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    Sony's going through with its Europe distribution plan of its new Xperia X smartphones. It recently added the Xperia XA Ultra, a camera-ful little phone, into that plan. We're now seeing that the Japanese manufacturer is setting that device into pre-order motion as well as UK site Unlocked Mobiles has the phone available for £298.98 with shipments starting June 27. Britons can get the Xperia XA direct from Sony for £239 with boxes out the door beginning June 20. Where's the £60 difference? An extra gig of RAM, a larger screen with better resolution and double the selfie cam ...

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    Let's talk iPhone audio once again. Because the headphone jack just wasn't enough. Through NowhereElse.fr, we see this example of what is said to be an Italian-manufactured accessory case for the iPhone 7. Two things strike out in this design: number one, the four speakers adorning each corner of the device and; number two, the rearranged ports for the camera equipment on the back. It's amazing how both changes make way for the other in the slightest of ways. That vertically-aligned port layout is similar to the one found on the iPad Pro and would be better suited than a horizontal layout ...

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    It seems that we can very nearly confirm Evan Blass's reporting on Motorola using the "Moto Z" brand in some way. The company has a trademark application filed at the US Patent and Trademark for the term dated May 17. In his VentureBeat article, Blass detailed how the Moto Z term would replace the Moto X branding on the company's flagship smartphones, including ones produced for Verizon Wireless under a line called "DROID". As Motorola is likely to get hold of the term, it may simply become a matter of "use it or lose it" come the next major smartphone launch on June 9. Source: US ...

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    Applied Materials doesn't often come up in our discussion of who makes what in a typical iPhone, especially when next year's iPhones come to mind. But while we can talk about Catcher Technology's confidence despite an all-glass iPhone in 2017, let's talk about another favorite iPhone 7s/iPhone 8 aspect, the OLED screen. Samsung and LG are among the several manufacturers getting some display work with many, many others saying they also are. But many of their factories need new machines that don't make LCD panels like they have for so long. That's where Applied Materials comes in — it is ...

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    If Kyocera just isn't doing anything for your rugged phone needs, perhaps you're just a few weeks away from getting your hands on a Samsung solution. For the fourth consecutive year, we're looking forward to an AT&T co-opted Galaxy S Active device, tacky as it may look. Previous rumors seemed to say that the Active model would more likely take on the dimensions of the Galaxy S7 edge rather the plain 'ol Galaxy S7. It's better that VentureBeat's Evan Blass can give us a better idea of what will go into the phone based off a spec sheet the publication has acquired. So, a Snapdragon ...

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    It's been a few months since ink dried on AT&T's last signed two-year contract. Its Next installment program has been the main way for customers to pay for their phones. Well, either that or bellying up for full retail price. But the Death Star is saying that on June 9, it will cut two of its four Next plans it offers to consumers now. As a matter of interest, here are the payment plans the carrier offers now. [table] Plan,Down payment,Number of months for pay off phone,Number of months for upgrade eligibility AT&T Next 24,0,30,24 AT&T Next 18,0,24,18 AT&T Next 12,0,20,12 ...

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    Japanese manufacturer that is not Sony, FREETEL, has taken its baby steps to launching its unlocked phones in the US market. We saw the new company back at the major trade shows earlier this year, now it's time to get pre-orders started for a couple of phones. The Priori 3 is a barebones entry-level phone with Android 5.1, a quad-core MediaTek MTK6735P, a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480p) display, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The phone is available for pre-order for $89, 10 percent off its list price, and will ship in about four weeks. Also on Android Lollipop is this higher-end Kiwami, with a ...

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    Some lucky people were able to snag some free goodies with the purchase of a then-new Lumia 950 XL. As short-lived as those promotions were and for how little we knew about the phones then, snagging some Continuum with your new Windows 10 Mobile device was pretty nifty. Well, if you're a Briton still thinking about getting either a Lumia 950 or 950 XL, you should probably take action anytime tomorrow or through June 30. Afterward, you can take advantage of a promo code for a free Microsoft Display Dock, worth £79.99. You can access the offer on the Lumia Offers app — an app almost ...

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    HTC was last out of the gate for the spring flagship launches this year — well, technically Lenovo's Tech World event comes just before the start of summer, but Motorola's traditionally been a late bloomer anyways. Still, the HTC 10 isn't exactly everywhere just yet, but it will be in India soon. In fact, we can presume that HTC's Save the Date event in India on May 26 is about the HTC 10. Media invitations are out. India was originally rumored to have a Snapdragon 652-equipped version of the phone named the HTC 10 Lifestyle. Later tea leaves pointed back to the country getting the ...

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    While it’s still too early to have any sort of guarantees regarding the next iPhone, and recently leaked “evidence” of the handheld’s appearance is largely sketchy and circumstantial, it sure seems like the traditional tick-tock release cycle will be perturbed this year by another incremental upgrade. Strictly from an aesthetic point of view, the iPhone 7 is widely believed to closely resemble the 6s, which in turn aped the design of the 2014-dispatched iPhone 6. A series of minor tweaks, including the removal of the standard headphone jack and addition of a so-called Smart ...

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    For better or worse, OnePlus certainly has a knack for marketing gimmicks which make the company that “never settles” stick with you long after a silly April Fools’ prank taken too seriously, a VR-set smartphone launch event, or arguably distasteful “Smash the Past” contest. The latest eccentric publicity stunt will not only see the OnePlus 3 unveiled in VR… sometime soon, but actually made available in a space station called The Loop, where prospective buyers will go and order the new “flagship killer” via their virtual reality headsets. Don’t own one yet and refuse to ...

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    Although Pebble’s hardcore fans seemed to relish the opportunity of once again throwing their weight behind a smartwatch prototype on Kickstarter early last year, many neutral observers of the wearable phenomenon felt the fundraiser was unnecessary and even somewhat tasteless. The Time and Time Steel should really have been developed, mass-produced and distributed without the help of the actual buyers, and the “normal” release of the Time Round in the fall of 2015 did little to fix Pebble’s strategic mistake. It’s all about perception at the end of the day, and after so much time ...

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    They say seeing is believing, so although we’ve heard an awful lot about the surprisingly advanced specs and features of the upcoming “entry-level” Samsung Gear Fit 2 wearable lately from rock-solid sources, it’s certainly nice to also get some visual confirmation. The activity tracker is once again pictured in black, blue and pink, with a much more ergonomic design than its predecessor, comfortable apparent fit on any wrist, curvy body, and a sharp screen that feels like a smooth continuation of the strap instead of two different puzzle pieces not able to come together very ...

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    It’s practically impossible to keep count of Google’s innumerable groundbreaking, sometimes weird, sometimes downright nutty “projects”, especially as they often evolve and unite towards a common goal. Of course, you also have the occasional nonstarter, but in recent years, we’ve seen Aura, Ara, Tango and Loon, to only name a few, capture the imagination of the tech world and press on very close to the mass production phase. Well, you can now add Project Soli to that list, although the wide commercial release of gadgets endowed with a new sensing technology that uses miniature ...

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    While mobile technology continues to advance at a pretty steady pace, so that today’s flagship smartphones can easily top their predecessors in every single way that counts, thriving competition and declining global sales help keep prices in check. In fact, if you look closely, you’ll notice high-end Android retail costs have actually dropped in recent years instead of going up, as the Galaxy S7, for instance, can be currently found for less than what the S6 fetched this time last year. Namely, the latest “next big thing” hit an all-time low price of $530 a couple of weeks ago at ...

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    Well, this is confusing. Just days before almost certainly taking the wraps off a new family of respectable Android mid-rangers with relatively low price points in Taiwan, Asus decided to lightly refresh the original Zenfone Max in India. As far as we know, a radically redesigned and upgraded Zenfone 3 Max is on its way to a number of markets, including “developed” ones in Europe and possibly North America too, but for some reason, Flipkart gets an interim model virtually identical on the outside to the first-gen battery powerhouse. Under the hood, this “new” Asus Zenfone Max ...

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    While there might still be little portions of a largely Samsung-controlled world where 2014 or 2015 flagships are yet to receive official Marshmallow updates, the Korean behemoth and its tireless team of software engineers have moved on to lesser phones and a few tablets in an effort to spread the Android 6.0 love as wide as possible. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and Tab A 9.7 both recently left Lollipop behind, with their little brothers likely following suit soon, and the Galaxy S5 mini seems just a few weeks away from a somewhat surprising OS promotion of its own. Meanwhile, one of the ...

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    While the Android flagship specs battle is a pretty close one between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, and design remains a subjective matter, the winner of this H1 2016 clash of the titans may have been decided by bundle deals and discounts. Granted, LG tried its best to lock horns with Samsung in the promotion department as well, but ultimately couldn’t match the marketing strength of its mighty opponent. The opponent, of course, appears to have the precious support of many leading US retailers and carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Costco, and Best Buy. Best Buy just ...

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    While entertainment and gaming gains, among others, continue to offset Sony’s ceaseless string of mobile misfortunes, not even a giant of this stature can afford to endlessly sustain an underperforming division. Drastic cuts need to be made, and the Xperia Z device family was the first to go, making room for a re-imagined X roster that includes both mid-range and high-end Androids. Meanwhile, speculation recently mounted that all other letters in Sony’s scattered alphabet soup of phones could exit the scene as well before long, including the semi-successful C and M lines. Whether or ...

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    Android developers are starting to get what we want to do on our tablets — read a whole bunch of stuff at once. And in the latest Developer Preview, we can definitely do that on Chrome. Taking advantage of the Split Screen feature that got canonized this week, opening up Chrome and looking at the extended context menu will allow you to "Move [a tab] to other window". You can only move tabs using that menu option, but once you have that new window up, you can add as many tabs as you'd like on that side. Android handles Chrome in this fashion as two separate instances — which seems ...

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    It's been long enough since everyone else on the Galaxy train got their turn at the Marshmallow mount. Heck, the Galaxy Note Edge on Sprint got its draw. Samsung, though, is still ready and willing to spread out the fluff to a wider audience who decided to take a chance on the chaebol's little experiment on the edge. The update that will bring at least European Galaxy Note Edge users to build N915FYXXU1DPE1 is just under 1.5GB large and updates TouchWiz with all the features we're now used to on many other devices like Doze, Now on Tap, better sound controls, etc. The phone came out in ...

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    It's no secret that iOS has a huge cash cow with its App Store. App developers typically work projects for that platform first, betting on a secure latch to a major gravy train. Well, in US Two Games's case, it's definitely the case for its runaway mobile gaming hit, "Monument Valley", now in its second year of existence. And that's even with a whole year of expanding to the Play Store, to Amazon, to Windows 10 Mobile and to Chinese app distributor iDreamSky. In a Medium post infographic, the company announced that it had over 26 million downloads with just under 5 million of them paid ...

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    The good 'ol days of getting wireless chargers and a couple of Benjamins just for starting a mobile payment habit are long gone. Even this new initiative to get users onto Samsung Pay doesn't even compare to the last one that offered $30 towards some retailers. In Samsung's "Summer Perks for New Samsung Pay Users," it seems that said new Samsung Pay users will only get $20 of credit to either Toys'R'US, Nike, California Pizza Kitchen, Banana Republic (whoa, really?) or Regal Entertainment. Obviously, you'll need a top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy phone from the past couple of generations ...

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    Meizu's been soaking in more coverage recently with its PRO 6 smartphone (that still hasn't actually gone to market just yet) and has a lot of buzz about for its next premium smartphone, too. Let's talk, though, about the value-bombing MX-series that should be arriving sometime — anytime — in the second half of the year. Thanks to the benchmark developers at AnTuTu dropping some science on Weibo, we have a lot to look forward to this summer/fall/winter. First off, it seems that the Meizu MX6 will be sporting the MediaTek Helio X20 processor, just a tiny step down from the newer X25 on ...

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    Lenovo sub-brand ZUK released its Z2 Pro last month. The irony remains that what is just the Z2 has yet to be launched. But it's definitely coming soon and we have chief executive Chang Cheng telling us just a little bit of how this new phone runs. He posted onto Weibo that after a whole day of use, he was liking this [Exynos] 8890. Yep, that shiny new chipset from Samsung found on that manufacturer's Galaxy S7 (in select markets). In contrast, the ZUK Z2 Pro has the Snapdragon 820 chipset as found on Galaxy S7 units in other markets — likely also made by Samsung. Both chipsets are ...

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