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    Earlier today on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we found ourselves briefly discussing the state of virtual reality hardware, and the subject of HTC's Vive came up. The headset represents a marked departure from the sort of electronics we're used to expecting from the company, and considering the shaky financial ground HTC finds itself on, Vive could end up offering an important new way for the firm to new sources of revenue. Of course, for it to do that it needs to come out first. Unfortunately, it sounds like HTC's plans for the Vive are behind schedule, and you may be waiting longer than ...

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    Apple's press event is now on for September 9, and there's little doubt that we're about to see the company's latest iPhone models. While that much may be taken for granted, we've still got plenty of questions about just how these new options will land, and what impact they'll have on Apple's plans for sales of existing iPhone models. Those questions include the subject of storage capacity, and we've long wondered if and when Apple might drop its 16GB option for new iPhones, just as it already dropped the 8GB option, making 32GB the new minimum. Some rumors have said that 16GB was getting ...

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    Smartphones with extremely well-endowed front cameras have blown up of late, and the selfie trend might impact Microsoft’s plans for a fall charge on next-gen iPhones and high-end Androids too. The recently rendered Cityman, aka Lumia 950 XL or 940 XL, has a lot going for it, based on fairly plausible gossip. It’s big, at 5.7 inches in display diagonal, high-res, with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels in tow, a multitasking powerhouse, courtesy of 3GB RAM, and is shaping up to be the ultimate mobile photography tool, thanks to a 20MP PureView rear cam. What you probably never suspected is the ...

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    It can’t be easy for smartphone manufacturers to devise enough differentiators for two flagship models each year, let alone three. Naturally therefore, we’re very curious to see what the LG G4 Pro might bring to the table that the standard G4 and G Flex 2 are missing. Back when this was teased as a “super premium” device, tipsters hinted at a prospective aluminum construction, as well as ultra-high-end specifications like a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and 27MP rear camera. But in the meantime, the SD820 silicon has become an impractical endowment, given it requires too much ...

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    They say there’s no smoke without fire and, while we can’t really authenticate any of the profuse Nexus-centric rumors and leaks of late, it seems certain two stock Android-running Google phones will soon break cover. How soon? Within a few weeks as far as the smaller, lower-end LG-made 5-incher is concerned, according to fresh intel collected by a Korean publication. Apparently, the Nexus 5 (2015) could actually start selling on September 29, which suggests a formal announcement may take place earlier in the month. That makes perfect sense, given Android 6.0 Marshmallow is also ...

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    The closer we get to Apple’s September 9 event, the more credible leaks get on the iPhone 6s. We’ve heard rumors teasing the iPhone 6s in a rose gold variant, and we’ve also heard rumors dismissing them. There have also been strong hints to Force Touch technology, in addition to the possibility of a sapphire display option. Sources today claim that the rose gold iPhone 6s will exist, and will be the only hint that you’re actually carrying the newer iPhone. It’ll resemble the same copper-like color tone of the rose gold Apple Watch, though obviously made of anodized aluminum. ...

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    Samsung is clearly not playing games with its Samsung Pay services. The company has already launched the service in its home land, and even with a couple of hurdles, we've also received details on its U.S. launch. We're still a month away from that date, but it seems Samsung wants to start now. If you have already upgraded to a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 on either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular, you're entitled to beta test Samsung pay as of today. The service is currently only compatible with cards from Bank of America, Mastercard, US Bank, and ...

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    At this point it's no secret that we're just a few days away from learning everything that Apple plans to launch with its new line of iPhones. We've heard a few rumors of iPhone 6s camera improvements, but some of these were even a topic of worry. Today we get more information on what to expect, and it seems to be major. Sources are helping bring additional credibility to some crazy rumors we hear months ago, like for example a selfie camera with a flash. We haven't really seen any changes in the leaked display panels, but this source claims that it will happen, and it leaves us to wonder ...

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    Yesterday we shared with you an interesting, if not just a little bit confusing story about what was going on between manufacturers of unlocked smartphones and T-Mobile, where phones that should be fully capable of using the carrier's band 12 LTE were finding manufacturers disabling that support – phones sold unlocked and seemingly independent of T-Mobile. It appeared that an issue with VoLTE support and E911 routing was being put forward as the explanation for such actions, at least by Motorola as it killed-off band 12 access for the GSM edition of the new Moto E, but the full picture ...

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    Sony's got some smartphone news to share with us at IFA next week, and rumors sure have been insistent that we can expect the manufacturer to unveil its latest Xperia Z5 family of flagships. The most recent has suggested that could include not one, not two, but three handsets, including a 4K-resolution Z5 “Premium” edition. While we wait to see if that kind of pie-in-the-sky hardware actually shows up, some new support has arrived for one of the slightly more conservative Z5 spec rumors, with the publication of a few images that appear to be official press shots of the Xperia Z5, ...

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    Rumors about a new Motorola smartwatch have been heating up for about a month or so now, suggesting that the company's nearly ready to announce it second-gen Moto 360. We've seen evidence from official sources, heard that Motorola could be planning an IFA 2015 launch, and even had the opportunity to look at some in-the-wild pics that seemed to reveal the wearable undergoing some last-minute testing. Today we add to that collection of images of actual hardware with a new shot comparing this year's Moto 360 to last year's model, and appearing to confirm the existence of a new, smaller size ...

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    Samsung caught the world by surprise when it stayed mum regarding Galaxy Note 5 European availability during the S Pen phablet’s launch event, and completely broke the hearts of its old continent fans upon announcing the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be all the flagship they’ll be getting this fall. But just because the Note 5 isn’t headed to Europe anytime soon, it doesn’t mean it’ll altogether snub the region. If you’re patient enough, an SM-N920F model may go on sale, likely at a lower price than the rest of the Galaxy Note 5 configurations, as it seems to pack only 3GB RAM. Did ...

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    September 9 has been bandied about as the most likely unveil date of Apple’s next-gen iPhones for many weeks now, and a reputable source claims it has confirmed that’s indeed the plan. To our knowledge, media invitations haven’t gone out yet, but that may be because Cupertino was trying to keep the event’s location under wraps. All signs point to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, as the local Planning Department says a mysterious “trade show” should take place there between September 4 and 10. Since no company has made public an intention to hold ...

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    We already know Sony has something up its sleeve for the IFA trade show in Berlin between September 4 and 9, and a number of recent teasers have aggressively promoted the advanced camera capabilities of the next Xperia phone or phones. But exactly how many new Z-series handhelds are in the pipeline? What will they be called? And most importantly, what might set them apart from the Xperia Z4/Z3+ and Z3 Compact? Thanks to a post on an unofficial Sony Georgia Facebook page, which apparently “jibes with” intel received by serial leaker @evleaks, we may finally have some answers. Three ...

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    What comes after S, A, E and J? In Samsung’s alphabet soup of smartphone monikers, apparently O. But contrary to our assumptions from last week, the new handheld series incorporated in the grander Galaxy family will likely not consist of O5 and O7 members. Instead, the SM-G600 and SM-G550 should go official soon as Galaxy Mega On and Galaxy Grand On. That’s quite the peculiar branding decision, if true, and it brings back memories of a more complicated time, when Samsung phones carried names like Galaxy Ace Style, Core Plus or Fame Lite. What’s going to make it even harder for the ...

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    We're one week away from September 2, which means there's one week between us and news of the latest Sony mobile hardware. While the company's first IFA teaser was pretty nonspecific as to the type of devices we should expect, follow-up efforts have been clear that a new Xperia smartphone will be among them. Whether that means the launch of the Xperia Z5 family or not remains to be seen, but one thing Sony's made an effort to emphasize is the high-end camera performance of this new hardware. Earlier this week we saw Sony share a new IFA promotional message that drew attention to the ...

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    It’s hard to believe that the no-doubt-looming Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus still hold a slew of secrets after a downpour of leaks in recent weeks, but visually, we mostly know what to expect. Namely, a pair of iDevices eerily similar to their predecessors on the outside, although a small gain in overall thickness is definitely possible. It seems the two new iPhones are so architecturally close to last year’s models that you can even randomly mix components from all of them and get the end result to boot. Well, perhaps random is a bit of a stretch, as the below video shows off a ...

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    Unwilling to partake in the traditional (and some say futile) spec wars this fall, Lenovo is reportedly looking to stand out with a rare trait for each upcoming smartphone rather than the same Snapdragon 810 chips and quad HD displays as everyone else. The Vibe S1, for instance, should cater to selfie addicts with a unique dual front-facing camera arrangement in tow, while the Vibe P1 is just about confirmed to pack a colossal 5,000 mAh battery. Exactly how big is that? Maybe you can get an idea by us recently calling (and rightly so) the Moto X Play’s 3,630 mAh cell “giant.” 5,000 ...

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    Just when we thought Microsoft couldn’t possibly surprise us with anything big at its allegedly jam-packed October press event, the biggest Surface model yet pops up in the news for the first time. That’s biggest if you don’t count the gargantuan 84-inch Surface Hub, of course. Gear up for a Surface Pro 4 configuration with a display diagonal of between 13 and 14 inches, reportedly developed alongside a more compact, “traditional” 12-inch version. There’s obviously no way to verify the fresh rumor’s legitimacy at the moment, as its source provides no concrete proof. Unnamed ...

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    Fishy as can be, recent rumors concerning the two upcoming new Google Nexus smartphones at the very least give credence to the existence of an LG-made N5 (2015) and upgraded N6 designed by Huawei. Larger and, in all probability, more technically advanced, the Huawei Nexus has spent more time in the spotlight during the last few weeks. But its smaller brother will no doubt try to recover some of that lost ground, starting with a pretty thorough specification exposé today. As always, you’re advised to keep the proverbial salt shaker nearby, especially since the “leak’s” source is a ...

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    As we get closer to the rumored announcement of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, it only makes sense for all the batch of rumors to start falling into place. By this time Apple has most likely sat down with partners to reveal whatever it is that it has cooked up for its smartphone business, so anything we hear going forward should be close to what the final product should look like. China is a major business area for Apple particularly with the iPhone, and today we hear about it from Chinese sources. A China Telecom representative has just brought more credibility to certain iPhone 6s ...

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    Back in July, we took a look at an international customs database that appeared to reveal Samsung's efforts in testing the Galaxy Note 5 prior to its ultimate launch. What was particularly interesting was the model number involved: SM-N920F. That same one popped up a little later in July, too, and historically Samsung's the F suffix we see at the end to designate models intended for the European market. From all appearances, Samsung seemed like it was getting ready to bring the Note 5 to Europe, just like everywhere else … and then the phone launched, with no publicly stated plans for ...

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    Motorola is almost certainly about to introduce a new Moto 360 smartwatch, a model we've already seen pop up in leaks, featured in regulatory paperwork, and even spotted out in the real world. But for as imminent as the new wearable feels, there are still a good number of details we've yet to see fleshed out for the smartwatch, including the the full picture on size options and retail pricing. It may take us until Motorola's official launch announcement to see all our questions answered, but this week we get an early inkling of what we might expect, as one retailer publishes pre-order ...

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    This year, LG's already brought us a couple flagship-level smartphones, first in the form of the G Flex 2 back in the early days of 2015, followed some months later by the G4. While we normally wouldn't expect a lot more from the manufacturer, instead looking for it to fill out the rest of its yearly launches with a slew of lower-tier devices, this time around we were told to expect something a little different: back in March, we heard from an exec that LG was planning the H2 2015 launch of a phone that “stands above the G series” as some kind of super-premium option. We've been ...

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    The questionable purported leaks concerning future members of the Nexus family keep on coming, with the latest story centered on the stock Android-running tablet that tipsters said wasn’t in the pipeline for this year. A screenshot of a supposed Geekbench 3 test clearly lists the Nexus 8 name under both “Model” and “Model ID.” Almost too clearly, which makes the rumor that much harder to rely on. Besides, the public benchmark database contains absolutely no mention of an unannounced Google Nexus 8. Assuming the image is legit, the N8 would pack a mysterious octa-core processor ...

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