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    We now have a better picture of what Lenovo's next Vibe phone will look like and how it will spec out, thanks to Chinese regulatory agency TENAA. A Lenovo device, codenamed P2c72, has made it through the system with a very large battery — some 5 amp-hours worth of charge. That power pack will fuel up a full HD AMOLED display at 5.5 inches that'll get driven by an octa-core processor running at 2.0GHz (a previous Geekbench log tell of a Snapdragon 625). There's 4GB of RAM and options for 32GB or 64GB of storage. A 13-megapixel camera is on back and a 5-megapixel one is in front. The ...

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    Update: This story has been updated with information from the launch event. With all due respect to other companies' wearables to be showcased at IFA Berlin this year, the only real smartwatch of Note (heh) that's garnered enough buzz to be watched is Samsung's Gear S3. Two variations were launched at an event in Belin The Gear S3 classic, showing off a more traditional wristwatch form factor and it looks like a traditional wristwatch, too The Gear S3 frontier, a darker, more rugged-looking watch for explorers Design came first in focus for the company to make a smartwatch the ...

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    While one isolated event where a massively popular, sizzling hot mobile device like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 randomly bursts into flames doesn’t sound particularly troubling, five separate claims of freak home explosions purportedly occurring within a one-week stretch are pretty hard to ignore. So the world’s largest smartphone vendor has decided to thoroughly examine whatever might be making the dual-edged phablet so quick-tempered and volatile, further delaying shipments “due to additional tests being conducted for product quality.” Where? For how long? What happens to ...

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    Last year's Chromebook Pixel has now come out of stock from the Google Store. The $1,299 ChromeOS laptop didn't get much word from its maker when it dropped from the sales beat. The second Pixel book ends its run at 17 months and just two months after a job posting surfaced for a "Quality Engineer" for the Chromebook Pixel unit. Anyone getting into the job would be expected to help shape "Google's next game-changer", potentially implying a third Chrome Pixel on the way. The Pixel C convertible tablet that's still on sale right now runs on Android. Source: Google Store, OMG! Chrome! Via: ...

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    This year's supposed HTC-made Nexus devices, codenamed "Marlin" and "Sailfish," may not have "Nexus" in their names. Sources to Android Central are instead saying that "Google" will be integral to the branding of the phones. Another integral part to the products is that they will feature special and exclusive software features beyond the set given on Android Nougat. Completely muddled in all of this is what may or may not be included in the first Maintenance Release of Nougat, — likely to be called Android 7.1 — and what will remain exclusive to the "Marlin" and "Sailfish". That ...

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    It looks like black might be the new gray after all, instead of blue being the new black. Confused? Too much minute speculation on a pair of upcoming high-end iOS smartphones that shouldn’t radically change much about their predecessors will do that to you, tackling everything from antenna bands to ports, buttons, accessories and now even SIM card trays. Of course, the purported online publication of a relatively high-res hands-on pic starring five such trivial iPhone 7 components in an array of paint jobs is more about chromatics than anything pertaining to SIM capabilities and whatnot. ...

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    The Galaxy S7 is still one of the world’s best-selling smartphones, the Note 7 has reportedly gotten off to a tremendous box-office start, with demand far outstripping supply, so it’s only natural we try to preview some of the major upgrades and new technologies the Samsung Galaxy S8 could bring to the table early next year. Well, it’s not, but you can’t oppose the uninterrupted churning of the mobile rumor mill. After all, the iPhone 7 isn’t even here, and we already (think we) know a great deal about its hugely improved successor. All things considered ergo, it’s not ...

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    Compact smartphone enthusiasts unwilling to compromise… too much on raw power and other specifications appeared to have at least two solid sub-5-inchers from top-tier OEMs to look forward to this fall, but at the end of the day, the diminutive Sony Xperia X might be left alone on that boat. Originally expected to be branded Moto X 2016, and then Moto M, the elusive 4.6-inch XT1662 has just made its way to China for Tenaa’s regulatory certification, and surprise, surprise, it’s substantially larger than anticipated. That’s obvious from product images, as well as a listing of some ...

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    In case Apple’s “coincidental” scheduling of its next-gen iPhone announcement event on September 7 as opposed to September 6… SE wasn’t enough to finally put branding speculation to rest, this temporary placeholder listing on a European carrier’s website should probably remove all doubt. Unless you dare to distrust even one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, operating mobile wireless networks in a whopping 26 countries, Netherlands obviously included. Mind you, Vodafone’s Dutch arm precociously confirmed the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus monikers too last year, ...

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    Sad to hear Huawei isn’t planning any new high-end Mate-series smartphone announcements at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin after all? Fret not, as the world’s third largest handheld vendor maintains it will “defy” our expectations on September 1, most likely taking the wraps off at least three largely mysterious Android devices. CEO Richard Yu himself just took to Weibo, China’s Twitter equivalent, to build up two of these upcoming products, which should be branded as part of an entirely new mid-range family. There’s not much we can tell about them from Yu’s teaser ...

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    What's in a number? The sum of all of its parts? What are those parts, then? In a software release, it's the small things like bugfixes, rewriting menu options, rewriting entire menus. It's also the big things like vulnerabilities that need to be patched yesterday. But if you're planning on regular releases, do we really need to plan on giving new names just for sake of giving some idea of iteration? Well, according to Evan Blass, it's all set up for the next nine months. Google plans on putting out once-a-quarter Maintenance Releases for Android Nougat. And they have changes in numbers. ...

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    It seems that the Nexus 5 will remain the smartphone apex of value-for-dollar in Google's standardized Android device lineup. With all of the top-of-the-line specifications and standardized hardware design that have been discussed for both the smaller "Sailfish" and larger "Marlin" devices supposedly to be made by HTC this year, it's really no surprise that the tab has picked up this year. Specificaly, Nexus Blog states from its "internal sources in HTC" that the Google Store will start both devices off at 32GB of storage. The Sailfish will go for $449 while the Marlin is said to start ...

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    We heard some disappointing, but minor-impact news last week as Taiwanese manufacturer HTC had finally put a timeframe to when it would update its latest flagships with Android Nougat. Unfortunately, that target window for the One A9 completely misses the 15-day period promised when the phone had launched back last October. Perhaps the delay's been played out to favor a successor. VentureBeat's Evan Blass is reporting from a source that HTC will bring the One A9s to its product showcase before IFA 2016 on September 1. Yes, the phone that already looks like an iPhone 6 will look more like ...

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    A well-known and fairly reliable Weibo tech leaker has posted a list of potential specs for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. With the dogpile of previous rumors factored into account, we now have a more complete look at what will change and what will not from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. To the iPhone 7 first: it will be keeping the 4.7-inch screen size that's been inherited since the iPhone 6 while also keeping the 1334 x 750 resolution. The battery crops up to 1,960mAh, the most potential it has ever had. That should power the TSMC-made A10 processor, made on a 16nm FinFET process, ...

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    Update: A tipster to us has been able to confirm that the below benchmark result is of an Elite variant of the Nubia Z11. We have updated our source link. Our original story is below. If you've been waiting for a compact car you'd want to buy, maybe keep on waiting until the hoverbike finally comes around. But man, if there's something you want to not be disappointed about, it's this yet-to-be filed spec dump for what we assume to be the Sony Xperia X Compact. Telefoonabonnement.nl, which has been picking up some great GFXBench logs early in the game, has caught this one as well. The ...

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    Today’s crowded global smartphone landscape continues to see many great rivalries unfold, the most captivating of which opposes Apple and Samsung. But a host of smaller OEMs, the vast majority based in China, are having their own interesting battles for fame, often prompting them to copy one another so as not to risk getting left behind. Case in point, Xiaomi recently went big (literally) with the relatively affordable 6.44-inch Mi Max, while Meizu apparently intends to follow suit exactly one week from today. September 5 is likely when an aptly (and unimaginatively) titled M3 Max will ...

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    Our expectations for Huawei’s pre-IFA product announcement event on Thursday probably need to be taken down a notch or two for them to still be “defied”, with the Nova series likely to fly solo to the capital city of Germany after all. Granted, it was a bit of a stretch to anticipate a (very) early September Mate 9 launch, considering the Mate 8, which continues to sell like hotcakes in the OEM’s homeland of China, barely saw daylight last November. A Huawei Mate S2, meanwhile, was always a safe IFA 2016 bet, seeing as how its prequel got unveiled at the same trade fair the year ...

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    It’s hard to get excited about the Android-powered Galaxy Tab S3 expected out at IFA later this week, considering the recent fall of traditional slates, and Samsung’s physical incapacity to substantially upgrade the Tab S2’s specs without greatly impacting retail prices. But a second-generation Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10 sounds like an entirely different story, the largely praised original still leaving plenty of room for improvement. The routinely trustworthy folks over at SamMobile can already “confirm” a Galaxy TabPro S2 is scheduled for a commercial debut in the ...

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    “Your key to success.” That cryptic, seemingly innocuous tagline accompanied the most recent Instagram upload of the official Microsoft Surface channel. The actual image posted on the social networking website appeared to show a dark-complexioned section of one of Redmond’s celebrated detachable keyboards, but surprise, surprise, no existing product fits the render 100 percent. Innocent Photoshop goof? We think not, and extremely credible sources confirm the illustration hails from an internal Microsoft “sizzler reel” purportedly containing various Surface Book 2 concepts. It’s ...

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    It seems that Intel has quickly become a darling with analysts seeking its involvement with Apple. This as there's an expected date of reckoning between it and one of Infiinite Loop's silicon goliaths. The chipset producer, one that recently began work on designs from ARM after proving unsuccessful with its own, is said to be pursuing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's job providing Apple with its A-series mobile applications processors inside its iPhones and iPads. According to experts to the Nikkei Asian Review, this challenge could happen in the next two or three years. Prior ...

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    Nougaty goodness could be what's in store for those who also like their starch. We're talking about the company known to Google Translate as "millet," Xiaomi. It supposedly will be cranking out a smartphone called the Mi Note 2 soon with a big screen and more than enough ambition to call out the Galaxy Note 7's predecessor — because of course, the Mi Note 2 is going to be better than Samsung's Note 5, we're just not sure if we can match them head-to-head. Anyways, we have a Chinese-sourced benchmark that has a bunch of giveaways to take away about the Mi Note 2 — all of it with a grain ...

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    Two iterations of the Galaxy A series has brought some big specification bumps and some major edits as to what we should think of as an "mid-range" phone at a "mid-range" price. At the same time, though, there are several Chinese competitors we should also thank. We also observe that Samsung's entry-level projects have moved down from the C- and J-series to its Tizen phones. All that said, we're now looking at some new Galaxy A phones for next model year. SamMobile reports that the Galaxy A3 (2017), the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) will get their releases soon. They will all ...

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    Words from Samsung executives teasing the media about a "possible," "potential," "may or may not happen" Galaxy Note 7 in China with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage have fallen through. At least, for now. Samsung opened up pre-orders today for the Galaxy Note 7. Like everyone else's, it has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and no superiority over the rest of our Snapdragon 820 Note 7 units whatsoever. No, even China won't be getting the Exynos 8890. Shipments start heading out late on September 1. There are some pre-sales freebies, too, like a some OTG storage and a rebate on Level Over ...

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    Apple Music might have been the first and brightest service enterprise that Infinite Loop has undertaken in a while, but if what's being said by insiders is true, Apple could be making a competing app to Snapchat and Instagram from scratch. That's the word as told to Bloomberg. iPhones and iPads will get new software features in addition to the debut of the new app. Video messaging app Snapchat has 150 million daily active users who spend half an hour every day on it. Instagram, which recently launched a video timeline feature based on Snapchat's, also takes up a major chunk of time. ...

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    There's another Snapdragon 820 device from HTC just beginning to make the rounds on GFXBench. We already think that the Nexus devices will get Android 7.1 before they launch, though. So, what's this thing with Android 6.0.1? Perhaps the Desire 10 Pro? It seems like it. It  has all the typical trimmings: 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 12-megapixel camera on the back with a 5-megapixel front facer. But is that quad HD screen really at 5.1 inches? The Desire 10 Lifestyle has been rumored to receive a 5.5-inch 720p panel. Maybe the Pro version will be more faithful to the OG 10? One thing ...

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