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    Seeing how its Helio P10 chipset has become a recent favorite with smartphone OEMs looking to equip a proper mid-ranger with the right engine, MediaTek is back at it with a second generation of Helio P products, this time numbered as P20 and P25. It also took time to update its X series with the introduction of a high-end Helio X30 SoC. Let's start off with the P20 and P25. The main advantages to these octa-core powerhouses over their predecessor are mainly in a slightly faster clock rate for the CPU and GPU, a 16nm process from TSMC and support for LPDDR4x RAM, providing for a much faster ...

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    First with Android Nougat out of the box. A loud and clean Quad DAC system. Wide-angle cameras in front and on back. Multi-screen multi-tasking. And some of the steadiest video recording capabilities. LG and Google have been promoting the heck out of the sequel to the V10 smartphone and now, we finally know what the V20 is all about. Here are the specifications: [table] Component,Description Display size,5.7 inches + 2.1 inch "Second Screen" Screen type,LCD (Quantum IPS) Resolution,2560 x 1440 + 160 x 1040 Pixel density,513 ppi SoC,Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Type,Quad-core Speed,2.15GHz ...

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    We're eating our hats. We bet the house on OnePlus's whole "V2" reveal today to be on another version of the OnePlus Icons. Turns out that those classy little things won't get replaced anytime soon. Instead, we'll have to think standard. Or re-think what comes standard. The OnePlus Bullets (V2) are replacing the $15 Silver Bullets that are out of stock in its store right now. We could presume that these new "Best Buds for Life" will take the same or similar price point, but with these promo points, who knows where the startup will go... German audio firm LOFO helped OnePlus make these ...

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    We just got done telling you about AT&T's price tag and bundles for the Galaxy Note 7. Now, let us walk to T-Mobile and talk about its orders of business with the new Samsung phablet. Oh yeah, and of course the company's lead product specialist Desmond Smith wants to unbox this thing — his way. Pre-orders for the Note 7 start from tonight at midnight Eastern at the Un-carrier's website for the 64GB model and will go on until sales officially kick off on August 19. The Blue Coral, Black Onyx and Silver Titanium colors will be available. In terms of cash money, the full monty's at ...

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    Samsung's Knox security suite is getting some major add-ons. The company has been incubating its proprietary iris scanning technology for five years. But its applications are many and expedient: Secure Folder can keep certain apps and content away from other users and other people, period. Samsung's internet browser can take in your fingerprint or iris to access sites with your account credentials. Mobile banking security takes the largest step in this announcement with Samsung Pass. It takes eye scans to authenticate transactions at Bank of America, Citi, US Bank, KEB Hana, Shinhan and ...

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    The Galaxy Note 7's digitized stylus, the S Pen, has gotten sleeker, more durable and smarter. The tip of the S Pen now measures 0.7mm, less than half the size of the Note 5's pen — it allows for pinpoint wisps. If you're working with a wide brush for oil paint colors, you can also mix them to generate colors as you would with real acrylic while at the other end of the stylus, you can erase what you need to erase. SVP of Product Strategy Justin Denison also told of more software feature including instant text translation on highlight and "Smart Select," which can crop a portion off a ...

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    Following an epileptic opening ceremony and a melodious collage of national anthems to follow along with the Olympic spirit, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Note 7. Company president Dongjin Koh calls it the "world's most intelligent smartphone" and an entry into the fastest growing category of such phones: the phablet. Big points about the Note 7 were presented before the phone was even announced like the iris scanner, — with applications for keeping parents' children safe (and vice versa) along with mobile banking — the device's water-resistance, its wireless charging ...

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    The hard grade of disbelief we give to budget phones out of China these days has to do with the fact that they have fingerprint sensors. Yeah, we know, kinda crazy. It takes a bit more than a few dollars, though, to not only get the component, but get it to work properly and in a decent fashion. Nevertheless, phone after phone in China has made it happen. ZTE is making it happen in the US with the debut of the spiritual successor to the ZMax 2, the ZMax Pro for MetroPCS. There's a six-inch, full HD display with a Snapdragon 617 and 2GB of RAM. The main camera has 13 megapixels of ...

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    It was at "3" last year, as far as we know. Now, ZTE is moving this weirdly-branded line of budget phone to "4". The company has launched the Small Fresh 4 in China. It has a MediaTek MT6753 (eight cores running at 1.3GHz), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable with a microSD card by up to 64GB) and a 5.2-inch full HD LCD with 2.5D pooling glass on the front. The 5-megapixel selfie cam supposedly has some crazy glass in front of it, giving it a 160-degree field of view. There's a 13-megapixel rear camera, too. All of this and a fingerprint sensor on Android Marshmallow with MiFavor 3.5 ...

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    Update: Mere minutes after the general announcement, T-Mobile confirmed it'll be the first to carry the "Sprinkle White" 5-incher on US shores, charging $160, or $6.67 a month for two years, with $0 down, starting July 13. With all the budget mid-range options you have these days from Chinese manufacturers, it's amazing to realize that once you take them out of the equation as well as the brands you see on the online marketplaces, we're talking about some pretty boring options. I mean, have mercy on the prepaid carrier customers, jeez. Well, HTC is once again trying its hand in that ...

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    Smart albums have come to the place you wouldn't think an album would ever come to. Snapchat is planning on introducing a new feature called "Memories" where you can save a personal hive of Snaps or even whole Stories and even partition some Snaps for "My Eyes Only". You can sort out your saved Snaps through keywords and compile them into new Stories with Memories. And if you happen to share a Memory or two with your friends, they'll see a special border on it, letting them know it's a Memory. Hear that? Snapchat is on-boarding nostalgia in its app. The BØRNS we hear is a nice touch, too. ...

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    No one needs a reminder of how many mobile payment apps we have in this world. For some, like those on Windows 10 Mobile, they only have one they can even use. For others, the options just get plain ridiculous. But as promised, it seems that big box retailer Walmart has followed up on its promise to spread its QR-based mobile payments method to all of its stores. It officially announced that registers at over 4,600 stores across the United States can now take Walmart Pay. The payment method involves opening up the Walmart app, tapping into the Walmart Pay feature and lining up the payment ...

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    Update: The statue has been revealed and apparently it is the Android robot on top of an Italian dessert called Torrone that has nuts and nougat in it. It's officially been dubbed as "Android Nougat". The version number will be 7.0. Our original story is below. Inside Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters is a confidential file. It is trapped within a room of vanilla wafers, chocolate hazelnut spread and a bunch of sticky notes. It's the Namey McNameface we've been waiting months and months for. It is Android N. And Google has been teasing its christening for today with a ...

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    As teased for months and months now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is releasing Bluetooth 5, a wireless standard that doubles the speed of its last major iteration as well as quadruples the effective range and increases capacity eightfold. It's the standard's big joust into the Internet of Things, competing with Wi-Fi HaLow to connect as many things as possible — things with small batteries meant to last a long time handling a range of tasks. It also competes with the household-focused Google Cast standard. It's currently centered on media input and output sources, but will soon ...

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    While Qualcomm prefers to take a step back from the processor arms race, Taiwan's MediaTek is taking two steps forward. It not only announced that the first smartphones with its tri-cluster, deca-core Helio X20 chipset are almost ready to go, but another Chinese hardware partner is set to take up an even more advanced SoC that the chipmaker didn't even announce. MediaTek took to a stage in Shenzhen to address media on where the Helio X20 is going and, after a long road from its introduction last year, it's going to appear in products starting next month. PhoneArena and other outlets ...

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    When we started the Pocketnow Weekly podcast back in July of 2012 (a summer that feels much longer ago than the actual 80-week figure would suggest), it bore little resemblance to its current incarnation. There was no list of handy time codes; the music was built on an aggressive electric-guitar riff that now sounds impossibly cheesy; and subtopics like the "thought thread" and "two-minute debate segment" divided the podcast into rigidly regimented sectors of tech talk. Most importantly, the Weekly back then was headed up by a strictly defined team of Brandon Miniman, Anton D. Nagy, and ...

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    For all its limitations, Instagram appears poised to remain an unstoppable force in social media. As of last month, the Facebook-owned service boasts over 16 billion photos shared, a brand new video-sharing feature that's spanking the competition, and over 130 million monthly active users. Well, make that 130 million and one. Because we've just joined the Instagram universe under the venerable (if predictable) title: "Pocketnow." Now, many Pocketnow team members also have personal Instagram accounts which many of you already follow - and we thank you for that. But following those, you've ...

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    "Making your way in the world today takes everything you got," a famous singer once crooned. "Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot." There's more to the song, but the meat of the story is that "sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name." And in this case, it's not a Boston-area bar run by a washed-up Red Sox pitcher; it's an internet forum run by a team of writers at the top of their game, and (soon to be) populated by some of the smartest, hippest, coolest readers in mobile technology. In case you missed the blatant appeal to your egos, that's you! ...

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    Update: We're still waiting to hear back from our prospective winner, folks. Once we qualify his entry we'll make an announcement proper. Sorry for the delay, but we'll have this sorted out one way or the other very soon! And thanks so much for your reviews - they've already given the Weekly quite a shot in the arm, and we appreciate it. It's been a little while since we shared the wealth, and we have a special occasion coming up: episode 050 of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is just around the corner! We wanted to celebrate our golden anniversary of tech-podcast tomfoolery with a gift to ...

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