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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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    With the Galaxy Note 7 out of the spotlight, perhaps it's time to move swiftly onto some more mid-ranger and budget-end devices? Let's start with Samsung's latest Tizen star, the Z2. Media renders have popped up ahead of the device's launch in India in just hours. The pictures do real justice as to how thick this device is. More of the specs can be found here. [gallery ids="480742,480743,480744"]   Talking about the Galaxy C9, — the literal flagship of yesteryear — we remain in India and with import-export database Zauba to find that an actual unit or eight has flown into the country. ...

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    Maybe the $99 ZTE ZMAX PRO was a little too rich for your blood? Okay, maybe, but you know what'd make a great burner phone on MetroPCS? The Alcatel TRU. It's $29 and it gets the job done with a Snapdragon 210 and 1GB of RAM powering a 5-inch FWVGA display. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel one in front and you'll store pictures within the 8GB of internal storage and up to 32GB more via microSD. Alcatel tops it off with a 2,000mAh battery, Android Lollipop and a "soft noir faux leather back". Again, you'll be tied to Metro for the ride, — though as a prepaid ...

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    In an age where most Chinese manufacturers have websites that avoid overusing bold sans-serif fonts — mostly Impact — and really bad grammar, it seems that upstart Vernee hasn't gotten the memo. Sure, the manufacturer does the crazy things a new player would get to like flash sales, but we'd assume that it knew that the font for memes has been cordoned off limits for a while now. Whatever the case, it has announced a November release frame for the Vernee Mars, a phone that will feature the next step up from the Helio P10, the Helio P20 (MediaTek's MT6757). It runs on the same eight ...

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    Want the HTC brand in your pocket? Can't afford a 10 out of 10? Maybe you should take a look at the Desire 530. It's the only Desire out of all the new ones introduced earlier this year to come to the states. And it's come again, this time to Verizon. Big Red has the phone at its postpaid service for $144 or a monthly $6 over two years. It's $16 less expensive than what T-Mobile's offering it for. Better yet, upgrade your line and you can get it for $94 or just about $4 a month. And the best bit is if you're adding a line to your account, the Desire 530's just a measly $2 a month. If you ...

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    Honor joins the list of Chinese manufacturers in this latest round of low, low price releases. How much compromise is too much, though? We'll let you answer that question as we introduce you to the Honor 5 Play, the follow up to 2014's Honor 4 Play. It was launched right beside the Honor Note 8 today. Relatively speaking, two years is plenty of time for low-key specs to improve. But you might have to peek into the subtleties to find plus sides to the new phone. For example, both phones have five-inch displays. We aren't sure if the Honor 5 Play's is at 720p or 1080p, we just know it's ...

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    The Indian company that vowed to make smartphones accessible to the people most deprived of connectivity found itself in trouble a few weeks ago. The CEO of Ringing Bells — the company that made the $4 Freedom 251 smartphone — publicly asked the government for some $7.5 billion in assistance after he revealed that the company was operating at a major loss. Despite the rut, we now know that 65,000 more units will be sent out in addition to the 5,000 already shipped. Deliveries were made in 13 of the 36 states and territories in the country. The order of shipments is determined by ...

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    To be cheap is to prosper as a smartphone consumer. And it's also to live. And if you've caught wind of the ZTE ZMAX PRO last week, you might've thought to switch over to MetroPCS to get that exclusive $99 phone with a fingerprint sensor. Well, if you want a little more freedom in which carrier you want to hitch up with, check out BLU's new Studio Touch. Like the ZMAX PRO, it has a fingerprint reader (though on the front). But as the phone comes direct from BLU and the price is not subsidized, there are some compromises. The MediaTek MT6725 processor is a quad-core unit running at 1GHz. ...

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    The Finnish startup that couldn't launch its tablet out to its backers is still pushing its software mission out to partners wherever it can get them. In this case, it's India's Intex and the debut of its first Sailfish OS 2.0 phone, the Aqua Fish. For the budget conscious, it may be a worthy phone — a Snapdragon 210 runs the show with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (expandable by up to 32GB). There's an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facer and you can view the pictures you take from the two on a five-inch, 720p screen. All of it fueled by a 2,500mAh battery. The phone ...

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    If RAM is a big differentiator for budget buyers these days, perhaps it's now wonder that another K5 Note may be headed for India, but with a twist. The Lenovo K5 Note was launched in China six months ago with a MediaTek Helio P10 and 2GB of RAM. It was more than decent enough at ¥1,099 (approximately $170 or Rs. 11,000). Now, it's about to make the rounds in India and Lenovo's marketing department is teasing more RAM for the Rupee. With so much RAM at your disposal, the only thing you'll worry about on the #KillerNote5 is running out of apps.https://t.co/zZLBI7HCju — Lenovo India ...

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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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    The different threads of OPPO's smartphones range from the premium to the camera-focused to the budget-minded. Even in the A-series, we can find some stratification. So, what does the A37 really represent? Well, for about $199, it brings a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on a 1/4-inch sensor. With its 1.4μm pixels, OmniBSI+ technology and a screen flash, the phone's promised to shine a light on your selfies. The main 8-megapixel camera, with a 1/3.2-inch sensor, has the same-sized pixels as on the front with backside illumination. Software can composite five shots into a single ...

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    The Xiaomi Mi Max, as affordable and (ergo) popular as it is, could be just a little more affordable. Not sure how popular it'll be, though. On what looks like a recent AnTuTu benchmark log, we find what could be a Mi Max with MIUI 7.3 on Android 6.0.1, a hexa-core processor running at 1.8GHz tops — looks to be a Snapdragon 650 — backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. This as we see orders flow in for the currently-existing 3GB and 4GB RAM variants with 32GB and 64GB of storage, respectively. The base model currently available runs a tab of ¥1,500 ($230). The big question, if ...

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    We can safely say that if you're a big fan of cheap smartphones, your money isn't safe, however little of it you have. Sure, you could go for a BLU phone or strain the value knuckles with a Lenovo Blade. And then, there's the Meizu m3, a $90 phone with the specs of a $200 phone in the States. Well, the company decided to add an extra letter and a few extra dollars to the price tag. So what does the Meizu m3s strive to bring? A sandblasted metallic body and a home button with 0.2-second fingerprint recognition. That's pretty much it. The five-inch HD display under the 2.5D curved glass ...

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    Samsung is the biggest mobile phone manufacturer by volume and most of those phones, it turns out, end up selling for less than $250 or $200. Insurgent competitor Apple definitely has the profits from planting fat margins onto its products. It's also been closing the gap in shipments, but it still has a ways to go. So, the chaebol may be taking the luxury of that ways to go by making plans to ship fewer phones next year — by up 12 percent, according to a domestic retailers group. The math comes out to about 425 million smartphones, give or take a few million. Financial analysts have ...

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    We're fortunate to live in a day and age where smartphones are more than capable of handling some pretty daunting tasks. Several times, I've left my computer at home and needed to crank out some taxing work from a device that comfortably slides into my pants pocket. I've typed up excerpts of an article I was working on, signed off on the final draft of the tax filings for my company while standing in line for a movie, or pretty aggressively edited photos before shooting them over to my computer for use in an article. I explained yesterday that I no longer consider myself to be a power ...

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