highlight two of its recent smartphone unveils, one of them being this one. So here's our Samsung Galaxy A5 hands-on video straight from the show floor in sunny Nevada. Now, this isn't quite a flagship smartphone – so don't expect it to facilitate any ...

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    The most distinctive feature of LG's brand new G Flex 2 is the curved screen, and that's mainly because of the fact that it's largely an unprecedented move to incorporate such design in smartphones. But does having that bend actually result in anything useful for the end user? Sensing our readers' concerns, our men on the ground in Las Vegas whipped together a video showing off both the good and the bad things about the LG G Flex 2 curve. LG touts ergonomics as one of the most important parts of the G Flex 2, so we explore that by going through a bunch of practical situations. We put the ...

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    Samsung didn't have any new mobile products to show off at CES this year unfortunately, but in its booth it was showing off some recently-announced products we hadn't had a chance to go hands-on with as of yet. One of these is the Samsung Galaxy A3, an entry-level Android phone targeted at the growing and competitive Asian markets. We decided to take to take the opportunity to put together a Samsung Galaxy A3 hands-on video, and it's available below. The phone most definitely isn't the best device out there – just one look at the spec sheet can confirm that if you have any doubts – but ...

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    Sony's got one of the best Android Wear products out there in its SmartWatch 3, the wearable with both the largest battery out of all the other competitors and a dedicated GPS built-in. But one problem people found with the device was that it wasn't exactly ultra-stylish with its plastic band option. Now that Sony has gone official with a metal band option, we couldn't resist trying it out at CES 2015. So here's our stainless steel Sony SmartWatch 3 hands-on video. Internally, nothing has changed from the silicone strap-toting model to this one. It's all in the aesthetics, with a ...

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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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