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    Sony has its CES press event coming up just two weeks from Monday. Will it really be ready to announce its next-gen Xperia Z smartphone? What about those rumors of a new, extra-large tablet? We're still looking to put together the complete picture of what to expect from Sony, and now the manufacturer is helping to stoke our speculative fires a little, releasing a teaser video that's backed to the prim with suggestive imagery. If smartphone ads were chocolates, and you could eat too many and give yourself a sugar-fueled fever-dream, this is what you might find. We've got close-ups of very ...

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    Given the evidence that's arrived to date, it's hardly controversial to suggest that Samsung's working a Galaxy S6, though so far we haven't managed to get a look at any actual hardware. One week back, a purported prototype photo was quickly identified as a fake, and while plenty of rumors have made bold claims about curved-screen designs, there just hasn't been any photographic proof to support these allegations. Well, today we've got something to actually look at – whether it's part of the Galaxy S6 or not is another question, but these pics are supposed to depict the metal frame that ...

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    Yesterday had us thinking about Galaxy S6 design, following the arrival of a rumor claiming that Samsung would really embrace the sort of curved-screen layout the Note Edge introduced while taking things even further, featuring such a curve on not one side of the screen, but two. It's an idea we'd heard before, though what realistic chance there is of the GS6 getting such a bold look, we still can't say with much confidence. Even with that bit up in the air, new evidence arrives today of the Galaxy S6's existence, with some Indian import logs appearing to reveal Samsung's work on the ...

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    CES 2015 is just a couple weeks away, and one of the many phones we're hoping to see at the expo is Sony's next flagship Android, the Xperia Z4. Leaks and rumors have touched upon what we might expect for the past month or so now, but now a big one may have just emerged from the recent Sony Pictures Entertainment hack, outing the Z4 thanks to its tie-in with the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre. Just as the last Bond film, Skyfall, had an Xperia promo connection, a leak from SPE CEO Michael Lynton's email talks about Spectre also featuring a smartphone tie-in, identified by name as “the ...

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    A little earlier today we took a look at where smartphones have been able to take fingerprint-based authentication so far, wondering about what future the tech might have. Has the novelty worn off? Will the security it offers substantially improve? It looks like Apple's been asking itself some similar questions, and today we see the publication of a patent application that may hint at what's next for Touch ID. The gist of the patent is an unlock system that combines fingerprint scanning with the sort of pattern or combination-based lock screens already used on many phones that lack ...

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    So far, the rumors and leaks surrounding Samsung's plans for the presumptive Galaxy S6 have largely fallen into two camps: those that are looking at specs and the detail behind the hardware components Samsung might choose, and those that are more focused on the handset's overall design. That latter group has itself seen division over a few key issues, with a lot of talk being made about the degree to which the GS6 would or wouldn't feature an curving over-the-side screen as introduced by the Galaxy Note Edge. Would the GS6 itself have a curved screen? Would there be a regular flat GS6 and ...

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    Another week, another leaked Samsung Android phone to feast our eyes on. Thanks to GFXBench, this week that phone is the Galaxy E7 (SM-E700), as a recent Samsung Galaxy E7 specs leak has left very little up in the air about the midranger phone. The device now has a full Info section on GFXBench, rattling off many of the specs we crave. There's a 720p 5.5-inch display, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 system on a chip (with Adreno 306 GPU), about 2GB of RAM, roughly 12GB of free storage, and just about a 13MP camera with 1080p video recording included as well. The front camera ...

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    This year Google introduced Android One as its new project to make available affordable, high-quality smartphones with strong software support. Sales in India got underway back in September, followed by a rollout to other Asian nations. There were already a number of different manufacturers releasing Android One hardware, including Karbonn. Now, with 2015 nearly upon us, Karbonn says that it's already looking forward to what's next, sharing its intention to follow that first model up with a new Android One handset in the first quarter of the new year. What can we expect from this new ...

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    Motorola's primarily been invested in the American market ever since it was acquired by its former owner Google. For one, it didn't have the strength it needed to successfully attack ultra-competitive Asian markets, and the company was going through a reboot period anyway. Now, with new owner Lenovo (and all the expertise its employees bring from years of success in the Chinese market), we're all poised for a Motorola China re-entry soon. And if Motorola's Chinese site is to be believed, that will happen soon, with the launch of new Asia-focused products. There's no word on exactly what ...

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    A few hours back we took a look at some hardware that might just be one of the next smartphones to emerge from OnePlus, but even if you've already got yourself a OnePlus One (or are now just waiting for yours to arrive, having placed an order with those temporarily-fully-open sales) there's cause to be excited as today OnePlus reveals a new enhancement coming to the phone's software – as well as teases what might just be a new accessory due tomorrow. Just like HTC phones have used Beats software to help add a little something extra to their audio output, OnePlus is teaming up with a ...

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    Have you made paid for something in a store using your smartphone? Whether you're taking advantage of Google Wallet or Apple Pay, there are now more ways than ever before to use your smartphone to share payment data with a retailer. With the mobile payment market only expected to expand, everyone wants a piece of the action, and a new rumor claims that Samsung is interested in bringing such a service to its phones (well, beyond the existing Google Wallet support) in the near future. What makes this so interesting, though, and more than just a “me too” copycat action, is the broadly ...

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    ASUS may not be as popular as it deserves with its smartphone offerings, but tablets are a different story. Both iterations of the Nexus 7 were made by ASUS and garnered significant success, and even though its PadFone concept hasn't grown to a significant degree, it's clear that there is a lot of innovation behind ASUS' work both in hardware, and its aggressive price points. We've heard rumors that the company is planning something big for CES 2015, and we get the first teaser today. ASUS has just sent out press invitations for its event to happen on January 5th, and even though the ...

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    The launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop has proven to be a complete contradiction among OEMs. Google is usually very timely at launching the update to its Nexus and Google Play lineup, but this time, even though Lollipop is probably one of the most dramatic overhauls we've seen come to Android, third party OEMs like Motorola and LG have done a better job at providing support for existing flagships. HTC is one of the companies that has done a fantastic job pushing newer versions of Android to its flagship smartphones, but this time, it seems the company is working at a faster pace. If you ...

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    Among the numerous smartphones we're looking forward to in 2015 is the follow-up effort from OnePlus, which earlier this year introduced its inaugural OnePlus One handset. Rumors have already taken a shot at identifying some of the hardware to expect from this anticipated OnePlus Two, and one idea has been that the new phone could come in a bit smaller than its predecessor, shrinking down the One's 5.5-inch display. Now a leak attempts to reveal just such a device, though not as the OnePlus Two, but some kind of OnePlus One Mini. That's supposed to be it up above (and below), with a ...

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    Rumors surrounding HTC's 2015 flagship have been murky as of late. Ever since the launch of the One M8 in early 2014, it only seemed natural that the followup would be titled "One M9," but recent leaks have predicted otherwise, instead resulting in a torrent of information seeking to confirm information about a phone flying under the moniker "Hima." That continues now, @upleaks having just furnished us with a look at the possible HTC Hima color options. As per the leaker, we should expect to see grey, silver, and gold variants of the phone. Last year's One M8 saw availability of all three ...

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