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    It might be in China. It might be in Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Heck, it might even coming to Mexico! It got certified by the FCC fer cryin' out loud! And yet, the Huawei Mate 8 has not been announced for sale in the United States. That's the news we got from the Chinese OEM's CES 2016 event. But while we might have to wait in suspense for this powerfully large beast — we're talking 4,000mAh of battery capcity, Sony's IMX 296 camera sensor and a six-inch IPS screen weighing in at a hefty 185 grams, here — you don't have to wait for us to give the hands-on treatment of this ...

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    For companies with a large global footprint, serving up budget phones can be the bread-and-butter to claiming market share, mind share and attention for the more expensive future release. It's ZTE's hope this time around, anyways. We've had some eyes on some budget materials from Hong Kong's Alcatel OneTouch earlier on with some unique little twists — namely, Windows 10 Mobile. When it comes to the China-based manufacturer, though, we have some different differentiators coming into play for the Avid Plus and the Grand X3. Let's start with the Avid Plus that's headed to T-Mobile and ...

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    The Google Pixel C is a funny little device. Running stock Android Marshmallow, but with a Chromebook’s branding and design, with an expensive accessory a must-buy if you want to get the most of it, it won’t be on everyone’s shopping list this holiday season. And that's before you consider all the rough reviews it's gotten from other publications already. Given that less-than-stellar debut, you might expect our first impression of the Google Pixel C to be equally underwhelming. But 24 hours in, we’re actually quite captivated by this little contradiction of a machine. With its ...

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    Everyone’s said the same thing about Apple's iPad Pro over the past few weeks, and while I'd love to hit you over the head with some new and amazing insights ... I can't. The number-one most noteworthy thing about the iPad Pro is this: it's huge. The iPad Air 2 was the biggest tablet I regularly used up till now – and the iPad Pro positively dwarfs it. You might as well think of it as a computer monitor or a small TV set, rather than a tablet. It's that ponderous. That added size works both for and against the iPad Pro. The huge display is obviously fantastic for media consumption ...

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    As I write this, I have known the BlackBerry Priv for three hours. It's sitting beside me, plugged into the wall, only about halfway through downloading the mess of apps I asked it to sync when I typed in my Google account info. My hands-on time with the phone amounts to a total of perhaps four minutes, one of which was spent positioning the phone for a mildly amusing tweet that more people than usual seemed to like. All this is to say: this is not a BlackBerry Priv review. This isn't even a hands-on. This is more like the editorial equivalent of an unboxing video, a setup for the ...

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    It’s a radical departure in design for a company desperately in need of some change – but for all that’s new here, there’s also a heaping helping of the familiar. Critics call HTC's new "iPhone clone" evidence of the company's ultimate surrender, while CEO Cher Wang has positioned it to employees as a well-balanced iPhone alternative. The truth is probably somewhere in between. Whichever side of the debate you fall on, it's pretty clear that the HTC One A9 announced today is a make-or-break device for the financially troubled smartphone manufacturer, and we went hands-on to ...

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    The Surface Pro series turned the corner on the age of stationary computing for Microsoft. The migration of all the hard components from keyboard area to screen bulkhead made for some interesting innovations in the keyboard and stylus accessories. The Surface Pro 3 made a pretty good impression on us, but the newer, lighter, stronger and faster Surface Pro 4 had the whole room at Microsoft's Windows 10 devices event wowed. There's also a newer, lighter, stronger and faster* Type Cover keyboard that includes a fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello. That cover will also work with your Surface ...

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    Microsoft's first attempt at wearables was met with very mixed thoughts. On one hand the first-generation Microsoft Band proved to be a very powerful device when compared to its competitors, but on the other we just couldn't get over its archaic looks. Microsoft clearly did something about it with the second-generation Microsoft Band, and get had a chance to go hands-on at Microsoft's event today. The new Microsoft band is not something Redmond would like to call a smartwatch, but it's hard not to consider it one if you consider all it can do. This is not just your average fitness tracker ...

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    The debut of Microsoft's first laptop-format computing solution has everyone in tech circles abuzz (you can find my opinion on what this device as well as the Surface Pro 4 might mean for the proliferation of "detachable computing" here). And it has heavy-duty white collar wearers pondering their options. It has a 13.5-inch screen that's fully detachable from the extensive and craftily-designed keyboard attached to it. You could say that while the Surface tablet series migrated all the necessary hardware features screenside, the Surface Book put the "lap" back into "laptop," with USB ...

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    Satya Nadella made it a point to make Microsoft cool again a few months ago, and our reaction was mainly of disbelief given how long its taken the company to announce new Microsoft Lumia flagships. Instead we've seen Redmond announce a bevy of entry-level devices, and at this point we continue to wait for the final build of Windows 10 Mobile. Today all this has changed though with Microsoft announcing two new flagships, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, and we go hands on. If you're wondering why we're making a single video for both flagships, the main reason is because they're almost ...

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    We're coming up on the end of the flood of new devices for the year, but of course, late September can only ever mean one thing: iPhone time. Apple unveiled its latest additions to the iPhone family, the 6s and 6s Plus, earlier this month, and now we have them both in hand. We already unboxed the larger 6s Plus yesterday, and now we're freeing the smaller model from its shrink wrap holding. Aesthetically, not much seems to have changed from last year, but the internal components are a whole different story, and we're excited to start seeing the effects of improvements like more RAM, a ...

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    Every year, we see a new version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS, coming out right around the same time as the new iPhones. That time this year has finally come with the consumer release of iOS 9, just in time for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to drop next week, and the new software brings with it quite a few new features for those coming from iOS 8 and below. Siri has been updated with a more elegant design and better contextual queries. Maps now offers public transit information. Notes supports drawing and folders now. There's a back button to return to apps when links jump you into ...

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    In today’s sea of flat slabs, it’s hard to deny that even though today’s smartphones are very capable products, they aren’t really smart about learning more about its user. Nextbit is a new smartphone company that intends to change that, and we were recently invited to learn more. Nextbit has already garnered a lot of fame for a ton of reasons over the last couple of weeks. To start, its leadership team is composed by some of the genius minds that made Android what it is today, and that made HTC famous for design. Second is the fact that the company’s Nextbit Robin kickstarter ...

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    BLU did a good job at making its presence noticed at CTIA 2015 with its booth, and also the devices that were announced at the event. We recently got to spend some time with the monstrous BLU Pure XL, but the company also matched this announcement with the thin and light BLU Vivo Air LTE. If your budget is currently limited to $200, BLU has just announced a very nifty package for that particular price tag. The new BLU Vivo Air LTE actually honors its name with its spec package launching a very thin device at just 5.1mm. This device sports a glass on glass design protected by Gorilla Glass ...

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    A lot of things have changed in the smartphone market lately thanks to companies like BLU. At a time when powerful specifications are all matched with a high price tag, BLU has continued to push for a concept that brings good design, decent specs, and a price tag that makes many competitors look bad. Such is the case of the BLU Pure XL that we just had a chance to take for a quick spin at CTIA 2015 in Las Vegas. The BLU Pure XL sports a gorgeous 6-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display with 490 PPI. Powering this device is a 2.0GHz Octa Core MediaTek Helio X10, 3GB of RAM, and a crazy 64GB of ...

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    It may not be a new Nexus just yet, but Huawei is starting IFA off strong with some impressive new hardware. The Ascend Mate S is the company's latest flagship device, packing high-end specs into a finely constructed aluminum unibody enclosure. The 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 display should be quite resilient to scratches, and the phone feels smaller than its 5.5" 1080p display would suggest, thanks to slim bezels. Huawei made repeated comparisons to the iPhone in their presentation of the Ascend Mate S, and were proud of the phone's ability to charge twice as quickly as the iPhone 6 Plus. It ...

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    In addition to the modern connotations ranging from "intelligent" to "geeky," the word smart used to be synonymous with "classy," "elegant," and "timeless" – witness the enduring term "smart casual" for sharp-looking business attire. But today, the term "smart watch" conjures images of early adopters at best and technology nerds at worst. That's how Huawei sees it, anyway, and its first Android Wear device looks to turn back the clock on "smart," restoring the word –and the category– to a more dignified status. Does the Huawei Watch have what it takes to de-geekify Android ...

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    If your virtual assistant of choice comes from the world of Halo, great news: she’s not confined to Windows Phone anymore. As we reported earlier today, an early Windows Insider build of Cortana for Android has leaked to the masses, and we've got it running like a dream on our Samsung Galaxy S6 review unit. It's a prerelease version, so performance might not exactly match what we'll see from Microsoft's final take, but it's a pretty darn polished Beta – and we're here to share it with you in our very first Cortana on Android hands-on! Check out the original news post for a few more ...

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    What do you do when you’re HTC and you want to create the perfect blend of price, design, and specs? You build a Desire phone. The company invited us to take an early look at its new HTC Desire 626, and we happily obliged. Join us as we go hands-on! HTC Desire 626 hands-on gallery [gallery columns="5" ids="441292,441293,441294,441295,441296,441297,441298,441299,441300,441301" orderby="rand"]   We’re actually taking a look at two phones here: the Desire 626 for postpaid Verizon and AT&T, and the 626S for a variety of prepaid carriers (including Cricket, MetroPCS and Boost Mobile, ...

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    Huawei has paired up a phone and wearable to launch in the United States. We'll have complete coverage of the Talkband B2 later on. First, we're giving a full physical check-up on the Huawei P8 Lite, or the younger cousin to the international flagship, the Huawei P8. You may question why the Chinese OEM continued its modus operandi of providing lower-end phones to the U.S. market, like the SnapTo and Ascend Mate 2. But it seems that this is as close to a flagship as we might expect from the company for now. The unlocked phone is competing on a price level similar to that of the ASUS ...

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    At the Google I/O 2015 keynote we were shown pieces of the next version of Android, currently codenamed "Android M". While we don't know what the final dessert name will be we were treated to a Developer Preview of Android M (just like last year with Android L). Not everything we saw in the keynote is available in the Developer Preview, but many of the features are. If you want to give the Developer Preview of Android M a try on your supported device, head over to the Android Developer website and flash away. It's buggy, as one might expect, so proceed at your own risk. In the meantime, ...

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    I was never a fan of handwriting while I was in school.  Later I was introduced to fountain pens and all of that changed. My "daily carry" pen is an aluminum-bodied, steel-nibbed pen from Schrade that writes wonderfully and looks great. The downside is that all my handwritten notes are analog. I have to manually scan them - every single one - if I want them in a digital format. Since then I've been looking for a digital solution. My old Apple Newton fit the bill. Notes I'd write there on it were handwritten "ink", but digitized on the fly. Since then I haven't found anything that ...

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    For all the excitement on the high end, some of the most surprising developments in today’s smartphone world can be found lurking down in the midrange. We’ve just spent 24 hours with one of the most interesting of those developments: the ASUS ZenFone 2 US edition, and we've got some thoughts to share. In case you need a refresher: the ASUS ZenFone 2 US edition is the same model ZE551ML that blew our hats off back at CES 2015, except that it now bears a much more conservative back cover (on our test unit, anyway). Having officially gone on sale in the States earlier this week, the ...

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    The third big flagship launch of the year is finally here. Following the MWC launches of HTC's One M9 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, we're onto the next big contender for your bucks, the newly-announced G4. All the images you saw and the specs you read probably aren't quite enough to give you the look you want at the year's next big Android phone, so we've prepared for you an LG G4 hands-on video straight out of New York City. Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck gives us our first video look at the phone, showing off the chassis that's oh-so-familiar thanks to its predecessors, the LG G2 and G3. ...

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    We're no stranger to Chinese telecom giant Huawei. About three years ago, we concluded our Ascend P1 review with the remark that the Huawei phone, while imperfect, made us excited for what the company had in store for the future – and that excitement has since proven justified. Last year's Ascend Mate 2 brought outstanding battery life and a competitive price point; its followup the Ascend Mate 7 blended luxury design with top-tier features; and the forthcoming Huawei Watch seems poised to class up the Android Wear catalog when it drops later this year. The Huawei P8 is the ...

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